AMD Ryzen X399 Motherboards Revisited – The ASRock X399M Taichi and ASUS X399-E ROG STRIX Review

Apr 1, 2018
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ASUS ROG STRIX X399-E Gaming Motherboard- Features

The ASUS ROG STRIX X399-E Gaming is ASUS giving the ROG treatment to the X399 platform and making it more affordable than the much more enthusiast aimed ROG Zenith while retaining the feature set that makes ASUS’s ROG, ROG. The ASUS ROG STRIX X399-E Gaming features the TR4 socket and a 8+2 phase Dual Intelligent 5-Way power delivery system. Power is provided by a 8 + 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+).

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ASUS ROG STRIX products are made to appeal to the masses and this board is no exception. While ROG Zenith Extreme and Prime Deluxe boards have their own may of looking amazing, the ROG STRIX motherboards have a laser etched PCB with white stripes running from top to bottom and a metallic aluminum heatsink design which are embedded with RGB LEDs to make them shine like a diamond out of your rig.

The motherboard packs four PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, a single PCIe 3.0 x4 slot, a single PCIe 3.0 x1 and dual M.2 slots. Storage includes 6 SATA III ports, a single U.2 port, dual USB 3.0, dual USB 2.0 ports and a single USB 3.1 port internal header on the PCB itself.

The rear panel IO includes 8 USB 3.1 (Gen1), 2 USB 3.1(Gen 2) ports, a single RJ45 LAN port, a 7.1 channel audio jack, USB BIOS flashback button, a single optical S/PDIF port and a Wi-Fi wireless adapter. The board will costs $399 US which is a hefty price but considering this is a X399 HEDT motherboard, it may look nice if the performance turns out great.

ASUS ROG STRIX X399-E Gaming Motherboard Features

  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor series: Ready for the latest Socket TR4 CPUs
  • Synchronize RGB lighting with a vast portfolio of Aura Sync capable PC gear – now with support for addressable light strips.
  • Onboard M.2 Heatsink: Cools your M.2 drive, delivering consistent storage performance and enhanced reliability.
  • Gaming connectivity: Intel Gigabit Ethernet, LANGuard, 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Dual M.2, USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A and Type-C connectors.
  • Gaming audio: SupremeFX S1220A 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.
  • Gaming durability: ASUS SafeSlot and premium components for maximum durability

ASUS ROG STRIX X399-E Gaming Motherboard Product Gallery

AMD X399 Motherboard Roundup:

Motherboard Name ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme ASUS ROG STRIX X399-E ASUS PRIME X399-A ASRock FATAL1TY X399 Professional ASRock X399 Taichi ASRock X399M Taichi AORUS X399 Gaming 7
CPU Support 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) AMD Ryzen Threadripper (Up To 16 Cores)
Form Factor E-ATX E-ATX E-ATX ATX ATX MATX ATX
Socket Type Socket 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 Phases 8+2 8+2 8+2 11 11 11 8+2
CPU Power Connectors 8+8 Pin 8+4 Pin 8+4 Pin 8+4 Pin 8+4 Pin 8+4 Pin 8+4 Pin
DDR4 DIMM Slots Eight (Quad Channel) Eight (Quad Channel) Eight (Quad Channel) Eight (Quad Channel) Eight (Quad Channel) Four (Quad Channel) Eight (Quad Channel)
Memory Clocks Up To 3600 MHz OC Up To 3200 MHz OC Up To 3200 MHz OC Up To 3600 MHz OC Up To 3600 MHz OC Up To 3600 MHz OC Up To 3600 MHz OC
SATA III 6 GB/s Ports 6 6 6 8 8 8 8
U.2 Ports 1 1 1 2 2 1 N/A
PCI-e 3.0 x16 Expansion Slots 4 4 4 4 4 3 5
PCI-e 3.0 x1 Expansion Slots 1 x1
1 x4
1 x1
1 x4
1 x1
1 x4
1 x1 1 x1 N/A N/A
M.2 PCI-e Expansion Slots 3 2 2 3 3 3 3
USB 3.1 Ports (Internal/External) 15 15 15 2 2 14 13
USB 3.0 Ports (Internal / External) N/A N/A N/A 12 12 N/A N/A
USB 2.0 Ports (Internal / External) 2 4 4 4 4 2 4
Networking 1 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 I211AT 2 x GigaLAN Intel I211AT Rivet Networks Killer E2500 LAN chip
Audio SupremeFX
Realtek S1220 Codec
ESS SABRE9018Q2C DAC
SupremeFX S1220A SupremeFX S1220A Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec
Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec Realtek ALC1220 codec
Support for Sound BlasterX 720
Price $550 US $400 US $350 US $440 $340 $340 $390
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