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David G.

David G.

Joined on 11/24/13

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Most Favorable Review

Good Motherboard but Questionable Documentation...

ASRock X370 Taichi AM4 AMD Promontory X370 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard
ASRock X370 Taichi AM4 AMD Promontory X370 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: The board itself is very solid with just about everything you could ever need. The power phase is outstanding and my 1700 was up and running at 3.9 Ghz in short order once the memory was sorted out. The system runs very cool even overclocked thanks to the low TDP of the 1700 and the beefy 16 phase power and the availability of PState overclocking. Ryzen is so much value for money! Working in Windows is a dream on this system. I use a high end XEON system at work and this is much snappier and has more horsepower for graphics tasks. Game run so smooth and seamless and paired with my RX480 and a Freesync monitor I could not be happier.

Cons: The manual and other documentation is a complete joke. ASRock needs to get a hold of an Asus manual to see how to provide documentation. The motherboard layout diagram has text so small I could hardly read it and with the image silk screened on the motherboard not everything is marked properly. The bios has all of the basics for overclocking but is anemic compared to my Asus 990FX Sabertooth board. Once you get a handle on it it does the job but feels sparse for a "high end" X370 motherboard. I did have a few installation issues overall that I will mention. I had to move my Corsair LPX 3000 kit to channels A1 and B1 to have the system recognize the memory in dual channel mode. Before that it was stuck at 2133 mhz. Now with the 3.0 BIOS update and the memory in dual channel I have been able to overclock it to 3066. My other issue was an unrecognized DVD drive that would not work until I moved the sata connector to another port (know windows 10 issue). Finally I had a major problem with my Razer Chroma headphones causing the system to crash and not allow for me to boot to windows. A full uninstall and reinstall of the Razer software fixed the issue. It is unknown if this is a bug with the motherboard or with Razer software and X370. The importance of using a qualified memory kit for this motherboard can not be understated. If the memory is not right the motherboard just boots over and over trying to get it to work. Then you have to go into the bios that, at times, can be slow and buggy. The interface of the ASRock software is also not very streamlined. I mean it looks OK but also was designed as function over form. It works but a little more detail as to how you move around in the software and how it looks overall would add a lot to the "feel" of the software. I know this is very picky but I design signs for a living so the aesthetics is important to me. Once again I say to AsRock to go look at ASUS software. The RGB on this board is anemic at best. If you want RGB this is not your board. If you do not care about RGB or just want a little bit to accent your build then this IS your board! Personally I think some RGB towards the top of the board would have accented it nice but it is nothing to take an EGG away for. At least it has a lot of RGB connections if you want to add more lighting. I can write off most issues to perhaps a windows 10 and or motherboard problem but it is not enough to detract from the overall excellence of this motherboard. The real issue is the documentation. A new PC builder may have issues with such a sparse manual so I have to give the overall Tiachi "package" 4 eggs but the board itself gets "5".

Overall Review: I am happy with my purchase and believe despite the slight issues i have had with this system this is by far the best X370 motherboard for the Money. You will not be disappointed but be patient! System Specs: Asrock X370 Taichi with 1700 running at 3.9 ghz (5 "Eggs") Cooler Master Masterliquid 240 (5 "Eggs" - Save some money this CPU does NOT need a 280 mm Cooler) Corasir 3000 LPX Memory running at 3066 XMP in White Color (5 "Eggs") Samsung 960 EVO boot drive (5 "Eggs") 2TB storage drive Asus RX480 8 GB Phanteks Enthoo Pro Case (5 "Eggs") Go to Tech City on You Tube for his AMD overclocking guide. He uses this motherboard and when I followed his guide I was able to overclock this board in 20 minutes and it is rock solid stable!

Outstanding

LIAN LI O11 Dynamic PCMR Edition --- O11D PCMR
LIAN LI O11 Dynamic PCMR Edition --- O11D PCMR

Pros: A++ Pinnacle of Engineering

Cons: Although I love having a special edition this case should be offered to everyone.

Overall Review: What can you say when you take a fantastic case and make it even better looking. Case is well built, well laid out and the perfect size. I have been building PC's for over 20 years and this case is the best I have ever owned. The mirrored glass has such a great quality look and is not something you see in other cases.

Excellent Product and a Great price!

Cooler Master MasterLiquid 240 AIO CPU Liquid Cooler, White Led Pump, Robust Sleeved FEP Tubing, Dual 120mm Air Balance MF, Dual Chamber Technology
Cooler Master MasterLiquid 240 AIO CPU Liquid Cooler, White Led Pump, Robust Sleeved FEP Tubing, Dual 120mm Air Balance MF, Dual Chamber Technology

Pros: Great build quality and easy installation. Fans and pump are not obnoxious even under load. Keeps my current FX6300 at 4.8 GHz and maxes out around 42C in games. Looking forward to using this on my upcoming Ryzen build where it should do even better with a lower TDP cpu.

Cons: It makes a bit of gurgling sound when my computer first boots up so it may have some air in the radiator/pump but that goes away very quickly and has no adverse performance effects. The Cooler Master logo lights up nicely in white but is of course does not have RGB. I am OK with not having RGB lighting but would have preferred for it to not light up at all or to be have RGB. Tis of course would move this to another price point so it is a very minor issue. At least the light is white so it will clash less that then blue lighting on the "pro" versions. Tubes are a little stiff as well. EDIT: The gurgling sound went away after a few days and it is now super quiet. Currently keeping my 1700 at 3.9 GHZ and 30C at idle!

Overall Review: My Corsair H80I was doing a good job at keeping my cpu cool but the fans are just way too loud and can give a saw a run for its money under full RPM (maybe not but its bad). This is a far better cooler then the H80I in every way and if you are looking into a corsair product I would have to say it may be a good idea to save some cash and get a quality product at the same time.

Best for the money!

Phanteks PH-F140SP 140mm Premier Case Fan Black color edition
Phanteks PH-F140SP 140mm Premier Case Fan Black color edition

Pros: The best 140mm fan I have ever had with superior build quality and design. I am using 3 of these in my Enthoo Pro case and they keep it cool and quiet. The airflow is INSANE under full speed yet still manages to be fairly quiet, not that you need full speed to get the air flow you need. The cables have a great covers on them and they are quite long. It also comes with a cable extension so you can get these to work in even the largest of cases. I have this fan in both all black and black and white. The all black is super "stealth" and would be my recommendation.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Buy one!

Great Case!

Phanteks Eclipse P400S PH-EC416PSTG_BR Silent Edition Black/Red Tempered Glass/Steel RGB ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Phanteks Eclipse P400S PH-EC416PSTG_BR Silent Edition Black/Red Tempered Glass/Steel RGB ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Lots of room inside for a mid tower case. Glass panel looks great and fits well. Lighting looks good but is not overpowering. Good fans included with the case.

Cons: Limited mechanical hard drive space but this is not as much of an issue today with boards having M.2 slots.The fan controller can only control (3) fans unless you purchase a splitter. I thick if the case has room for (6) fans then a fan controller would have been a good addition even if it upped the price a few dollars.

Overall Review: I have built in a lot of mid tower cases over the years and this is by far the easiest to build in and has the best build quality.

Outstanding

SAMSUNG 960 EVO M.2 250GB NVMe PCI-Express 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V6E250BW
SAMSUNG 960 EVO M.2 250GB NVMe PCI-Express 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V6E250BW

Pros: Put this into my new Ryzen build and I could not be happier. I think if you have an NVME M.2 slot this is a musy have product. It reminds me of when the Raptor drives came out and I switched from a RAID setup to the 10k RPM Raptor and it blew me away. Same feeling with this drive. It is super smooth and super fast for a reasonable price.

Cons: None! No throttling issues on my ASRock Taichi motherboard but I would make sure you have good cooling in your case. I have a 140 MM fan blowing over my drive.