Sunday, June 7th 2020

ASRock Rack Intros TRX40D8-2N2T ATX Motherboard for Threadripper-powered Servers

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper HEDT processors support up to 2 TB of quad-channel ECC memory, which means some companies can choose to cut costs by opting for 3rd gen Ryzen Threadrippers over EPYC "Rome" processors, if they're okay with a narrower memory bus. There weren't any server-grade AMD TRX40 chipset motherboards, until ASRock Rack picked up the challenge, with the new TRX40D8-2N2T. This motherboard is designed for high-uptime use, featuring server-grade VRM, networking interfaces, and an ASPEED IPMI+display+iKVM chip.

Built in the ATX form-factor, the TRX40D8-2N2T features one sTRX4 socket supporting 3rd gen Ryzen Threadripper processors (including the 3990X), eight DDR4 DIMM slots supporting up to 256 GB (32 GB per DIMM) of quad-channel DDR4 memory, with or without ECC. Memory speeds of up to DDR4-3200 are supported. The sTRX4 socket is wired to three PCI-Express 4.0 x16 slots and one open-ended PCI-Express 4.0 x8. Storage connectivity includes six SATA 6 Gbps ports, and two M.2-22110 slots with PCI-Express 4.0 x4 wiring. Networking includes two 10 GbE ports driven by an Intel X710-AT2 controller, and two 2.5 GbE ports put out by a pair of Intel i225-LM controllers. The ASPEED AST2500 chip puts out a GbE port and D-Sub (basic display) connector of its own. There's no onboard audio. The company didn't reveal pricing.
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10 Comments on ASRock Rack Intros TRX40D8-2N2T ATX Motherboard for Threadripper-powered Servers

#1
btarunr
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Do want.
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#2
stanleyipkiss
No chipset fan, TRX40 chipset and the correct 2x 10gbe Intel controller? It's perfect.
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#3
b3holder
stanleyipkiss
No chipset fan, TRX40 chipset and the correct 2x 10gbe Intel controller? It's perfect.
Also, no RGB, all the power cables in one place and not spread out, no lost PCIe lanes due to U2 drive ports, ATX form factor and not EATX
this thing is looking seriously good!

Edit: you can even have a GPU at the 1st PCIe slot without choking the NVMe drive
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#4
Hades
stanleyipkiss
No chipset fan, TRX40 chipset and the correct 2x 10gbe Intel controller? It's perfect.
Of course. When mounted in a rack there's going to be high RPM fans blowing air in the direction of the entire motherboard. It's not needed.
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#5
AnarchoPrimitiv
It's perfect, especially the integrated dual 10GBase-T, it'd allow me to save a nice chunk of money on another X550-T2 NIC. The dual m.2 is a nice feature, it's hard to find on cheaper server boards, and all wired up for Pcie 4.0 Sigh, I don't upgrade my server/NAS with brand new parts to keep costs down and because you can get insane deals that way, so I'll have to wait and remember this once threadripper 4000 is released.
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#6
lexluthermiester
Those VRM's are getting good cooling as well. I wish companies made kits like that.
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#7
efikkan
At least on paper, this looks like a nearly perfect workstation board.

And it has proper heatsinks! Not those stupid metal blobs which are not suited for sustained load.

More motherboards like this please, and don't be afraid to use SSI-EEB.
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#8
ShurikN
Wow someone actually put some thought into making this board. A breath of fresh air.
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#9
abysal
mmmmm... delicious.
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#10
kapone32
b3holder
Also, no RGB, all the power cables in one place and not spread out, no lost PCIe lanes due to U2 drive ports, ATX form factor and not EATX
this thing is looking seriously good!

Edit: you can even have a GPU at the 1st PCIe slot without choking the NVMe drive
That has been the case since X399

I predict in 5 years this will be the Ebay X58 replacement.
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