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ASRock X470 Taichi Ultimate Motherboard - Features

ASRock sent me their top of the line and flagship of the X470 series, the X470 Taichi Ultimate motherboard. The motherboard is a very premium offering with a ton of features and updated design scheme that revolves around the Taichi branding. We are looking at a very solid power delivery system, wireless networking capabilities, dual LAN ports which include an AQUANTIAR 10 Gigabit LAN switch, Realtek ALC1220 codec for audio and dual M.2 slots, one of which comes with a full-length heatsink.

This premium motherboard is priced at $299.99 US which could be heavy on the wallet but if you want a fully loaded X470 motherboard, look no further.

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ASRock X470 Taichi Ultimate Motherboard Features:

  • Supports AMD AM4 Socket Ryzen Series CPUs (Summit Ridge, Raven Ridge, and Pinnacle Ridge)
  • DIGI Power (IR Digital PWM) 17 Power Phase Design
  • Premium 60A Power Chokes
  • Dual-Stack MOSFET (DSM)
  • Supports DDR4 3466+ (OC)
  • 2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 2 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • NVIDIA Quad SLI, AMD Quad CrossFireX
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec)
  • Supports Purity Sound 4 & DTS Connect
  • 8 SATA3, 1 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3), 1 M.2 (PCIe Gen2 x4 & SATA3)
  • Full Coverage M.2 Heatsink
  • 3 USB 3.1 Gen2 (Rear Type A+C, Front Type-C), 10 USB 3.1 Gen1 (4 Front, 6 Rear)
  • AQUANTIA 10 Gigabit LAN, Intel Gigabit LAN, Intel 802.11ac + BT 4.2
  • ASRock Polychrome RGB

ASRock X470 Taichi Ultimate Motherboard Gallery:

ASRock X470 Motherboards Comparison:

Motherboard NameASRock X470 Taichi UltimateASRock X470 TaichiASRock X470 Gaming ITX/acASRock FATAL1TY X470 Gaming K4ASRock X470 Master SLI/ACASRock X470 Master SLI
CPU SupportAMD Ryzen CPUs & APUs (1st Gen / 2nd Gen)AMD Ryzen CPUs & APUs (1st Gen / 2nd Gen)AMD Ryzen CPUs & APUs (1st Gen / 2nd Gen)AMD Ryzen CPUs & APUs (1st Gen / 2nd Gen)AMD Ryzen CPUs & APUs (1st Gen / 2nd Gen)AMD Ryzen CPUs & APUs (1st Gen / 2nd Gen)
Form FactorATXATXITXATXATXATX
Socket TypeAM4AM4AM4AM4AM4AM4
Power Phases16 Phase IR Digital PWM / Supports 300W EX OC16 Phase IR Digital PWM / Supports 300W EX OC8 Phase Digi Power Design12 Phase Digi Power Design12 Phase Digi Power Design12 Phase Digi Power Design
CPU Power Connectors8+4 Pin8+4 Pin8+4 Pin8+4 Pin8+4 Pin8+4 Pin
DDR4 DIMM Slots4 Slots (64 GB Max) @ 3466 MHz+4 Slots (64 GB Max) @ 3466 MHz+2 Slots (32 GB Max) @ 3466 MHz+4 Slots (64 GB Max) @ 3466 MHz+4 Slots (64 GB Max) @ 3466 MHz+4 Slots (64 GB Max) @ 3466 MHz+
SATA III 6 GB/s Ports884666
PCI-e 3.0 x16 Expansion Slots331222
PCI-e 3.0 x1 Expansion Slots22N/A444
M.2 PCI-e Expansion Slots221222
Max USB 3.1 Ports (Internal / External)13136121212
Max USB 3.0 Ports N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Max USB 2.0 Ports (Internal)444444
LAN PortsAQUANTIAR 10 Gigabit LAN, Intel Gigabit LAN, Intel 802.11ac + BT 4.2Intel Gigabit LAN, Intel 802.11ac + BT 4.2Intel Gigabit LAN, Intel 802.11ac + BT 4.2Intel Gigabit LANIntel Gigabit LAN, Intel 802.11ac + BT 4.2Intel Gigabit LAN
AudioRealtek ALC1220Realtek ALC1220Realtek ALC1220Realtek ALC1220Realtek ALC1220Realtek ALC892
Display Connections1 x HDMI1 x DP 1.4
1 x HDMI
1 x HDMI1 x HDMI1 x HDMI1 x HDMI
Price$299.99 US$229.99 US$179.99 US$169.99 US$149.99 US$129.99 US
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