ASUS Prime X570-Pro Review 17

ASUS Prime X570-Pro Review

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Power Consumption and Temperatures

Stock CPU, 2400 MHz Memory
CPU Voltage:1.392 V
DRAM Voltage:1.20 V
Idle Power:6 W
Load Power:74 W
VRM Temperature:35.2°C
Chipset Temperature:54.1°C
4.4 GHz CPU, 3866 MHz Memory
CPU Voltage:1.424 V
DRAM Voltage:1.35 V
Idle Power:10 W
Load Power:88 W
VRM Temperature:39.5°C
Chipset Temperature:55.9°C

With the test bench update, I have also overhauled my temperature measurement and methodology. For measurement, I now use a Reed SD-947 4 channel Data Logging Thermometer paired with four Omega Engineering SA1 Self Adhesive Thermocouple probes. One probe directly touches the chipset and two are placed on select power stages. The last probe actively logs the ambient temperature.

For the ASUS Prime X570-Pro, one is in the center of the left bank Vcore and another on the top Vcore next to the SOC power stages. A probe is left out to log the ambient temperature. All temperatures are presented as Delta-T normalized to 20 °C, which is the measured temperature minus the ambient temperature plus 20 °C. The final result accounts for variation in ambient temperature (including changes over the course of a test) while presenting the data as if the ambient were a steady 20 °C for easy presentation. Additionally, there is no longer any direct airflow over the VRM with this new setup, placing extra strain on the VRM cooling.

For the numbers seen in the chart above, I use wPrime for both temperature and power draw as it is the most intense. However, relatively short tests do not put enough strain on the system to get a look at how the VRM performs at the limit, so I added an additional test to try to thermally abuse Vcore as much as possible. It involves a 30 minute Prime95 run at the maximum overclock the motherboard can maintain, again with no airflow over the VRM. The temperatures are logged every second, and the two probes are then averaged for a cleaner presentation before subtracting the ambient to calculate the Delta-T. The results are charted below.

Between the overbuilt VRM and hefty heatsink, the ASUS Prime X570-Pro thwarted my best attempts to make it thermal throttle. Though frankly, I don't think my Ryzen 5 3600X ever posed any threat. Hopefully, I can get my hands on a 3900X soon, as well as a 3950X eventually, as those are the processors most X570 VRM are designed around.

The chipset heatsink, while drastically less massive than on the ASRock X570 Taichi, kept up admirably as well. It was a lot more sensitive to load, heating up faster and generally staying a little hotter, but it was never anywhere near dangerous territory. The fan was quiet enough to get lost in the noise of the rest of the system.
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