Threadripper has been around for a just over a month now, giving HEDT users a viable alternative to Intel’s current Broadwell-E and Core-X processors. AMD promised that the platform would arrive with a full eco-system of X399 compatible motherboards at launch an to be fair there were a few solid options out there on day one. Today there are plenty of options to look at when considering a X399 build, which is why Ian Cutress and Joe Shields of Anandtech have decided to examine seven of the board available on the market today:
With the release of AMD’s Threadripper CPUs into the HEDT market, board partners have released new motherboards based on the X399 chipset. Consumers are going to see quad channel memory, native 4-Way SLI and Crossfire capabilities, more full-speed M.2 slots, added 10G network ports, and more on the new platform. We're taking a quick look at each of the motherboards that the vendors are promoting in the market, as well as a few upcoming teasers.
The four major players, ASRock, ASUS, GIGABYTE, and MSI, have launched X399 motherboards for Threadripper. These boards equip the massive 4094-pin socket with eight DIMM slots to cover the four memory channels and then differentiate themselves in PCIe configuration, IO, styling and software support.
- -ASRock X399 Taichi
- -ASRock X399 Professional Gaming
- -ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme
- -ASUS Prime X399-A
- -ASUS Strix X399-E Gaming
- -GIGABYTE X399-Gaming 7
- -MSI X399 Gaming Pro Carbon
You can find the Threadripper Motherboard preview article here on Anandtech. It’s a really good read if you want to better understand the different TR4 socket offerings on the market right now.