ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha Preview

Up Close Continued

ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha Preview

Up Close Continued

A great litmus test of where any motherboard fits in a manufacturers range is to glance at how much of the IO section is taken up, usually by USB connectors. By that rule of thumb the ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha definitely sits proudly at the peak of the ASUS AMD range. No matter how many peripherals you have, or recording equipment for your streaming exploits, the Zenith Extreme Alpha has you covered. As well as one Type-C USB 3.1 Gen2 there are 3 Type-A USB 3.1 Gen2 ports, 8 USB 3.1 Gen1 and two LAN ports including the Aquantia AQC-107 10G port if your home networking setup is up to snuff. Wireless people will be pleased to note the Extreme Alpha has support for Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi up to 1.73 Gbps.

ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha IO Section  

The movement of the DIMM slots downwards has expanded the VRM setup to take up the entire top section of the Zenith Extreme Alpha, providing smoother power delivery for even bigger overclocks. If you ever feared that the early X399 motherboards weren't capable of delivering the monstrous gobs of power required by the Threadripper 2 CPUs then worry no longer. There is more than enough capability here and with the twin fan cooling, gigantic heatsink, and even a heatspreader around the back to keep your PCB stable and dissipate the generated heat you needn't worry about temperatures either.


ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha Power Phases  
ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha Active VRAM Cooling  
ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha Heatspreader  

Onboard OLED displays are something that first appeared a short while ago and, whilst flashy, didn't seem to have a lot of usefulness. Now as the technology has matured and more hardware is equipped with them the utility support grows almost daily. It doesn't just look the part, but helps you keep track of things at a glance. Or just shows off your personal logo. Whichever works.


ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha OLED Display  
ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha Customisation  
ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha Features  

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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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