GIGABYTE TRX40 Designare

The last of GIGABYTE's four announced TRX40 models is the GIGABYTE TRX40 Designare which takes a more professional approach for content creators and workstation users. With a more subtle and elegant black and silver theme, the Designare looks to feature the basic necessities such as an Intel Gigabit Ethernet controller and Realtek ALC4050H and ALC1220 pairing for the onboard audio. Differentiating the TRX40 Designare from the rest of the GIGABYTE TRX40 product stack is a GC-Titan Ridge Thunderbolt 3 AIC add-on card included in the accessories bundle.

The GIGABYTE TRX40 Designare is an XL-ATX sized motherboard and follows suit with the rest of its TRX40 product stack in memory specifications with support for DDR4-4400 and up to and including 256 GB of system memory. Like with most HEDT models with eight memory slots, they are arranged in two sets of four which sit either side of the large sTRX4 CPU socket. At the bottom of the board is four full-length PCIe 4.0 slots which operate at x16/x8/x16+x8, with a single PCIe 4.0 x1 slot in the centre. Located in between the full-length PCIe 4.0 slots are four PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots; two driven by the CPU and two coming from the TRX40 chipset. Also powered by the chipset is the eight SATA ports which feature support for RAID 0, 1, and 10 arrays.

GIGABYTE has been consistent with its power delivery implementation on its new models supporting the 7 nm Threadripper 3000 processors. Driving the 16-phase CPU power delivery is the Infineon XDPE132G5C PWM controller with sixteen Infineon TDA21472 70 power stages arranged into a 16+0 configuration. The power delivery heatsink is interconnected with other components via a heat pipe and stretches around the board in an L shaped design. The TRX40 chipset heatsink includes an active cooling fan, while for CPU and system cooling, there are eight 4-pin headers in total. One is designated for a CPU fan, one for a water pump, and six for chassis fans. 

On the rear panel of the GIGABYTE TRX40 Designare is five USB 3.1 G2 Type-A, one USB 3.1 G2 Type-C, and two USB 2.0 ports. On the left-hand side is Clear CMOS and Q-Flash buttons, while on the other side is five 3.5 mm audio jacks and S/PDIF optical output powered by a Realtek ALC4050H and ALC1220 HD audio codec pairing. There is also a pair of networking ports powered by a pair of Intel Gigabit Ethernet controllers, while the Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 wireless interface adds BT 5.0 connectivity on top.

The GIGABYTE TRX40 Designare is aimed more at professionals and content creators with the Thunderbolt 3 AIC card included in the accessories. It drops 5 G or 10 GbE wired networking while sitting giving users dual Ethernet, and as expected, costs quite a bit less than the TRX40 Aorus Xtreme with an MSRP of $629.

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  • Memo.Ray - Sunday, December 8, 2019 - link

    Three tables on page 14 have headers that refer to X570 instead of TRX40. Reply
  • heimo - Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - link

    passthough audio in the chipet.
    passthrough audio in the chipset.
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  • mzo - Friday, December 13, 2019 - link

    Although the Designare TRX40 is the only Gigabyte mobo that supports TB3 out of the box, I noticed the Auros WiFi has a THB-C port, same as the designare which uses to connect to the titan ridge. Does anybody know of the titan ridge card works with the Auros WiFi as well? Reply
  • PopinFRESH007 - Sunday, December 29, 2019 - link

    REF: Page 4 ASRock TRX40 Taichi, last paragraph, first sentence

    "The ASRock TRX40 Taichi is the premier board for enthusiasts in its line-up with each of the four full-length PCIe 4.0 slots supporting x16 across the board"

    The ASRock TRX40 Taichi only has three (3) full-length x16 slots.
    Reply
  • PopinFRESH007 - Sunday, December 29, 2019 - link

    @gavbon could you check if you guys have access to a block diagram for the ASRock TRX40 Taichi? Now that the CPUs are slowly becoming available and should be in-stock shortly I've been considering this board to upgrade. My use case is for 2x 2080Ti NVLINK with an Quad x4 NVMe SSD AIB so the Taichi is one of the only boards that can actually support this with its PCIe slot configuration.

    I also have 2x U.2 NVMe SSDs and I'm trying to figure out if the two on-board M.2 KeyM sockets are coming from the CPU or the chipset and the ASRock manual doesn't include a block diagram.
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  • oc3ddesign - Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - link

    has anyone had an issue with the XL size of this trx40 Designare board fitting into atx cases. There doesn't seem to be to many out there and they are all terribly bland or built for custom loops. I plan to use a aio and would love to put it all in a Lancool 2 when they ship later this month. Any Case recommendations here? Reply
  • PopinFRESH007 - Saturday, January 18, 2020 - link

    There will definitely be compatibility issues with the length of it. Most cases designed for E-ATX should be ok for the width. I have an Enthoo Evolv X case that I would absolutely recommend, however, the TRX40 Designare board definitely wouldn't fit as I have an SSI-CEB spec'd board and it is a sliver away from the bottom case shroud. Based on the dimensions and spec of the Lancool 2 I'd say you'd have the same issue with the TRX40 Designare fitting in that case, e.g. it won't "vertically" fit. Something like the older HAF-X case would fit it Reply
  • aCuria - Thursday, January 30, 2020 - link

    There is an error: "ASRock TRX40 Taichi ... four full-length PCIe 4.0 slots"... This board only has 3 full length PCIe 4.0 slots, not 4 Reply
  • jangray - Friday, February 14, 2020 - link

    Will any of these TRX40 motherboards permit bifurcation of one of the gen4x16 slots into gen4 x8x8? Based on current motherboard users guides, some allow gen4x16 -> gen4 x4x4x4x4 but none seem to do gen4 x8x8 (unlike the Aorus X570 for example). Thanks for any pointers. Reply

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