Hardware – conclusion
Aesthetics & general impressions
There’s something I can’t quite put my finger on when it comes to ASRock boards, but they feel different form the other boards you get from MSI, ASUS and GIGABYTE. Perhaps the specific plastics which ASRock uses seem a little lighter and dare I say budget orientated.
A certain heft to the board is missing, which you normally get with the other competing boards at similar prices. It isn’t of any importance as it has no bearing whatsoever on the utility or function of the motherboard. It’s literally aesthetic at best. If this is in any way contributing to such appealing pricing, then I’m all for it. Too often we can find ourselves paying for fresh air, where the features are nice to have on paper, but for your particular use, are of no value. The simpler the better is the philosophy here and it works.
In terms of design, I like the covered board look that we see quite often now, this has certainly improved the looks of motherboards by far. The gear wheels used on the chipset heatsink don’t’ move me one way or the other outside of being distinctively ASRock in nature. The X570 Taichi is moderately attractive if you choose to use such a word, but certainly far from being unsightly. Overall, I’m pretty happy with what the board looks like.