AMD made a remarkably huge splash with its 2nd gen Ryzen parts. Next up were the Threadripper 2nd gen updates. There were rumors abound of all kinds of craziness going in at the time. When AMD dropped the new lineup including the 2990WX clocking in at 32 Cores and 64 Threads, everyone took notice. I think enthusiasts were probably one of the first to salivate at the thought of that many cores in a single consumer/prosumer HEDT CPU.
Next up was the fact that TR4 supports the new chips with existing boards with just a BIOS update. Well, kinda as they will work but pushing 32 Cores on a VRM that was designed for 16 means there are some concessions. A little background to this story arrives with the appearance of my 2990WX CPU. I got the CPU in hand and slapped it into my reliable and trusty Gigabyte X399 Gaming 7 board which has run my 1950X without issue for the better part of a year I would say. Well long story, kinda short, the VRM when under render loads would escalate to over 110C in a matter of a minute or less and was simply not feasible for running this new chip. Enter ASUS as I reached out to them to see if they had a solution. Enter the Zenith Extreme Omega.
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