AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X 32 Core, $1999 US CPU Review With ASRock TRX40 Taichi Motherboard
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X CPU / ASRock TRX40 Taichi Motherboard2019
ASRock TRX40 Taichi Motherboard - Features
The ASRock TRX40 motherboard lineup includes two motherboards, the TRX40 Creator and the TRX40 Taichi. Both motherboards have been said to be very competitive in terms of features and pricing compared to other AIB's TRX40 products. The TRX40 Taichi is the flagship of the two boards with a focus primarily towards enthusiasts while the TRX40 Creator is more focused on the workstation and prosumer audience who want the best-in-class pro-grade features.
The ASRock TRX40 Taichi features the latest Taichi design that we saw on the X570 Taichi. The board comes in a black and silver color scheme with gear logos and aesthetics spread across various heatsinks and I/O cover. Just as you can expect, the ASRock TRX40 Taichi rocks a very premium design and has an abundance of features packed on it. The motherboard has a 16 phase (Intersil Digital) PWM which is rounded by the top of the line components such as premium 90A Dr. MOS power chokes, premium memory alloy chokes, Nichicon 12K black capacitors, and a matte back 8-layer PCB with 2oz copper design.
The CPU socket is powered by dual 8-pin connectors and the whole VRM area is cooled off by one large XXL aluminum alloy heatsink that is accompanied by dual cooling fans. This along with the added Heatpipe transfer heat from the VRM area to the heatsink near the I/O which absorbs most of the heat. There are eight DDR4 DIMM slots that can support up to 256 GB of capacity with speeds of up to 4666 MHz (OC+).
The motherboard also comes with three PCIe 4.0 x16 slots (x16, x16, x16 electrical) and a single PCIe 4.0 x1 slot. The three full-length x16 slots are reinforced by steel shielding. There are two Hyper M.2 slots and 8 SATA III ports for storage devices included on the motherboard. Other than that, all M.2 slots can be seen hidden beneath the front motherboard cover. Additional ports include a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C front-panel connector, power on/off switches, a reset switch, DEBUG LED and a couple of USB 3.0 front panel headers.
The interesting thing about this board is that it comes with the Hyper Quad M.2 AIC which allows for four additional M.2 devices to be added on an external card which comes with its own active cooling. There's also active cooling on the PCH heatsink which also includes the fancy gear design seen on the new Taichi boards. The I/O on the motherboard includes the following:
ASRock TRX40 Taichi Motherboard Features:
- - 2 x Antenna Ports (on I/O Panel Shield)
- - 1 x PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard Port
- - 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port
- - 2 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A Ports (10 Gb/s) (Supports ESD Protection)
- - 1 x USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type C Port (20 Gb/s) (Supports ESD Protection)
- - 4 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Ports (Supports ESD Protection)
- - 2 x RJ-45 LAN Ports with LED (Realtek 2.5G LAN / Intel Gigabit LAN / WiFi 6)
- - 1 x BIOS Flashback Button
- - HD Audio Jacks: Rear Speaker