If you push your Threadripper to the limit of its capabilities you are going to need a serious X399 motherboard. MSI's MEG Creation has been the go to board for quite a while now, but ASUS is looking to change that with the ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha, which offers you a lot of features if you slap down $620. As you can see below, everything has a heatsink and there is also integrated watercooling, which is great news for Bjorn3D who had a bit of trouble when they paired a 2990WX with a Gigabyte Gaming 7 board.
It makes the most sense to pair this with that top end ThreadRipper as other models won't require such extreme measures, if you can afford the bill you will end up with one of the best X399 boards on the market today.
"Well long story, kinda short, the VRM when under render loads would escalate to over 110C in a matter of a minute or less and was simply not feasible for running this new chip. Enter ASUS as I reached out to them to see if they had a solution. Enter the Zenith Extreme [Alpha]."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha @ Guru of 3D
- Biostar A10N-8800E @ TechPowerUp
- ASRock B450M Steel Legend @ OCInside
- SuperO C9Z390-PGW @ Kitguru