ASUS ROG Strix TRX40-E Gaming

Moving onto the ASUS ROG Strix TRX40-E Gaming and it's the only TRX40 model currently to include the gaming tag line in its model naming. Cut from a similar cloth to the ROG Zenith II Extreme with its blend of black aluminium inspired design, ASUS has also included its LiveDash OLED into the rear panel cover, with support for DDR4-4666 and 256 GB across eight memory slots also featured. The ROG Strix TRX40-E Gaming is ATX in size and is designed for the gamer in mind, with plenty of features found on most HEDT boards making it a solid all-rounder.

The design of the ASUS ROG Strix TRX40-E Gaming is similar to its other gaming branded Strix models with its holographic digital colorful insignia on the rear panel cover and heatsinks; these areas are also customizable due to the integrated RGB LEDs. The power delivery consists of a 16-phase setup with 16 Infineon TDA21472 70 A power stages which are operating in teamed mode. Its heatsink includes active cooling with fans hidden between the grill and the heatsink, while the TRX40 chipset heatsink also includes a cooling fan. There are three full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 slots, with the inclusion of a PCIe 4.0 x4 slot for good measure. 

On the storage front, ASUS includes three PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots, with eight SATA ports supporting RAID 0, 1, and 10 arrays. Memory compatibility on the ASUS ROG Strix TRX40-E Gaming is competitive with support for DDR4-4666, with up to 256 GB supported across eight memory slots. Located around the edge of the board is seven 4-pin headers with two for CPU cooling fans, one for a water pump, one for an AIO pump, and three designated for chassis fans. 

Looking at the rear panel and ASUS has included a whopping seven USB 3.1 G2 Type-A, one USB 3.1 G2 Type-C, and four USB 2.0 ports. Also present are five 3.5 mm audio jacks and S/PDIF optical output driven by a SupremeFX S1220 HD audio codec with dual OP amplifiers, a pair of Ethernet ports powered by a Realtek RTL8125-CG 2.5 GbE and Intel I211-AT Gigabit controller pairing. The ASUS ROG Strix TRX40-E Gaming also includes an Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 wireless interface with support for BT 5.0 devices. 

The ASUS ROG Strix TRX40-E Gaming isn't the only gaming-focused board, and while AMD's Ryzen Threadripper 3000 processors will almost certainly be capable, the real advantages are had in multi-core optimized applications. With a price tag of $450, it combines a solid controller set with the usual ROG Strix aesthetics we come to expect from ASUS, as well as plenty of networking capability for uses outside of gaming.

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  • Arsenica - Thursday, November 28, 2019 - link

    Something funny about the Gigabyte TRX40 Designare is that they go out their way to not include Thunderbolt branding for the bundled card. They only call it "a 40GB/s GC-Titan Ridge add-in card which allows you to take advantage of exceptionally fast transfer speeds!"
  • YB1064 - Thursday, November 28, 2019 - link

    $800 for a motherboard? I don't think any number of Xtreme XXX in the name justifies such a ridiculous price tag.
  • colonelclaw - Thursday, November 28, 2019 - link

    Does the lack of Thunderbolt 3 on 11 of the 12 point to it still being too expensive to manufacture? Or something else? Seems odd to me that 8 out of 12 boards has ethernet > 1G, but only a single board has TB3. Doesn't seem very HEDT!
  • gavbon - Thursday, November 28, 2019 - link

    Not to mention the single option is via an add-on card. I will reach out and see what I can find out
  • Smell This - Thursday, November 28, 2019 - link

    Could TB3 be spec'd-out?
    I mean, at 12v/60w (max TB3?) asking too much for cabling/hardware in the ever-ending quest for speed/bandwidth in exchange for heat?

    Is the add-on proprietary to AsRock?
  • eek2121 - Friday, November 29, 2019 - link

    Disclaimer, this is going solely off memory and is based off stuff I read somewhere. IIRC The Macbook Pro has 4 thunderbolt 3 ports. More than likely, it's because Intel provides TB3 on the CPU separate from PCIE lanes, whereas AMD only has dedicated PCIE lanes. This means that TB3 uses PCIE lanes on AMD systems.
  • phildj - Sunday, December 8, 2019 - link

    The MacBooks Pro (and the 2018 Mac Mini) all run 2 Alpine Ridge (or whatever) controllers off 2x x4 PCIe lanes. The 15/16” version connects to the DGPU using only x8.
  • Digispa - Thursday, November 28, 2019 - link

    Thunderbolt, regardless of version number is owned by Intel. I would think that board manufacturers probably don't have to pay a license fee to add it to Intel boards but have to pay a fee for AMD boards they design and sell. It is most likely a cost issue versus a compatible spec issue.
  • eek2121 - Friday, November 29, 2019 - link

    Untrue, TB3 has been open sourced. It will be a part of the USB 4.0 standard.
  • dotes12 - Saturday, November 30, 2019 - link

    Is it actually going to be called USB 4.0? They were really getting on a roll with USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 SuperSpeed+.

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