Gigabyte unveiled 4 TRX40 motherboards recently for AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3 processors that support an all-new sTRX4 socket. One of these motherboards is Gigabyte’s Flagship “TRX40 Aorus Xtreme”. It boasts 16+3 Phase design with a 70A power stage. You can connect up to 8 M.2 NVMe SSDs supporting PCIe 4.0 x4 interface. Additionally, you get two independent 10GbE Intel LAN (X550-AT2).
Since it is a Threadripper motherboard, it offers Quad Channel memory with up to 8 x DDR4 DIMMs. This lets you max out the RAM at 256GB using 32GB modules. It incorporates the latest wireless connectivity options such as WiFi 6 802.11ax 2T2R & BT 5 with 2X AORUS Antenna. For Audio purposes, this motherboard uses ESS SABRE 9218 DAC that delivers high-quality output at minimal noise with 130dB SNR.
In comparison to MSI TRX40 Creator, this motherboard offers 4 onboard M.2 PCIe 4.0 x4 slots with a thermal guard, two of which come from CPU. Whereas the MSI Creator supports 3 slots onboard. Just like the Creator TRX40, Gigabyte TRX40 AORUS XTREME also includes an additional AIC that supports 4 additional NVMe PCIe 4.0/3.0 x4 M.2, Gigabyte calls it “AORUS Gen4 AIC Adaptor”.
As Threadripper CPUs are quite powerful, thermal throttling can occur if your motherboard fails to bring down the temperatures. Gigabyte TRX40 AORUS XTREME features Thermal Reactive Armor Design with Fins-Array Heatsink, 8mm Mega-Heatpipe, and NanoCarbon Baseplate. This ensures maximum stability for CPU, chipset, and SSDs under heavy workloads.
With support for memory overclocking up to 4400Mhz, there is definitely an improvement over its predecessor. But this is certainly not the fastest offering since the competitors are offering more speeds. If you’re not into overclocking, Threadripper 3 chips still provide an improvement from 2933MHz to 3200Mhz.
You can connect up to 17 USB ports on Gigabyte TRX40 AORUS XTREME. So there is lots of room for peripheral connectivity for professionals. To connect the external SSDs supporting 10Gbps transfer speeds, a front, and rear USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C header is also available.
Check out this article on recently released Threadripper 3 motherboards from MSI.