Monday, May 27th 2019

AMD Showcases Several Premium X570 Motherboards for Ryzen 3000 Zen2

AMD at its 2019 Computex private showcase for the media following its CEO's keynote address, unveiled several premium motherboards based on the new AMD X570 chipset. The X570 is an in-house design effort by AMD, and unlike the X470, isn't sourced from ASMedia. The chipset supports PCI-Express gen 4.0 end-to-end, which means not only is the chipset-bus gen 4.0, but also the downstream PCIe lanes it puts out. The chipset connects to the AM4 socket over a PCI-Express 4.0 x4 link (64 Gbps).

It has a downstream PCIe lane budget of 16 lanes, which the motherboard designers can spread out as up up to two M.2 NVMe slots, an x4 (physical x16) slot, a bunch of x1 slots, and newer generation connectivity such as 802.11ax WLAN, 2.5/5.0/10 GbE wired networking, and a larger number of USB 3.2 ports, including newer 20 Gbps portsn over external controllers. This chipset runs hotter than the X470, with a TDP rumored to be around 15W, probably because of the PCIe gen 4.0 implementation. Many of the motherboards we spotted had active fan-heatsinks over the chipset.
Among the motherboards we spied through glass shelves are the ASRock X570 Taichi which its characteristic steampunk design that tries hard to conceal the chipset fan behind a grille. ASRock does something similar with the X570 Steel Legend (but doubles down on the digital camo print). The GIGABYTE Aorus X570 Master is a monstrosity with a design focus on an outrageously strong CPU VRM that pulls power from two 8-pin EPS connectors, and a heavy dose on the areas GIGABYTE has earned a reputation for, such as onboard audio, durable electrical components, etc. There's also a bare GIGABYTE board that shows off the X570 chipset, with its rather large (roughly 130 mm²) die.
The X570 Aorus Pro has a more sober design, with an unwavering focus on VRM heatsink design, two M.2 slots, and a reasonably good connectivity load-out. GIGABYTE thinks the AMD X570 is a safe enough bet to pull out its flagship Aorus Xtreme brand, and the X570 Aorus Xtreme is possibly the most fleshed out board we saw, with a monstrous CPU VRM, and a fanless chipset heatsink that's spread out better, and shares some of its heat with the VRM heatsink over a heat-pipe.
MSI, like GIGABYTE, is betting big on X570, and has designed its flagship MEG X570 GODLIKE motherboard based on this chipset, with its gargantuan heatsink. There's also the MEG X570 Creation, and the MEG X570 Ace that MSI had teased earlier this month, with a slightly toned down feature set, which still qualifies as high-end/enthusiast. This platform makes choosing Intel look like a compromise. ASUS deployed its ROG, TUF, and Prime brands for the X570, and within ROG, there's will be ROG Strix and ROG Crosshair brands. ASUS unveiled a board that could very well be the Crosshair VIII Formula. There's also the sober-looking Prime X570-Pro. Lastly, there's the ASUS TUF X570 Gaming.
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30 Comments on AMD Showcases Several Premium X570 Motherboards for Ryzen 3000 Zen2

#2
TheLostSwede
Crackong, post: 4054789, member: 185495"
ITX Please ?
Calm, Computex only starts tomorrow officially...

Looks like a lot of these boards are still being tuned, as they have JTAG/debug connectors on the PCBs.
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#3
Lorec
Loving those Aorus boards with those solid fin stacked heatsinks on the vrm.
Why all those boards are so dark btw?
Even Prime barely fits the white theme lol
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#4
Dammeron
Lorec, post: 4054791, member: 183267"
Loving those Aorus boards with those solid fin stacked heatsinks on the vrm.
Yeah, too bad they didn't put those on the chipset as well. Going back to 2003 with those small 40-50mm fans...
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#5
londiste
That chipset looks huge...
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#6
Zubasa
Dammeron, post: 4054793, member: 150201"
Yeah, too bad they didn't put those on the chipset as well. Going back to 2003 with those small 40-50mm fans...
At least for some MSI and Gigabyte, they have a heat pipe going into the Chipset.
So when the chipset is not under full load, the fan is at least providing a little bit of extra cooling on the VRMs.
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#7
IceShroom
What up with those airflow impeding cover??:mad::mad:
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#8
Zubasa
IceShroom, post: 4054813, member: 175457"
What up with those airflow impeding cover??:mad::mad:
Same reason with those chucks of plastic covering an other wise functional heatsink.
It is just the "gamery" thing to do like RGB every these days.
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#9
Valantar
Zubasa, post: 4054807, member: 30988"
At least for some MSI and Gigabyte, they have a heat pipe going into the Chipset.
So when the chipset is not under full load, the fan is at least providing a little bit of extra cooling on the VRMs.
In all likelihood the fan is entirely switched off unless chipset temperatures reach a certain threshold. This isn't 2007 - fan speed control is ubiquitous, including "0%" modes.

Crackong, post: 4054789, member: 185495"
ITX Please ?
Seconded. We'll likely have to wait for that, though - ITX boards are always last to arrive. I'm a bit scared it'll take a while simply because of the physical size of the chipset. Still, ASRock certainly has a history of cramming an improbable amount of stuff onto ITX boards, and I'm sure they can do the same here. I'll be eagerly awaiting one to replace my Biostar X370 board.
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#10
ShurikN
Dammeron, post: 4054793, member: 150201"
Yeah, too bad they didn't put those on the chipset as well. Going back to 2003 with those small 40-50mm fans...
Boards back in 2003 didn't have fans that large. They were mostly in the ~30mm range
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#11
Valantar
IceShroom, post: 4054813, member: 175457"
What up with those airflow impeding cover??:mad::mad:
On the chipsets or VRMs? IMO the VRM cooling looks good. For the chipsets, the fan is likely to be off the majority of the time, so the covers won't matter - and cooling 11W is easily done even with a restrictive cover. Also, it stops cables and stuff getting into the fan.
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#13
HTC
Chloe Price, post: 4054833, member: 123719"
1st gen are no-go for X570


That's surprising, tbh.
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#14
Chloe Price
HTC, post: 4054834, member: 51238"
That's surprising, tbh.
Yep, when thinking that AMD promised compatibility..

Well, I guess that's ok for most people, at least I'm not mad.
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#15
TesterAnon
And again the giant RGB plastic covers over the Vcore VRM in all brands, i really hope those are user removable.
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#16
Valantar
Chloe Price, post: 4054833, member: 123719"
1st gen are no-go for X570


HTC, post: 4054834, member: 51238"
That's surprising, tbh.
Chloe Price, post: 4054835, member: 123719"
Yep, when thinking that AMD promised compatibility..

Well, I guess that's ok for most people, at least I'm not mad.
Yeah, I'm surprised by that too. Might be difficult to achieve given that the chipset was originally intended for Zen2 EPYC, but how hard can it really be? When it all boils down, is the chipset anything more than yet another PCIe device? If my first guess is right, I suppose that story will change for B550 if that (as rumored) turns out to be a more traditional Ryzen chipset.

Then again, even though my Biostar motherboard is my main reason for wanting to upgrade (its power management is terrible, memory compatibility is acceptable at best, and it's definitely lacking in features), I don't think I'd keep my 1600X unless I had to. Those Zen2 chips are just too tempting.

TesterAnon, post: 4054860, member: 184515"
And again the giant RGB plastic covers over the Vcore VRM in all brands, i really hope those are user removable.
At least they have proper finned heatsinks on a lot of them, and the covers only partially obstruct them.
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#17
Chloe Price
Not going to upgrade at the launch, 2600 @ 4.15 is fine. But if there is going to be a 200eur 8/16 chip some day, then I'll upgrade. :3
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#18
Lorec
Chloe Price, post: 4054865, member: 123719"
Not going to upgrade at the launch, 2600 @ 4.15 is fine. But if there is going to be a 200eur 8/16 chip some day, then I'll upgrade. :3
I agree.
Leaked 3700X was much more tempting than real one is haha
I wanna see those other X570's that are will flood the market now, they might be worth a look.
(not like I need an update anyway...)
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#19
Chaitanya
Crackong, post: 4054789, member: 185495"
ITX Please ?
Watch the video Linus techtips uploaded today, one of the 30 motherboards that Asus announced is indeed a ITX X570 motherboard.
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#20
Crackong
Chaitanya, post: 4054882, member: 93474"
Watch the video Linus techtips uploaded today, one of the 30 motherboards that Asus announced is indeed a ITX X570 motherboard.
Good Good
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#21
Chloe Price
Lorec, post: 4054880, member: 183267"
I agree.
Leaked 3700X was much more tempting than real one is haha
I wanna see those other X570's that are will flood the market now, they might be worth a look.
(not like I need an update anyway...)
I just realized that we have the same CPUs and MBs :)
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#22
Chomiq
That Phantom Gaming board from Asrock would match perfectly with the old TwinFrozr III design from MSI.
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#23
Lorec
Chloe Price, post: 4054925, member: 123719"
I just realized that we have the same CPUs and MBs :)
We sure do! :D Only "budget bros" can spot a real steal of a deal!
There are more of us...

To be fair, this setup is solid AF. No bottlenecks, no need to get ryzen 2 right off the bat.
Its just one of those "I have an itch" kind of upgrades xD
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#24
yakk
Need more info on that new Tai Chi board! :eek:
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#25
Ferrum Master
I wonder if that's @btarunr at the 5th picture... the reflection. :D
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