Best Motherboards for Threadripper 3970x – I’ll be blatantly honest. If you are looking forward to having a system for future proof, then I would suggest going for Asus ROG II Zenith Extreme Alpha, regardless of the price tag. I know it’s heavily expensive and can pay a toll on your lifetime remaining savings, but believe me, it’s one of those motherboards that can easily cut around 10+ years without dying.
There are a plethora of features you can feast upon and DIY them as per your will. Even the warranty is for a couple of years, so yeah you can trust the company and buy off the motherboard already. I would also like to add that every TRX40 motherboard is phenomenal and exceptional in its ways. Nothing can go wrong if you randomly choose any, but we will still recommend you to go for Asus ROG II Zenith Extreme Alpha.
1.GIGABYTE TRX40 AORUS Xtreme
Pros & Cons
- Supports 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processors
- Quad Channel ECC/ Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4 8 DIMMs
- 16+3 Phases Infineon Digital VRM Solution with 70A Power Stage
- Thermal Reactive Armor Design with Fins-Array Heatsink 8mm Mega-Heatpipe and NanoCarbon Baseplate
- Intel X550-AT2 Dual 10GbE BASE-T LAN with cFosSpeed
The biggest advantage we can find in TRX40 Aorus Xtreme specs is Intel’s 10GBASE-T network controller, which offers users a way to get 10GbE over copper (Cat 6A) cabling in addition to 5GbE, 2.5GbE, and standard Gigabit Ethernet compatibility over the same cable.
That kind of interoperability explains why Intel calls this its Converged Network Adapter and moreover, it provides two of these 10GbE connections compared to the 10Gb/1Gb Ethernet set of the competing Asus product.
Asus counters that single expensive feature with one of its own, a Gen 2×2 USB port that pairs two 10Gb interfaces over a single Type-C USB port. Yet while Gigabyte’s Type-C port makes do with a single 10Gb connection on each of its USB ports, the fact remains that is has eight ports at this speed, compared to Asus’ five.
2.MSI Creator TRX40
Pros & Cons
- Core boost: with premium layout and fully digital power design to support more Cores and provides better performance.
- 10G super LAN: next level speed, secure networking with fastest data throughput to improve efficiency.
- Wi-fi 6: the latest wireless solution supports MU-MIMO and bss color Technology, delivering speeds up to 2400Mbps.
- Lightning USB 20G: ASM3242 USB 3. 2 Gen2x2 controller offers the fastest USB speeds with stability.
- Total thermal solution: premium thermal design Included frozr heatsink, extended heatsink and heat-pipe.
The spec list shows three PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots, a 10Gb/s network controller and a double-pathway (20Gbps) Type-C port. The later is not directly supported by AMD, but instead relies on an ASM3242 controller to merge the data from those two sets of pins.
Half of the four TRX40 boards we’ve looked at previously lacked 10GbE. Of those two, the TRX40 Aorus Master also lacks 2×2 mode for its rear-panel Type-C connector, while the TRX40 Taichi has only two onboard M.2 slots (though it includes a quad M.2 adapter card).
Speaking of quad M.2 adapters, the Creator TRX40 includes a substantial one: We can thank the big graphics-cooler-like shroud and fan for the double-slot design, beneath which is a giant heatsink that covers the tops of your (hopefully sink-less) NVMe M.2 SSDs.
3.ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme Alpha
Pros & Cons
- 1. Ready for AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper Processors: PCIe 4. 0 ready, 4733Mhz memory OC performance, with up to five M. 2 drives and USB3. 2 Gen2x2 support
- 2. Robust power delivery: Optimized power solution with 16 Infineon TDA21490 teamed up power stages, ProCool II power connectors, microfine alloy chokes and 10K capacitors
- 3. Comprehensive thermal design: Active-cooling VRM heatsink, PCIe-zone M. 2 aluminum heatsink, backplate, Fan Extension Card II and water-cooling zone
- 4. High-performance networking: Onboard Aquantia 10 Gbps Ethernet, Wi-Fi 6 (802. 11ax) with MU-MIMO support, and GameFirst V technology
- 5. Unmatched personalization: Color OLED display and ASUS-exclusive Aura Sync RGB lighting, including two additional RGB headers and two addressable headers
Asus’ original Zenith II Extreme seemed like one of the best TRX40 models when we tested it, but it was tough to justify its price.
We pored over the specs to see if anything changed, and even asked Asus PR, only to be given a vague description of the Zenith II Extreme Alpha being better-optimized for extreme overclocking. We looked for even the slightest alteration, and finally came across a tiny update:
While the original Zenith II Extreme had sixteen 70A MOSFETs, the new one is fitted with Infineon TDA21490 90A parts.
Flipping the board, we found that the improved MOSFETs are driven by the same ASP1405I controller, which appears to be a rebranded Infineon IR35201. We can also see the shine of where the rear cover’s thermal pad contacts the board, directly beneath its CPU core power transistors.
4.ASRock MB TRX40 Taichi
Pros & Cons
- CPU Socket Type sTRX4 / Chipset AMD TRX40 (Model = TRX40 TAICHI)
- Number of Memory Slots 8×288pin
- Memory Standard Supports DDR4 4666(OC)+/ 4600(OC)/ 4533(OC)/ 4466(OC)/ 4400(OC)/ 4333(OC)/ 4266(OC)/ 4200(OC)/ 4133(OC)/ 4000(OC)/ 3866(OC)/ 3800(OC)/ 3733(OC)/ 3600(OC)/ 3466(OC)/ 3200/ 2933/ 2667/ 2400/ 2133 ECC & non-ECC, un-buffered memory (U-DIMM)
- Maximum Memory Supported 256GB
- Channel Supported Quad Channel
In addition to the gears stenciled in various places, The TRX40 Taichi has physical fake gears placed over the chipset that stand out particularly well. They don’t move or serve any real purpose, but they certainly do catch the eye with their shiny gold appearance.
Like many of the company’s other Taichi boards, this third-generation Ryzen Threadripper platform is designed with actual gears etched and mounted prominently on the heatsinks, shrouds, and elsewhere.
Featuring support for no fewer than six M.2 Key-M solid-state drives and a deluxe thermal solution, the TRX40 Taichi looks promising if not for gamers (third-generation Threadripper is a mighty overkill platform for that use alone) then for pro content creators and serious storage-speed mavens. But I found that its minor creatur
5.ASUS ROG Strix X570-E
Pros & Cons
- AMD AM4 Socket and PCIe 4. 0: The perfect pairing for Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 & 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen CPUs
- Aura Sync RGB: ASUS-exclusive aura Sync RGB lighting, including RGB headers and addressable Gen 2 headers
- Comprehensive cooling: active PCH heatsink, MOS heatsink with 8mm Heatpipe, Dual on-board M. 2 heatsinks and a water pump plus Header
- Gaming connectivity: supports PCIe 4. 0, HDMI 2. 0, DisplayPort 1. 2 and features dual M. 2 and USB 3. 2 Type-A and Type-C connectors
- Gaming networking: 2. 5Gbps LAN and Intel Gigabit Ethernet With ASUS LANGuard, Wi-Fi 6 (802. 11Ax) with MU-MIMO, and Gateway teaming via GameFirst V
Ever since AMD launched its X570 chipset back in the summer of 2019, it still remains as its premier flagship for performance. Originally launched alongside the Ryzen 3000 series processors, AMD has since unveiled its latest Zen 3 based Ryzen 5000 series, and we observed up to 5 GHz frequencies when we tested our processors.
Offering support for both the Ryzen 5000 and 3000 series processors, X570 is still AMD’s flagship consumer chipset with plenty of PCIe 4.0 support through its full-length PCIe slots and M.2 slots. For users considering B550, chipset-based PCIe 4.0 is the major benefit here.
One of the models launched back when X570 was announced is the ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming, so even though it has been out a while, it has been a popular option and we wanted to test it. Representing the ROG Strix series that caters to the mid-range, it focuses on blending modern aesthetics with RGB, premium controller sets and features.
You must be aware of the rivalry between Intel and AMD, which has been running on for decades. Let’s not negatively take this, because of the panoply of reasons. It’s good to know that the competition can bring exceptional models into the market. This competition ultimately led to AMD releasing their new threadripper series. These CPUs are much efficient with a multitude of cores and threads. As the name suggests “AMD Threadripper”, directly connotes to them being overly charged with a sea of cores and threads that run simultaneously giving you the output in nanoseconds or maybe in much lesser time.