ASRock TRX40 Creator Motherboard Review

Today, we’ll be taking a quick look at the ASRock TRX40 Creator motherboard. It features AMD’s TRX40 chipset, and suitable for all the latest Ryzen Threadripper 3000-series processors. We’ve already reviewed ASRock’s other model, the TRX40 Taichi, which we thought was an excellent motherboard that offered a ton of features and excellent performance. And we can expect the same with the TRX40 Creator version, except this time it will have extra features that’s dedicated more for content creators. The ASRock TRX40 Creator is primarily aimed and targeted for content creators, and offers some interesting features such as Aquantia 10G LAN, Drangon 2.5G LAN, Wifi 6 (802.11ax), and 3 x Hyper M.2 slots for SSDs (PCIe Gen4x4 & SATA3).

 

 

It can also support memory speeds of up to DDR4-4666+ (OC) in quad channel mode, and comes with 4 x PCIE 4.0 x16 steel slots supporting Nvidia 4-Way SLI, or AMD 4-Way CrossFireX. There’s also the Purity Sound 4 with 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC4050H + ALC1220 Audio Codec) supporting DTS connect, as well as of course, the ASRock Polychrome RGB.

As we all know, AMD’s recent launch of their 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper 3000-series processors, have made more than just headlines. In fact, it’s now the processor to go for, if you’re an enthusiast to wants a high-end desktop (HEDT) system. Even the entry-level Threadripper 3960X comes with 24 cores/48 threads and features a massive 140Mb cache, and if you pair it with a TRX40 motherboard … then there’s really no competition. 

What makes the ASRock TRX40 Creator really appealing to content creators, is the fact that this motherboard offers quad channel memory support, along with the latest PCIE 4.0 standard. What does all this mean? Well, to put is simply … you’ll get better performance in both read/write speeds, for memory (DDR4) and disk access (SSD). All of this will equate to faster rendering times and faster access to files. And let’s not forget the power of the Threadripper 3960X processor with its 24 cores/48 threads.

As usual, the TRX40 Creator comes with ASRock’s renowned Super Alloy feature, which includes 8-layer 2oz Copper, server-grade PCB, XXL Aluminium alloy heatsinks and Nichicon 12K black caps. What’s more, the Dr.MOS and premium power chokes have been upgraded to 90A.

It will be interesting to see how the TRX40 Creator will compare against ASRock’s very own X570 Creator, since both motherboards are designed and aimed at content creators. My initial view is that … if you’re a real heavy user of video/photo editing and 3D rendering, then the TRX40 Creator would be the one to go for. The quad channel memory support and Threadripper’s higher core/thread count will make all the difference.

 

 

I would like to thank ASRock for providing the review sample. This is a snippet from what ASRock has to say about themselves on their website:

ASRock Inc. is established in 2002, specialized in the field of motherboards. ASRock strives to build up its own brand. With the 3C design concept, “Creativity, Consideration, Cost-effectiveness”, the company explores the limit of motherboards manufacturing while paying attention on the eco issue at the same time, developing products with the consideration of eco-friendly concept.

ASRock has been growing fast and become world third largest motherboard brand with headquarter in Taipei, Taiwan and branches in Europe and the USA. The young and vibrant company targets from mainstream to enthusiast MB segments for different kinds of users, owning reputation around the world market with its reliability and proficiency.

 

To test this motherboard, we’ll be using AMD’s latest Ryzen Threadripper 3960X featuring 24 cores/32 threads, as well as 32GB ofg Thermaltake Toughram RGB DDR4-3200 in quad channel mode, along with a Zotac GeForce RTX 2080 AMP Extreme Core. I’m expecting some great results from our benchmark tests.  OK, let’s drive right in and start by taking a look at the specifications and features of this motherboard.

You can buy the ASRock TRX40 Creator Motherboard from Amazon fro around USD $517 – https://amzn.to/2YLkTDc

 

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