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GIGABYTE X399 AORUS Xtreme Motherboard Preview

GIGABYTE X399 AORUS Xtreme Motherboard Preview

Hidden in the GIGABYTE and AORUS showcases was the yet-to-be-released X399 AORUS Xtreme motherboard. We were given a chance to take a close look at it, and take a video and some photos of it. If you are waiting for an AMD X399 Refresh motherboard to pair with the upcoming AMD Threadripper 2 CPU, here’s a teaser for you!

 

AMD X399 Refresh

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper is designed specifically to work with the AMD X399 chipset. Together, they offer the following features :

  • 64 PCI Express lanes
  • Quad-channel DDR4 SDRAM memory
  • Up to 2 native USB 3.1 Gen2 ports
  • Up to 14 USB 3.1 Gen1 ports
  • Up to 6 USB 2.0 ports
  • Up to 16 SATA ports

The upcoming AMD Threadripper 2 will continue to use the same chipset, with a BIOS update, of course. Other than that, the X399 Refresh motherboards are expected to feature the same circuitry and power optimisations being introduced with the X470 and B450 motherboards.

 

GIGABYTE X399 AORUS Xtreme Motherboard

The GIGABYTE X399 AOARUS Xtreme is an E-ATX (Extended ATX) motherboard with what appears to be 10+3 power phases. It has four PCI Express x16 slots (all reinforced with metal), and two M.2 SSD sockets – both with heatsinks.

In addition to built-in WiFi connectivity, it comes with two Gigabit LAN ports, and a 10 Gigabit LAN port. It also has eight USB 3.0 ports at the back, as well as two USB 3.1 ports – one Type A and one Type B.

This is a particularly heavy motherboard because of its large heatsinks, and large backplate. The GIGABYTE X399 AOARUS Xtreme will support the upcoming Threadripper 2 processors, and come with a removable BIOS chip.

We will update this article with more details when we get them. In the meantime, enjoy these photos we took of this upcoming motherboard!

 

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AMD 7nm EPYC Processor Update + First Look!

One of the biggest revelations at the AMD Computex 2018 press conference is how well along AMD is with their 7nm efforts. Everything appears to be chugging along as planned, and AMD shared not only details about their 7nm EPYC processor, they also showed off an engineering sample!

 

The 7nm EPYC Revealed!

At AMD Computex 2018, Dr. Lisa Su announced that AMD has decided to introduce 7nm Zen 2 processor, in the form of the 7nm EPYC processors!

Here are the key points in Dr. Lisa Su’s presentation :

  • AMD will go straight to 7nm Zen 2 cores for the next-generation EPYC processors.
  • 7nm Zen 2 silicon are in AMD labs, and “it’s looking good!
  • AMD will be sampling 7nm EPYC processors in the second half of 2018., with a launch in 2019.
  • 7nm EPYC processors will continue to use Socket SP3, and will be “drop-in” replacements for the first-generation EPYC processors.

 

First Look At 7nm EPYC + 7nm Vega!

In this video, Dr. Lisa Su shows off engineering samples of the 7nm EPYC processor (on the left), and the 7nm Vega GPU (on the right).

 

First Examples Of 7nm EPYC Servers

AMD also showed examples of a single CPU server, and a dual CPU server, with 7nm EPYC processors.

As AMD hasn’t actually produced any 7nm EPYC thus far (sampling only starts in the second half of 2018), these are just dummy CPU mockups. The real purpose is to demonstrate that they will be pin-compatible drop-in replacements for existing EPYC servers… with a BIOS update, of course!

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