ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme Motherboard Specifications
Here is a list of the motherboard specs from ROG Zenith II Extreme Motherboard:
This has just about every feature that one can want as a halo product for the AMD Threadripper TRX40 series.
Testing the ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme Motherboard
Here is our test configuration:
- Motherboard: ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme Motherboard
- CPU: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X 3.7GHz (32 core/64 thread)
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER
- Cooling: NZXT Kracken X62 AIO Water Cooler
- RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 3600MHz 4x 16GB DDR4 (64GB Total)
- SSD: Corsair Force MP600 1TB NVMe SSD
- OS: Windows 10 Pro Workstation
We have full reviews of several of these components in the pipeline, so stay tuned for those.
For our CPU we will be using an AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X 3.7GHz (32 core/64 thread) which is, as of this writing, the top-end CPU for the platform.
The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X is a very impressive CPU, the base speed is 3.7GHz but can Turbo up to 4.5GHz. It is also fully unlocked and can be overclocked. For many, the turbo features will provide acceptable levels of boost, but with the CPU and this motherboard, at least one can overclock if they want to.
Let us continue with performance testing.
ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme Motherboard Performance
As we move along with the motherboard testing we felt it was time to clean up our database and results in graphs, some new benchmarks we have not run before but will be adding them in, or newly updated benchmarks render past versions obsolete so we must start over with that benchmark.
ROG Zenith II Extreme Motherboard AIDA64 Memory Test
AIDA64 memory bandwidth benchmarks (Memory Read, Memory Write, and Memory Copy) measure the maximum achievable memory data transfer bandwidth.
We have 4x 16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 3600MHz memory sticks on our test platform which boosts memory read speeds a great deal. The ROG Zenith II Extreme showed the fastest memory speeds yet, however, reads do not quite reach the top speeds we saw with some of the Intel Xeon W-3275 solutions.
ROG Zenith II Extreme Motherboard Cinebench R15
Here are our Cinebench R15 results:
We ran Cinebench R15 several times, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X just kills this benchmark and easily blows the other processors away with 32 cores / 64 threads.
ROG Zenith II Extreme Motherboard Cinebench R20
We have not run Cinebench R20 in many of our reviews to date but will continue doing so in future reviews.
Here we see again the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X dominates Cinebench R20 with ease. This is a test that performs well on AMD architecture which is why AMD uses it often in marketing.
ROG Zenith II Extreme Motherboard Geekbench 4
Geekbench 4 is a popular test suite. In 2020 we will look to include Geekbench 5 as well.
Geekbench is a benchmark that the ROG Zenith II Extreme motherboard and AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X generates very good results, at the top of the charts.
ROG Zenith II Extreme Motherboard 3DMark PCI Express Bandwidth
3DMark feature tests are special tests designed to highlight specific techniques, functions or capabilities. The 3DMark PCI Express feature test is designed to measure the bandwidth available to your GPU over your computer’s PCI Express interface.
The test aims to make bandwidth the limiting factor for performance. It does this by uploading a large amount of vertex and texture data to the GPU for each frame. The result of the test is the average bandwidth achieved during the test.
With this test we see 12.34GB/s PCIe bandwidth going to our NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER graphics card which is a PCIe Gen 3 graphics card. We have PCIe Gen4 GPU results coming with the XFX AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT coming in a future piece. PCIe Gen4 greatly enhances bandwidth.
Next, we are going to look at system performance benchmarks.