You can check out the full review on our sister site at Funky Kit.
Hats off to AMD. They’ve gone and done it, and pulled the impossible in beating Intel at its own game. Even the “entry-level” Ryzen Threadripper 3960X processor, with its 24 cores/48 threads, is already quite a beast … and when paired with the ASRock TRX40 Taichi motherboard, it produced some stunning results in all of our benchmarks. Imagine what kind of performance you’ll get with their subsequent model – the Threadripper 3970X (32 cores/64 threads) and the soon to be released 3990X (64 cores/128 threads).
The results really speak for themselves. We got an excellent PCMark score of 7,045 and a PassMark9 score of 8152, which is the highest I’ve seen so far, and in Blender Render, it took only 8 minutes and 15.25 seconds to completely render the Splash279 screen.
Cinebench score was a whopping 5,668 and it completed our HyperPI (32M) test, in 13 minutes and 6.942 seconds. For Port Royal, we got a pretty decent score of 6,633 with a DLSS score of 44.65 FPS. And in Timespy and Firestrike, we got some excellent scores of 11,589 and 23,985 respectively.
I’m not going to bore you with the features again, but here’s a re-cap …
The ASRock TRX40 Taichi comes absolutely packed with load of great features, including ASRock’s renowned SuperAlloy, featuring XXL Aluminum heatsink, an 8 layer, matte black, 2oz PCB, with premium 90A power chokes, 16 power phases and 90A Dr.MOS, as well as high-quality capacitors, and of course their unique Taichi design.
It can also support quad channel memory with speeds of up to DDR4-4666+ (OC), and it’s compatible with Nvidia NVLink 3-way SLI, and AMD 3-way CrossfireX multi-GPU configuration. Other features include the usual 1 gigabit LAN, as well as 2.5G LAN, with support for Wifi 6. There’s also the 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC4050H+ALC1220 Audio Codec) supporting DTS connect and Purity Sound 4, as well as of course, the ASRock Polychrome RGB.
But I just have to mention briefly, one of the most appealing feature of this motherboard, is the support for the latest PCIE 4.0 standard. This for me … is a real deal-clincher here. The PCIE 4.0 x16 slots, as well as the M.2 (Gen4x4) slots for your SSDs, can be found on all TRX40 motherboards, including all X570 motherboards (for AM4 processors).
Current price of the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X will set you back USD $1,399-1,499, which is out of reach for a lot of users. The next model – Ryzen Threadripper 3970X will cost you even more at USD $1,999. But having said that, this processor is really aimed at high-end enthusiasts where money is not object, especially for those who require a high core count for workstations and HEDT systems. I would still get this over Intel’s Core-X, even if they’re cheaper (recent price cut) … there’s no way I would go back to 14nm technology with less cores.
You can buy the the ASRock TRX40 Taichi motherboard on Amazon for around USD $599 – https://amzn.to/33ZLGfS. At this price, it’s a real heavy investment, but I think it’s well worth it.
If you’re one of those lucky enthusiasts, who’s looking to buy an AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000-series processor, then the ASRock TRX40 Taichi motherboard is the perfect match. There is no better motherboard to pair it with to be honest. It’s packed with great features and offers excellent performance at a price that’s more than justified.
Check out the full review on our sister site at Funky Kit.