ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha Motherboard Review With AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX – The Alpha Predator of The X399 Series



ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha

Type Motherboard
Price $699.99 US

ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha Motherboard- Unboxing

The ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha comes inside a standard carboard package and weights a lot. The front of the box features the "ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha" naming scheme along with the ROG logo in the top right corner. In addition to that, the motherboard also has some marketing labels that include AMD Socket TR4, X399, Ryzen Threadripper, NVIDIA SLI, AMD Crossfire and ASUS Aura Sync.

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The back of the package lists down several major features of the motherboard along with a few special features that include AL Cover heatsink, Aquantia 10G LAN, a Robust Power Solution, and ROG DIMM.2 Heatsink. These along with the entire specifications of the board are listed on the back for easier viewing by the user. There’s a lot to go through which I will detail in the closer look section.

The package is accessed easily by pulling up the top which reveals the motherboard itself, nicely seated beneath a plastic case. The Republic of Gamers branding can be seen as you're greeted by the message saying "Welcome To The Republic".

Upon removing the plastic cover you get a proper look at the motherboard, and its a beast. Just like the first Zenith Extreme, the Zenith Extreme Alpha is a huge motherboard with lots going on. ASUS has designed it for the top tier enthusiasts and you can tell that just by looking at it.

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Out of the box, the ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha is a massive motherboard featuring the E-ATX form factor. The refreshed design for the new X399 motherboards by ASUS is really well done and I can tell just by looking at it that it will deliver some outstanding performance on the Threadripper flagship, the 2990WX.

There are two containers in the package, the top one which houses the motherboard and one at the bottom which houses the accessories. There are four compartments in the lower container, each of which is jam-packed with a range of accessories. I will mention the full list of accessories below but there are some that are worth looking at.

First is the ROG DIMM.2 which goes inside one of the DIMM.2 slots next to the main system DIMM slots. The ROG DIMM.2 comes with two M.2 ports, each of which is PCIe x4 compliant and can use full-length M.2 SSD drives. In addition to that, the ROG DIMM.2 also comes with an aluminum-based heatsink which provides full coverage for the M.2 drives and even houses proper thermal contact pads for heat dissipation. The design itself of the ROG DIMM.2 is very premium with a brushed metallic finish and the ROG eye logo on one side of the heatsink.

In the same compartment, you could also find a small USB drive with a red colored LED and the ROG eye logo. This USB drive stores utilities and drivers and even though they can be quite outdated, the USB can allow you to download and store updated drivers and utilities for future use and is a lot more convenient than the standard disk drives bundled with motherboards.

The other interesting accessory to look at is the Fan Extension II card which gives you six additional 4-pin fan ports, three thermal sensors, and three +12V RGB headers. The hub uses a 6-pin connector to power up and has node-in and node-out ports for full compatibility with node compatible accessories. There's also a dual-function screwdriver and an SLI HB Bridge which should come in handy with a board of this tier.

Accessories for the motherboard include the following:

  • User's manual
  • 6 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
  • 1 x ASUS 2T2R dual-band Wi-Fi moving antennas (Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compliant)
  • 1 x Fan Extension Card II (6 x 4-pin Chassis Fan connectors, 3 x RGB headers, 3 x 2-pin
  • Thermal sensor header)
  • 1 x Fan Extension Card II power cable
  • 1 x Fan Extension Card II NODE connector cable
  • 1 x Fan Extension Card II screw package
  • 1 x SLI HB BRIDGE(2-WAY-M)
  • 1 x ROG big sticker
  • 1 x Q-Connector
  • 1 x M.2 screw kit (long screw and mount)
  • 2 x M.2 screw kit (short screw and mount)
  • 1 x DIMM.2 extension card with 2 x M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices
  • support (SATA & PCIe 3.0 x 4 mode)
  • 1 x ROG Logo Sticker(s)
  • 1 x Extension Cable for RGB strips (80 cm)
  • 1 x Extension cable for Addressable LED
  • 3 x Thermistor cable(s)
  • 1 x USB drive with utilities and drivers
  • 1 x ROG coaster(s)
  • 1 x ROG weave SATA 6G cable
  • 1 x ROG Thank you card

With a lot to detail, let's head over to the next section and find out what the motherboard itself has to offer.

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