Review of the ASRock Z270 TAICHI Motherboard - 10 Beneficial Features for Designers and Content Creators



The idea of TAICHI is about bringing balance and equality to the energy and force around. The ASRock TAICHI series of motherboards are designed with this concept in mind. Features should meet the requirements of the target user group without any additional fuss. Features themselves should gel together to provide seamless user experience. It's all about striking a balance for a TAICHI motherboard. 

The ASRock TAICHI Z270 is developed specifically for Designers and Content Creators in mind. Thus, we do expect workstation class features that caters for this specialized group of users. We are looking at motherboard that has great storage and graphics features, while at the same time allows great performance and reliability. Will the ASRock Z270 TAICHI live up to its expectations and ultimately be the choice for their target user group? Here are our thoughts on it.

The ASRock Z270 TAICHI is a feature packed motherboard. It has got all the different premium functions and expansion ports that you could have ever wanted for a motherboard. Here are the features that we think would bring the utmost value to creative professionals.


Our analysis on the Top 10 features that are Beneficial to Designers and Content Creators



  1. Easy to Setup

    Understanding that creative professionals are usually the less technical bunch, the ease of installation is one of the key considerations for these type of builders. More specifically, after putting all the different components together with the motherboard, the whole setup just works flawlessly. There are no additional efforts required for any sort of troubleshooting or configuration of the setup. The default settings that are provided will get things started for the builder very easily.

    Thanks to the support for XMP profiles, the motherboard was also able to set the memory settings accordingly to the specifications of our purchased RAM. We were able to instantly get DDR4 RAM speeds of 3200MHz without even going into the BIOS at all!


    UEFI BIOS is well logically organized. 

    Comes with Easy Mode and Advanced Modes


    Moreover, the UEFI BIOS is also well planned and organized. It is rather easy to find out where every individual required setting is placed, and then make changes to these settings accordingly. The EZ mode is also very user friendly for the non-technical bunch.

  2. Reliable System Components
    12 power phase

    We would not want to have an unreliable system that force shuts down after rendering for 24 hours of video footages at 99%. Reliability is also another major importance for workstations that are used in such use cases. ASRock focuses their efforts by making the TAICHI Z270 one of the most reliable motherboard in the market by equipping it with high end electrical components. Furthermore, they are also utilizing a digital circuitry and a 12 power phase design for a stable current and voltage regulation throughout the motherboard, thus enhancing the stability of the whole system. 

  3. Great Storage Options
    10 x SATA Ports

    It is probably the first time that we have seen 3 x M.2 slots on a motherboard. The motherboard also features 10 x SATA ports for hard drives or SSDs. This motherboard is simply made to handle multiple storage devices in different (RAID) configurations based on the users.

  4. Fast Storage Options
    3 x M.2 Slots

    Rather than just supporting usual SATA based SSDs, the Z270 TAICHI has 3 x M.2 slots that supports PCIe based NVMe SSDs. These SSDs will be able to run in their respective RAID configuration for the ultimate storage speeds.

    2 x USB 3.1 ports ( 1 x Type C and 1 x Type A)

    Moreover, the Z270 TAICHI also features 2 x USB 3.1 ports. These latest USB 3.1 ports prepare the motherboard for bandwidth hungry peripherals and external storage devices in the future.

  5. Multi-GPU Support

    As creative professionals spend a lot of time creating content, many of them will use professional software that utilizes the computational capabilities of graphics cards. To allow the maximum performance of their system, multiple graphics cards can be installed on the Z270 TAICHI. In fact, the Z270 TAICHI can support up to 3-way CrossFire X and SLI. The package also includes a HB SLI Bridge for even better SLI performance. 

  6. Great Audio Experience with Purity Sound Technology 4

    Audio is usually one of the neglected features of a motherboard. Many manufacturers fail to understand that audio quality is part of a whole user experience when consuming media. The ASRock team has designed the motherboard with dedicated audio hardware components for great audio output. Coupled with their specialized software, this motherboard can be tuned for the different audio profiles and preferences of the end-user.


  7. Clean and Minimal Design

    The TAICHI has a rather simple and clean design. It has a white and black PCB which was able to bring out its own theme of TAICHI. At the same time, the motherboard will look good with both white and black computer cases. ASRock also did not over emphasize RGB lighting on this motherboard, as this motherboard is recognized as a professional component.

  8. Superb Performance and Great overclocking headroom
    Easily overclock to different clock speeds with predetermined OC profiles
    High computational performance is what is required of such a professional motherboard. It is equipped with the mandatory hardware and components to ensure a good overclock on the whole computer system, thus ensuring even higher overall performance. Here are some of the benchmarks to show how much additional performance we got out from this motherboard.
     Core  i7 6700K @ Stock Speeds has a Cinebench Score of 937 
    Core  i7 6700K @ 4.7GHz has a Cinebench Score of 1039 : 10% increase in performance!



  9. Awesome Networking Features

    The Z270 TAICHI comes with 2 Gigabit LAN ports that supports link aggregation / NIC Teaming. This means that by connecting two Gigabit supported LAN cable to the same switch, users can reach a theoretical bandwidth of up to 2Gbps! This increase in speed will be very useful for creative professionals who want to quickly send or backup files over the network to other devices. This feature could also be much needed for the proper set-up of a networked video rendering farm.

    If there are no wired points available for the computer, fret not! ASRock also has integrated a Wireless AC card right on the motherboard. Simply connect the antennas to the receivers at the I/O area of the motherboard to enjoy high wireless speeds!

  10.  Innovative Builder-Centric Features


    Strengthened PCI-e Slots

    After years of experience in the design and manufacturing of motherboard, ASRock has listened to feedback and integrated useful features specifically dedicated to enhance the PC building experience. On the Z270, we can see multiple of these features available. For example, the PCI-e slots are now strengthened in order to ensure the support of heavier graphics card. The motherboard also has a LED POST Code that allows quick troubleshooting. These are the small details that builders really appreciate as they make the whole DIY PC process building so much easier. 

Despite all the good points that are stated earlier, the ASRock Z270 TAICHI does have some of its quirks. For example, users may be mistaken that they can install storage devices onto all the different M.2 and SATA ports at the same time. However, due to the bandwidth limitation of the Z270 chipset, some ports which shares the same lane will be disabled if any one of the ports of that lane is in used. ASRock has listed these limitations in fine print, which we thought could confuse the novice system builders.  
  • M2_1, SATA3_0 and SATA3_1 share lanes. If either one of them is in use, the others will be disabled.
  • M2_2, SATA3_4 and SATA3_5 share lanes. If either one of them is in use, the others will be disabled.
  • If M2_3 is occupied by a SATA-type M.2 device, SATA3_3 will be disabled.


Conclusion

The ASRock Z270 TAICHI motherboard does live up to the expectations of the working creative professionals. This motherboard has positioned itself well, and is fully focused on bringing true value to its target user group of creative professionals. We are also glad that ASRock does not integrate too much RGB lighting on the motherboard like what other manufacturers are doing, as these are features which are definitely not required for professionals. We would thoroughly recommend this motherboard to any users who are seeking to building a new computer system for their creative work. 


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