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Ahead of their launch, low-resolution pictures of two nearly identical MSI TRX40 PRO series motherboards surfaced on the web, the TRX40 PRO 10G, and the TRX40 PRO WiFi. The former is characterized by a 10 GbE wired Ethernet connection through an included add-on card, while the latter features 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 WLAN. The two appear otherwise identical, with a couple of M.2 slots on the board, four additional M.2 slots on a cooled add-on card, four PCI-Express x16 slots, eight DDR4 DIMM slots, and other storage connectivity that includes four SATA 6 Gb/s ports, and U.2 port. From the looks of it, the new for the 3rd generation Ryzen Threadripper looks identical to TR4, which bodes well for people wanting to use their TR4-compatible CPU coolers or water-blocks on the new platform.



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Blech, 4 PCIe slots.
 
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Blech, 4 PCIe slots.
I'm assuming some WS oriented boards will have 5-6 full length slots. This board from MSI is from their most budget line-up.
Budget in TRX40 of course being uber-expensive, but you can always go higher eh.
 
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Also, rumoured pricing for the Threadripper 3960X as well as packaging pictures.
 

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I am waiting to see if there are severe teething issues like their earlier counterparts, advertised clock speeds, OS scheduling, GPU associated issues, etc.
 
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Looks like they’re approaching 60mm on the chipset fan, but still, bleh to active cooling. Considering the prices they’re charging for some of these boards, you’d expect them to be able to figure something out.
 
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Let's welcome tiny fans on add-on cards now. As if they weren't disturbing enough on the board itself.
I feel so much like socket 939 again.
 
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Also, rumoured pricing for the Threadripper 3960X as well as packaging pictures.
Wow this could mean that it could cost way north of $2000 Canadian to get into this. The crazy thing is that is just the board and CPU. At those prices I do not see very much adoption. Personally speaking I will keep my X399 system and get a 2920 or 2950. The talking points about these boards are WIFI 6 (Which you can do yourself for about $50) and PCI_E 4.0. Though nice I already see faster speeds with my RAID 0 arrays. If nothing else these should drive down the prIce of existing TR4 parts, especially the boards....maybe. :( On an anecdotal note it is funny that Intel is now way cheaper than AMD in the HEDT space.
 
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You can see it written on the left of the box:
3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper [supported]
1st/2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper [ not supported]
 
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Well I need to see some productivity benchmark first then. That is the same 2990WX launch price iir
 
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Looks like Gigabyte added fans at the rear I/O for the VRM heatsinks...
 
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Entry level cpu is 24cores and top end is rumoured to be 64 core. New socket is understandable for faster memory, more cores(needing higher power) and pci-e 4.0.
 
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Asus also has VRM fans...
 
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Would anybody happen to know if any of them have PLX chips so I can split up (at least one) x16 slot?
 

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Might as well have a WB for VRMs, the NB/SB.

Since dual cards are out Id rather see more pcie slots. M.2 not so much.
 
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Would anybody happen to know if any of them have PLX chips so I can split up (at least one) x16 slot?
There is no need for PLX chips on this platform. The CPU handles all of the lanes connected to the PCI_E x16 slots and also long as the board supports lane splitting (which all X399 boards do) it should be a non issue. IN fact I would say the picture of the MSI boards support that as they show a 4x Expansion card.
 
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Would anybody happen to know if any of them have PLX chips so I can split up (at least one) x16 slot?
Most boards are x16, x8, x16, x8 if they have four slots, or 3x x16 in the case of Asus, except the Zenith II Extreme which is confusing, based on the specs.
PLX chips aren't really needed on these boards and as there's support for bifurcation, you can also use add-in cards that splits up the lanes without the need of a PLX chip or similar, such as 4x x4 NVMe SSDs to a x16 card interface.
 
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