Friday, August 3rd 2018

GIGABYTE Announces the AORUS X399 XTREME Motherboard

GIGABYTE today announced its flagship socket TR4 motherboard for AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors, with out-of-the-box compatibility with 2nd generation 32-core Threadrippers. The new Aorus X399 XTREME board is part of a new breed of X399-TR4 motherboards launched/unveiled in the past few months, with reinforced VRM to cope better with the upcoming 250W TDP 24-core and 32-core processors, such as the MSI MEG X399 Creation. A brochure of this board was leaked to the web last month, and now we see it in the flesh. Technically still an ATX board, the Aorus X399 Xtreme is slightly broader, and is recommended to be installed in EATX-capable cases. Power is drawn from a 24-pin ATX, two 8-pin EPS, and an optional 6-pin PCIe power. A 10-phase VRM powers the CPU.

Expansion includes four PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (x16/NC/x16/NC or x16/NC/x8/x8 or x8/x8/x8/x8), and an x1 slot. Storage connectivity includes three M.2 slots with gen 3.0 x4 wiring, each; and six SATA 6 Gbps ports, from which four come directly from the CPU. The onboard audio is top of the line, with an ESS Sabre DAC working the main stereo out, and a Realtek ALC1220VB handling the other 8 channels. The Sabre is slaved to the ALC1220VB, so the system only sees one audio controller. There are four network interfaces - a 10 GbE driven by an Aquantia-made controller, two 1 GbE pulled by Intel i219-V, and an 802.11ac driven by an Intel 9260 WLAN card, which also handles Bluetooth 5.0. There are 10 USB 3.1 ports at the integrated rear panel (eight running at 5 Gbps, and two at 10 Gbps, one of which is type-C). Four other 5 Gbps ports are wired internally. Of course there's the full-shebang of RGB lighting and control. Available from 8th August, the board will be priced at USD $499.99.
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8 Comments on GIGABYTE Announces the AORUS X399 XTREME Motherboard

#1
TheLostSwede
That token x1 slot...
Looks like a nice board for rich people otherwise.
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#2
dj-electric
This could be great for advanced 8-10 core overclocking, also solid for running stock 16-24
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#3
randomUser
Is it 2 controllers for the VRM?
8 phase for vCore, 2 phase for SoC?

Or is it 1 Controller in configuration of 4+2 with doublers to achieve 8+2?

4 phases with doublers (if they are smart ones) is ofrource a very good setup... for intel 6 core cpus.
Threadrippers should have at least 6 real phases doubled to 12.

AsRock has that on their X470 Taichis. Not a smart doublers, but hey, they use very good controller and high quality dualstack mosfets.
For X399 they only need to change into ISL controller with smart doublers and use their metal exposed mosfets.
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#4
btarunr
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"randomUser said:
Is it 2 controllers for the VRM?
8 phase for vCore, 2 phase for SoC?

Or is it 1 Controller in configuration of 4+2 with doublers to achieve 8+2?

4 phases with doublers (if they are smart ones) is ofrource a very good setup... for intel 6 core cpus.
Threadrippers should have at least 6 real phases doubled to 12.

AsRock has that on their X470 Taichis. Not a smart doublers, but hey, they use very good controller and high quality dualstack mosfets.
For X399 they only need to change into ISL controller with smart doublers and use their metal exposed mosfets.
10-phase (5+5 doubled) for the vcore, and 5-phase for the SoC (those big chokes left of the socket). You need to feed 4 SoC domains for 32-core Threadripper.
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#5
Flyordie
Yea, out of my price range. So I guess they will continue to produce the Gaming 7 board to run along side this one? If so, hopefully they will support it till the 7nm TRs come out. :-p
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#6
kastriot
Well this is not for gamers :)
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#7
Vayra86
"kastriot said:
Well this is not for gamers :)
And yet, flashy lights and overdone shrouds on it like all the others.

Weird, how marketing works...
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