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ASUS ROG ZENITH EXTREME AMD Ryzen Threadripper TR4 DDR4 M.2 U.2 X399 E-ATX HEDT Motherboard with onboard WiGig 802.11AD WiFi, USB 3.1, and AURA Sync RGB Lighting
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- Powered by AMD Ryzen Threadripper TR4 processors to maximize connectivity and speed with support for up to 128GB of DDR4 memory, three (3) NVMe M.2 drives, front side U.2 and front panel USB 3.1 Gen2 port
- 5-Way Optimization featuring Auto-Tuning and FanXpert 4 provides automatic overclocking profiles for maximum OC performance while AIO and watercooling headers deliver dynamic system cooling
- Built for High Performance Networking featuring onboard Gigabit LAN, WiGig 802.11AD WiFi for future wireless VR, and includes the ROG Areion expansion card for connections up to 10Gbps
- Four patent-pending SafeSlots feature an injection molding process that integrates metal framing for a stronger, firmly anchored PCIe slot built for heavyweight GPUs
- Unmatched Personalization with LiveDash OLED and ASUS exclusive AURA Sync RGB lighting throughout the Zenith Extreme, including additional RGB headers (+1 addressable)
- Industry-leading 8-channel HD audio with the ROG exclusive SupremeFX S1220 driven by Japanese capacitors and featuring the ES9018Q2C High Definition DAC
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Powered by AMD Ryzen Threadripper, the ROG Zenith Extreme delivers performance with gaming-centric features like 5-Way Optimization for advanced overclocking and fully immersive sound with SupremeFx, Sonic Studio, and Sonic Radar. Innovative vertically mounted M.2 drives via DIMM.2 provide optimized cooling while AURA Sync RGB lighting offers unlimited personalization.
- Support for up to 128GB of DDR4 memory, three NVMe M.2 drives, front side U.2 and front panel USB 3.1 Gen2
- 5-Way Optimization featuring Auto-Tuning and FanXpert 4
- Onboard Gigabit LAN, WiGig 802.11AD Wifi for future wireless VR
- Four patent-pending SafeSlots
- LiveDash OLED and ASUS exclusive AURA Sync RGB lighting
- ROG exclusive SupremeFX S1220
802.11 AD Wi-Fi
ROG Zenith Extreme is engineered with the very latest 802.11ad (WiGig) Wi-Fi for ultrafast, lag–free wireless connections of up to 4.6Gbps, delivering smooth streaming of 4K UHD video, and faster, slicker VR experiences.
Connect With Unparalleled Speed
ROG Zenith Extreme's DIMM.2 module is a bundled expansion card that allows two M.2 drives to be connected via a DDR4 interface. It is also equipped with an M.2 heatsink integrated into the PCH heatsink. With a huge cooling surface, the heatsink perfectly chills an inserted M.2 SSD.
ROG Zenith Extreme features a pre-mounted I/O shield making it even easier to install the motherboard into a chassis. The small, strong backplate prevents the motherboard from bending and bowing, ensuring that the voltage-regulator module's MOSFETs stay in direct contact for uninterrupted cooling and stable temperatures.
ROG Areion 10G Card
ROG Zenith Extreme comes with ROG Areion, the high-performance expansion card that plugs you into the new era of 10Gbps networking. The large heatsink keeps the card cool while transferring massive files like 4K videos, and support for intermediate 2.5G and 5G connectivity lets you step up to faster networks for maximum flexibility.
|ROG Zenith Extreme||Prime X399-A|
|Chipset||AMD X399||AMD X399|
|Memory||8X DIMM max, 128GB DDR4, 3200+MHz (OC)||8X DIMM max, 128GB DDR4, 3200+MHz (OC)|
|PCIe Slots||4x PCIe 3.0 x16 SafeSlots (supports quad @ x16/x8/x16/x8); 1x PCIe 2.0 x4; 1x PCIe 2.0 x1||4x PCIe 3.0 x16 SafeSlots (supports quad @ x16/x8/x16/x8); 1x PCIe 2.0 x4; 1x PCIe 2.0 x1|
|Audio||SupremeFX S1220 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC with ES9018Q2C High Definition DAC||Realtek S1220A 8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC featuring Crystal Sound 3|
|Wireless/ Bluetooth||802.11AD WiGig WiFi 802.11AC MU-MIMO Bluetooth v4.1||No|
|Networking||ROG Areion 10G Ethernet Card Intel I211-AT Gigabit LAN controller||Intel I211AT Gigabit LAN|
|M.2||2x M.2 vertically mounted with DIMM.2 Adapter 1x on-board M.2||1x M.2_1 Socket 3 M Key 2242/2260/2280 1x M.2_2 Socket 3 Vertical M Key 2242/2260/2280/22110|
|USB||1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type A 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C 12x USB 3.1 Gen 1 2x USB 2.0||2x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type A 12x USB 3.1 Gen 1 4x USB 2.0|
|Aura Sync RGB Lighting||Yes||Yes|
Powered by AMD Ryzen Thread ripper, the ROG Zenith Extreme delivers award-winning performance with gaming-centric features like 5-Way Optimization for advanced overclocking and fully immersive sound with Supreme, Sonic Studio, and Sonic Radar. Innovative vertically mounted M.2 drives via DIMM.2 provide optimized cooling while AURA Sync RGB lighting offers unlimited personalization.
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Also make sure your case allows for the extra 1 1/2" of width. I had to remove the cable pass thru grommets in order for the board to lay flat.
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- Beautiful board layout, packed with functionality
- PCIe Enable/Disable toggles for easy troubleshooting
- OLED Error Code Display for easy troubleshooting
- Easy access Clear CMOS Button
- Errors abundant in the PCIe Bus. Common PCIe cards like the Inateck 7-port KTU3FR-5O2U card recommended by Oculus cause the system to fail to post. Other people have confirmed this issue with other brands of cards as well.
- PCI-passthrough is completely broke, likely due to the general PCIe bus problems. IOMMU also fails to isolate the x4 slot. Disappointing since Ryzen was initially plagued by issues here as well, and needed a lot of fixes in AGESA 1006.
- Torx #1 is too short and near impossible to thread - makes CPU installation a royal pain.
- Memory slots are ultra sensitive. Modules had to be reseated multiple times one by one in order to get the board to boot with 8 DIMMs.
- HDD boot order is randomly lost and reset when using a PCIe SATA card (very frustrating)
- OLED/Aura Firmware requires Windows to flash and a Windows Application to Control. Bios Disable for lighting does not work. Bad experience for Linux users. Asked Asus if there was an alternate way to flash like DOS Boot USB and was ignored.
- Lack of flexibility in PCIe lane assignment, and disappointing defaults. A big deal was made about Threadripper having 64 PCIe lanes, but you can't even run 3 slots in x16 mode on this board. Additionally, the last electrical x16 slot runs in *x4* by default, only being able to go up to x8 if the U2 slot is disabled.
For an asking price of $549 on the motherboard and $999 on the processor, there is a disappointing number of bugs. I understand that its a new platform and there will be bugs, but thus far Asus has ignored both my filed support tickets and bug reports on the forums. Asus employees have posted in the same thread(s) before and after my bug report forum posts but have not acknowledged any of them. No response on formal support tickets in almost 2 weeks. Poor customer service, especially for such an expensive board. Will re-review if there is progress on these issues, but so far I can't even get them acknowledged. I need to know if there is any intention of someone looking into these issues before the RMA window runs out.... if these issues go unfixed, this machine is unfit for the purpose it was built for.
Thank you for sharing your ASUS product review. It's very unfortunate to hear about the issues you've encountered and please accept our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience. I'll be sure to review your feedback with the appropriate team. Please note, the SPECs for the PCIE x16 slots are respectively x16/x8/x16/ x8(or X4 mode when enabled U.2), it’s not available to run 3 slots in x16 mode in this platform. However, Zenith Extreme should support 4-way SLI/CFX with all x16 slots populated. We appreciate the feedback and we're doing our best in resolving any issues or product complaints. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
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2x m.2 NVMe SSDs (500GB 950 Pro and 960 Evo)
Vega 64 Liquid Cooled
Corsair AX1200i PSU
The installation procedure was easy to follow, didn't have issues getting the screws threaded like some others reported. The cooler I used (NH-U14S) hangs over the first PCI-E slot slightly so I installed my video card in slot #3.
I didn't have any issues on the initial boot, all drives were detected and had no errors with the memory. However I immediately updated to the latest BIOS from ASUS' site before installing an OS (as I always do when setting up a new build).
By default the RAM runs at 2133 MHz. I tried enabling the XMP profile which clocks my RAM at 3000 MHz (its rated speed) and it failed to start despite being on the QVL list. Ryzen has been picky with running some RAM at higher speeds and it is the same deal with Threadripper, so I doubt it is exclusive to this board. Perhaps BIOS updates will fix this in time.
I've heard people have had better luck with GSKILL RAM that uses Samsung B-dies. I would have gotten that but the Corsair RAM was leftover from my previous X99 build so I am sticking with it for now.
The boot time is very quick compared to my X99 rig, about 25 seconds from the time I press the power button. X99 setup was double that.
I'm running a lot of VM's on my Threadripper build and everything performs great. Didn't think my next upgrade would take me to 16 cores!
** Update on RAM compatibility** I was able to get my kit running at its rated speed by changing the Command Rate to 2T. Apparently, the latest beta BIOS automatically sets this on 2DPC configs, though I'm sticking to the stable BIOS for now: https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?95413-Zenith-Extreme-Beta-UEFI-9960-0601-9910
I have changed my rating to 5 stars since I was able to resolve the memory issues.