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ASRock Ditches Intel Ethernet, Cuts Price of Threadripper Pro Motherboard by $356

ASRock has quietly released Revision 2.0 of its WRX80 Creator motherboards for AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper Pro processors. That’s more than $350 cheaper than revision 1.0 of the same mainboard released in August of this year. The only difference between the two boards? The new model uses Marvell’s Aquantia 10GbE controller instead of the Intel 10GbE controller.

Other than the 10GbE controller, ASRock’s WRX80 Creator motherboards are completely identical. Both use a 14-layer printed circuit board (which is rarely used even on enthusiast grade motherboards designed for overclockers). Both boards come with a voltage regulation module (VRM) featuring Infineon’s premium DrMOS power stage, ensuring long life and generally designed for reliability and durability. You can compare platform features and capabilities at: ASRock websiteor use the simple table below.

Both motherboards are currently available at Newegg.New ASRock WRX80 Creator Revision 2.0 Cost $899 (opens in new tab)ASRock WRX80 Creator Revision 1.0 price is $1256 (opens in new tab)The reference to revision 2.0 on Newegg’s website is @momomo_usThis is because ASRock has not officially released new versions of their products.

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Both motherboards support AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper Pro CPUs for high-end workstations, supporting up to 2TB of DDR4-3200 memory with 8 channels and 128 PCIe 4.0 lanes (non-Pro 72 in TR) distributed over 7 PCIe. 4.0 x16 (electrical), M.2-2280, and U.2 Gen4 x4 slots.

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