The Zenith Extreme board hosts a 2x 8-pin EPS12V configuration, deviating from AMD’s reference spec of 1x 8-pin + 1x 6-pin, and also features 1x MOLEX for GPU power. The board seems to run an 8+2-phase design, with yet-unspecified power components. From what Gigabyte told us, a 6-phase Vcore VRM did not provide sufficient performance, pushing the Gaming 7 to an 8-phase design for the production model. ASUS seems to agree with this for its flagship.
PCIe lane assignment has 60 lanes to use, with the remaining 4 diverging to provide a high-speed interconnect between the CPU and chipset. ASUS has assigned these lanes into an x16/x8/x16/x8 configuration for the PCIe full-length slots, with additional assignment for M.2 and U.2.
Standard buttons are present for LN2 or XOC tuners, along with your standard debug tools.
We’ll learn more about this board closer to launch.
Editorial: Steve Burke
Video: Keegan Gallick