ASUS unveiled some top-end motherboards for the third generation of powerful AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPUs. The three TRX40 Motherboards feature extreme performance optimizations and promise to deliver next-gen connectivity and speed. The ROG Zenith, ROG Strix and ASUS Prime motherboards are meant for the serious multimedia editing professionals, gamers as well as the growing enthusiast markets.
Meant to assimilate the latest 3rd-Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors, the newly launched ASUS TRX40 motherboards appear to be significantly tweaked and optimized. The company is clearly trying to ensure that any peripherals, expansion cards, graphics cards or other premium accessories that are slotted on the new motherboards, work as fast as their specifications promise. Moreover, the ASUS TRX40 motherboards have the provision to accommodate the latest standards of SSDs, graphics cards, and other top-end AV gear. Simply put, enthusiast PC builders who stress on minimizing or eliminating bandwidth bottlenecks would surely go for these TRX40 motherboards.
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ASUS TRX40 Motherboard Lineup Announced Includes flagship ROG ZENITH Extreme II, the ROG STRIX TRX40-E, and the PRIME TRX40-PRO:
The ASUS ROG series of hardware has always boasted of a no-compromise philosophy, and the newly launched TRX40 motherboards religiously follow the same. Incidentally, while the ROG series is aimed towards enthusiasts, the PRIME series is for those who want best in class stability and reliability. The ASUS ROG ZENITH II EXTREME is the top-end flagship model for the Ryzen Threadripper 3000 series. It boasts of the most powerful VRM design and feature set of all TRX40 motherboards.
The ASUS ROG ZENITH II EXTREME sports a massive sTRX4 socket which is powered by a 16 phase TDA21472 power stages. Each stage is independently capable of handling 70 Amps. The motherboard has four PCIe Gen 4 x16 slots and a total of five Gen 4 M.2 slots. There are 8 SATA III ports and a range of USB 3.2 Gen 2 & USB 3.1 Gen 2 front panel headers. A total of eight DDR4 DIMM slots on the motherboard can support up to 4600 MHz OC+ pin speeds with maximum capacity support of up to 256 GB (ECC/non-ECC).
One of the most visually striking aspects of the ASUS ROG ZENITH II EXTREME motherboard is the main VRM heatsink which includes two heat pipes and two semi-passive fans. The cooling is controlled by Fan Xpert 4 utility. However, what’s even more interesting is that ASUS has ensured this motherboard can work in workstations and high-end desktop machines. With Intel I211-AT Gigabit Ethernet controller, Aquantia AQC-107 10GbE controller, Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 support, the motherboard sure has the top-end data transmission protocols.
The ASUS the ROG STRIX TRX40-E is clearly a gaming-centric motherboard that comes with all the high-end desktop credentials. However, being a product for gamers, the motherboard supports exceptional customization options, sleek cybertext aesthetics and has a never-before-seen 1.3-inch LiveDash OLED display. This new Strix board feeds its CPU with a 16-stage VRM with two semi-passive fans above the heatsink to keep things cool. There are three M.2 sockets, each linked to four lanes of PCIe 4.0, as well as eight SATA ports. Eight USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports with 10 Gbps of bandwidth, including one Type-C, alongside another four USB 2.0 Type-A connectors sit at the back. Strix TRX40-E Gaming also offers dedicated headers for both AIO and custom-loop pumps in addition to its multiple standard fan headers. The motherboard shares the same networking standards as the flagship model.
Finally, the ASUS Prime TRX40-Pro is clearly aimed at professionals with intense multimedia editing workloads and projects involving 3D rendering. As the AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPUs are built with multiple cores, the motherboard is designed to optimize multicore and multithread processing. ASUS has attempted to offer a clean aesthetic with the brushed-aluminum VRM heatsink that’s coupled with a 16-stage power-delivery subsystem comprising Infineon TDA21462 integrated power stages paired with premium chokes and components.
All the new ASUS TRX40 Motherboards for 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPUs have high-end audio that comes with premium WMI shielding and separate PCB layers for audio channeling. However, the most important under-the-hood improvement is undoubtedly the support for PCI Express 4.0. Every PCIe slot and M.2 slot in the ASUS TRX40 lineup is wired with PCIe 4.0 connectivity for maximum bandwidth. This essentially means any and all expansion cards slotted into an ASUS TRX40 board will run as fast as they possibly can, thereby eliminating any possible bottlenecks.
The TRX40 series motherboards come in various price categories. Most likely hovering around the $1,000 mark, each variation offers a different set of features, unique design schemes and a range of powerful accessories that accompany the latest AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPUs.