ASRock X299 Taichi CLX ‘$400 US’ Motherboard Review With Intel Core i9-10980XE CPU – Taichi Rebuilt For 10th Gen X-Series
ASRock X299 Tacihi CLXNovember, 2019
ASRock X299 Taichi CLX- Features
The ASRock X299 Taichi CLX takes the helm of the flagship X299 motherboard that ASRock has to offer for 2019. It's the third revision of the X299 Taichi series and the best one to date.
The third iteration of the X299 Taichi which is purely designed for Cascade Lake-X processors is so awesome that it makes you forget the last 2 outings. The motherboard features a black and silver color design with a massive overhaul to the heatsinks and VRMs. The motherboard features Intel's LGA 2066 socket which supports 7th, 9th and 10th Gen X-series processors. It comes with a strong 13 Phase and 720A VRM design which is powered by dual 8-pin connectors. The motherboard has 8 DDR4 DIMM slots that support up to 256 GB of (non-ECC) capacities with speeds of up to 4200 MHz (OC+) or up to 1 TB of (RDIMM). The latter support would be enabled through an upcoming BIOS update.
ASRock X299 Taichi CLX Motherboard Features:
- Supports Intel Core X-Series Processor Family
- 13 Power Phase Design, Dr. MOS
- Supports DDR4 4200+(OC)
- 4 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 3.0 x1
- NVIDIA 3-Way SLI., AMD 3-Way CrossFireX.
- 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec), Supports Purity Sound. 4 & DTS Connect
- 10 SATA3, 2 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3), 1 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4)
- 1 USB 3.2 Gen2x2 20Gb/s Type-C
- 1 USB 3.2 Gen2 10Gb/s Type-C (Front)
- 6 USB 3.2 Gen1 (2 Front, 4 Rear)
- Realtek 2.5 Gigabit LAN, Intel Gigabit LAN
- Intel Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax (2.4Gbps) + BT 5.0
- ASRock Polychrome SYNC
- Hyper BCLK Engine III
For expansion, the motherboard offers four PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, a single PCIe 3.0 x1 slot & triple M.2 slots which are covered by a large aluminum-based cover heatsink. All four PCIe 3.0 x16 slots feature metal bracing for durability. Storage includes 10 SATA III ports along with a single front-panel USB 3.2 header and a USB 3.2 front panel connector. The chipset is covered by a large aluminum heatsink that features ASRock's iconic Taichi gear design and Polychrome SYNC RGB technology.
As for the I/O ports, the motherboard houses a ton of them which include one USB 3.2 Gen 2, 4 USB 3.2 Gen 1, 2 USB 2.0 ports, a 7.1 channel HD Audio jack powered by Realtek ALC1220 Codec, a 2.5G Ethernet LAN port (Dragon RTL8125AG), a 1G Ethernet LAN port (Intel I219V), PS/2 port, two antenna slots, and a Clear CMOS button. The motherboard has an official retail price of $399 US.