ASRock TRX40 Taichi Motherboard Review

Today, we’ll be taking a quick look at the ASRock TRX40 Taichi Motherboard. It’s designed for high-end enthusiasts, and competes directly with Intel’s HEDT (high-end desktop) motherboards, such as the X299. It utilizes the TRX40 chipset, and supports all of the latest 3rd generation Ryzen Threadripper 3000 series processors, on a new sTRX4 socket. Unfortunately, both the 1st and 2nd generation Threadripper CPUs are not compatible with this motherboard. 

The ASRock TRX40 Taichi comes absolutely packed with load of great features, including ASRock’s renowned SuperAlloy, featuring XXL Aluminum heatsink, an 8 layer, matte black, 2oz PCB, with premium 90A power chokes, 16 power phases and 90A Dr.MOS, as well as high-quality capacitors, and of course their unique Taichi design.

 

 

It can also support quad channel memory with speeds of up to DDR4-4666+ (OC), and it’s compatible with Nvidia NVLink 3-way SLI, and AMD 3-way CrossfireX multi-GPU configuration. Other features include the usual 1 gigabit LAN, as well as 2.5G LAN, with support for Wifi 6. There’s also the 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC4050H+ALC1220 Audio Codec) supporting DTS connect and Purity Sound 4, as well as of course, the ASRock Polychrome RGB.

One of the most appealing feature of this motherboard is the support for latest the PCIE 4.0 standard, which I think is a real deal-clincher here. This feature can also be found on all X570 motherboards (for AM4 processors). 

It’s been a phenomenal year in 2019 for AMD, and right now they’re killing it with their new 3rd generation Ryzen processors, making one headline after another, from the highly acclaimed Ryzen 9 3950X to the recently launched Threadripper 3970X… and they’ll continue to do so in 2020 with the imminent release of the Threadripper 3990X. 

I’m still catching my breath since the recent launch of their flagship AM4 processor – the Ryzen 9 3950X featuring 7nm technology, 16 cores and 32 threads, with a massive 64Mb L3 cache. Intel’s equivalent, the Core i9-9900KS can only muster 8 cores and 16 threads with 16MB cache, and what’s worse … it’s still using 14nm technology.

While all this is happening, AMD steps up a gear, and stuns Intel with the launch of their 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors in direct competition to Intel’s HEDT (high-end desktop) processors, the Core X-series. The Ryzen Threadripper 3960X (24 cores/48 threads) and 3970X (32 cores/64 threads), again uses 7nm technology and the latest PCIE 4.0 standard. Now that’s something which Intel has yet to catch up to, even on their X299 motherboards. Their so-called flagship HEDT processor, the Core i9-10980XE features a measly 18 cores/36 threads with  24.75Mb cache, and real sob story is … it’s STILL on 14nm technology – OUCH!

 

 

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.

So what can we expect from the ASRock TRX40 Taichi motherboard? Well, there’s only one answer … a lot! To test this motherboard, we’ll be using AMD’s latest AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X processor featuring 24 cores/48 threads, and a massive 128MB of L3 cache, along with a Zotac GeForce RTX 2080 AMP Extreme Core. I’m expecting phenomenal results from our benchmark tests. It should blow everything out of the water (or should I say our lab), and it will probably be one of the fastest system we’ve tested to date.

OK, let’s not waste any more time. We’ll start by taking a look at the specifications and features of this motherboard.

You can buy the the ASRock TRX40 Taichi motherboard on Amazon for around USD $599 – https://amzn.to/33ZLGfS. And as for the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X processor, it will set you back USD $1,399-1,499 from Newegg

 

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