May 31, 2017 12:37 PM EDT
Tech experts forecast a battle for supremacy between AMD and Intel in terms of better specs for their processors. A day after Intel launched the 18-core Skylake X Core i97980XE processor at Computex Taiwan 2017, reports surfaced of 5GHz overclocks for AMD. At the Computex motherboard workshop on Tuesday, Asus gave techies a peak of its X399 platform.
PCGamesn reports that the X399 platform was designed by Asus for AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper CPUs, the most powerful chip of 2017, until Intel’s 18-core Skylake X was announced on Monday. The 5GHz overclock can be seen on a little LED screen, located on the left-hand side of the ROG Zenith Extreme, near the back I/O connections.
But an Asus representative who introduced the new board declines to provide any performance numbers ahead of an official announcement from the tech company. The 5.005GHz number on the LED display could be a hint of the X399 platform’s potential performance or it could just be a mocked up example of the board in action.
There are several other elements seen on the OLED screen other than the 5GHz overclock on the X399 platform. It includes other readings such as temperatures, WCCFTech reports. It adds that the Whitehaven platform which features the X399 platform includes support for quad-channel DDR4 memory, Threadripper CPUs with 16 cores and 32 threads and more PCIe lanes and storage.
PCWorld reports that AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper CPUs will launch in summer with up to 16 cores. The socket for the upcoming CPU is the TR4 which Asus officials gave a preview at Computex Taipei 2017. The Zenith Extreme, or X-399-based motherboard will have eight DIMM slots for up to 128GB of DDR4 RAM. It will also have four x16 PCI-E gen. 3 slots, a U.2 slot, three M.2 slots, and 12 USB 3.1 ports.
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