ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha Preview

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ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha Preview

Features

We understand that not everyone is fully au fait with the workings of a motherboard, especially when it has as much on the PCB as the X399 ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha. Wherever you look you'll discover a full suite of high end elements from high bandwidth connectivity options around the back on the IO shield, to support for Quad-GPUs if you're truly committed to taking the world records from K|NGP|N.

ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha Preview  

Whilst performance increases are the fun part of the eternal improvement of hardware, for those of us who abuse their systems in a quest for even higher numbers the improvements to the rigidity and robustness of our motherboards is one for which we're constantly grateful. The Zenith Extreme Alpha has all the protection currently available from stronger PCI slots and protected DIMM slots, to ESD (Electrostatic discharge) protected ports in the IO section. The eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted the OLED display built into the IO heatsink, but we'll get to that in a moment.


ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha Preview  

The original Zenith Extreme had its VRM temperatures solved with an EK monoblock, and whilst the Extreme Alpha has active cooling so that the majority of us can enjoy its new, smoother, power delivery, if you do want to go all in you'll be pleased to know that this updated version also has the capability to support a monoblock cooler so your water can flow across the VRMs and your overclocking can reach new heights.


ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha Preview  

The larger the surface area, the better the cooling capability. To this end the X399 ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha has an integrated heat sink that keeps the chipset and M.2 drives cooler than they otherwise would be with regular sized heatsinks. It also looks the business.


ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha Preview  

Finally before we look at the Zenith Extreme Alpha in the flesh, an exploded view of the attention to detail ASUS have applied to the cooling, and also an explanation of how their new power phases design works to give you the smoothest delivery whilst also negating the lockups that used to occur when transitioning from idle to load.


ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha Preview  
ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha Preview  

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Most Recent Comments

16-02-2019, 16:07:56

WYP
I'm looking forward to the full review of this. I was kinda disappointed that ASUS didn't have a new top-tier board for Threadripper 2nd Gen.Quote

16-02-2019, 19:57:54

AlienALX
Meaty lol. Happy they've done another one too.Quote

17-02-2019, 02:21:31

Eddie long
That's looks one beast of a board , Now to see if it pro forms like oneQuote

17-02-2019, 04:53:01

Dark NighT
Nice looking board, im sure it does a whole lot better then the first one given the size of that new heatsink!


But really Asus, more little annoying fans huh..Quote

17-02-2019, 08:39:02

AlienALX
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Originally Posted by Dark NighT View Post
Nice looking board, im sure it does a whole lot better then the first one given the size of that new heatsink!


But really Asus, more little annoying fans huh..
I think as we head into the future you will have to get used to that. Gigabyte did a board once where the VRM sinks were on a "pci" sorta card that screwed into your case, UD7, IIRC.

https://i.imgur.com/b6drGtF.jpg

Now unless the form factor changes after this many years I would expect to see stuff like that again with these very high cored CPUs. If you think back to how a GPU looked 20 years ago? (some tiny little single slot thing) and what we have now (up to triple slot behemoths) then yeah, things will have to get bigger to cool more.Quote
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