Power consumption can vary a significant amount depending on processors used and the number of HDDs/SSDs/Expansion cards used. Here we test just a primary system. We test with the same graphics card and NVMe SSD in all our tests. Power is measured at the wall and the graphics card and SSD were not stress tested.
For our tests, we use the AIDA64 Stress test which allows us to stress all aspects of the system. The MSI Creator TRX40 and AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X is a power-hungry platform and in this case. It has the highest idle power use of 131watts. Full stress tests generate a 436watt pull at the wall power use. Both of those figures are slightly higher than the ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme.
Although this is high, it is actually less than we saw with the previous generation 32-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX chip which is impressive. It is also less than we are seeing with the Intel Xeon W-3275 platforms. Still, for those with aging single Intel Xeon E5 workstations, this is going to use more power, but provide significantly more performance for that power consumption delta.
Combining the MSI Creator TRX40 and AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X yield a powerful content creator platform. The MSI Creator TRX40 motherboard performed well under our test suite. We had no issues or crashes which show it is a stable motherboard, even as a first-generation product we started testing before the chips were released.
MSI took M.2 Gen 4 expansion to the limit with 3x onboard slots and the M.2 Xpander Aero PCIe card giving a total of 7x NVMe Gen 4 SSDs. For anyone that is looking to build a large local storage array, this is a fabulous feature. It is great that it comes with the platform. Further, the multitude of networking options, expansion slots, and even USB connectivity make this a versatile platform.
At this time the MSI Creator TRX40 is showing up for a street price of around $699. Add in the expected $1,999 for the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and this is far from inexpensive. From another perspective, it is also faster and less than half the price of an Intel Xeon W-3275 platform.
For content creators, the MSI Creator TRX40 is designed to provide an excellent platform with heaps of expansion capabilities and top-notch performance. We found some small areas for improvement, but overall MSI did a great job on this platform.