Wednesday, May 29th 2019

ASRock X570 Aqua is a $1000 Zen2-ready Liquid-Cooled Monsterboard

We were pleasantly mistaken when we thought ASRock would stop at the X570 Phantom Gaming X or the X570 Taichi for AMD's new "Valhalla" enthusiast desktop platform. It turns out that they have a roughly-$1,000 monster motherboard in the pipes, called the X570 Aqua. Pictured below, the board is based on a slight variation of the X570 Phantom Gaming X PCB. The biggest change of course is the aluminium shroud that covers most of the board's front side. There's also a metal back-plate.

Beneath the metal shroud is what gives the board its name: a massive liquid-cooling monoblock that cools not just your processor (including heavyweights such as overclocked Ryzen 9 3900X chips), but also the CPU VRM, and the feisty AMD X570 chipset. The coolant channel first goes over the CPU through a large micro-fin lattice, then onto the X570 chipset, and finally over the CPU VRM on its way out. Much like the Phantom Gaming X, this board features daisy-chained dual-channel DDR4 memory slots designed to make the most OC out of 2-module setups.
Expansion includes three PCI-Express 4.0 x16 slots, the top two are wired to the AM4 SoC, and the bottom-most one is electrical gen 4.0 x4, wired to the chipset. There are three gen 4.0 x1 slots in between them. Storage connectivity includes two M.2-22110 slots (64 Gbps, PCIe gen 4.0 x4), from which one includes SATA 6 Gbps wiring; and six other SATA 6 Gbps ports. The board serves up not one, but two 40 Gbps Thunderbolt 3 ports, complete with USB 3.1 and DisplayPort passthrough to the boot! USB connectivity includes six USB 3.1 gen 2 at the rear panel, including two type-C ports, and four USB 3.1 gen 1 headers. Networking includes a 10 GbE connection driven by an AQuantia AQC107 controller, a 1 GbE connection pulled by an Intel i211-AT, 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) WLAN pulled by Intel "Cyclone Peak" PHY, and Bluetooth 5.0. The onboard audio solution is premium Realtek ALC1220 fare.

We've heard from several sources that this board could command a $1,000 price, which is over two times that of the X570 Phantom Gaming X. Value-addition comes in the form of a slightly beefed up 8-layer PCB, two 40 Gbps Thunderbolt 3 ports, 10 GbE replacing 2.5 GbE, additional 10 Gbps USB 3.1 gen 2 ports, the aluminium front- and back cladding, and of course, the $200-ish nickel-plated copper monoblock. ASRock is only producing 999 pieces of this board, and the one on display is uniquely marked "002/999," so there's that.
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58 Comments on ASRock X570 Aqua is a $1000 Zen2-ready Liquid-Cooled Monsterboard

#51
kapone32
Gasaraki, post: 4057530, member: 168493"
What a shit board. Who's going to pay $1000 for 2x M.2 slots and 2 NICs only one of which is 10GbE. I paid ~$260 for something way better than this.
This board is ready for Water cooling the mono block that they put on the board is worth like $400 or something stupid. The one that really gets me though is a desk from Thermaltake that was a prototype at last year's Computex and now is avaialble due to pre orders at $11,999! So even though it seems foolish to members like you and me I am sure they will see all 1000 of these they are making.

kapone32, post: 4057532, member: 181865"
This board is ready for Water cooling the mono block that they put on the board is worth like $400 or something stupid. The one that really gets me though is a desk from Thermaltake that was a prototype at last year's Computex and now is avaialble due to pre orders at $11,999! So even though it seems foolish to members like you and me I am sure they will see all 1000 of these they are making.
sell
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#52
nemesis.ie
@Gasaraki Which X570 did you already buy?

I paid around that 260 for my TaiChi Ultimate, it only has 1 x 10GBe, what board has two for that money? I'm genuinely interested to know as I'd prefer 2 x Aquantia 10GBe to 1 + an Intel 1Gbit.

You can only run one chipset M.2 at full Gen4 speed too.

And yes @kapone32 The Aqua looks like the bargain of the year compared to those desks.
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#53
kapone32
I'm actually afraid for what the price of TR3 will be when they are released. I am sure I will be buying an X570 board though, there are so many choices, it is actually staggering the amount of selection the modern user has with AM4 in terms of CPU and MB combination choice.
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#54
saikamaldoss
Mats, post: 4056267, member: 23052"
LOL who is gonna use this with an APU. HDMI and Displayport...

Edit: I didn't see the "DP IN".
It also supports 16c/32t cpu right ?
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#55
nemesis.ie
@saikamaldoss Probably even more than that, when the next Zen arrives next year. :) I'm thinking there will be 2 more cores per chiplet.
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#56
broken pixel
Gasaraki, post: 4057530, member: 168493"
What a shit board. Who's going to pay $1000 for 2x M.2 slots and 2 NICs only one of which is 10GbE. I paid ~$260 for something way better than this.
I would gladly pay the 999.99 price point for a limited run board of 999 especially when doing so will take me away from intel and back to my AMD roots when FABs existed in Austin Texas. You fail to see the aesthetics and the engineering involved. If you would like one to make your e-pin hard message me you just might get one out of spite. :+)
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#57
nemesis.ie
@broken pixel I'd like one if you have one going cheap! ;)
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#58
Totally
broken pixel, post: 4064667, member: 108413"
I would gladly pay the 999.99 price point for a limited run board of 999 especially when doing so will take me away from intel and back to my AMD roots when FABs existed in Austin Texas. You fail to see the aesthetics and the engineering involved. If you would like one to make your e-pin hard message me you just might get one out of spite. :+)
I was gonna settle for a phantom gaming x but since you are offering ;)
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