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Asus Unveils New ROG and Prime X399 Motherboards for Ryzen Threadripper CPUs

Leading gaming motherboard maker Asus today announced the debut of its all-new motherboards based on AMD’s X399 platform. The new ROG and Prime X399 motherboards have been designed to deliver the highest performance when paired with AMD’s new Ryzen Threadripper processors for gaming enthusiasts and prosumers.

The flagship of the ROG AMD motherboard lineup for this generation is the Zenith Extreme. It comes with a slew of features that make it stand out when compared to the competition and makes it the most desirable motherboard for the most demanding enthusiasts out there. For liquid cooling, the motherboard not only includes the usual pump and flow headers but also comes with a consolidated connector for monoblocks. Provided you get a compatible block, you will be able to monitor all vital stats such as coolant temperature, flow, and even detect leaks over a single cable. The Zenith Extreme is also the only new Asus X399 motherboard that has been designed to run four graphics cards Rest of the highlights include room for up to four NVMe SSDs, a 10Gbps (10G) add-in card, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless, LiveDash OLED display, SupremeFX onboard audio, and HRTF-powered surround effects compatible with HTC Vive and Oculus Rift VR headsets.

For users looking for a more affordable yet reliable X399 motherboard, Asus offers the Prime X399-A. While it does not support elaborate liquid loops like the ROG Zenith Extreme, it includes two headers to make connecting pumps and all-in-one coolers an easy experience. You also get eight fan headers. Other key highlights include two RGB headers, 5-Way Optimization auto-tuner, and a multitude of ports.

For hardcore gamers looking to build a Threadripper system only for gaming, the Strix X399-E offers almost everything that a gamer can ask for. It features onboard RGB LED lighting, onboard 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi, support for three double-wide graphics cards, M.2 slots with passive cooling, SupremeFX audio, and more.

Asus has announced availability info only for the ROG Zenith Extreme for now. It will go on sale on the 10th of this month for S$969.

SPECIFICATIONS

ROG Zenith Extreme ASUS Prime X399-A ROG Strix X399-E Gaming
CPU AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ Processors
Chipset AMD X399
Form Factor EATX (12 x 10.9) EATX (12 x 10.6) EATX (12 x 10.6)
Memory 8 x DIMM, max. 128GB

DDR4-3600+ (OC)

*Quad-Channel Memory Architecture

8 x DIMM, max. 128GB

DDR4-3600+ (OC)

*Quad-Channel Memory Architecture

8 x DIMM, max. 128GB

DDR4-3600+ (OC)

*Quad-Channel Memory Architecture

Multi-GPU NVIDIA® 4-way SLI™ Technology

AMD 4-Way CrossFireX™ Technology

NVIDIA® 3-way SLI™ Technology

AMD 3-Way CrossFireX™ Technology

NVIDIA® 3-way SLI™ Technology

AMD 3-Way CrossFireX™ Technology

PCIe 3.0 x16 Slots 4 x PCIe® 3.0 x16 slots 4 x PCIe® 3.0 x16 slots 4 x PCIe® 3.0 x16 slots
M.2 32Gb/s 3 x M2 2 x M.2 2 x M.2
U.2 32Gb/s 1 x U.2 1 x U.2 1 x U.2
SATA 6Gb/s 6 x SATA 6Gbps 6 x SATA 6Gbps 6 x SATA 6Gbps
USB 3.1 Front Panel Connector 1 1 1
USB 3.1 Gen 2 1 x Front USB 3.1 Gen 2 connector

2 (Type-A and USB Type-C™ @ back)

1 x Front USB 3.1 Gen 2 connector

2 (Type-A and USB Type-C™ @ back)

1 x Front USB 3.1 Gen 2 connector

2 (Type-A and USB Type-C™ @ back)

3.1 Gen 1 12 ([email protected]; [email protected]) 12 ([email protected]; [email protected]) 12 ([email protected]; [email protected])
2.0 2 ([email protected]) 4 ([email protected]) 4 ([email protected])
Gigabit Ethernet Intel® I211AT Intel® I211AT Intel® I211AT
Wireless/ Bluetooth – 1×1 802.11ad Wi-Fi

– 2×2 MU-MIMO 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac support dual frequency band 2.4/5 GHz

N/A
  • 2×2 MU-MIMO 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac support dual frequency band 2.4/5 GHz
Bluetooth® 4.1 N/A Bluetooth® 4.2
Aura Sync RGB Lighting Y Y Y
4-pin RGB header 2 2 2
Addressable RGB header 1 N/A 1
3D Printing mounts N/A Y Y
LiveDash OLED Y N/A N/A
Water cooling headers Y, with WB_Sensor Y Y
M.2 cooling solution Y Y Y
SafeSlot Y Y Y
Bundles ROG AREION 10G

DIMM.2

SLI HB Bridge (2-WAY-M) SLI HB Bridge (2-WAY-M)

Source: Asus

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