AMD X399 Motherboard Roundup – Every Ryzen Threadripper TR4 Board From ASUS, AORUS, ASRock and MSI

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With the AMD X399 platform launching next week, I thought of presenting our readers with a round up of all the motherboards that we expect to see at launch. AMD has worked with several partners to assemble a large array of X399 motherboards which will support their Ryzen Threadripper CPUs.

AMD X399 Motherboard Roundup – All TR4 Socket Boards From ASUS, AORUS, ASRock and MSI

As of right now, we have four companies that are actively working on the X399 platform in partnership with AMD. These include ASUS, AORUS, ASRock and MSI. All four companies are well known in regards to their craftsmanship and top of the line products. The new Ryzen Threadripper CPUs will be AMD’s first entry in the high-end desktop battlefield where Intel has long been dominant but it seems like this time, AMD will have an edge in terms of performance, efficiency and pricing. You can check out the details on Ryzen Threadripper CPUs arriving this month over here.

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ASUS X399 Motherboard Family

ASUS ROG X399 Zenith Extreme Motherboard ($550 US)

The ASUS ROG X399 Zenith Extreme is ASUS’s flagship AMD offering. The motherboard has the massive SP3 socket which is also known as TR4. It features 4094 pins and houses AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper processors with up to 16 cores and 32 threads. Power is provided through a dual 8 pin connector configuration along with a 24 pin ATX connector. There are a total of eight DDR4 DIMM slots on the board along with a fifth DIMM.2 slot which can support up to two NVMe M.2 drives. The motherboard can support up to 128 GB capacity with speeds of up to 3600 MHz (O.C).

ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme Features:

  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor series: Ready for the latest SocketTR4 CPUs
  • Onboard M.2 Heatsink: Cools your M.2 drive, delivering consistent storage performance and enhanced reliability.
  • Synchronize RGB lighting: With a vast portfolio of Aura Sync capable PC gear – now with support for addressable light strips
  • ROG DIMM.2: Dual M.2 expansion card allows use of fans to prevent throttling
  • LiveDash OLED : Customizable panel displays vital system stats or your own logo
  • Best gaming networking: Intel Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ad Wi-Fi, LANGuard and GameFirst technologies
  • Gaming audio: SupremeFX S1220 teamed with Sonic Studio III, cast an aural landscape that draws you deeper into the action.
  • 5-Way Optimization: Automated system-wide tuning, providing overclocking and cooling profiles that are tailor made for your rig
  • Best gaming protection: SafeSlot, and carefully-selected premium components for maximum durability
Expansion slots include four PCIe 3.0 x16, a single PCIe 3.0 x4 and a single PCIe 3.0 x1 slot. The M.2 ports as detailed are only available through the DIMM.2 riser card. Moving on to storage, we are looking at 6 SATA III ports, a single U.2 port, dual USB 3.1 front panel headers and an internal USB 3.1 port. One key thing to note is that all ASUS motherboards are fitted with an internal heatpipe on the VRM heatsink that lead to a second, smaller heatsink beneath the IO cover. This heatsink has active fan cooling that operates only when necessary, offering optimal cooling under silent operation.
The motherboard fully supports ASUS AURA Sync lighting technology and includes the latest SupremeFX audio system on board the PCB. ROG Zenith Extreme also features a small LED display on the I/O cover which will display several aspects of the motherboard such as clock speeds, CPU voltage, temps and even custom messages like the ASUS PRIME X299 Deluxe. I/O on the board features 1 USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type-C) port, 1 USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type-A) port, 8 USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, 1 LAN (RJ45) port, a clear CMOS and BIOS flashback button, a 5 channel LED illuminated audio jack, a WiFi GO! module and optical S/PDIF out.
The motherboard is loaded with accessories that include a LAN card, ROG DIMM.2 card, GPU hold bracket, 3-Way SLI bridge, 2-Way High-Bandwidth SLI bridge, several SATA cables, thermistors, Wi-Fi antennas, etc. The motherboard is available for pre-order right now and has a price of $550 US.

ASUS PRIME X399-A Motherboard ($350 US)

The PRIME X399-A is the only PRIME series offering in ASUS’s X399 lineup. The motherboard has the massive SP3 socket which is also known as TR4. It features 4094 pins and houses AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper processors with up to 16 cores and 32 threads. Power is provided through a dual 8 pin connector configuration along with a 24 pin ATX connector. There are a total of eight DDR4 DIMM slots on the board along with a fifth DIMM.2 slot which can support up to two NVMe M.2 drives. The motherboard can support up to 128 GB capacity with speeds of up to 3200 MHz (O.C).

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ASUS PRIME X399-A Features:

  • Ready for Ryzen: Latest AMD socketTR4 for Threadripper processors.
  • 5-Way Optimization: One-click, system-wide tuning, delivering optimized overclocks and intelligent cooling for CPU or GPU-intensive tasks.
  • Industry-leading cooling options: Comprehensive controls for fans and water pumps, via Fan Xpert 4 software or the acclaimed ASUS UEFI.
  • Next-gen connectivity: Onboard U.2, M.2 and front-panel USB 3.1 Gen 2 connector.
  • M.2 heatsink: Ultra-efficient heatsink reduces M.2 SSD temperatures by up to 20°C for unthrottled transfer speeds and enhanced reliability.
  • Aura Sync: Controllable onboard RGB lighting easily syncs with an ever-growing portfolio of Aura Sync-capable hardware.

Expansion slots include four PCIe 3.0 x16, a single PCIe 3.0 x4 and a single PCIe 3.0 x1 slot. There are two M.2 slots, one of which is vertically headed beneath the 24 pin ATX connector while the other is featured right below the PCH heatsink which also provides cooling for the M.2 storage device.

Moving on to storage, we are looking at 6 SATA III ports, a single U.2 port, dual USB 3.1 front panel headers and an internal USB 3.1 port. One key thing to note is that all ASUS motherboards are fitted with an internal heatpipe on the VRM heatsink that lead to a second, smaller heatsink beneath the IO cover. This heatsink has active fan cooling that operates only when necessary, offering optimal cooling under silent operation.

The motherboard fully supports ASUS AURA Sync lighting technology and includes the latest SupremeFX audio system on board the PCB. ROG Zenith Extreme also features a small LED display on the I/O cover which will display several aspects of the motherboard such as clock speeds, CPU voltage, temps and even custom messages like the ASUS PRIME X299 Deluxe. I/O on the board features 1 USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type-C) port, 1 USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type-A) port, 8 USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, 1 LAN (RJ45) port, a clear CMOS and BIOS flashback button, a 5 channel audio jack and optical S/PDIF out.

ASUS ROG STRIX X399-E Motherboard ($400 US)

Gaming is more than just playing. There’s a whole world of streaming and broadcasting that has turned it into a form of entertainment watched by millions. A product of this new regime, the Strix X399-E Gaming brings Threadripper’s horsepower to bear on high-quality streaming and complex post-production while keeping one foot firmly planted in hardcore gameplay.

While it doesn’t go to the same lengths as the Zenith, the Strix follows a similar theme. It’s designed to be shown, with multiple onboard lighting zones backed by headers for both standard and addressable RGB hardware. PCs that were once tucked out of sight are now displayed with pride behind tempered glass panels; the Strix lets your build speak with more range than most.

Extra peripherals add to the versatility. A multitude of onboard ports and connectors is bolstered by wireless split between 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2. In addition to jacking into high-speed wired networks and devices, you can enjoy the convenience of cable-free connectivity.

With support for three double-wide graphics cards and three NVMe SSDs, the Strix X399-E Gaming can easily scale up or down to meet your needs. There’s enough breathing room to run dual 2.5-slot cards like our Strix GTX 1080 Ti–and at a full 16 PCIe lanes per card. Primary M.2 drives get cooling from the chipset heatsink, while secondary SSDs poke out of a vertical slot with that can benefit from chassis airflow.

Ready for cooling in any form, the diverse collection of liquid and fan headers lets you run everything from off-the-shelf AiOs to custom loops. With eight 4-pin headers in total, there’s enough capacity to cover an entire build.

ROG’s latest generation of SupremeFX audio has been tweaked specifically to improve recording quality. Your voice will come through loud and clear whether you’re broadcasting to an audience or discussing strategy with teammates. The newest version of our Sonic Studio software also makes it easier to direct audio streams to different devices, so you can assign game audio to headphones, music to speakers, and video to an auxiliary display with just a few clicks.

Designed for the growing community that defines the gaming scene, the Strix X399-E channel’s ROG’s pedigree to help gaming PCs exceed expectations. It will be available in late August in the US and Canada.

AORUS X399 Motherboard Family

Gigabyte X399 AOURS Gaming 7 Motherboard ($390 US)

The Gigabyte X399 AORUS Gaming 7 is the flagship motherboard of the lineup. In terms of design, the X399 AORUS Gaming 7 has a standard ATX design with the largest consumer socket we have seen to date, the TR4. The TR4 is a lot similar to the SP3 socket which is designed for the EPYC server platform and feature 4094 pins in total. The socket is surrounded by eight DDR4 DIMM slots that can support up to 128 GB of ram with 3600 MHz speeds (OC+).

Gigabyte X399 AORUS Gaming 7 Features:

  • Supports AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processors
  • Quad Channel ECC/ Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 8 DIMMs, 3600MHz+(OC)
  • Fast Front and Rear USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C and Rear Type-A Interface
  • 4-Way Graphics Support with Dual Armor and Ultra Durable Design
  • Server-Class Digital Power Design & Gold Plated Solid Power Connectors
  • ALC1220 120dB SNR HD Audio with Smart Headphone AMP and WIMA audio capacitor
  • Sound BlasterX 720, the Top-of-the-line Audio Engine Solution for 4K Gaming and Entertainment
  • Killer E2500 GbE LAN Gaming Network
  • Intel Dual Band 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.2 – AC 8265 WiFi Module
  • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone LED Light Show design, support Digital LED & RGB LED strips
  • Swappable Overlay for Accent LED PCH
  • Smart Fan 5 features Multiple Temperature Sensors and Hybrid Fan Headers
  • Triple Ultra-Fast M.2 with PCIe Gen3 x4 interface and Thermal Guard
  • NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 U.2 support by optional adaptor
  • USB DAC-UP 2 with Adjustable Voltage
  • Precise Digital USB Fuse Design for Stronger Protection
  • Anti-Sulfur Resistor Design
  • Ultra Durable 25KV ESD and 15KV Surge LAN Protection
  • GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS with Q-Flash Plus USB port
  • APP Center Including EasyTune and Cloud Station Utilities

The motherboard has a solid 10 phase power delivery system which is delivered power through an 8 and 4 pin connector configuration. The power delivery system is cooled by two sets of aluminum based heatsinks. What’s interesting is that the X399 platform will feature up to 64 PCI-e Gen 3.0 lanes vs 44 max PCI-e Gen 3.0 lanes on Intel’s X299 platform. Expansion slots include five PCI-e 3.0 x16 slots and triple M.2 slots. The motherboard is certified to support quad way SLI and Crossfire functionality which is great for enthusiasts who do multi-GPU builds.

For storage, we are looking at 8 SATA III ports along with tons of connectivity on the I/O panel and PCB for users. The rear panel includes 8 USB 3.1 ports, two USB 3.1 (Type A + Type C) ports, a 7.1 channel audio jack, a single LAN port and PS/2 connector. The motherboard is fully compliant with Gigabyte’s AURA RGB LED lighting system which looks tremendously great on their new HEDT flag ship products. If you pre-order the motherboard, you will be applicable to the Xpedition Pack promotion which grants you either a Kingston HyperX Cloud headset or a Steam $50 US voucher code which is splendid. The motherboard has a retail price of $390 US.

ASRock X399 Motherboard Family

ASRock FATAL1TY X399 Professional Gaming ($440)

The ASRock X399 Professional Gaming is the flagship motherboard of the ASRock X399 family. It comes with a similar design scheme as the X299 series with a aggressive metallic finish on the heatsinks and a matte black covers. The X399 Professional Gaming features the TR4 socket and a 11 phase Digi power delivery system. Power is provided by a 8 and 4 pin connector configuration and there are a total of eight DDR4 DIMM slots that can support up to 128 GB capacity in total. The motherboards can support memory speeds of up to 3600 MHz (OC+).

ASRock FATAL1TY X399 Professional Gaming Features:

  • ASRock Super Alloy
  • Gaming Armor: Power / Memory / VGA / Internet / Cooling / Audio
  • Supports AMD TR4 Socket Ryzen Threadripper Series CPUs
  • IR Digital PWM, 11 Power Phase & Dr. MOS
  • Supports DDR4 3600+(OC)
  • 4 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • NVIDIA 4-Way SLI, AMD 4-Way CrossFireX
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec), Supports Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 3
  • 8 SATA3, 3 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3)
  • 2 USB 3.1 10Gb/s (1 Type-A + 1 Type-C), 12 USB 3.0 (4 Front, 8 Rear)
  • 1 U.2 Connector
  • AQUANTIA 10 Gigabit LAN, Dual Intel Gigabit LAN
  • Intel 802.11ac WiFi
  • ASRock RGB LED
  • BIOS Flashback
  • Hyper BCLK Engine III

The motherboard packs four PCI-e 3.0 x16 slots, a single PCI-e 3.0 x1 and three M.2 slots. Storage includes 8 SATA III ports, a single U.2 port, dual USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 ports and we can also spot a 6-Pin power connector to juice up the expansion slots when running multiple array of discrete graphics cards.

The rear panel IO includes 8 USB 3.0, 2 USB 3.1 ports, triple RJ45 LAN ports, a 7.1 channel audio jack, BIS flashback switch, a single optical S/PDIF port and a Wi-Fi wireless adapter. The board will cost $440 US at launch on 10th August.

ASRock X399 Taichi Motherboard ($340)

The ASRock X399 Taichi is so far the cheapest of all X399 motherboards but still packs a lot of punch to itself. It comes with a similar design scheme as the X299 series with a aggressive metallic finish on the heatsinks and a matte black covers. The X399 Professional Gaming features the TR4 socket and a 11 phase Digi power delivery system. Power is provided by a single 8 pin connector and there are a total of eight DDR4 DIMM slots that can support up to 128 GB capacity in total. The motherboards can support memory speeds of up to 3600 MHz (OC+).

 

ASRock X399 Taichi Features:

  • ASRock Super Alloy
  • Supports AMD TR4 Socket Ryzen Threadripper Series CPUs
  • IR Digital PWM, 11 Power Phase & Dr. MOS
  • Supports DDR4 3600+(OC)
  • 4 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • NVIDIA 4-Way SLI, AMD 4-Way CrossFireX
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec), Supports DTS Connect
  • 8 SATA3, 3 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3)
  • 2 USB 3.1 10Gb/s (1 Type-A + 1 Type-C), 12 USB 3.0 (4 Front, 8 Rear)
  • 1 U.2 Connector
  • Dual Intel Gigabit LAN
  • Intel 802.11ac WiFi
  • ASRock RGB LED
  • BIOS Flashback
  • Hyper BCLK Engine III

The design of the ASRock X399 Taichi is a little bit more striking with the mechanical dial design that we have also seen on Intel based ASRock Taichi offerings. The motherboard packs four PCI-e 3.0 x16 slots, a single PCI-e 3.0 x1 and three M.2 slots. Storage includes 8 SATA III ports, a single U.2 port, dual USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 ports and we can also spot a 6-Pin power connector to juice up the expansion slots when running multiple array of discrete graphics cards.

The rear panel IO includes 8 USB 3.0, 2 USB 3.1 ports, dual RJ45 LAN ports, a 7.1 channel audio jack, BIS flashback switch, a single optical S/PDIF port and a Wi-Fi wireless adapter. The board will cost $340 US at launch on 10th August.

MSI X399 Motherboard Family

MSI X399 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Motherboard ($380 US)

The MSI X399 Gaming Pro Carbon AC is another impressive product based on the new AMD HEDT chipset. It features the TR4 socket which fully supports the AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors. It comes with quad channel DDR4 memory support and has eight DDR4 DIMM slots scattered across the socket. The CPU is powered by dual 8 pin connectors which provides a massive influx of power to the board. HEDT users and overclockers will definitely enjoy the 13 Phase (10+3) DrMOS power delivery system which ensures a lot of power being delivered to the socket for overclocking needs.

MSI X399 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Features:

  • Supports AMD RYZEN THREADRIPPER Series Processors
  • Support 8 DIMMs, Quad Channel DDR4 3600+ (OC)
  • Designed for Extreme Performance: 10+3 power phase, DIGITALL POWER Design
  • MYSTIC LIGHT: 16.8 milliom colors / 17 effects controlled in one click. MYSTIC LIGHT SYNC support both RGB and RAINBOW LED strip
  • 3D Printing Support: exchangeable cover and 3D X-MOUNTING screws
  • Lightning Fast Game experience: 3x TURBO M.2 with M.2 Shield, LIGHTNING USB 3.1 GEN2
  • VR READY and VR BOOST: Best virtual reality game experience without latency, reduces motion sickness. Supports Nahimic VR
  • AUDIO BOOST 4 with NAHIMIC 2+: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive gaming experience
  • DDR4 Boost with Steel Armor: Fully isolated, shielded and optimized DDR4 PCB design to give your DDR4 memory a performance boost
  • GAMING LAN and Wireless support, powered by Intel: The best online gaming experience with lowest latency and bandwidth management
  • MULTI-GPU: With STEEL ARMOR PCI-E slots. Supports 4-Way NVIDIA SLI & 4-Way AMD Crossfire
  • WHQL certified for Windows 10

For expansion slots, we are looking at four PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots and triple M.2 slots with MSI’s latest M.2 Shield V2 revision. The motherboard has a nice color design and has a number of swappable heatsink covers that are included in the package. The motherboard has 8 SATA ports and two USB 3.1 front panel headers that are right angled for easier cable management inside the casing. MSI ships the motherboard with a LAN and WiFi PCIe card along with the added features such as Audio Boost 4 and there’s also support for 3D mounting for users who are going to be interested in it.

In terms of rear panel I/O, the motherboard comes with 2 USB 3.1 (Gen 2), 8 USB 3.1 (Gen 1), 2 USB 2.0 ports, LAN Ethernet port and a 7.1 channel HD audio jack. The motherboard will cost US $380 when it launches.

AMD X399 Motherboard Roundup:

Motherboard NameASUS ROG Zenith ExtremeASUS ROG STRIX X399-EASUS PRIME X399-AASRock FATAL1TY X399 ProfessionalASRock X399 TaichiAORUS X399 Gaming 7MSI X399 Pro Gaming AC
CPU SupportAMD Ryzen Threadripper (Up To 16 Cores)AMD Ryzen Threadripper (Up To 16 Cores)AMD Ryzen Threadripper (Up To 16 Cores)AMD Ryzen Threadripper (Up To 16 Cores)AMD Ryzen Threadripper (Up To 16 Cores)AMD Ryzen Threadripper (Up To 16 Cores)AMD Ryzen Threadripper (Up To 16 Cores)
Form FactorE-ATXE-ATXE-ATXATXATXATXATX
Socket TypeSocket TR4 (4094 Pin)Socket TR4 (4094 Pin)Socket TR4 (4094 Pin)Socket TR4 (4094 Pin)Socket TR4 (4094 Pin)Socket TR4 (4094 Pin)Socket TR4 (4094 Pin)
Power Phases8+28+28+211118+210+3
CPU Power Connectors8+8 Pin8+4 Pin8+4 Pin8+4 Pin8+4 Pin8+4 Pin8+8 Pin
DDR4 DIMM SlotsEight (Quad Channel)Eight (Quad Channel)Eight (Quad Channel)Eight (Quad Channel)Eight (Quad Channel)Eight (Quad Channel)Eight (Quad Channel)
Memory ClocksUp To 3600 MHz OCUp To 3200 MHz OCUp To 3200 MHz OCUp To 3600 MHz OCUp To 3600 MHz OCUp To 3600 MHz OCUp To 3600 MHz OC
SATA III 6 GB/s Ports6668888
U.2 Ports11122N/AN/A
PCI-e 3.0 x16 Expansion Slots4444454
PCI-e 3.0 x1 Expansion Slots1 x1
1 x4
1 x1
1 x4
1 x1
1 x4
1 x11 x1N/A2 x1
M.2 PCI-e Expansion Slots3223333
USB 3.1 Ports (Internal/External)151515221315
USB 3.0 Ports (Internal / External)N/AN/AN/A1212N/AN/A
USB 2.0 Ports (Internal / External)2444446
Networking1 x Aquantia 10/5/2.5Gbe card
1 x Intel Gbe
802.11ad WiGig
802.11ac WiFi 2x2 MU-MIMO
1 x Intel Gbe
802.11ac WiFi 2x2 MU-MIMO
Bluetooth 4.2
1 x Intel Gbe
1 x 10 Gigabit LAN 100/1000/2500/5000/10000 Mb/s (AQUANTIA
AQC107)
2 x GigaLAN Intel I211AT
2 x GigaLAN Intel I211ATRivet Networks Killer E2500 LAN chip1 x Intel Gbe
AudioSupremeFX
Realtek S1220 Codec
ESS SABRE9018Q2C DAC
SupremeFX S1220ASupremeFX S1220ARealtek ALC1220 Audio Codec
Realtek ALC1220 Audio CodecRealtek ALC1220 codec
Support for Sound BlasterX 720
AUDIO BOOST 4 with NAHIMIC 2+
Price$550 US$400 US$350 US$440$340$380 US
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