After a big announcement from AMD releasing details about Ryzen Threadripper 3960X and 3970X processors, MSI is launching three TRX40 motherboards supporting sTRX4 socket used by Threadripper 3 chips. These motherboards are MSI Creator TRX40, TRX40 PRO 10G, and TRX40 PRO WIFI. Just like all Threadripper motherboards, these new ones will also support Quad channel memory. Since Threadripper uses a lot PCIe lanes and new architecture, there was a need to upgrade the motherboard platform too. So now there we have TRX40 motherboards that will compliment third-gen Threadripper with lots of capabilities. Now let’s talk about these new models from MSI.
MSI Creator TRX40
Beginning with the MSI Creator TRX40! It is an extremely powerful motherboard that provides 16 phase 70A digital power to the processor. In comparison to its predecessor, this TRX40 motherboard provides impressive overclocking capabilities up to 4,666 MHz instead of 3600 MHz. Supporting 8 DIMMS of quad-channel memory, it can handle up to 256GB of memory.
Since content creators require extremely fast storage in abundance, MSI TRX40 Creator provides seven M.2 slots with PCIe 4.0 x4 interface. Four of the seven M.2 slots come from M.2 XPANDER-AERO GEN4. Two of the remaining three M.2 slots come from CPU. To control the thermal throttling, it offers double-sided M.2 Shield Frozr that keeps the SSD at cool temperatures.
Another thing that creators look for is the ample amount of connectivity options. This motherboard supports 19 USB ports which is more than enough for large production needs. One of the USB-C on the rear also supports USB3.2 Gen2x2 speeds. So you can get 20Gbps data rate over 2 lanes using 128b/132b encoding.
MSI Creator TRX40 also comes with 10G LAN and Intel Gigabit LAN with Intel WIFI 6. For some professionals, Gigabit LAN is the deciding factor for buying a motherboard. The Frozr Heatsink design takes care of effective heat dissipation process and helps the system to perform to its potential. It incorporates Audio Boost 4 technology (with Nahimic) that provides high dynamic range and offers studio-grade sound.
MSI TRX40 Pro 10G and Pro Wifi
These motherboards come in a smaller ATX form factor. Both these motherboards offer 12+3 phase design but even that is sufficient for a number of users. Compared to Creator TRX40, you will lose one M.2 Gen4 x4 slot and two USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A slots. But you get one PCIe x1 slot in these which is not present in the Creator model. Moreover, you get two additional SATA III ports. In the TRX40 Pro 10G model, you get a 10G LAN whereas, in PRO wifi model, you get an integrated Wifi 6 connectivity. Rest of the features are almost similar in all three models. Here is the link to the comparison chart of these motherboards.