ASUS X399-E Strix Gaming Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

ASUS X399 Strix Review

Introduction

The AMD Threadripper suite of CPUs clearly targets an audience who are committed to getting the most amount of cores they possibly can to give those extremely demanding tasks the horsepower they require to save you twiddling your thumbs.

It is, however, very much a premium product at the peak of the AMD range, which is echoed in the limited number of X399 motherboards we've had in the office for review. Much like the Intel Xeon motherboards were few in number because of their specialist nature, so it is for the X399.

The ASUS Strix range seems to gain new models on a daily basis, so it isn't a great surprise to see ASUS turn their design department loose upon the X399 chipset. How does it perform?

Technical Specifications

As you would expect to find from any model bearing the Strix branding, the ASUS X399 Strix is bristling with features and connectivity options, the majority of which will be familiar to anyone who has kept a keen eye upon the latest AMD chipset. There is plenty of bandwidth options between USB 3.1, M.2 storage and the all important PCI Express lane count.

Audio is handled by the excellent SupremeFX and all its attendant technologies including Sonic Radar and Sonic studio. It's easy to be dismissive of the Sonic Radar, but credit is definitely deserved by ASUS finding a solution for those who are hearing impaired.

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Most Recent Comments

18-01-2018, 09:44:19

tolagarf
I have to question Asus' motives these days. A gaming board for what is clearly meant as a workstation CPU (and small servers too I reckon), and this isn't the first of them. In fact they don't even make a workstation board for this CPU. I guess they expect only gamers to buy these CPU's, which seems strange to me.Quote

18-01-2018, 10:08:32

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by tolagarf View Post
I have to question Asus' motives these days. A gaming board for what is clearly meant as a workstation CPU (and small servers too I reckon), and this isn't the first of them. In fact they don't even make a workstation board for this CPU. I guess they expect only gamers to buy these CPU's, which seems strange to me.

I dont think they expect to sell many at all. Mainly because of TR rather than the board itself.Quote

18-01-2018, 12:10:42

AlienALX
To be honest the only thing that looks uber about that board is the cover on the IO. Then you remove it and realise there's a pittance in there. Not enough phases either.

I am finding it hard to differentiate it too much from the B350 Strix. I know it has lanes and slots etc but what good is all that if the performance stinks?

Ed. I'm sorry, HOW MUCH?!?!?!?!

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus...gbe-wifi-usb-3Quote

18-01-2018, 12:50:37

robbiec
Which Bios where you using - current available as far as I can see is 0402? Any chance that you had a Spectre microcode update applied and or MS patch? Would account for a bit of performance drop.Quote

19-01-2018, 09:31:04

sqpp
Nevermind, just realized it is AMD Quote
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