The Best TRX40 Motherboards For 3rd-Gen Threadripper CPUs

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As expected, the new 3rd-generation AMD Threadripper CPUs offer exceptional value in terms of raw performance per dollar invested. The 32-core/64-thread Threadripper 3970X handily beats the Intel Xeon W-3175X in rendering test – for $1,000 less (MSRP). Even the 24-core/48-thread TR3 3960X often comes out ahead for a fraction of the cost. So, if you’re going to build an HEDT (High-End Desktop) system for heavy-duty tasks right now, the choice is easy. 

On the downside for existing Threadripper owners, the latest generation use the new sTRX4 socket, meaning that the new chips can’t be dropped into X399 motherboards. Instead, there are no less than three new chipsets in the works, namely the TRX40, TRX80, and WRX80. All of the initial boards use the TRX40. On the plus side, you get the PCIe 4.0 interface and drastically higher PCI Express bandwidth (also the main selling point of the X570 platform). You get plenty of I/O with TRX40 including 12x 10 Gbps ports.

To save you some time, we’ve taken a look at what the motherboard manufacturers have to offer for the Threadripper 3/TRX40 platform. This page will be updated frequently, as more independent reviews become available. 

Best Entry-Level Vs High-End TRX40 Motherboards

We will go into more detail shortly, but we’ll start with our top picks on the market right now considering prices and feature sets. All boards support PCIe 4.0, native USB 3.1 Gen2, and up to 256 GB of quad-channel DDR4 RAM, so we will compare aspects where they might differ. 

Product
Best Value
GIGABYTE TRX40 AORUS PRO WiFi (sTRX AMD TRX40/Fins-Array Heatsink/12+2 Phases Infineon Digital VRM/3x PCIe 4.0x4 M.2/Intel WiFi 6/Intel GbE LAN/ATX/AMD Motherboard)
Premium E-ATX
ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme TRX40 Gaming AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper sTRX4 EATX Motherboard with 16 Power Stages, PCIe 4.0, WiFi 6 (802.11ax), USB 3.2 Gen2 and Aura Sync RGB
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GIGABYTE TRX40 AORUS PRO WiFi (sTRX AMD TRX40/Fins-Array Heatsink/12+2 Phases Infineon Digital VRM/3x PCIe 4.0x4 M.2/Intel WiFi 6/Intel GbE LAN/ATX/AMD Motherboard)
ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme TRX40 Gaming AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper sTRX4 EATX Motherboard with 16 Power Stages, PCIe 4.0, WiFi 6 (802.11ax), USB 3.2 Gen2 and Aura Sync RGB
Form Factor
ATX
E-ATX
VRM
12+2-Phase Infineon
16-Phase Infineon TDA21472
Max. RAM Clock
4400 MHz (OC)
4733 MHz (OC)
Wi-Fi Adapter
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
Ethernet Adapter
1 GbE
10 GbE (Aquantia)
PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots
3
5
PCIe x16/x8/x1 Slots
2+2+1
4 x16
USB 3.1 Gen 2
5x Type-A + 2x Type-C
9x Type-A + 2x Type-C
Audio
Realtek ALC4050H + ALC1220-VB
ROG SupremeFX S1220
Price*
$399.99
$849.99
Best Value
Product
GIGABYTE TRX40 AORUS PRO WiFi (sTRX AMD TRX40/Fins-Array Heatsink/12+2 Phases Infineon Digital VRM/3x PCIe 4.0x4 M.2/Intel WiFi 6/Intel GbE LAN/ATX/AMD Motherboard)
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GIGABYTE TRX40 AORUS PRO WiFi (sTRX AMD TRX40/Fins-Array Heatsink/12+2 Phases Infineon Digital VRM/3x PCIe 4.0x4 M.2/Intel WiFi 6/Intel GbE LAN/ATX/AMD Motherboard)
Form Factor
ATX
VRM
12+2-Phase Infineon
Max. RAM Clock
4400 MHz (OC)
Wi-Fi Adapter
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
Ethernet Adapter
1 GbE
PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots
3
PCIe x16/x8/x1 Slots
2+2+1
USB 3.1 Gen 2
5x Type-A + 2x Type-C
Audio
Realtek ALC4050H + ALC1220-VB
Price*
$399.99
Amazon Link
Premium E-ATX
Product
ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme TRX40 Gaming AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper sTRX4 EATX Motherboard with 16 Power Stages, PCIe 4.0, WiFi 6 (802.11ax), USB 3.2 Gen2 and Aura Sync RGB
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ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme TRX40 Gaming AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper sTRX4 EATX Motherboard with 16 Power Stages, PCIe 4.0, WiFi 6 (802.11ax), USB 3.2 Gen2 and Aura Sync RGB
Form Factor
E-ATX
VRM
16-Phase Infineon TDA21472
Max. RAM Clock
4733 MHz (OC)
Wi-Fi Adapter
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
Ethernet Adapter
10 GbE (Aquantia)
PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots
5
PCIe x16/x8/x1 Slots
4 x16
USB 3.1 Gen 2
9x Type-A + 2x Type-C
Audio
ROG SupremeFX S1220
Price*
$849.99
Amazon Link

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“Entry-level” is perhaps not the right type of wording here – in all non-HEDT segments, the comparatively affordable Gigabyte TRX40 Aorus Pro WiFi would be considered a decidedly premium board. Nevertheless, it’s one of (if not the) most affordable 3rd-gen Threadripper motherboard, but still offers a ton of features including a capable VRM, three M.2 PCIe 4.0 slots, and an onboard WiFi 6/ax adapter. The ROG Zenith II Extreme (detailed below), on the other hand, is Asus’ premium option that adds a bit of extra everything.

Now for a more detailed look at what the manufacturers have to offer for professionals and prosumers aiming to build a high-end system based on Threadripper 3. 

Asus TRX40 Motherboard Lineup

ASUS TRX40
Motherboards
Form
Factor
VRMDDR4
Support
PCIe 4.0
M.2 Slots
Ethernet/
Wi-Fi
USB 3.1
Gen2
Check
Prices
ROG Zenith II Extreme
E-ATX16-phase4733 MHz5x10 Gbps
WiFi 6/ax
9x Type-A
2x Type-C
Amazon
Newegg
Amazon UK
ROG Strix TRX40-E
ATX16-phase4666 MHz3x2.5 Gbps
WiFi 6/ax
7x Type-A
1x Type-C
Amazon
Newegg
Amazon UK
Prime TRX40-Pro
ATX16-phase4666 MHz3x1 Gbps3x Type-A
1x Type-C
Amazon
Newegg
Amazon UK

Best Asus TRX40 Motherboard: Asus ROG Zenith II Extreme 

Asus has been a leader in the motherboard market for many years and has a great track record in the high-end segment. So, we’re comfortable starting off our roundup with the ROG Zenith II Extreme. This is an attractive motherboard that features eight RAM slots (four channels, as all TRX40 boards), plus four PCIe x16 slots for multiple graphics cards. It also comes with no less than five M.2 PCIe 4.0-based storage slots, including two on an included add-in card. 

In terms of connectivity, you get an Aquantia ACQ-107 10G Ethernet port, a 1Gbps LAN port, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5. The 16-phase VRM is up for the task of powering the new Threadrippers and should be sufficient all the way up to the yet-to-be-released Threadripper 3990X with 64 cores and a 280 Watt TDP.

Asus ROG Zenith II Extreme

Although it’s part of the ROG (Republic of Gamers) lineup, gaming with this motherboard is just a way to spend time while most of the cores are on rendering duty. In any event, you can “RGB up” the system to your heart’s content and sync the lighting with other RGB products like graphics cards and peripherals. If you already have Asus products then this is going to be a good fit for your build.

Pros:

  • Five M.2 slots
  • Aquantia ACQ-107 10G Ethernet port
  • Aura RGB lighting
  • Wi-Fi 6/ax and Bluetooth 5

Cons:

  • Very expensive
  • Onboard fan

All things considered, we are quite confident that this is one of the best TRX40 motherboards that you can get your hands on for the 3rd generation of AMDs Threadripper CPUs.

Manufacturer’s product page

MSI TRX40 Motherboard Lineup

MSI TRX40
Motherboards
Form
Factor
VRMDDR4
Support
PCIe 4.0
M.2 Slots
Ethernet/
Wi-Fi
USB 3.1
Gen2
Check
Prices
Creator TRX40
E-ATX16-phase4666 MHz7x10 GbE
WiFi 6/ax
5x Type-A
2x Type-C
Amazon
Newegg
Amazon UK
TRX40 Pro 10G
ATX12-phase4666 MHz4x2x 1 GbE
1x 10 GbE
3x Type-A
2x Type-C
Amazon
Newegg
Amazon UK
TRX40 Pro WiFi
ATX12-phase4666 MHz4x2x 1 GbE
WiFi 6/ax
3x Type-A
2x Type-C
Amazon
Newegg
Amazon UK

Best MSI: Creator TRX40

The next TRX40 motherboard is from MSI. Like the aforementioned board, this one has a 16-phase power design, making it capable of supporting the 3970X and 3960X. Like all the boards on this list, the Creator TRX40 comes with 10GbE LAN, 1Gbps LAN connectivity and Wi-Fi 6.

For storage, you get 3 M.2 slots and 6 SATA ports for SSDs and HDDs. The motherboard also features 8 RAM slots. The motherboard has a unique design and plenty of armor all over it. The color scheme is subtle and it should blend in well with the rest of your build. The RGB lighting is subtle too. All these features do come at a cost and this is in no way an inexpensive option. All TRX40 motherboards are expensive indeed and the MSI Creator model is no exception.

MSI Creator TRX40

Interestingly, you can use the M.2 Xpander-Aero with this motherboard in order to get 4 additional M.2 slots if you need them. This motherboard is recommended for people that create content and need something that performs well and looks the part as well.

One of the drawbacks of this motherboard is that there is a fan on the chipset to keep it cool. While that is great for cooling and keeping the thermals in check, replacing this fan can be a bit tricky depending on where you live and the kind of customer support that you have.

Pros:

  • 10GbE LAN
  • 1Gbps LAN connectivity
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • Four PCIe x16 slots
  • Three M.2 slots
  • Six SATA 6Gbps ports
  • 16-phase power design
  • Supports M.2 Xpander-Aero

Cons:

  • Chipset fan
  • High Price

All things considered, the TRX40 motherboard is a premium motherboard with a premium price. The high cost does mean that you get a motherboard that is not only able to support higher core-count CPUs properly but also brings lots of premium features to the table.

Manufacturer’s product page

Gigabyte TRX40 Motherboard Lineup

Gigabyte TRX40
Motherboards
Form
Factor
VRMDDR4
Support
PCIe 4.0
M.2 Slots
Ethernet/
Wi-Fi
USB 3.1
Gen2
Check
Prices
Aorus Xtreme
XL-ATX16+3-phase4400 MHz4x10 GbE
WiFi 6/ax
7x Type-A
2x Type-C
Amazon
Newegg
Amazon UK
Aorus Master
E-ATX16+3-phase4400 MHz3x1x 5 GbE
1x 1 GbE
5x Type-A
2x Type-C
Amazon
Newegg
Amazon UK
Aorus Pro WiFi
ATX12+2-phase4400 MHz3x2x 1 GbE
WiFi 6/ax
5x Type-A
1x Type-C
Amazon
Newegg
Amazon UK

Best Gigabyte: TRX40 Aorus Xtreme 

Aorus is the premium brand from Gigabyte and the TRX40 Aorus Xtreme is the top of the line TRX40 motherboard that the company has to offer right now. This is a high-end motherboard and it is covered all over with armor. Some would say that it’s overkill but others might like this look. The design is sleek and should blend in well with the rest of your build.

The motherboard has a 16+3 power design which makes it ideal for the latest line of Threadrippers. It also features 8 RAM slots, 4 PCIe x16 slots, 4 M.2 slots, and 10 SATA 6Gbps ports. Like the Asus motherboard, this one comes with Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 for wireless connectivity.

Gigabyte TRX40 Aorus Xtreme

Just like the front, there is plenty of armor on the back as well. You also get RGB lighting which can be synced with other supporting parts and peripherals. The PCIe slots and RAM slots are reinforced for better GPU support and durability.

Pros:

  • 16+3 power design
  • 4 M.2 slots
  • 10 SATA 6Gbps ports
  • Onboard power and reset buttons

Cons: 

  • Very expensive
  • Chipset fan

The Gigabyte TRX40 Aorus Xtreme is one of the most premium motherboards on the market for the 3rd generation of Threadripper CPUs. It comes with all the features that you are going to need but much like the others, it does cost a lot.

Manufacturer’s product page

ASRock Motherboard Lineup

ASRock TRX40
Motherboards
Form
Factor
VRMDDR4
Support
PCIe 4.0
M.2 Slots
Ethernet/
Wi-Fi
USB 3.1
Gen2
Check
Prices
TRX40 Taichi
ATX16-phase4666 MHz6x2.5+1 GbE
WiFi 6/ax
2x Type-A
2x Type-C
Amazon
Newegg
Amazon UK
TRX40 Creator
ATX8-phase4666 MHz3x10+2.5 GbE
WiFi 6/ax
2x Type-A
2x Type-C
Amazon
Newegg
Amazon UK

Best ASRock: TRX40 Taichi

As per usual, ASRock will offer a premium Taichi board for the new HEDT platform. The design is similar to the X570 Taichi and features a Black and Silver theme. The motherboard has plenty of armor and the heatsinks match the overall design of the motherboard.

The motherboard has a 16-phase power design which is practically a necessity for these high-end CPUs. Its Black capacitors match the aesthetic of the motherboard and it should go well with the rest of your build. The CPU is powered by a pair of 8-pin power connectors in order to provide enough juice to the CPU socket.

TRX40 Threadripper

The chipset has two cooling fans to keep the thermals of the chipset in check. These should be great for cooling but these are additional moving parts that may fail eventually. Replacing them can be tricky depending on the kind of customer support you have available in your country. On the other hand, this appears to be very common with PCIe 4.0 motherboards.

Additionally, the board features Wi-Fi 6 for fast internet speeds. It supports Hyper Quad M.2 Card for four additional M.2 slots which can be used for storage expansion. All these features make this TRX40 motherboard great for 3rd generation Threadripper CPUs. It even comes with a BIOS flashback button in case something goes wrong.

Pros:

  • Hyper Quad M.2 Card support
  • Impressive expansion options
  • 16 phase power design
  • 2 M.2 slots
  • Supports Purity Sound 4 & DTS Connect

Cons:

  • Very expensive
  • Chipset fan

All things considered, this looks like a superb motherboard to pair with a 3rd-gen Threadripper. It looks great and most likely performs well. There is plenty of armor and cooling on the motherboard to keep the thermals in check. If you like ASRock motherboards then this is probably a great TRX40 option.

Manufacturer’s product page

Asus ROG STRIX TRX40-E Gaming

Here’s another kick-ass motherboard from Asus. This may not be the most sophisticated model, but it looks impressive overall. As it’s an Asus product, you get the usual great looks with gaming-oriented RGB lighting. The motherboard has 16 power stages and dual 8-pin power connectors for the CPU.

Moreover, it features a large heatsink and a fan for cooling the VRM. The board’s 8 RAM slots support 4400+ MHz OC speeds. It has three M.2 slots, two of which are hidden beneath the massive heatsink and get cooled from the fan. You also get plenty of connectors for storage.

Asus ROG STRIX TRX40-E

The Strix comes with Wi-Fi 6 and also has an onboard OLED that can be customized, and a premounted I/O shield for easy installation. It is DIY friendly and ideal for people that want to build their own PCs. The downside here is that yet again there is a fan onboard the motherboard which might be prone to failure over time.

Pros:

  • 16 power stages
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • Plenty of USB ports
  • Impressive expansion options
  • A bit cheaper than other motherboards

Cons:

  • Onboard fan

The Asus ROG STRIX TRX40-E is a bit more affordable than the other models that we have looked at on this list but it still offers great performance and ideal I/O. There are plenty of personalization options that stay true to the Asus brand.

Manufacturer’s product page

Gigabyte TRX40 Aorus Master

Here we have another motherboard from Gigabyte – the TRX40 Aorus Master. The design and color scheme of the board is similar to other Gigabyte motherboards that we’ve seen. It features 8 RAM slots and supports 4400+ MHz memory in quad-channel. It has a 16+3 phase VRM that should be more than capable of handling the Threadripper 3000 CPUs.

For blazing-fast Internet speeds, you get AQUANTIA 5GbE LAN and Intel GbE LAN with cFosSpeed but if you are interested in a wireless connection then you also get Wi-Fi 6. The motherboard features 4 M.2 slots and each of them comes with a heatsink. The motherboard even comes with USB TurboCharger for fast charging of mobile devices.

Gigabyte TRX40 Aorus Master

This is a high-end Gigabyte motherboard so you get RGB FUSION 2.0 in different zones of the motherboard and you get RGB headers for syncing the lighting effects with other supporting parts and peripherals. The Q-Flash Plus feature allows the user to update the BIOS without installing a CPU, GPU or RAM. This can come in handy in many situations.

Pros:

  • AQUANTIA 5GbE LAN
  • Intel GbE LAN with cFosSpeed
  • 4 M.2 Slots
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • Front & Rear USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C Header
  • Q-Flash Plus feature

Cons:

  • Onboard fan
  • Design is very similar to older models

The TRX40 Aorus Master comes with all the bells and whistles that you can ask for in a high-end motherboard. It is ideal for content creators that need the extra I/O along with the extra cores and threads. The design is similar to the older Gigabyte motherboards but that might not be a bad thing for most people.

Manufacturer’s product page

Affordable Alternative: Asus Prime TRX40-Pro

The Asus Prime TRX40 Pro is aimed at people that need multiple cores and threads for tasks like video editing. The motherboard has a relatively clean look as compared to other motherboards on this list. It comes in white. So if you are interested in building a white PC then this is an ideal choice to pick.

It comes with an integrated I/O shield for easy installation and like all the other motherboards on this list, this one comes with 8 RAM slots and support for 4400+ MHz RAM. The VRMs are cooled properly with heatsinks and there is an active cooling fan on the chipset as well. While this is great for keeping the thermals in check, it is worth mentioning that this is a mechanical part that can stop working eventually.

Asus Prime TRX40-Pro

The motherboard features 16 power stages, RGB lighting, and 5-way optimization software. It also comes with three M.2 slots for fast storage and PCIe 4.0 for graphics cards and other PCIe based cards. Even though this motherboard does not have Wi-Fi you still get Intel Gigabit Ethernet. The Asus Prime TRX40 Pro comes with all the ports that you are going to need including USB Type-C.

Pros:

  • Integrated I/O shield
  • Proper VRM cooling
  • 16 power stages
  • Intel Gigabit Ethernet
  • 3 M.2 Slots

Cons:

  • Onboard fan
  • No Wi-Fi

Although no Threadripper system can really be called affordable, the Asus Prime TRX40 Pro is comparatively cheap compared to the other motherboards on this list. It does not come with onboard Wi-Fi or ultra-fast wired LAN, but far from everyone will be able to utilize 10 GbE anyway. In other words, there is probably not much that you will miss out on with this motherboard.

Manufacturer’s product page

These are the most interesting TRX40 motherboards for AMD’s Threadripper gen 3 that we’ve seen so far. As mentioned, we will update this page as more information becomes available, so you are welcome to check back shortly.  

3 Comments
  1. Erm what about the gigabyte designare with the thunderbolt card, surely thats sencond best Gogabyte trx40 biard

  2. Hmm all have fans .Yet with the apparant best ROG board with a fan not mentioned as a con at all. Lol. Ka Ching.

    • You are right of course. Added this for the ROG also for fairness. This seems to be a downside with PCIe 4 boards in general. Not many such boards without a fan…

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