AMD X570 Ryzen 3000 Zen 2 Motherboard Roundup: Gigabyte, ASRock, MSI
At long last, AMD
formally introduced its next-generation Ryzen 3000
series of desktop CPUs based on its Zen 2 architecture, along with an accompanying X570
chipset. Coinciding with the announcement, ASUS opened
up its warchest of new X570 motherboards, but there are several other hardware partners with X570 boards of their own. Let's have a look at what's out there.
Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme
Starting with Gigabyte, the company so far has unveiled eight X570 motherboards, including one under its own brand and seven more under its Aorus division. The flagship model of the bunch is the X570 Aorus Xtreme (shown above). This board is absolutely built for overclocking—it has a 16-phase digital VRM, a high-quality power architecture, a 'NanoCarbon' base baseplate that is both stylish and functional (cooling), and two socketed BIOS chips.
Like every other X570 motherboard, it supports PCI Express 4.0. This doubles the bandwidth of PCIe 3.0, giving graphics cards a fatter pipe, and allows for even faster NVMe solid state drives, such as the 5,000MB/s model that Gigabyte recent teased.
It also has an Aquantia 10GbE LAN paired with an Intel GbE LAN, triple M.2 connectors (each with a thermal guard), three PCIe 4.0 x16 slots, and a bunch of USB ports.
Gigabyte's full list of X570 motherboards includes the following (click any of the links to go the corresponding product page for the full list of specs)...
It's very likely that Gigabyte will release even more SKUs as time goes on. In addition, these are all "Revision 1.0" models—Gigabyte sometimes tweaks its boards with followup revisions, so that will be something to keep an eye on.
MSI also has a spattering of X570 motherboards in the early going—half a dozen models so far, and undoubtedly counting. They include...
The Meg X570 Godlike is the flagship model of the bunch. It boasts a 14+14+1 power phase and digital VRM design. It also features 10G LAN and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, a "server grade PCB," four PCIe 4.0 x16 slots, and an extended heatpipe design to keep things cool. Take note that this is an Extended ATX (E-ATX) motherboard, which is bigger than a standard ATX model.
, at one time a subsidiary of ASUS (and now its own company), has the smallest lineup of X570 motherboards with just two models so far. They include...
Both are relatively high-end options with three PCIe 4.0 x16 and two PCIe x4 x1 slots, eight SATA 6Gbps ports, three M.2 ports, a bunch of USB ports, and integrated Wi-Fi 6 connectivity. ASRock as a reputation for offering loaded motherboards at attractive price points. We don't have pricing information on either of these models yet, but as far as features go, both of these models leave little to be desired.
In fact, we have not seen any X570 motherboards offered up in the retail space just yet. We suspect they will launch at the same time as AMD's Ryzen 3000 series, on July 7. So, stay tuned for pricing and availability.