The Z370 Taichi, like the X299 and previous generations, comes fully featured and ready to rock out of the box. Not defined by a naming convention, the Taichi sets out to be a well-rounded board with a lot of features at its price point including three M.2 slots, eight SATA ports, SLI/Crossfire support, as well as dual NICs and Wi-Fi capabilities.

ASRock Z370 Taichi Overview

ASRock has used the Taichi lineup for a couple of generations now. The Taichi boards have made a name for themselves in both the HEDT and mainstream spaces on both Intel and AMD chipsets - the Z370 Taichi follows the trend and is a midrange offering in that mainstream space that purports to have a plethora of features and promises to be is a solid motherboard to build a PC around. 

The Z370 Taichi shoots for the stars, covering its power delivery area with dual heatsinks connected via heat pipe, three high-speed M.2 slots, eight SATA ports, SLI/Crossfire support for gaming, as well as USB 3.1 ports on the rear panel and an additional header for front panel USB 3.1 connectivity. Outside of a rarely used U.2 port, on paper, the board isn't lacking anything - unless perhaps a user needs more RGB LED lights, which are only found underneath the chipset heatsink. 

The performance results show the Z370 Taichi is a formidable foe in all of the tests, landing in the middle of just about everything we typically run. Its application of Multi-Core Enhancement appears to match other boards we have tested, verifying the results. Boost clocks were at 4.3 GHz using all cores and 4.7 GHz in single-threaded testing. The board did use a bit more power on idle but mixed right back with the rest when under load. The board really excelled in boot times posting the fast POST we have seen so far. 

Overclocking was a breeze with the Taichi matching the results of other boards at 5.1 GHz without breaking a sweat. The heatsinks were warm to the touch after testing and showed no signs of holding the CPU back with our ambient cooling methods. Our gaming results gave us a bit of a surprise in the ROTR testing but this is is due to a slight adjustment in our testing, as well as using Windows 10 RS3 with Spectre and Meltdown patches applied. 

On the storage front, the Taichi shows its mettle with three high-speed M.2 slots as well as eight total SATA ports. While there is some lane sharing happening due to the lack of PCIe lanes on the CPU and board, it still leaves users with plenty of ports to add SATA based drives or M.2 modules in PCIe NVMe or SATA flavor as well. 

The Z370 Taichi has three full-length reinforced PCIe slots that are CPU connected and intended for video cards along with two x1 slots fed from the chipset and designed for peripherals. This configuration allows for two card SLI and three card Crossfire setups. 

Overall, the ASRock Z370 Taichi comes out as a very aggressive choice in both price and performance. $220 is a key price point for Z370, with lots of competitors. Amazon currently has a sale on the board for $190, which makes the board at a very aggressive price. For performance, ASRock sailed through our testing, which is usually a good sign.

*It should be noted that from this point on in our Z370 motherboard reviews, we are using Windows 10 RS3 with the Spectre/Meltdown patches as well as other script adjustments.

ASRock Z370 Strategy

ASRock has invested to get a double-digit range of motherboards in its Z370 range. At entry level into the platform, ASRock offers its Z370M Pro4 MicroATX board starting at $110. The flagship board in the mainstream platform is the Professional Gaming i7 coming it at $287+. Between those are is another MicroATX board, two Mini-ITX boards, and a few ATX sized as well, all offering different feature sets and aesthetics. 

ASRock Z370 Motherboard Lineup
  AnandTech
Review
Amazon Newegg
ASRock Z370 Professional Gaming i7   $296 $287
ASRock Z370 Taichi [this review] $219, 
($190, 7/20) 
$227
ASRock Z370 Gaming-ITX/ac LINK $180 $180
ASRock Z370 Gaming K6   $199^ $170
ASRock Z370 Extreme 4   $186^ $157
ASRock Z370 Killer SLI/ac   $179 $160
ASRock Z370 Pro4   $130 $130
ASRock Z370 Killer SLI   $260^ -
ASRock Z370M-ITX/ac   $151 $205^
ASRock Z370M Pro4   $110 $110

^ - 3rd party seller

Information on Intel's Coffee-Lake CPU Desktop Processors

One important piece of information to note: technically these processors use the LGA1151 socket, also used by 6th and 7th Generation processors using the Z170 and Z270 chipsets. But due to several (albeit minor) difference in the pin-layout of these two sets of processors, the 8th Generation Coffee Lake will only work in Z370 boards and are not cross-compatible. Back in October 2017, Ian Cutress reviewed a couple of processors (i7-8700K and i5-8400) in the Coffee Lake lineup - details on the rest of the product stack are listed below.

 

The ASRock Z370 Taichi Review

In this review, we have the following pages:

  1. Overview
  2. Visual Inspection
  3. BIOS and Software
  4. Board Features
  5. System Performance
  6. CPU Performance
  7. Gaming Performance
  8. Overclocking
  9. Conclusions
Visual Inspection
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  • atragorn - Saturday, July 21, 2018 - link

    Someone agreed with me they changed it. I enjoyed your sarcasm anyway have a nice day :) Reply
  • timecop1818 - Friday, July 20, 2018 - link

    Why would anyone buy this RGB cancer instead of literally 50% cheaper Z370 PRO4 from same manufacturer? It doesn't even have the useless wifi, otherwise it's exactly same spec. Reply
  • foomanfoo - Friday, July 20, 2018 - link

    timecop, what makes u so sure they only diff is wifi???

    https://hardwarepick.com/motherboards/asrock-z370-...
    Reply
  • voicequal - Friday, July 20, 2018 - link

    Keep in mind that ASRock provides almost zero end-user support. They expect you to contact your "authorized distributor" for warranty claims, and their support form doesn't even provide a confirmation they've received your support request. Low price is nothing to brag about here - get what you pay for. Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Saturday, July 21, 2018 - link

    Three "aggressives" on one page? Reply
  • The_Assimilator - Monday, July 23, 2018 - link

    Oh for the love of... you could've at least added two more USB 3 ports on the IO panel, ASRock! Reply
  • The_Assimilator - Monday, July 23, 2018 - link

    Actually, there's space for 4 more. Why manufacturers consistently skimp on a part that probably costs them a dollar, never ceases to amaze me. Reply
  • TallBill - Monday, July 23, 2018 - link

    I am a banana Reply
  • FrankSchwab - Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - link

    foomanfoo, what makes u so sure the comparo you linked is accurate?

    For example, it lists the Taichi as having 2 USB Type C ports, when the Board Features page of this review lists 1.
    Reply
  • hapkiman - Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - link

    5.1GHz on a i7 8700k is great and all, but what were the temps? I run mine at 5.0GHz on all cores (1.30v) 24/7 and it never goes over the mid 50'sC under load or while gaming. Idling right now at 24-25C. And before you ask, NO I don't run that unnecessary dinosaur PRIME95. I'll know if my system is stable - when it crashes. And BTW, it hasn't crashed or BSODed ever- in the 6 months since I built it. Reply

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