ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha Preview

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It's amazing how quickly you get used to something. The last set of ROG motherboards blew us away by going all in on the black packaging instead of the famous red, but now you can see why they did it. It just looks more.. premium. Which it should at this price. If the "wow" factor is a big element in your happiness with a purchase, you'll be thrilled with the Zenith Extreme Alpha.

ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha Preview  

We've covered a lot of what you can see here on the previous pages, but it's always nice to see it in the flesh. We're big fans of the big heatsink around the PCI Express ports. It reminds us of the first TUF board with its Armor and they always looked the business. It gives a blank canvas upon which you can express your creativity, or at minimum just keeps everything cooler than a regular sized heatsink will.


ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha Preview  

This commitment to keeping the motherboard cool extends around the back where you can see the enormous covering as well as the big extended back plate for the VRMs.


ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha Preview  

The VRM area now has active cooling and you can just see the two fans through the slots in the VRM heatsink. Hopefully this doesn't come at the same noise cost that the 40mm fans of our youth had. If you're keen you can also spot the first two cooling headers on the PCB, as well as the RGB and addressable headers that are such an ASUS trademark. If you want to keep your cables tidy - and who doesn't - then the top right 8 pin block will help you do so, leading to the breakout box that can have all your cooling and lighting requirements covered without the attendant spaghetti.


ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha Preview  

More fan/pump headers here as well as a flow sensor should you require it. Front panel USB 3.1 is a nice touch on any motherboard, but on the top of the range AMD board from ASUS ROG range it's a given.


ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha Preview  

If, like some of us, you've got loads of drives with various bits and bobs stored on them you'll be pleased to see 8 SATA 6Gb/s ports on the edge of the Zenith Extreme Alpha. You can never have too much storage space.


ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha Preview  

ASUS have combined all your extreme cooling needs into a single dedicated section of the PCB. Yet more headers provide your rig with all the cooling required, whilst you can monitor it all and fine tune it with the dual BIOS, flow monitoring headers, Slow Mode switches for LN2 and Safe Boot and Retry buttons for when you push things too far.


ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha Preview  

Hey look, it's more headers for RGB and Addressable strips, as well as further fan connectors and the beginnings of the SupremeFX S1220 with its 113dB SNR and up to 600 Ohm driving capability.


ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha Preview  

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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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