About two months ago, ASRock released the WRX80 Creator motherboard, a product for AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5000 series processors, in E-ATX specification. This motherboard isn’t cheap, and according to TomsHardware, it was priced at around $1,256 at Newegg at one point.
ASRock recently launched WRX80 Creator revision 2.0. Compared with the original WRX80 Creator, it can be found that the only difference is that Marvell’s 10GbE network chip Aquantia AQC113CS is used instead of the original Intel solution, and the rest are exactly the same. Due to the change of the 10 Gigabit network card, the price of the WRX80 Creator revision 2.0 motherboard has also dropped to $899.99, which is a significant drop compared to the WRX80 Creator.
The WRX80 Creator series motherboards feature a 14-layer server-grade PCB, 8-phase power supply, 105A SPS, and advanced inductors, covered with heat pipes and aluminum alloy heatsinks. It supports eight-channel DDR4 memory slots, can support 4533+MHz (OC) frequency, and has a maximum capacity of 2TB; provides seven PCIe 4.0 x16 slots, five of which can run at x16 full speed, realizing x16/x16/x16/NC/x16/NC/x16 or x16/x16/x8/x8/x8/x8/x16 allocation scheme, support four-way CrossFireX. It provides one M.2 slot (PCIe 4.0 x4 or SATA III) supporting the 22110 specifications, one M.2 slot (PCIe 4.0 x4) supporting the 2280 specification, eight SATA III ports, and one U.2 port.
ASRock configures WRX80 Creator series motherboards with five USB 3.2 Gen2 ports (front 1 + rear 4), six USB 3.2 Gen1 ports (front 4 + rear 2), two USB 4.0/Thunderbolt 4 ports, and two mini-DisplayPorts Input interface, two 10G network card interfaces, one IPMI network port, two antenna interfaces to support Wi-Fi 6E modules, one optical fiber interface and a set of audio interfaces. This motherboard uses Realtek ALC4050H+ALC1220 in audio and supports 600-ohm headphones through Texas Instruments NE5532. In addition, Aspeed AST2500 is also onboard, which provides a VGA interface.