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ASRock Z390 Taichi Ultimate LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z390 HDMI SATA 6Gbs USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard

MPN: Z390 Taichi Ultimate | SKU: XY7231
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      ASRock Z390 Taichi Ultimate is equipped with M.2 slot that supports both SATA3 6Gb/s and PCIe Gen3 x4 Ultra M.2 interface that pushes data transfer speeds up to 32Gb/s, and is compatible with ASRock’s U.2 Kit for installing some of the world’s fastest U.2 PCIe Gen3 x4 SSD. Three LAN chipsets are available on this board, the first one being the AQUANTIA AQC107, it offers blazingly fast 10-gigabit/sec transfer speed over Cat6 cable. The 10Gb/s Ethernet not only fully compatible with 5Gb/s, 2.5Gb/s & Gigabit Lan but also delivers lightning fast transfer speed, perfect for media center, workstation and gaming PC. And the second and third are Intel® LAN chipset, provides the best throughput performance, lower CPU utilization, enhanced stability and is able to deliver ultimate network experience to users! Besides the onboard LAN port, users also has a option to go Wireless, with the Intel Wi-Fi module, supports both 2.4 and 5GHz connections, speeds up to 1733Mbps, supports multi-user, multiple input, multiple output (MU-MIMO). Pure black PCB appearance.

      • NVIDIA Quad SLI, AMD 3-Way CrossFireX
      • Graphics Output Options: HDMI, DisplayPort
      • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec)
      • Supports Purity Sound 4 & DTS Connect
      • 8 SATA3, 3 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3)
      • 5 USB 3.1 Gen2 (1 Front Type-C, 1 Rear Type-C, 3 Rear Type-A)
      • 8 USB 3.1 Gen1 (4 Front, 4 Rear)
      • Intel 2T2R Dual Band 802.11ac WiFi (2.4/5GHz), supports up to 1.73Gbps wireless network and BT v5.0
      • ASRock Polychrome SYNC
      • Hyper BCLK Engine II


      • ASRock Z390 Taichi Ultimate LGA1151 ATX Intel Motherboard
      • Quick Installation Guide, Support CD, I/O Shield
      • 4 x SATA Data Cables
      • 1 x ASRock SLI_HB_Bridge_2S Card
      • 1 x ASRock WiFi 2.4/5 GHz Antenna
      • 3 x Screws for M.2 Sockets

      Brand: ASRock

      MPN: Z390 Taichi Ultimate

      UPC: 4717677336757

      Compatibility: LGA1151, ATX

      Packaging: Retail

      Condition: New

      Product Details

      Z390 Taichi Ultimate
      CPU Socket Type
      LGA 1151 (300 Series)
      CPU Type
      Supports 9th and 8th Gen Intel Core processors (Socket 1151)
      * Not backward compatible with older generation of LGA 1151 CPUs
      Supported CPU Technologies
      Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
      Intel Z390
      Onboard Video Chipset
      Supports Intel UHD Graphics Built-in Visuals: Intel Quick Sync Video with AVC, MVC (S3D) and MPEG-2 Full HW Encode1, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Clear Video HD Technology, Intel Insider, Intel UHD Graphics
      DirectX 12
      HWA Encode/Decode: AVC/H.264, HEVC/H.265 8-bit, HEVC/H.265 10-bit, VP8, VP9 8-bit, VP9 10-bit (Decode only), MPEG2, MJPEG, VC-1 (Decode only)
      Dual graphics output: Support HDMI and DisplayPort 1.2 ports by independent display controllers
      Supports HDMI 1.4 with max. resolution up to 4K x 2K (4096x2160) @ 30Hz
      Supports DisplayPort 1.2 with max. resolution up to 4K x 2K (4096x2304) @ 60Hz
      Supports Auto Lip Sync, Deep Color (12 bpc), xvYCC and HBR (High Bit Rate Audio) with HDMI 1.4 Port (Compliant HDMI monitor is required)
      Supports HDCP 2.2 with HDMI 1.4 and DisplayPort 1.2 Ports
      Supports 4K Ultra HD (UHD) playback with HDMI 1.4 and DisplayPort 1.2 Ports

      * Intel UHD Graphics Built-in Visuals and the VGA outputs can be supported only with processors which are GPU integrated.
      Number of Memory Slots
      Memory Standard
      DDR4 4200+(OC)*/ 4133(OC)/ 4000(OC)/ 3866(OC)/ 3800(OC)/ 3733(OC)/ 3600(OC)/ 3200(OC)/ 2933(OC)/ 2800(OC)/ 2666/ 2400/ 2133
      * Please refer to Memory Support List on ASRock's website for more information. (
      Maximum Memory Supported
      * Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size may be less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows 32-bit OS. For Windows 64-bit OS with 64-bit CPU, there is no such limitation.
      Channel Supported
      Dual Channel
      PCI Express 3.0 x16
      3 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slots (PCIE2/PCIE4/PCIE5: single at x16 (PCIE2); dual at x8 (PCIE2) / x8 (PCIE4); triple at x8 (PCIE2) / x4 (PCIE4) / x4 (PCIE5))*
      * Supports NVMe SSD as boot disks
      PCI Express x1
      2 x PCI Express 3.0 x1 Slots (Flexible PCIe)
      Other Slots
      1 x Vertical M.2 Socket (Key E) with the bundled Wi-Fi 802.11 ac module (on the rear I/O)
      15µ Gold Contact in VGA PCIE Slot (PCIE2)
      SATA 6Gb/s
      6 x SATA3 6.0Gb/s Connectors, support RAID, NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug*
      2 x SATA3 6.0Gb/s Connectorss by ASMedia ASM1061, support NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug
      * M2_1, SATA3_0 and SATA3_1 share lanes. If either one of them is in use, the others will be disabled.
      * If M2_2 is occupied by a SATA-type M.2 device, SATA3_3 will be disabled.
      * M2_3, SATA3_4 and SATA3_5 share lanes. If either one of them is in use, the others will be disabled.
      M.2 (Key M)
      1 x Ultra M.2 Socket (M2_1), 2230/2242/2260/2280 M.2 SATA3 6.0Gb/s module and M.2 PCI Express module up to Gen3 x4 (32Gb/s)**
      2 x Ultra M.2 Sockets (M2_2 and M2_3), 2230/2242/2260/2280/22110 M.2 SATA3 6.0Gb/s module and M.2 PCI Express module up to Gen3 x4 (32Gb/s)**
      ** Supports Intel Optane Technology
      ** Supports NVMe SSD as boot disks
      ** Supports ASRock U.2 Kit
      Intel Optane Ready
      RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, Intel Rapid Storage Technology 16
      Audio Chipset
      Realtek ALC1220
      Audio Channels
      7.1 Channels
      LAN Chipset
      Second LAN Chipset
      1 x Intel I219V, 1 x Intel I211AT
      Max LAN Speed
      10Gbps + Dual 10/100/1000Mbps
      Wireless LAN
      Intel 802.11 ac Wi-Fi Module
      Supports IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
      Supports Dual-Band (2.4/5 GHz)
      Supports high speed wireless connections up to 1733 Mbps
      2 antennas to support 2 (Transmit) x 2 (Receive) diversity technology
      Supports MU-MIMO
      Supports Bluetooth 5.0 + High speed class II
      1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
      1 x HDMI
      3 x RJ-45 LAN Ports with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)
      1 x DisplayPort 1.2
      USB 3.1
      3 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A Ports (10Gb/s) (ReDriver)
      1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C Port (10Gb/s) (ReDriver)
      4 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Ports (Intel Z390)
      S/PDIF Out
      1 x Optical
      Audio Ports
      HD Audio Jacks: Rear Speaker / Central / Bass / Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone (Gold Audio Jacks)
      Antenna Connectors
      2 x Antenna Ports
      Onboard USB
      2 x USB 2.0 Headers (Support 3 USB 2.0 ports) (Intel Z390)
      2 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Headers (Support 4 USB 3.1 Gen1 ports) (ASMedia ASM1074 hub)
      1 x Front Panel Type C USB 3.1 Gen2 Header (ASMedia ASM1562 Retimer)
      Other Connectors
      1 x TPM Header
      1 x Power LED and Speaker Header
      2 x RGB LED Headers*
      1 x Addressable LED Header**
      1 x CPU Fan Connector (4-pin)***
      1 x CPU/Water Pump Fan Connector (4-pin) (Smart Fan Speed Control)****
      6 x Chassis/Water Pump Fan Connectors (4-pin) (Smart Fan Speed Control)*****
      1 x Front Panel Audio Connector (15µ Gold Audio Connector)
      1 x Thunderbolt AIC Connector (5-pin)
      1 x Performance Mode / Easy OC Header
      1 x Dr. Debug with LED
      1 x Power Button with LED
      1 x Reset Button with LED

      * Support in total up to 12V/3A, 36W LED Strip
      ** Supports in total up to 5V/3A, 15W LED Strip
      *** The CPU Fan Connector supports the CPU fan of maximum 1A (12W) fan power
      **** The CPU/Water Pump Fan supports the water cooler fan of maximum 2A (24W) fan power
      ***** The Chassis/Water Pump Fan supports the water cooler fan of maximum 2A (24W) fan power
      ***** CPU_FAN2/WP, CHA_FAN1~6/WP can auto detect if 3-pin or 4-pin fan is in use
      Form Factor
      LED Lighting
      Dimensions (W x L)
      12.0" x 9.6"
      Power Connector (Hi-Density Power Connector)
      1 x 24-pin ATX
      1 x 8-pin 12V
      1 x 4-pin 12V

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      Customer Reviews

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      By anonymous shopper
      Got a dud
      This was my first time trying an asrock product, because i heard very good things about this mobo. Unfortunately the motherboard had bent pins and some heat syncs detached on arrival even though the box showed no signs of damage. Ended up going with the asus z390-a and so far in happy with that.
      By Lance Hughes
      Terrible stability, massive driver issues
      There are many issues with running this board on windows 10 (1809) + i9 9900k. The first time i installed this board, i started with a bios upgrade to the latest version (1.90). This worked fine. Then i installed a freshly downloaded windows iso, version 1809, and the install went fine. Then i went to get the latest motherboard drivers from asrock's website and here is where all the trouble began. Installing any of the intel chipset drivers (lan, bluetooth, wifi, etc) caused an unrecoverable freeze during the driver setup, requiring a hard reset. I immediately wrote to asrock for guidance. While waiting for a response, i used the computer because it kinda worked as long as you didn't run the driver installation programs, or so i thought. At least twice per day it would randomly crash. Two days later, i heard from asrock and was told to reinstall windows and install only the drivers that came on the cd with the motherboard. And not update these drivers?!! This actually worked, but only to reveal another problem. Now, every couple of hours the sound card drivers crash, requiring a reboot to recover. Poking around the asrock message boards will show many others are having similar problems. Asrock clearly has some deep rooted problems with this board and i recommend you stay away. I have decided to return this board in favor of another brands similar board (one that is more ultra durable, so to speak). Even if the audio problem is fixed, this board is a disaster waiting to happen. I fear windows will do a driver update to one of the intel devices and reintroduce this crashing problem.
      By Elma Da Cunha
      Killer cooling performance, but overall quality is unsatisfactory
      Pros: the vrms on this motherboard cool the i9 9900k very well, even able to tolerate overclocking all the way to 5ghz on all cores. The appearance of the motherboard is beautiful as well, and the rigidity is very tough. I had a big dark rock pro 4 hanging on it with no issues whatsoever, and still maintained stability even under heavy cpu load. There is a port for everything on this motherboard as well; as i recall there are three m.2 ports (one of which comes with a heatsink even), and there are tons of case fan ports and sata ports as well. The internet connection is blazing fast, as even through the provided module i was blitzing with download speeds equally as good as that of what i saw through the wired ethernet cable. Cons: there was an terrible lot of cpu electrical noise bleeding through the rear audio port, which made it vexing to work quietly on my computer. In addition, i had a hell of a terrible experience getting bluetooth to work through this motherboard, particularly audio. I was able to successfully link my phone and transfer files in between systems (although my computer never acknowledged that it was connected in the settings), but whenever i tried connecting my wireless headphones (tried it with multiple models), i would need to spend at least 15 minutes troubleshooting for it to temporarily work. Should i mention that was using a usb dongle; the wi-fi/bluetooth model didn't even bother to work period. Lastly (and worst of all), this motherboard gave power delivery issues to my case fans when trying to reach higher than 1500rpm, even the cpu fans at times. With all of that out of the way, hopefully this motherboard works better for others but i personally had the biggest hassle with it and will most likely not ever buy from asrock again.
      By Leah Kennedy
      Good board! Lots of sata ports!
      I'm building a media pc and the 8 sata ports and 10 gb lan where a huge plus for me. The only catch is if you use an m.2 ssd you must put it in the 2nd slot as other m.2 slots will disable 1 or 2 sata ports. Unfortunately, this means my m.2 drive is directly underneath my graphics card. I've not had any issues with thermal throttling yet but i'm sure it will happen. Only other thing was the io shield was very difficult to install cleanly. After a lot of effort i manage to make it tolerable but i expected better for a board of this price range. Overall though great board, can't complain and i'm happy with my purchase.
      By anonymous shopper
      Worked great, almost perfect, right out of the box.
      So, i bought the z390 motherboard right out of the gate, before even intel's 9th gen cpu's were released, and knowing that asrock had only the initial bios released (which is almost never what you want to run). Fortunately by the time i was able to actually get my hands on an i7-9700k, they had rev'd the taichi ultimate bios a couple times (i should note that even before i flashed it the original seemed to work fine) the board had no problem xmp'ing my corsair lpx 32gb dram 3000mhz c15 memory kit, which i would whole hardheartedly recommend, and i was able to install windows 10 to my intel optane 905p u.2 drive (with m.2 adapter cable) with absolutely no adjustments or special effort. I do notice that the 1.4 bios release, which seems to be better calibrated in some respects, never boosts beyond an all-core 4.6ghz, unless you enable mce (multi-core enhancement). Of course the mce may boost or force you to run beyond what you want from a cooling/noise perspective. I expect they may do better in future bios releases. As well i wasn't impressed with the fan-tastic fan tuning and control adjustments....They need to simplify that and make it work more reliably. I suspect i might update this review to 5 stars after i've used the product a little longer. Right now the overall machine i chose to build around the taichi ultimate is at least twice as fast in every respect and produces half as much noise as my previous i7-3770k / gtx 980. I'm using a corasair hydro 360mm aio which, while not the absolute leader in terms of cooling performance, still does an outstanding job and runs silent (consistent with it's design priority). At idle or just web browsing or using lightweight windows apps, the cpu idles at 28c to 30c and the rtx 2080 (2.75 slot, massive heat sink) runs 40c to 43c...At those temperatures the fans never even kick in on either the aio or the rtx, resulting in an absolutely silent machine until i play games. I built all of this into a roomy (but not too large) define r6 with a single 140mm exhaust, a single 140mm bottom-mounted intake, and of course the 360mm front-mounted aio which as well acts as intake...Albeit with very little draw due to their silent, static-pressure design and the fact that they rarely need to spin up to very high rpm's. Note that the motherboard wants another 4 pin power plug in addition to the traditional 24+8 power connectors. This is a natural consequence of today's motherboards supporting usb 3.1, water pumps, m.2 drives, 8-core cpu's, integrated wifi, and so many other features that didn't even exist a decade ago (not to mention an integrated 10gig nic on the z390 taichi ultimate). Most 750w or larger modular power supplies will come with an additional 4-pin cable, but vendors omit such an extra cable on their 650w or smaller products, which is a shame because 650 watts is plenty (even ideal) for this board, even if populated with a 9th gen cpu and an rtx 2080. Altogether that will never put you over 500w unless you do serious overclocking, and will leave you in the 400-500w "sweet spot" for efficiency when using a 650w supply.
      By Stacy Harrison
      First motherboard i ever got that was doa. Replaced it - works fine.


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