ASUS reveals three X399 series Threadripper motherboards

Look at those X399 heatsink designs!

ASUS reveals three X399 series Threadripper motherboards

ASUS reveals three X399 series Threadripper motherboards

AMD's Threadripper series of CPUs will release on August 10th, offering up to 16 cores and 32 threads to tackle even the toughest of multithreaded tasks. 
These new CPUs are designed to act as an affordable alternative to Intel's X299 series of Skylake CPUs, which offer a lower number of usable PCIe lanes and lower core counts at each pricepoint. 
ASUS has no announced three new X399 motherboards, with the Prime X399-A and the X399 ROG Zenith Extreme releasing on launch day. At this time ASUS' third motherboard, the ROG Strix X399-E has not even been pictured yet. 
With all X399 motherboard designs, ASUS will be using a beefy VRM cooling solution, which will have a heatsink over the VRMs and a large heatpipe that will lead to a finstack that fits under the motherboard's IO shield. This VRM heatsink will be cooled by a fan if required, leaving this cooling solution silent when under low loads. 
ASUS is certainly taking VRM cooling seriously with Threadripper, which is unsurprising given its TDP of up to 180W. 

ASUS reveals three X399 series Threadripper motherboards


Looking at the Prime X399-A and the ROG Zenith Extreme we can see that the overall design of each motherboard is very different, though both share many of the same features. 

Both include an M.2 PCIe that can utilise the board's chipset heatsink for cooler operation, with the Prime X399-A featuring a single, vertical M.2 slot beside the motherboard's right DIMM slots. On the Zenith, ASUS has a DIMM.2 slot around the same location, which can fit up to two additional M.2 SSDs (PCIe only). 

Both motherboards share a similar VRM heatsink design, with a finstack and fan under the board's IO shield. Both include Intel Gigabit NICs, though the Zenith also includes a PCIe card that can be used to act as a 10 Gigabit Ethernet connection.  

The Zenith also includes a built-in WiFi card while the Prime has no such feature, that being said who builds a workstation that is this expensive to not use a wired internet connection?   

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Below are the full specifications of all three of ASUS' X399 offerings, all of which will be available to purchase by the end of August. 




ASUS reveals three X399 series Threadripper motherboards


You can join the discussion on ASUS' X399 motherboard lineup on the OC3D Forums.


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Most Recent Comments

01-08-2017, 09:12:26

One point to consider- Many wireless cards can be used in hotspot mode, allowing your wireless devices in the vicinity of your PC a direct connection to your PC and whatever network it's wired to. IF the hardware supports it, this can also allow for technology's like Miracast and WiFi Direct to be used, though often proper software support is just as patchy as hardware support.Quote

01-08-2017, 22:44:01

I like the upgrade on VRM heatsink. Oldschool heatpipe+fins design. I am not that sure about the fan. Also i would like to see proper heatsink, like we had on X99 WS boards, it is not fancy but it is effective, and i really like it. Or if they don't want fins, make it like on Z170 deluxe. ASUS have done all this already. Why have they lost their mind?Quote

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