ASRock TRX40 Creator Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅03-12-19
Conclusion

Content creation and the TRX40 chipset go hand-in-hand, so it isn’t any wonder that we see ASRock using this platform to cater for such a user with the plethora of high-speed features available.

While some designers will see the absence of Thunderbolt 3 a serious pitfall, there are plenty of other features to take advantage of – triple PCI Express M.2 Gen4 and USB 3.2 Gen2x2 to name just a few. The availability of PCIe 4.0 and 802.11ax is welcomed and both these technologies may not be mainstream just yet but that doesn’t matter – their existence future-proofs the system.

We found the performance on offer very good and were surprised to see ASRock’s Creator topple MSI’s Creator in the overclocking arena. There isn’t a lot of headroom for Threadripper Gen.3 CPUs but this board can certainly push things to the limit, and performing such a task is very easy too. Options inside the UEFI BIOS require minor modification to achieve a good result.


This new platform requires an overhaul to VRM and chipset cooling due to the higher TDP and we’re pleased to report that ASRock has done a superb job with the thermal solution on for both components. Against MSI’s TRX40 Creator, ASRock’s offering provides lower temperatures. The only downside to this thermal design is the inclusion of an additional fan for the VRM region, which inevitably adds extra noise to the overall system.

Checking prices for motherboards bearing the TRX40 chipset highlights that ASRock’s TRX40 Creator is reasonably priced against the competition. We feel it offers good value for money!

Are you a designer, content creator or power user who is keen to improve your workflow? Creator offers the tools you’ll need and provides rock solid performance



Pros
+ Refined aesthetic
+ Offers great performance
+ Supports WiFi 6 (802.11ax)
+ Overclocking is easy
+ Overclocks Threadripper beyond rivals
+ Uses strengthened PCI Express slots
+ Offers triple M.2 slots
+ Superior heatsink cooling – VRM/chipset
+ Reasonably priced for TRX40 platform

Cons
- No Thunderbolt support
- Rear IO could use more USB
- Twin cooling fans introduce noise

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