What motherboard to get for threadripper 3?

Discussion in 'Motherboards' started by Kirika, Nov 8, 2019 at 12:11 AM.

  1. Kirika

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    What moherboard to get for threadripper 3 that is reliable and can hold 128 gb of ram?

    Feeling somewhat burned with Supermicro after my current rig stopped working in Windows after 5 years when the bios battery died and can't figure out what bios setting it was to fix it.

    I had Asus board and Supermicro dual processor boards before my current rig that both lasted till I wanted to retire them.

    Don't really think a dual processor board is worth it anymore if I can get 24 or 32 cores on a threadripper.
     
  2. ~ever~

    ~ever~ 2[H]4U

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    I'm going with the Asus Zenith II
     
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  4. tangoseal

    tangoseal [H]ardness Supreme

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    I suspect low end will be 299 to 399, mid range 599, top end 799 to 999.

    Expect a little higher than x570 prices in each tier.
     
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    tangoseal [H]ardness Supreme

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    I'm still running a socket 2011 sandy bridge e5-1650 v1 in my SuperMicro board.

    Rock solid 24/7 now since the chip came out. I think 7 years solid uptime minus one cross country move and some dust down maintenance periods for an hour or 2.
     
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    thesmokingman [H]ardness Supreme

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    The first Zenith was the best. It was the only TR board that didn't crap itself overclocking in my experience. The Aorus would die all on its own rebooting lol. I went thru 3 of those before renaming it Gigafail.
     
  7. Zarathustra[H]

    Zarathustra[H] Official Forum Curmudgeon

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    Is there even such a thing as a "low end" Threadripper board?

    I figured the two categories would be "ultra high end", and "slightly less high end" :p
     
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    tangoseal [H]ardness Supreme

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    Yes there is plenty of low end Threadripper, i.e. less power stages, less features, no 10gig or 5 gig, no wifi etc....But yeah I get what youre saying :)

    Dont look at the prices. Those are just whack because of Newegg doing external vendors like Amazon does.

    Low end: upload_2019-11-11_21-43-11.png

    Mid range: upload_2019-11-11_21-43-43.png

    hi end: upload_2019-11-11_21-44-36.png
     
  9. Zarathustra[H]

    Zarathustra[H] Official Forum Curmudgeon

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    Hmm.

    Interesting.

    I wonder if there will be any barebones boards with great power stages but without all the other fluff.

    I don't care about 10 (or 5) gig ethernet, because in my setup I need fiber anyway, so I am pretty much married to my dual intel 10gig fiber card.

    I also don't care about on board sound, because I use an external DAC for most things, and have a discrete sound card for everything else.

    I'd like a minimalist board with as many PCIe slots as possible, and as good overclocking potential as possible.

    I'm hoping someone makes this, but I have my doubts.

    Second best would be a workstation version of the baord with dual on board 10gig SFP+ slots
     
  10. D-EJ915

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    Which one you pick seems to be more oriented toward if you want 2x slot spacing on the x16s or not. Even the ones with "weak" vrms use pretty good components, the TRX40 Creator has 8 90 amp power stages and 16 60 amp ones on asus.

    Ones with:
    Gigabyte TRX40 Aorus Xtreme
    Gigabyte TRX40 Designare
    Asrock TRX40 Creator

    The rest have single slot spacing for the 2nd x16 slot or huge gaps for the asus boards.

    MSI TRX40 Pro 10G https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/TRX40-PRO-10G
    MSI Creator TRX40 https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/Creator-TRX40
    Asrock TRX40 Creator https://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/TRX40 Creator/index.asp
    Asrock TRX40 Taichi https://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/TRX40 Taichi/index.asp
    Asus ROG Zenith II Extreme https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/ROG-Zenith-II-Extreme/
    Asus ROG Strix TRX40-E gaming https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/ROG-Strix-TRX40-E-Gaming/
    Asus Prime TRX40-Pro https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Prime-TRX40-Pro/
    Gigabyte TRX40 Designare https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/TRX40-DESIGNARE-rev-10#ov
    Gigabyte TRX40 Aorus Pro Wifi https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/TRX40-AORUS-PRO-WIFI-rev-10#kf
    Gigabyte TRX40 Aorus Master https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/TRX40-AORUS-MASTER-rev-10#kf
    Gigabyte TRX40 Aorus Xtreme https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/TRX40-AORUS-XTREME-rev-10#kf

    Some have value adds too, like the Taichi, MSI Creator and Aorus Xtreme include a 4x M.2 card.
     
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  11. Zarathustra[H]

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    SLI and crossfire are dead. They were never really alive. They sucked almost from the beginning. The last good implementation was the Voodoo 2.

    This dual slot spacing for any other slot than the first is pointless.

    I want:

    Slot 1: 16x
    Slot 2: Blank
    Slot 3: 8x
    Slot 4: 8x
    Slot 5: 8x
    Slot 6: 8x

    The rest distributer among the chipset and m.2 slots
     
  12. Zarathustra[H]

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    Of those, my favorites are:
    MSI TRX 40 Pro 10G
    Gigabyte TRX40 Designare
    Gigabyte TRX40 Aourus Pro
    Gigabyte TRX40 Aourus Master

    Primarily because they have that additional 1x slot in addition to the 4 16x slots.

    I really wish someone would make a board with one 16x slot and four 8x slots though, and dispense with all of the foolish RGB nonsense.

    I don't even feel like I need or want any SATA on mine. I don't use SATA for clients anymore.


    It's kind of nuts to me that Asus decided to make a workstation board for x570 (Pro WS X570-ACE) and have neglected to announce an equivalent model for Threadripper, the actual HEDT platform...

    Give me a TRX40 version of that "Pro WS X570 Ace" with solid power phases for good overclocking, and all the PCIe slots it can handle, and I'm in.