Originally Posted by bob808
I think the Taichi would be better for overclocking due to the upgraded power delivery.
They both sport an advertised 12-phase power delivery which is split into a 5+2 configuration with the use of doublers on the CPU Vcore side of things.
Quote taken from anandtech-
"In regards to what's new on the ASRock Z390 Taichi, a solid looking 10-phase power delivery with an IR35201 8-channel PWM controller operating in a 5+2 configuration. The CPU VCore section is made up of ten Texas Instrument 87350D NexFET power blocks which are doubled by IR3598 dual drivers. Each individual phase is complemented with a dedicated 60A choke and the Z390 Taichi uses 12K capacitors throughout. It is worth noting that the ASRock Z390 Taichi, the ASRock Z390 Taichi Ultimate and the more gaming focused ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 9 all feature the same power delivery across all three models."
I saw that review at Anandtech, but couldn't translate that to what the Taichi had over the Extreme4? That just says the Taichi, Taichi Ultimate and Phantom Gaming 9 are all great. Doesn't say anything about the Extreme4 unfortunately. Why do you think the Taichi power would be better than the Extreme4?
Semi-rant aimed at motherboard companies...
I'm regularly surprised that these motherboard companies don't make it easy to see the differences between their models. They are likely selling to tech-savvy folks so why not actually explain the real technical differences between their models in a technically accurate (not just marketing-speak) way? If any mobo company actually did that well, I'd probably buy one of their products because I could more easily tell which product actually fits my needs and gives me an appropriate bang-for-the-buck. I'm one of those guys who will pay what it takes to meet my objectives, but I don't really want to pay more than I need to and the motherboard companies are not making that type of analysis simple at all.
I'm looking for something like this (I made up the features as an example):
Here's our base model for overclocking with the 1151 socket. It gives you these features and works great if you stay within those overclocking bounds and it has the ports/features you need.
One step up are these three boards. These both add additional power supply control for better stability when you push the limits of overclocking. These three boards differ in ports and LED lighting options and built-in NVME M.2 slots according to this table.
Another step up are these two boards. These add more layers to the PC board to give better shielding as you push overclocking and are generally better at overclocking RAM and have lots of power headers for coolers of all sorts. These also have additional power supply capabilities. One of these boards is aimed at those who want very fast networking with multiple links (often data-center usage).
This is our top end board. It adds XX, YY, ZZ over the previous two.
Then, put all this in a simple table that shows the delta between models and shows it in a real technical description, not just marketing speak.