ASRock Z390 Taichi Review

It’s time to get into gear with the unique ASRock Z390 Taichi. This motherboard is all about being different, powerful, and aggressive. It sports an all-new cogs-and-gears theme along with multi-layered heatsinks.

ASRock Z390 Taichi Review

Combine the ASRock Z390 Taichi’s industrial attitude with its easy overclocking abilities, and gamers will find a motherboard that pushes Intel’s Core i8 and i9 processors to their absolute limits. 

We’re left wondering, though, if the Taichi is capable of beating our popular ASRock Z390 Pro4 motherboard. What makes the ASRock Z390 Taichi any better?

This exciting review will find out if the Taichi is a motherboard worthy of the ASRock stamp of approval.

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ASRock Motherboard (Z390 Taichi)
  • LGA1151 Supports 9th and 8th Generation Intel Core Processors
  • Chipset: Intel Z390
  • Memory: 4x DDR4 DIMM Slots, Dual Channel, Non-ECC, Unbuffered, Max Capacity of 64GB
  • Slots: 3x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 Slots (run single at x16 or dual at x8/x8 or triple at x8/x4/x4), 2x PCI-Express 3.0 x1 Slots (Flexible PCIe)

ASRock Z390 Taichi Motherboard (Our Review) 

Overall Assessment

If you plan on purchasing Intel’s latest 9th generation processor and want to get the best performance out of it, then the ASRock Z390 Taichi is your new best friend. The ASRock Z390 Taichi is a value-packed motherboard focused entirely on Intel’s Core i8 and i9 processors.

With its modest price and excellent overclocking ability, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better Z390 chipset motherboard on the market.

ASRock didn’t skimp when it came to features either. We find all our favorite ASRock features, such as Full Spike Protection and 2oz Copper PCB, and new favorites, such as dual Gigabit LAN and dual Wi-Fi. 

Supported Processors

The industrious ASRock Z390 Taichi supports both 8th and 9th generation Coffee Lake processors. This Z390 series from ASRock shines with CPUs that have better PWM supplies. 

Compared to our ASRock Z270 Extreme4 review, the Z390 Taichi runs significantly faster on the LGA 1151 socket.

ASRock spoils hardcore gamers and tweakers with an all-new Hyper BCLK chip. This external base clock gives tweakers more options in the form of a wider range of frequencies and more precise waveforms.

Memory

The ASRock Z390 Taichi motherboard comes with 4 RAM slots. Each slot supports the latest DDR4 modules. The 4 DDR4 slots support 64GB of system memory at speeds of up to 4200MHz.

Peripherals

The ASRock Z390 Taichi is feature-packed, as expected from any motherboard in its price range. However, ASRock didn’t bloat this board with unwanted or unnecessary features.

We’re treated to 8x SATA3 connectors and 3x Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3) ports, giving us ample connectivity to add storage devices.

5x USB 3.1 (Generation 2) ports, along with 8x USB 3.1 (Generation 1) ports, ensure that power users can connect as many external devices as they would like. 

Another great bonus is the inclusion of dual Wi-Fi and dual Gigabit LAN.

Overclocking

As far as overclocking on the ASRock Z390 Taichi goes, it’s straightforward and reliable. We recommend a quality liquid cooler if you plan to push the Intel Core i9 to light speed and beyond.

Over the last couple of years, we’ve noticed that increasing numbers of hardcore overlockers have been going with ASRock motherboards. The ASRock brand is slowly building a reputation as a manufacturer that designs top-quality motherboards for extreme overclocking.

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ASRock Motherboard (Z390 Taichi)
  • LGA1151 Supports 9th and 8th Generation Intel Core Processors
  • Chipset: Intel Z390
  • Memory: 4x DDR4 DIMM Slots, Dual Channel, Non-ECC, Unbuffered, Max Capacity of 64GB
  • Slots: 3x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 Slots (run single at x16 or dual at x8/x8 or triple at x8/x4/x4), 2x PCI-Express 3.0 x1 Slots (Flexible PCIe)

Graphics

Serious gamers will be happy to know that the ASRock Z390 Taichi motherboard has 3x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots and 2x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. 

This motherboard comes DirectX12 ready and supports NVIDIA® Quad SLI and AMD 3-Way CrossFireX technology.

Audio

We’re pleased that ASRock installed a solid Realtek ALC1200 HD audio codec on this motherboard. This sturdy audio codec supports 7.1-channel playback and multi-streaming.

Aesthetics

ASRock manufactures beautiful motherboards, as we pointed out in our detailed ASRock Z370 Killer SLI/AC review.

The ASRock Z390 Taichi takes that one step further. ASRock designed the heatsinks with multiple layers. The heatsink over the 12 power phases even rocks two colors.

With well-placed RGBs, 2x RGB headers, and 1x addressable RGB header, gamers are spoiled for choice when it comes to creating the most attractive-looking rig. 

That the matte black finish on the PCB won’t clash with your color scheme is an added bonus.

Conclusion

Some users ask why they need to upgrade to the Z390 chipset when the Z370 also runs 8th and 9th generation processors. The answer is simple. 

The improved firmware and 12-phase power of the new Z390 chipset push the i8 and i9 CPUs beyond what the Z370 could ever accomplish. Indeed this performance is what Intel had in mind when they developed the Coffee Lake processors. 

Wrapped up in one of the prettiest packages, the ASRock Z390 Taichi is a motherboard that pleases existing ASRock fans and converts newcomers to the brand.

Fans of the ASRock brand would love to read our interesting ASRock H110 Pro BTC+ review. This is another motherboard that redefines what a motherboard is capable of achieving.

Pros

  • Beautiful aesthetics with excellent RGB options
  • Reliable overclocking in BIOS
  • Onboard 1.73Gb/s Wi-Fi
  • Fantastic Core i9 support
  • Smooth power delivery to the CPU 
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ASRock Motherboard (Z390 Taichi)
  • LGA1151 Supports 9th and 8th Generation Intel Core Processors
  • Chipset: Intel Z390
  • Memory: 4x DDR4 DIMM Slots, Dual Channel, Non-ECC, Unbuffered, Max Capacity of 64GB
  • Slots: 3x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 Slots (run single at x16 or dual at x8/x8 or triple at x8/x4/x4), 2x PCI-Express 3.0 x1 Slots (Flexible PCIe)

Cons

  • Pricey
  • M.2 slots are tricky to access 

Common questions about ASRock Z390 Taichi motherboard

Is the ASRock Z390 Taichi motherboard any good for crypto mining?

It’s great for crypto mining. This motherboard boasts fantastic PCIe slots, and an easy-to-use BIOS as well as ample fan headers for keeping your mining rig running at lower temperatures.

Does the ASRock Z390 Taichi motherboard have a PCI Express 4.0 Slot?

The ASRock Z390 Taichi motherboard only has PCIe 3.0 slots and does not come with PCI Express 4.0.

Does the ASRock Z390 Taichi motherboard support AM4 processors?

The ASRock Z390 Taichi motherboard is built around the Intel LGA 1151 socket and does not support AMD CPUs.

Customer Reviews

“I’ve used the ASRock Z390 Taichi motherboard in the last couple of builds that I’ve done. I’ve never had one of them fail on me. The best thing that I love about the Z390 Taichi is the 3x M.2 drive ports!”

Pickles the Puppy

5/5 Stars

“The ASRock Z390 Taichi is fantastic. It overclocks easily and runs like a champion. My only complaint is that my mic started producing static about a week ago, and I tried everything to fix it.”

Doris E Rosi

3/5 Stars

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