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I'm looking into Threadripper systems and am tempted by the X399 Designare EX, but can't find much on it outside of a few reviews, which are all pretty glowing.

It's been a while since I had a Gigabyte board and while obviously things like the Asus Zenith Extreme are very popular, they also seem to have a fair few issues. My impression is that Asus are being sluggish with addressing some of these problems as well, which whether correct or not has further tempted me into trying a different manufacturer. The X399 Designare EX seems to pretty much tick every box I need ticked, but I also need to make sure that once it is set up, it isn't constantly having to be torn down or updated just to get it stable.

It's only 8+4pin CPU, but since I don't intend to be overclocking it at all, I don't think that should present too much of an issue?

Only other thing that concerns me is I remember reading about issues with the Foxconn socket when installing the CPU?

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I've been an Asus and Gigabyte guy for a while, but I went with the Asrock X370 Taichi and it's amazing! I would definitely do the X399 Taichi if I were building Threadripper. Assuming my Taichi lasts for a while (I would expect it to with the really nice quality components) I'll be doing Asrock boards from here on out because the price/performance is just unparalleled.

Level1Techs did a glowing review on X399 Designare EX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9z0v_Kc3E-4 and I trust them a lot. 5tgThe Foxconn socket is discussed around 15:10 . I wouldn't make that the deciding factor, it should hopefully be a one time install and then you're done with it. To me it looks like a really solid board, I just don't think it's worth the $60 - $70 premium over the Taichi. The Rog Zenith Extreme looks nice too but man is that even more expensive. Nothing wrong with the Gigabyte, looks like a really really solid board.
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Thanks for the thoughts.

I'm actually personally using the Asrock X370-Gaming-ITX right now, and it's a solid little performer. I'll have another look at the Taichi, I discounted it for a reason, but perhaps I should have another gander.

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I'm looking into Threadripper systems and am tempted by the X399 Designare EX, but can't find much on it outside of a few reviews, which are all pretty glowing.

It's been a while since I had a Gigabyte board and while obviously things like the Asus Zenith Extreme are very popular, they also seem to have a fair few issues. My impression is that Asus are being sluggish with addressing some of these problems as well, which whether correct or not has further tempted me into trying a different manufacturer. The X399 Designare EX seems to pretty much tick every box I need ticked, but I also need to make sure that once it is set up, it isn't constantly having to be torn down or updated just to get it stable.

It's only 8+4pin CPU, but since I don't intend to be overclocking it at all, I don't think that should present too much of an issue?

Only other thing that concerns me is I remember reading about issues with the Foxconn socket when installing the CPU?

Thanks in advance for any input. smile.gif

Hello Paradigm Shifter. ı have been used very long time gigabyte mb since year 2001. I have never issue with it. gigabyte update their vrm cooling solution. they add fan on vrm heatsink. now its more efective cooling. you can go with gigabyte , no mistake
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Hello Paradigm Shifter. ı have been used very long time gigabyte mb since year 2001. I have never issue with it. gigabyte update their vrm cooling solution. they add fan on vrm heatsink. now its more efective cooling. you can go with gigabyte , no mistake
Thanks for the input.

I've handed the parts list to relevant parties, so I guess we'll see what happens.

I'll update when it's done, depending on how easy or difficult the board was being.

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