AMD High-End Gaming PC Build Guide: Spring 2020 Edition

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AMD High-End Gaming PC Build: Motherboard

While all of the components we are selecting here today are what we would go with, and priced from vendors we trust, it is always a good idea to shop around as deals on these, or other good options, pop up from other reliable vendors all the time. With that said, let’s dive right into the next order of business.



ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme Motherboard

ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme $849.99

60 FPS

  • Very Good Performance
  • Excellent Overclocking Potential and Support
  • Excellent VRM Design
  • Options, Features, And Accessories Galore

30 FPS

  • Using Certain NVMe Slots Alters/Disables Other Features
  • Sleek Looks Will Detract For Some
  • It Will Soak Up Most Of Your Stimulus Check

Now that we have one half of our foundation for our build we need what is, essentially, its mate; a motherboard. For both our Threadrippers, we select an ASUS product with the ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme making a great choice. The TRX40 chipset that the ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme features brings us, probably, the most updated feature set available for the type offerings we are looking at today. The ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme then adds a whole bunch more features making this board a real premium product even among premium products. From 10 Gb/s LAN to tons of NVMe drive support, to overclocking features out the wazoo this board is the bee’s knees.

On the downside, the use of all of those NVMe drives does cause some funny behavior among certain SATA ports and PCIe slots. On top of that, my god it is expensive. Sure, you can point to server boards and multi-socket boards that are more expensive but this is a single socket HEDT board. An expensive, HEDT single-socket board at that. But, you have to pay to play and with this board you can play with just about any other offering out there and then come out on top. So, with that in mind, you can’t find a much better match for a Threadripper build than this if you are looking for performance and features like those found in the TRX40 chipset in general, and this board in particular.

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