- Socket: AMD Socket TR4
- Chipset: AMD X399
- RAM Slots: 8x DIMM
- RAM: 128GB Max, 3,600 MHz
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac + WiGig 802.11 ad, MU-MIMO
- Ports: 8x USB 3.1, (Rear), 2x USB Type-A + USB Type-C (Rear), 1x USB 3.1 (Front)
- Others: LiveDash OLED, ASUS AURA, Anti-surge LANGuard, Illuminated Audio Jacks
- Size: Extended ATX
- Comes with plenty of additional accessories
- Flimsy processor holder
ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme X399
The Zenith Extreme X399 is a board that’s heavier than most other motherboards out there right now.
Right at the start, one gripe we had with this board is the difficulty in securing the Threadripper CPU onto the AMD TR4 Socket. The platform that holds the processor is quite flimsy and in the wrong hands might prove fatal to the processor, or the pins of the socket. Once we secured the processor into the ridge and clipped it down, all we had to do is screw the torque screw back on to get a secure connection. But the next problem comes swopping in: It is very difficult to screw the processor down onto the socket, because the screws are a little short. You will have to use some inhuman strength to push the screw down and to tighten it until it catches. Fortunately, it’s all smooth sailing once you manage that.
Back onto the build of the motherboard, a pre-mounted I/O shield can be spotted on the board, and should fit perfectly into your case. A LiveDash OLED is present on the shield, allowing you to monitor temperature, fan speeds and more. This can be customised from your computer and you can even set it to display your very own GIFs. At the bottom of the board, you can spot a PCH M.2 Heatsink with a ROG logo that can be removed and fitted with an M.2 drive.
A SABRE9018Q2C intergrated DAC/AMP is capable of producing amazing quality music for your gaming and audio experience. Along with the SupremeFX S1220 coded, which can offer simultaneous 7.1 channel playback, to allow you to be immersed in games.
Setting everything up on the processor is easy, as there are plenty of indications of what goes where, and if you’re a seasoned builder then it should prove no issue. With Threadripper, you will need a special socket for the AIO or Water Cooler that comes bundled with the processor, simply latch it onto the socket, align the cooler and voila, you’re good to go. The Zenith also comes with a blazing fast 802.11 ad Wi-Fi, so you can enjoy your games with faster Wi-Fi speeds and be lag-free as well.
CHIP CONCLUDE: Overall, a great motherboard with plenty of features that win over its negatives, and even comes with 802.11 ad Wi-Fi, but leans towards the more expensive side for motherboards.
(previously published in issue October 2017)