Ryzen 3000 is here, and with the release of their new ‘Zen 2’ based chipsets – putting Intel under a lot of pressure with their impressive performance numbers at a low price point – Ryzen 3 is here to impress.
Alongside the release of Zen 2 processors, AMD have released a new range of X570 chipset motherboards to support these new, more powerful processors. Previous generation AMD motherboards including the X470 and B450 chipset motherboards will be compatible with AMD Ryzen 3000 processors out of the box, whereas X370 and B350 chipset motherboards will require a selective Beta BIOS update to support these new Zen 2 processors.
Motherboard manufacturers, such as ASUS, ASRock, MSI and Gigabyte have announced the majority of their X570 motherboard lineups, with flagship models showing gorgeous designs, packed with features and preliminary on-paper impressive VRM designs. Combining features on these boards such as WiFi 6, 10 GbE, extremely high memory support (4666MHz) with the X570 support for PCIe 4.0 will make these X570 motherboards extremely capable and impressive out of the box.
The flagship X570 motherboards announced include the:
- ASUS X570 Crosshair VIII Formula
- ASRock X570 Taichi
- Gigabyte X570 AORUS XTREME (14+2 phase design)
- MSI X570 Godlike (14+1+1 phase design, eATX)
|X570 Motherboard||ASRock X570 Aqua||ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula||Gigabyte X570 AORUS Xtreme||MSI MEG X570 Godlike|
|Cooling||Liquid||Liquid + Air||Air||Air|
|Form Factor||Extended ATX||ATX||Extended ATX||Extended ATX|
|Phase Design||6 + 6||7||14||7 + 7|
|MOSFETs||1x 50A||2x 60A||1x 70A||1x 70A|
|Memory Support (MHz)||4666||4000||4400||2666|
|GbE||10 GbE||5 GbE||10 GbE||2.5 GbE|
|Memory Support||4666 MHz||4000 MHz||4400 MHz||2666 MHz|
Our first impressions of the X570 flagship motherboards, the one we preliminary think will offer the best performance and features for its price will be the Gigabyte X570 AORUS Xtreme. This extended-ATX motherboard has a true 14-phase VRM (with no doublers) and a TDA21472 70A power stage, which means this X570 motherboard will likely handle extreme overclocks of the Ryzen 9 3900X and Ryzen 7 3700X/3800X. Feature-wise, this features WiFi 6, 10 GbE and a crazy memory support of 4400 MHz (although we can see this going higher unofficially), although only has 6 SATA3 ports compared to 8 SATA3 on the other flagship X570 motherboards, as well as no Thunderbolt 3 as seen in the ASRock X570 Aqua.
We will go into more detail comparing the flagship X570 motherboards later on in this article, and which one will be best suited for the Ryzen 7 3800X and Ryzen 9 3900X. Right now, I will overview all X570 motherboards currently announced by manufacturers for July 7th release listed below:
Complete List of X570 Motherboards Announced
ASRock X570 Motherboards
- ASRock X570 Taichi
- ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming X
- ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming 4
- ASRock X570 Steel Legend
- ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming ITX/TB3 (not officially announced yet) (mini-ITX)
- ASRock X570 AQUA
- ASrock X570 Pro4
- ASRock X570m Pro4
ASUS X570 Motherboards
- ASUS Prime X570-P
- ASUS Prime X570-A PRO
- ASUS Pro WS X570-ACE
- ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula
- ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Impact
- ASUS ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Hero
- ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming
- ASUS ROG Strix X570-F Gaming
- ASUS ROG Strix X570-I Gaming
- ASUS TUF Gaming X570-PLUS
Gigabyte X570 Motherboards
- Gigabyte X570 Aorus Pro WIFI
- Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme
- Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master
- Gigabyte X570 Aorus Ultra
- Gigabyte X570 Aorus Pro
- Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite
- Gigabyte X570 I Aorus Pro WIFI
- Gigabyte X570 Gaming X
MSI X570 Motherboards
- MSI Meg X570 Godlike
- MSI Meg X570 Ace
- MSI MPG X570 Gaming Pro Carbon WIFI
- MSI MPG X570 Gaming Edge WIFI
- MSI MPG X570 Gaming Plus
- MSI Prestige X570 Creation
X570 vs X470 for Ryzen Zen 2: What are the benefits of upgrading to X570?
With X470 being compatible with the new Ryzen 3000/Zen 2 processors, this means on release in July there is a large range of motherboards to choose from compatible with the new Ryzen 5 3600, Ryzen 7 3700X and 3800X, and the Ryzen 9 3900X. Below, I will outline the benefits the X570 chipset has over the X470 chipset for the new Zen 2 processors.
- Support for PCIe4 on all lanes (as well as chipset lanes) – PCIe4 offers double the bandwidth of PCIe3
- Support for USB 3.1 Gen2 directly from Zen2 processor on X570 motherboards
If you aren’t looking to utilise or take advantage of PCIe 4.0 on the X570 chipset, then a X470 or B450 motherboard for Ryzen Zen 2 will likely be a better option for your new Ryzen build – since these will support the new generation of Ryzen processors, be better value, more available and we already know the best performing B450 and X470 motherboards through benchmarks and hardware reviews.
X570 Motherboard VRM Comparison Chart (Updated)
|Manufacturer||X570 Motherboard||Price||Form Factor||VRM Phase Design||Doubler||MOSFETS (High-side, Low-side)|
|ASRock||ASRock X570 Aqua||$1000||ATX||6 + 6||ISL6617A||1x SiC634 50A|
|ASRock X570 Creator||-||ATX||6 + 6||ISL6617A||1x SiC634 50A|
|ASRock X570 Extreme4||-||ATX||4|
|ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming 4||-||ATX||4|
|ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming X||-||ATX||6 + 6||ISL6617A||1x SiC634 50A|
|ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming-ITX TB3||-||ITX||4 + 4||ISL6617A|
|ASRock X570 Pro4||-||ATX||4|
|ASRock X570 Steel Legend||-||ATX||4|
|ASRock X570 Taichi||-||ATX||6 + 6||ISL6617A||1x SiC634 50A|
|ASRock X570 Taichi Ultimate||-||ATX|
|ASRock X570M Pro4||-||uATX|
|ASUS||ASUS Prime X570-P||$159||ATX||4|
|ASUS Prime X570-Pro||$249||ATX|
|ASUS Pro WS X570-Ace||-||ATX||6||2x IR3555 60A|
|ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula||$699||ATX||7||2x IR3555 60A|
|ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero Wi-Fi||$379||ATX||7||2x IR3555 60A|
|ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Impact||-||DTX||4||2x TDA21472 70A|
|ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming||$329||ATX||6|
|ASUS ROG Strix X570-F Gaming||$299||ATX||6|
|ASUS ROG Strix X570-I Gaming||-||ITX||4||2x TDA21472 70A|
|ASUS TUF Gaming X570-Plus Wi-Fi||$184||ATX||4||3x SiC639 50A|
|Biostar X570GT8||-||ATX||8 + 4|
|Gigabyte||Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite||$199||ATX||6 + 6||ISL6617A||1x SiC634 50A|
|Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master||$349||ATX||12||1x IR3556 50A|
|Gigabyte X570 Aorus Pro Wi-Fi||$269||ATX||6 + 6||IR3599||1x IR3553 40A|
|Gigabyte X570 Aorus Ultra||$299||ATX||6 + 6||IR3599||1x IR3553 40A|
|Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme||$599||eATX||14||1x TDA21472 70A|
|Gigabyte X570 Gaming X||$170||ATX||5 + 5||ISL6617A||1x 4C10N, 2x 4C06N|
|Gigabyte X570I Aorus Pro WiFi||$219||ITX||6||1x TDA21472 70A|
|MSI||MSI MEG X570 Ace||-||ATX||6 + 6||IR3599||1x IR3555 60A|
|MSI MEG X570 Godlike||$800||eATX||7 + 7||IR3599||1x TDA21472 70A|
|MSI MPG X570 Gaming Edge WiFi||-||ATX||4 + 4||IR3598||1x 4C029N, 1x 4C026N|
|MSI MPG X570 Gaming Plus||-||ATX||4 + 4||IR3598||1x 4C029N, 1x 4C026N|
|MSI MPG X570 Gaming Pro Carbon WiFi||-||ATX||5 + 5||IR3598||1x QA3111N6N Dual N-FET|
|MSI Prestige X570 Creation||-||eATX||7 + 2||IR3599||1x ir3555 60A|
Although VRMs of the X570 motherboards is largely unknown and we haven’t got many full PCB analysis from the likes of Buildzoid, we have begun to receive some VRM information for most X570 motherboards – with some still to be confirmed about their VRM components and quality.
We will use this VRM information across all X570 motherboards to help determine and predict which X570 motherboards and best for overclocking the likes of Ryzen 7 3700X, 3800X and Ryzen 9 3900X processors.
Gigabyte X570 Motherboard VRM Analysis
|Motherboard||Form Factor||CPU Vcore phase||CPU SOC phase||Vcore PWM||Vcore phase doubler||Vcore driver||Vcore MOS||PCB Layers|
|GIGABYTE X570 AORUS XTREME||EATX||14 Digital|
IR PowIRstage, 70A
IR PowIRstage, 70A
|IR XDPE132G5C 14(14)+2||-||-||14 * Infineon TDA21472 70A||8|
|GIGABYTE X570 AORUS MASTER||ATX||12 Digital|
IR PowIRstage, 50A
IR PowlRstage, 50A
|IR XDPE132G5C 14(12)+2||-||-||12 * IR3556 50A||6|
|GIGABYTE X570 AORUS ULTRA||ATX||12 Digital |
IR PowIRstage, 40A
|IR35201 6(6)+2||6 * IR3599||-||12 * IR3553 40A||6|
|GIGABYTE X570 AORUS PRO/WIFI||ATX||12 Digital|
IR PowIRstage, 40A
|IR35201 6(6)+2||6 * IR3599||-||12 * IR3553 40A||6|
|GIGABYTE X570 I AORUS PRO WIFI||ITX||6 Digital|
IR PowIRstage, 70A
IR PowlRstage, 40A
|IR35201 6(6)+2||-||-||6 * Infineon TDA21472 70A||8|
|GIGABYTE X570 AORUS ELITE||ATX||12 Digital|
|ISL69138 6(6)+1||6 * ISL6617A||Integrated||12 * Vishay DrMOS|
|GIGABYTE X570 GAMING X||ATX||10 Digital|
|ISL69147 5(5)+2||5 * ISL6617A||10 * ISL6625A||PPak 60A - 1H2L||4|
MSI X570 Motherboard VRM Analysis
In the next section we will try to breakdown the X570 models announced and give our verdict on the best X570 motherboards for various scenarios, such as for overclocking, or perhaps the best X570 mini-ITX motherboards currently available. Bear in mind the X570 motherboards have yet to be released, so at this time of writing we are making speculation based on what we have read, PCB breakdowns and analysis, as well as hands-on reviews.
Let us know in the comments what you think the best X570 motherboard will be, which one will have the best VRM? the best features? We will be interested to hear your thoughts!
Best X570 Motherboards
Best X570 Motherboard for Overclocking (Best VRM) – 1. Gigabyte X570 AORUS XTREME
Our initial thoughts about the X570 AORUS XTREME are that this is a motherboard that is going to be hard to beat, in terms of features and VRM quality. It is safe to say that the AORUS XTREME was built with one thing solely in mind – overclocking. The Xtreme is the first direct 16 phase VRM (14+2 design) eATX motherboard without the need for doublers and is fully interleaved. With an 8 layer PCB, heatpipes (one for the VRM and chipset heatsink with direct contact for the VRM) and backplate (connecting directly below the VRM) to drive down CPU temperatures under full load and extreme overclocking. This is a passively cooled motherboard in comparison to the other Gigabyte models which utilise a chipset fan – which we think is a great thing.
Other features on this motherboard include triple PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots with heatsinks, 10GbE AQUANTIA LAN, as well as the ability to turn off the RGB LED zones – which are not to everyone’s tastes. Front and rear USB 3.1 Gen2 Type C headers and available, as well as 8 fan headers, 6 SATA 6Gb/s connectors as well as dual BIOS in this eATX form factor motherboard.
Best X570 Motherboard for Overclocking (Best VRM) – 2. ASUS X570 Crosshair VIII Formula
The flagship X570 motherboard from ASUS, the Crosshair VIII Formula, has also caught our eye in terms of potential for overclocking. We expect this to be a popular option amongst many enthusiast Ryzen Zen 2 builds in 2019. ASUS have teamed up with EK Water Blocks to allow for custom liquid cooling to be installed out-of-the-box with the Crosshair VIII formula, to help cool the 16-phase (PowIRstages) VRM design with each stage able to deliver an impressive 60A. Neat features built for making OC’ing a breeze include a 1.3″ OLED display on the integrated I/O for information display, BIOS flashback, and monitoring the various sensors available on the motherboard.
The VIII formula uses AQUANTIA’s 5G controller, not as impressive as the 10G one found on the AORUS XTREME. Connectivity-wise, this X570 flagship motherboard has 8 fan headers, 19 USB ports (back panel + internal headers), as well as dual M.2 and 8 SATA 6Gb slots.
Best Micro-ATX X570 Motherboard?
Right now, there are is only one micro-ATX (mATX) X570 motherboard announced for Ryzen 3000 processors and that is the ASRock X570m Pro4.
So, if you want to build a new Ryzen Zen2 system such as with the Ryzen 7 3700X, you will want to be building it with either this micro-ATX X570 motherboard or alternatively build with a X470 or B450 Micro-ATX motherboard – which are fully compatible with the new Ryzen Zen2 processors, thankfully! B350 and X370 chipset motherboards will also be compatible with Zen 2 processors, but will require a BIOS update for them to work.
Best Mini-ITX X570 Motherboard for SFF builds – ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming ITX TB3
Currently, the only announced mini ITX X570 motherboards are:
We’ve done a comparison below of the X570 mITX motherboards, and each have their own positives and negatives. The one mini-ITX X570 motherboard that we are very excited to get our hands on is the ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming ITX – which happens to be the first ITX AM4 board to incorporate Thunderbolt3.
This ITX X570 motherboard features a 4+4 phase design with 50A SiC634 MOSFETS, WiFi onboard with 4 SATA and USB Type-C – which means this is packed full of features within the ITX form factor. The only downside we can see for the X570 Phantom Gaming ITX TB3 so far is just the single M.2 slot, whereas the other 2 ITX X570 motherboards from ASUS and Gigabyte both feature dual M.2.
|X570 Mini ITX||GIGABYTE X570 I AORUS PRO WIFI||ASUS ROG Strix X570-I Gaming||ASRock Phantom Gaming ITX/TB3|
|Form Factor||Mini ITX||Mini ITX||Mini ITX|
|VRM Design||6 phase (for vCore), 70A||8+2 Phase Design||6+2 Phase Design|
|USB 3.1 Gen 1||6||6||2|
|USB 3.1 Gen 2||2||4||4|
|USB Type C||1||1||1|
|Inbuilt I/O Shield Fan||Yes||No||No|
|Pros||Dual M.2||8+2 VRM, Plenty of USB 3.1 Gen1/2, No in-built fan||Thunderbolt 3, Optical sound output|
|Cons||Only 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, Inbuilt Fan||No optical sound output, no USB Type-C internal header||Single M.2, Little Type A USB,|
Cheapest X570 Motherboard – ASUS Prime X570-P
As you may already know, buying an X570 motherboard isn’t going to be cheap. If you’re going to want to take advantage of what the X570 chipset has to offer (PCIe 4.0) on a Ryzen 3000 system, you’re going to have to pay quite the premium over building a Zen 2 system with X470 or B450 chipset motherboard.
Currently, the cheapest X570 motherboard announced that will be suitable for budget Ryzen 3000 builds – such as with the Ryzen 5 3600 or Ryzen 3 3200 – is the ASUS Prime X570-P.
This budget X570 motherboard retails at $160, which is pretty good value for a motherboard supporting the X570 chipset – when compared to many of the other X570 motherboards such as the $1000 ASRock X570 Aqua!
Spec wise the Prime X570-P features an 8 + 4 phase design, 2-Way PCIe 4.0, 6 SATA, 4 DIM slots supporting up to 128 GB of memory, as well as dual M.2. This X570 motherboard under $200 certainly has plenty of connectivity, so at its price point, we could see this being a good option for budget X570 Ryzen 3000 builds – though we would want to wait for real VRM breakdowns to see how well this motherboard is built and can perform for its power delivery and overclocking.