Asus held their Computex motherboard workshop at this time, giving us our first style of the X399 platform designed for AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper CPUs. And there was a probably cheeky overclocking trace in a few of the show supplies… can your eagle eyes spot it?
It’s all very nicely having a monster CPU, however with out a great gaming monitor who cares, proper?
On the left hand facet of the picture of the ROG Zenith Extreme, across the rear I/O connections, you possibly can see a bit of LED display studying, 5.005GHz. That could possibly be a bit of tease as to the overclocking potential of the brand new AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors.
An Asus consultant introducing the brand new board stated they couldn’t presumably disclose any efficiency numbers earlier than AMD had an opportunity to say something. They may simply be preserving quiet, however with a sly nod to the potential efficiency, or it may merely be a mocked up instance of the board in motion.
The socket is empty in spite of everything, so it’s undoubtedly not taken from a stay picture. But AMD are set to speak extra about Ryzen Threadripper at tomorrow’s press convention, so we would not have lengthy to attend to seek out out.
But both approach it’s nonetheless an interesting first have a look at the brand new AMD TR4 socket they’re utilizing for Threadripper, and in addition at AMD’s first LGA, pins-on-the-motherboard variant too. Though I doubt they’re going to have the ability to get this show board up and working once more with out some severe socket surgical procedure – simply have a look at all these poor li’l bent pins…
The full specs checklist for the Asus ROG Zenith Extreme reveals a full eight DIMM slots for quad-channel DDR4, with a most capability of 128GB (although curiously there have been no memory frequency numbers), six SATA 6Gbps ports, a pair of DIMM.2 PCIe SSD slots, one commonplace M.2 socket and 4 full x16 PCIe three.zero enlargement slots. There’s additionally 15 USB three.1 ports and a pair of quaint ol’ USB 2.zero connections too, y’know, for previous time’s sake.
That’s correct server-class fare, with excess of only a passing resemblance to Intel’s competing X299 motherboards.
At the Asus occasion we additionally noticed Intel’s new Core i9 7900X Skylake-X CPU getting overclocked, with a 22% efficiency increase on our overclocked Core i7 6950X. That was the deca-core chip of the earlier Broadwell-E technology, and is twice what Intel are suggesting for a multithreaded efficiency uplift.
And final, however possibly not least, Asus additionally hinted on the upcoming Z370 and Z390 motherboard chipsets coming for the 8th generation Core processors that are on account of launch across the holidays on the finish of the yr.
Yeah, so AMD launched the X370 chipset for Ryzen, then introduced the X399 chipset for Threadripper, beating Intel’s Z270 and X299 by an entire 100 factors on the official PCGN Irrelevance Index. And now Intel are slapping again with a Z390 chipset to upstage AMD. But it’s solely 10 factors higher, so AMD nonetheless win, proper? Sigh.
I imply, that is simply getting ridiculous now.The complete faintly embarrassing tit-for-tat naming scuffle is changing into an increasing number of like a few schoolkids arguing within the playground. I am getting a bit uninterested in it, although possibly it is a type of Stewart Lee-esque repetitious jokes that are humorous, then hilarious, then boring, then annoying and at last again to humorous once more. Here’s hoping…