Gigabyte TRX40 Aorus Xtreme Review
Published: 25th November 2019 | Source: Gigabyte | Price: |
We've already seen how incredibly capable the Ryzen Threadripper 3960X is, but CPUs require a motherboard, and motherboards need more than mere performance to tempt the buying public. Given how enthusiast focussed the TR 3960X is, high-end motherboards are its natural home and the Gigabyte Aorus Xtreme sets out its stall from the moment you lay eyes upon it.
If you've been following the release of the AMD Ryzen CPUs it wont have escaped your attention that AMD have seen a huge renaissance in recent times. From simple CPUs for gaming setups through to hte incredible calculative performance available from their Threadripper CPUs, AMD have every box ticked without dispensing with their famous flexibility and affordability. The 3rd Generation Ryzen CPUs honed the formula to a sharp edge, being almost all things to all people. However, if you're a particularly demanding user you'll have had your head turned by the raw horsepower of the Threadrippers. Such has been the success of the AMD 3rd Ryzen CPUs and the popularity of their many-cored Threadripper offerings that the 3rd Generation Threadripper CPUs come with their own chipset in the form of the TRX40 instead of piggy-backing off the X470. Naturally by utilising a custom chipset for the Threadrippers the specifications have been able to be tuned specifically for that processor line up, which has considerably beefed up the board in a lot of ways. Gigabyte have taken full advantage of this redesign to ramp up the Aorus Xtreme to insane heights.
If you've been tempted by the enormous calculative power of the Threadripper processors but have been waiting for AMDs 3rd Generation refresh to take the plunge then we think even the most jaded enthusiast will be impressed by what the Aorus Xtreme has to offer. We have a lot to get through so rather than take up too much of your time going over what this is - it's a premium motherboard for the new CPUs - let's get down to business.
We are going to cover all the below bits and bobs and we get through the next few pages, but this provides you with a good overview of the key components that the Aorus Xtreme has to offer. Wherever you look there is a huge selection of high throughput offerings, and it's not just their capacity that is impressive but the sheer number of them. Dual 10GbE LAN, 4 dual wide PCI Express 4.0 slots, 10 SATA ports, 4 M.2 drive sockets, wherever you look it is the latest technologies in huge numbers. Let's look at each bit in more detail.