Board Features

The ASRock Z590 Taichi is an ATX sized motherboard targeted at gamers and enthusiasts and currently sits at the top of the ASRock's Z590 models. It makes use of plenty of Intel's new features for Z590, including two full-length PCIe 4.0 slots which can operate at x16 and x8/x8, with a third full-length PCIe 3.0 x4 slot. ASRock also includes three M.2 slots, with the top slot operating at PCIe 4.0 x4 from the CPU, with two PCIe 3.0 x4/SATA drives driven by the chipset. For conventional storage devices, there's a total of eight SATA ports, with six from the chipset that includes support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays, while an ASMedia ASM1061 SATA controller powers the other two. A total of four memory slots are present, with support for up to DDR4-5000 out of the box, as well as support for up to 128 GB of capacity. Users looking to run big cooling setups will appreciate the eight 4-pin headers, with one dedicated to a CPU fan, one for a water pump/AIO pump, and six that can double up as either water cooling or chassis fan headers.

ASRock Z590 Taichi ATX Motherboard
Warranty Period 3 Years
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Price $430
Size ATX
CPU Interface LGA1200
Chipset Intel Z590
Memory Slots (DDR4) Four DDR4
Supporting 128 GB
Up to DDR4-5000
Video Outputs 1 x HDMI 2.0
2 x Thunderbolt 4 Type-C
Network Connectivity Killer E3100G 2.5 GbE
Intel I219-V Gigabit
Killer AX1675x Wi-Fi 6E
Onboard Audio Realtek ALC1220
ESS Sabre ES9218 DAC
PCIe Slots for Graphics (from CPU) 2 x PCIe 4.0 (x16, x8/x8)
PCIe Slots for Other (from PCH) 1 x PCIe 3.0 x4
Onboard SATA Six, RAID 0/1/5/10 (Z590)
Two, ASMedia ASM1061
Onboard M.2 1 x PCIe 4.0 x4
2 x PCIe 3.0 x4/SATA
Thunderbolt 4 (40 Gbps) 2 x Type-C (Rear Panel
USB 3.2 (20 Gbps) 1 x USB Type-C (Header)
USB 3.2 (10 Gbps) 2 x USB Type-A (Rear panel)
USB 3.1 (5 Gbps) 4 x USB Type-A (Rear panel)
4 x USB Type-A (Two headers)
USB 2.0 4 x USB Type-A (Two headers)
Power Connectors 1 x 24-pin Motherboard
2 x 8-pin CPU
Fan Headers 1 x 4-pin CPU
1 x 4-pin Water Pump/chassis
6 x 4-pin Chassis
IO Panel 2 x Antenna Ports (Killer AX1675x)
1 x HDMI 2.0 output
2 x Thunderbolt 4 Type-C
2 x USB 3.2 G2 Type-A
4 x USB 3.2 G1 Type-A
1 x RJ45 (Killer)
1 x RJ45 (Intel)
1 x BIOS Flashback button
5 x 3.5 mm audio jacks (Realtek)
1 x S/PDIF Optical output (Realtek)

One of the latest features from Intel comes through its Maple Ridge Thunderbolt 4 controller, which is a feature on the ASRock Z590 Taichi. This means there are two Thunderbolt 4 40 Gbps Type-C ports on the rear panel, which can also be used to output video from compatible monitors. ASRock even includes a front panel USB 3.2 G2x2 Type-C header, although there aren't many chassis around which can support the full bandwidth available. Also on the rear panel is two USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, and four USB 3.2 G1 Type-A ports, with a Realtek ALC1220 HD codec and ESS Sabre ES9218 DAC combo taking care of the onboard audio. Interestingly, ASRock adopts Killer networking which is rebadged Intel controllers designed for gaming, with a Killer E3100G 2.5 GbE controller, a Killer AX1675x Wi-Fi 6E CNVi, and a secondary Intel I219-V Gigabit controller. 

Test Bed

With some of the nuances with Intel's Rocket Lake processors, our policy is to see if the system gives an automatic option to increase the power limits of the processor. If it does, we select the liquid cooling option. If it does not, we do not change the defaults. Adaptive Boost Technology is disabled by default.

Test Setup
Processor Intel Core i9-11900K, 125 W, $374
8 Cores, 16 Threads 3.5 GHz (5.3 GHz Turbo)
Motherboard ASRock Z590 Taichi (BIOS L1.41M)
Cooling Corsair iCue H150i Elite Capellix 360 mm AIO
Power Supply Corsair HX850 80Plus Platinum 850 W
Memory G.Skill TridentZ DDR4-3200 CL 14-14-14-34 2T (2 x 8 GB)
Video Card MSI GTX 1080 (1178/1279 Boost)
Hard Drive Crucial MX300 1TB
Case Corsair Crystal 680X
Operating System Windows 10 Pro 64-bit: Build 20H2

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  • Cullinaire - Thursday, April 1, 2021 - link

    What a gimmick. Instead of a stepper motor why not have a steam engine powered by the CPU heat.
  • Molor1880 - Thursday, April 1, 2021 - link

    Should have gone with a tiny sterling engine. That would make this joke a bit better.
  • kachan64 - Friday, April 2, 2021 - link

    Agree. Should have gone with that!
  • YB1064 - Friday, April 2, 2021 - link

    No 10GbE on a FOUR HUNDRED dollar motherboard?? No thanks.
  • zanon - Saturday, April 3, 2021 - link

    This, the money they put into the gimmick useless juno should have gone to networking instead. Though I suppose in fairness unlike AMD they have to work with severe bandwidth limitations so they can't just do every single useful feature. But that one should have been a priority.
  • ZoZo - Saturday, April 3, 2021 - link

    There's the same bandwidth on the Z590 platform as the X570.
    20 PCI-E 4.0 lanes from the CPU, and ~4 GB/s between CPU and chipset (through 4 PCI-E 4.0 lanes on X570, and 8 DMI/PCI-E 3.0 lanes on Z590).
    And 10 Gb/s networking just needs 1.25 GB/s, so no severe bandwidth limitations from connecting it to a PCI-E 3.0 x1 link to the chipset.
  • TheinsanegamerN - Sunday, April 4, 2021 - link

    The raichu line had 10gb as a selling point with the z200 and x400 vhipsets. For some reason asrock abandoned this idea and raised the price.
  • TheinsanegamerN - Sunday, April 4, 2021 - link

    Agreed. The whole reason to get a taichi was the 10gb ethernet onboard.
  • Samus - Saturday, April 3, 2021 - link

    This is about the level of gimmick I expected from ASRock, after all the brand is a second-rate Asus so they need to do these cheesy things to get attention.
  • zotric - Sunday, October 10, 2021 - link

    I must say I have had excellent support for my older ASRock Taichi board so don't write it off!

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