Thanks to an official press release ASUS announced the next availability of the new series of motherboards based on the TRX architecture 40 apt to unleash all the power of new third-generation AMD Threadripper processors .
The cards in question are the following:
- ROG Zenith II Extreme : designed for those who want to overcome all limits, with VRM at 16 power phases, heat sinks with fan and LiveDash OLED.
- ROG Strix TRX 40 – And Gaming : VRM a 16 levels of power, heat sinks with fans for cooling and many customization options, for the best gaming experience.
- ASUS Prime TRX 40 – Pro : a solid professional base for any third-generation Threadripper, with exceptional connectivity and spatial audio support
For high-end desktop users, the TRX series 40 offer up to a maximum of 256 GB of RAM on eight slots. The new third-generation Threadripper CPUs retain the support of previous generations with regard to ECC memories to allow them to make the most of RAM too 3200 MHz beyond the limits thanks to the exclusive OptiMem III technology from Republic of Gamers (ROG).
ROG Zenith II Extreme: beyond all limits
ROG Zenith II Extreme is perfect for professional users and game enthusiasts who want to make the most of all third-generation Threadripper CPU cores and memory speeds.
Every single element of the board is of the highest quality and purpose built to overcome any limit in terms of performance and design. The decorative panel above the I / O screen boasts an Infinity Lighting holographic pattern, while the color OLED LiveDash display allows you to view POST codes, system information or custom images. The ROG Armor cover in aluminum covers most of the front side of the board and a metal backplate reinforces it to the best, ideal solution in case of use of heat sinks and expansion cards of large size and weight.
The ROG Zenith II Extreme uses an advanced VRM design a 16 phases of power, so as not to have problems even in the case of extreme overclocking. Many components in a high-end build can get very hot when workloads increase, so the main VRM heatsink of ROG Zenith II Extreme uses two semi-passive fans that light up only when the temperatures of the underlying components reach the 60 ° C. To further improve dissipation, a tube connects the VRM main heat sink with an auxiliary one under the I / O cover and there is an additional fan under the chipset heat sink that removes heat from the main M.2 slots and from the silicon of TRX 40 itself so as to allow its airflow to help keep VRC SoC temperatures low during memory overclocking. Each of these fans uses an intelligent system that operates only when necessary and can be controlled by Fan Xpert 4.
Large storage capacity is guaranteed by five M.2 slots, each of which uses up to four lanes of PCIe 4.0, and as many as eight SATA ports.
Networking is a key aspect for high-end desktop workstations and machines. ROG Zenith II Extreme presents three different interfaces: An Intel Gigabit Ethernet controller ® I 211 – AT, an Aquantia AQC – 107 10 GbE to speed up multi-terabyte and Intel AX transfers 200 Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 support for an ultra-fast connection even without cables.
On the back panel of the ROG Zenith II Extreme we find a total of seven USB ports 3.2 Jan 2 with 10 Gbps of throughput and amazing USB 3.2 Gen 2 × 2 super-fast Type-C with 20 Gbps of bandwidth. On the front panel there are also a pair of USB 3.2 Gen 2 connectors, four USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports and three USB 2.0 ports.
There is no lack of premium audio solutions thanks to a SupremeFX S codec 1220 paired with a high-end Saber ESS DAC a 32 bit. Also included is DTS software support ® Sound Unbound, for accurate and precise sounds with 3D positional audio.
ROG Strix TRX 40 – And Gaming: take the lead in play
ROG Strix TRX 40 – And Gaming is the motherboard with all the elements that requires a high-end desktop with great customization options, elegant aesthetics and a 1.3-inch LiveDash OLED Display.
Also this sheet presents a VRM design to 16 phases with two semi-passive fans above the heat sink to keep component temperatures low, even during a challenging overlock , plus the ProCool II connectors help ensure a stable power supply to the many Threadripper cores.
The card also offers many options for storage devices and peripherals with three M.2 sockets, each connected to four lanes of PCIe 4.0, as well as eight SATA ports. On the back of the card there are eight USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports with 10 Gbps bandwidth, including a Type-C ™ , along with four other USB 2.0 Type connectors -A ™ . ROG Strix TRX 40 – And Gaming also features dedicated headers both for AIO pumps and for custom loops.
There are three network controllers: Intel AX 200 Wi-Fi 6 with Bluetooth 5, 2.5 Gbps Realtek Ethernet combined with Intel I 211 – AT Gigabit Ethernet. For the audio part, ROG Strix TRX 40 – And Gaming uses a SupremeFX S audio codec 1220 in addition to DTS Sound Unbound support.
ASUS Prime TRX 40 – Pros: solid solution for third generation professionals and Threadrippers
ASUS Prime TRX 40 – Pro is a reliable motherboard, designed for any enthusiast or professional often engaged in activities such as video editing and 3D rendering that benefit from the power of many core CPUs. In addition to the clean and futuristic design of the board, the VRM brushed aluminum heat sink uses a power subsystem 16 phases comprising integrated phases Infineon TDA 21462 combined with chokes and other premium components. Every single expansion slot uses the performance of PCIe 4.0: three ASUS SafeSlot PCIe x 16 occupy the main part of the card and are ready to give the maximum in a configuration x 16 / x 16 / x 16.
Three M.2 slots are included, those working with large video files can connect multiple NVM Express devices to RAID ® (NVMe) for more bandwidth I / O and seamless reproduction in their edit slots . Two of these slots are located under a dedicated heat sink to prevent the SSD from overheating. The third M.2 slot positions the SSD vertically to take advantage of the ambient airflow around the CPU socket.
The selection of USB ports on the rear panel includes three USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A connectors and a reversible USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port to provide up to 10 Gbps. ASUS Prime TRX 40 – Pro also owns a complete set of fans and liquid cooling header controllable with Fan Xpert 4. The card also includes an E-key socket M.2 2230 for anyone wishing to add a Wi-Fi module. Wired connectivity is guaranteed by a Gigabit Ethernet port supported by an Intel I chip 211 – AT.
The Realtek S audio codec 1220 offers pristine audio quality, supported by EMI shielding and separate PCB layers for left and right channels to maintain signal integrity. When it's time to increase the volume, DTS: X Ultra support guarantees an immersive and precise 3D spatial sound to the connected headphones or speakers.
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