ASUS' ROG STRIX X399-E Gaming, Threadripping on a budget

Subject: Motherboards | February 28, 2018 - 06:19 PM |
Tagged: X399, Threadripper, ROG STRIX X399-E GAMING, asus, amd

ASUS' ROG STRIX X399-E Gaming motherboard for Threadripper offers a less expensive alternative to some of their higher end boards; however the $350 price tag is still a little steep.  You still get a wide variety of internal and external connections, but there is no DIMM.2 adapter for an additional M.2 drive and [H]ard|OCP found the PCB to be flimsy enough that they popped out a standoff on one of the installed heatsinks due to that flexibility.  The layout of the board was lauded as was the overall performance, so if you are looking to build a Threadripper system for a little less then this is a board worth investigating. 

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"The ROG STRIX X399-E Gaming promises to be a lower cost options for AMD’s Threadripper processors. This is a "less is more" approach to motherboard design than the exquisite and expensive ROG Zenith Extreme. The ROG brand has always been a premium brand. With these lower cost STRIX boards, does this remain true? "

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March 2, 2018 | 10:20 PM - Posted by Paul A. Mitchell (not verified)

Jeremy,

This website says that there is a VROC header
along the bottom edge of this motherboard:

https://proclockers.com/reviews/motherboards/asus-rog-strix-x399-e-gamin...

But, the ASUS motherboard manual calls it "EXT_FAN":

http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/socketTR4/ROG_STRIX_X399-E_GAMING/E1...
(Page 35)

What do you think?

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