Tuesday, May 26th 2020

ASUS Sneaks Out ROG Strix TRX40-XE Gaming Motherboard

ASUS silently updated its socket sTRX4 motherboard lineup with the ROG Strix TRX40-XE Gaming. Whispers of this board along with a "Prime TRX40 PRO-S" model date back to February, when a Hardware Info report described them as near-identical successors of the ROG Strix TRX40-E Gaming and Prime TRX40-PRO, with upgraded CPU VRM setups, as ASUS probably felt the two needed an improved VRM to cope with the rigors of a 64-core/128-thread Ryzen Threadripper 3990X processor, particularly overclocking it.

The company had already upgraded its flagship ROG Zenith II Extreme to the beefed-up Zenith II Extreme Alpha. The ROG Strix TRX40-XE Gaming is identical to the original ROG Strix TRX40-E Gaming, right until you pop open its VRM heatsink. ASUS is using beefier 70 A phases with the XE, carried over from the original ROG Zenith II Extreme. The Extreme Alpha which now tops the lineup, uses even stronger 90 A power stages. The original ROG Strix TRX40-E Gaming still very much does support the Threadripper 3990X, including overclocking it, though not as well as the ROG Strix TRX40-XE Gaming. The Prime TRX40 PRO-S remains elusive. ASUS is pricing the ROG Strix TRX40-XE Gaming at USD $549.
ASUS ROG Strix TRX40-XE Gaming
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13 Comments on ASUS Sneaks Out ROG Strix TRX40-XE Gaming Motherboard

#1
ZoneDymo
that looks preeeetty sexy
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#2
dj-electric
A gaming oriented TRX40 board with relatively poor slot layout is something that really hurts the eyes.
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#3
Flaky
Drivers on a DVD? What year is it?
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#4
xkm1948
For HEDT I would really expect minimum RGB or aesthetic efforts. Should focus on cooling, durability or even some mild overclocking support.
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#5
CrAsHnBuRnXp
Flaky
Drivers on a DVD? What year is it?
They really need to include like a 4GB (or less) flash drive with the motherboard.
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#6
Decryptor009
CrAsHnBuRnXp
They really need to include like a 4GB (or less) flash drive with the motherboard.
Good idea, it's not like it's expensive any more.
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#7
CrAsHnBuRnXp
Decryptor009
Good idea, it's not like it's expensive any more.
It doesnt even need to be 3.0. They can get away with it being a 2.0.
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#8
Chaitanya
Lazy bum engineer strikes again. Solid slab of aluminium with fans to "cool" VRMs.
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#9
Caring1
Chaitanya
Lazy bum engineer strikes again. Solid slab of aluminium with fans to "cool" VRMs.
It looks hollow to me.
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#10
Hossein Almet
If AMD comes up with 12 or 16 cores variants I will be tempted for sure.
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#11
Chaitanya
Caring1
It looks hollow to me.
Look at last photo(package contents) it looks similar to all the recent Asus HEDT boards(X299 refresh, C621 and X399) which had solid slabs of aluminium with fans stuck on top and bare minimum of fins.
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#12
dicktracy
Where are the 4 dimms TRX40 boards!?
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Caring1
dicktracy
Where are the 4 dimms TRX40 boards!?
Wait for the Chinese copies. ;)
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