Monday, July 24th 2017

ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme X399 Motherboard Pictured Some More

More pictures emerge of ASUS' flagship socket TR4 motherboard for AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors, the Republic of Gamers (ROG) Zenith Extreme X399. Halfway between the width of a standard ATX and an E-ATX motherboard, the Zenith Extreme doesn't appear as crowded around the CPU socket as some of the other socket TR4 motherboards showed off at AMD's Computex 2016 reveal, this June. The CPU is powered by a high-current 8-phase VRM, and to preempt VRM overheating issues as seen on Intel X299 platform motherboards, ASUS deployed an active VRM cooling solution. Heat drawn by the VRM heatsink is transported to a secondary heatsink under the rear I/O shroud by a heat-pipe, which is ventilated by a 40 mm fan, which vents hot air through the rear.

The TR4 socket is wired to eight DDR4 DIMM slots, supporting up to 128 GB of quad-channel DDR4 memory; and four PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots. Interestingly, these slots are wired x16/x8/x16/x8, even though the Ryzen Threadripper processor features 64 PCI-Express lanes, according to AMD. Other expansion slots include an open-ended PCI-Express 3.0 x4, and an x1 slot. The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX, two 8-pin EPS, and an optional 4-pin Molex input. Storage includes four 32 Gb/s M.2 slots (two under the detachable chipset heatsink cover, and the other through the included DIMM.2 accessory), a 32 Gb/s U.2 port, and six SATA 6 Gbps ports. The metallic chipset heatsink cover features thermal padding, so it can draw heat from at least one stacked M.2 SSD.
USB connectivity includes twelve USB 3.0 ports (eight on the rear panel, four by headers), and two USB 3.1 ports (of which one is type-C). Networking is care of a WLAN card with 2x2 MU-MIMO 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2, an add-on card with a 10 GbE interface, and a GbE connection driven by an Intel i211-AT controller. The latest generation SupremeFX onboard audio solution features a 120 dBA SNR CODEC made by Realtek, paired with two headphones amplifiers, ground-layer isolation, and audio-grade capacitors.
ASUS could launch the Republic of Gamers Zenith Extreme motherboard alongside AMD's market-launch of the Ryzen Threadripper processors, by 9th August, 2017.

Source: ChipHell Forums
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20 Comments on ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme X399 Motherboard Pictured Some More

#2
TheLostSwede
The x4 and x1 PCIe slots are only 2.0. The Wi-Fi also supports 802.11ad/Wi-Gig. There's also a USB 3.1 header.

Where do you see the two M.2 slots on the board? There's one, but that's it, even the spec on the back of the box says as much.
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#3
Bayfront Benny
Where is the "LiveDash OLED" display located on the board? Does it serve as Q-Led as well?
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#4
gdallsk
TheLostSwede said:
The x4 and x1 PCIe slots are only 2.0. The Wi-Fi also supports 802.11ad/Wi-Gig. There's also a USB 3.1 header.

Where do you see the two M.2 slots on the board? There's one, but that's it, even the spec on the back of the box says as much.
There is indeed only 3 M.2 slots, 2 on the DIMM.2 and one on the board.
Not that its a problem :D
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#5
Chaitanya
TheLostSwede said:
The x4 and x1 PCIe slots are only 2.0. The Wi-Fi also supports 802.11ad/Wi-Gig. There's also a USB 3.1 header.

Where do you see the two M.2 slots on the board? There's one, but that's it, even the spec on the back of the box says as much.
There are two m.2 slots under pch heatsink(between sata ports and pch).
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#6
mcraygsx
This is AMD's version of APEX board for me. Everything I could ever wanted in a TR board but I do wish LAN was onboard instead.
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#7
gdallsk
Chaitanya said:
There are two m.2 slots under pch heatsink(between sata ports and pch).
Wow, well that was masterfully hidden, they're literally stacked and hidden under a tiny bit of PCH LED PCB (acronymception) :nutkick:
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#8
Chaitanya
Bayfront Benny said:
Where is the "LiveDash OLED" display located on the board? Does it serve as Q-Led as well?
Livedash panel is located on that io shield near 1st pci-e slot(just above audio ports).
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#9
TheLostSwede
Chaitanya said:
There are two m.2 slots under pch heatsink(between sata ports and pch).
So why does the box say it has only one? I can only see one. The X370 board has two there, but not this board from what I can see.

gdallsk said:
Wow, well that was masterfully hidden, they're literally stacked and hidden under a tiny bit of PCH LED PCB (acronymception) :nutkick:
Do you seriously suggest that Asus would allow users to stack m.2 SSDs? Considering how hot they run on their own, that would be rather insane, don't you think?
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#10
Bayfront Benny
Chaitanya said:
Livedash panel is located on that io shield near 1st pci-e slot(just above audio ports).
Thanks. I guess the Q-Led display we had gotten used to is now a thing of the past.
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#11
JMccovery
TheLostSwede said:
So why does the box say it has only one? I can only see one. The X370 board has two there, but not this board from what I can see.
The box says that there are 3:
1x DIMM.2 slot with 2 M.2 Socket 3 with M key
1x M.2 Socket 3 with M key.
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#12
springs113
Unless the Taichi or fatality can top this mobo, it will be my next motherboard for sure.
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#13
Durvelle27
TheLostSwede said:
So why does the box say it has only one? I can only see one. The X370 board has two there, but not this board from what I can see.



Do you seriously suggest that Asus would allow users to stack m.2 SSDs? Considering how hot they run on their own, that would be rather insane, don't you think?
Box does indeed say 3x M.2
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#15
gdallsk
TheLostSwede said:
Do you seriously suggest that Asus would allow users to stack m.2 SSDs? Considering how hot they run on their own, that would be rather insane, don't you think?
If that's how it is, unfortunately I have no control over what Asus does with their motherboards.
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#16
LogitechFan
3 m2 slots on this landing pad of motherboard??! Muahahaha, while Z270i Strix has 2xm.2 in ITX format.... ITX, Carl!
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#17
TheLostSwede
Yes, two M.2 on the DIMM.2 and one on the board itself, not two as suggested here.
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#18
petedread
I was impressed with Ryzen but did not want to build a new rig with it (did not want to give any money to Intel though) so I put thoughts of upgrading out of my mind. Now, Threadripper makes me want to upgrade my rig.

Why do AMD boards not have a digital debug LED?
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#19
gdallsk
petedread said:
Why do AMD boards not have a digital debug LED?
Not all of them seem to have them, but some do, that X399 Gaming 7 from Gigabyte has it.
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#20
cadaveca
My name is Dave
Great, an enthusiast board for a 2 GHz CPU. Did I wake up in bizzaro land?
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