AMD offers some platforms with bags of performance, including the 24-core Ryzen Threadripper 3960X. However, this beast needs special AMD motherboards with a TRX40 socket. To help you make the right choice, we've rounded up a few of the best motherboards for you to choose from.
Gigabyte Aorus Pro WiFi (opens in new tab)
While this is one of the more affordable TRX40 motherboards you can buy right now, the price is still way beyond that of even the more high-end AM4 motherboards for Ryzen processors. This thing comes equipped with M.2 slots, 12+2 phase VRM design, as well as eight RAM slots, which is great start for Threadripper newcomers.
ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme (opens in new tab)
I know what you're thinking, "you could build an entire PC for this price." However, if you're after one of the best motherboards for your power-hungry Threadripper, this is a solid option. You can have up to five M.2 solid-state drives (SSD) installed, and the board comes with USB 3.2 Gen 2 and AMD StoreMI, as well as plenty of premium components for stable operation.
Gigabyte Aorus Master (opens in new tab)
This is hardly a value pick to many, but it is slap bang in the middle of our picks in terms of price. You get a more advanced VRM setup compared to the Aorus Pro, as well as some other minor enhancements for a more powerful workstation.
MSI Creator (opens in new tab)
This motherboard has a lot going for it, including 10Gb LAN, Wi-Fi 6 support, plenty of USB slots, eight RAM slots, nine fan headers, 16+3 phase power design, active cooling for the chipset, and even a bundled expansion card for a further four PCIe Gen 4.0 M.2 slots.
ASUS ROG Strix TRX40-E Gaming (opens in new tab)
This premium-looking motherboard from ASUS has plenty of RGB for the more unique builds, three M.2 slots, USB 3.2 Gen 2, an addressable OLED display, active 16 stage VRM cooling, Wi-Fi 6, handy BIOS tools, as well as all the ports and headers you'll need to keep the system cool.
Choosing the best TRX40 motherboard
The TRX40 platform is pricey, no matter how you approach the 3000 series Threadripper family. Still, you don't need to go crazy and completely blow your budget on a single component, which is why we recommend the Gigabyte Aorus Pro WiFi (opens in new tab) as one of the better choices available. It's not the cheapest motherboard around, but it also won't make you weep at night.
If you enjoy lights and RGB LEDs, you'll want to consider the ASUS ROG Strix TRX40-E Gaming (opens in new tab) for your stylish PC build. Not only does it have all the addressable headers you'll ever need, but it also rocks active 16 stage VRM cooling, as well as chipset cooling, and even an OLED display, because why not?
Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.
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