ASRock X299 Taichi CLX ‘$400 US’ Motherboard Review With Intel Core i9-10980XE CPU – Taichi Rebuilt For 10th Gen X-Series



ASRock X299 Tacihi CLX

November, 2019
Type Motherboard
Price $399.99 US

Test Setup

For this review, I was provided the Core i9-10980XE from Intel themselves. The X299 TAICHI CLX motherboard was provided by ASRock while the rest of the equipment was sent by their respective manufacturers. The test setup configuration can be found in the chart below.

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MSI X299 Creator & Intel Core i9-10980XE Test Platform:

Processors UsedAMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990X
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
Intel Core i9-10980XE
Intel Core i9-7980XE
Intel Core i9-9900KS
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
Motherboards UsedMSI X299 Creator (Intel 10980XE)
Z390 AOURS Master (Intel 9900KS)
ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha (AMD 2990WX)
ASRock X399 Taichi (AMD 1950X)
MSI MEG X570 Unify (AMD 3950X)
ASRock X570 Taichi (AMD 3900X, 3700X)
MemoryG.SKILL Trident Z RGB Series 32 GB (4 x 8GB) CL16 3600 MHz
Video CardsMSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z
Power SupplyASUS ROG THOR 1200W
Cooling SolutionsCorsair H115i Pro AIO Liquid
Solid State DriveSamsung SSD 960 EVO M.2 (512 GB)
BIOS Used7B96v10 (MSI X299 Creator)
OSWindows 10 64-bit

The Intel Core i9-10980XE is a very power-hungry chip and as such, overclocking was very limited for my sample. The Intel Core i9-10980XE hit a maximum of 4.7 GHz across all cores at a voltage of 1.20V. With the settings, we booted and stress-tested the processor for 1 hour in Prime 95 which ran stable.

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