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AMD Ryzen 3000 X570 Motherboards: The Complete Guide

AMD Ryzen 3000 X570 Motherboards: The Complete Guide

The AMD Ryzen 3000 series of processors is an exciting range of chips: in many cases it’s faster Intel’s equivalent processors, and most of the time these chips are way cheaper. It’s also given rise to the new AMD X570 chipset.

If you want to buy a new processor then you don’t necessarily have to buy a new motherboard – older boards will support the new chips with a BIOS update.

But, if you want an AMD X570 motherboard then there’s loads of choice on the market, with high-end flagships and more affordable options in every form factor. We’ve covered what’s new about the chipset below – and then rounded up the best new boards from every major company.

Here’s our AMD Ryzen 3ooo complete guide – everything you need to know about the new CPUs!

AMD Ryzen 3000 and AMD X570 – What’s New?

There’s a lot to like about AMD Zen 2 architecture and the AMD Ryzen 3000 processors. AMD has moved from 14nm to 7nm, which instantly improves performance and efficiency, and the new processors are organised more effectively, with ‘chiplet’ modules containing CPU cores and the IO functionality being given its own die.

The new chips have more cores and more speed than their predecessors in the Ryzen range – and, importantly, they compare very well to Intel’s equivalent chips. More often than not, AMD’s parts have more cores, better stock speeds and much lower prices.

The new X570 chipset supports PCI-Express 4.0 rather than the older, slower PCI-Express 3.0 standard, and it also increases support for USB 3.1 Gen 2. It also has more support for SATA and SATA Express.

This new chipset isn’t all good news. It has a TPD of 15W, which is three times as high as the X470 chipset. That means tougher cooling requirements, which means larger heatsinks – which means more cost. Add in the pricier PCI-Express improvements, and you may find that the X570 version of any motherboard will cost more than the X470 board or Intel equivalents.

AMD’s new chips use the existing AM4 socket, which means that many older X470 motherboards will support the new parts – all you’ll need to do is apply a BIOS update.

If you want a new build, though, then there’s plenty of exciting choice on the market, with new boards arriving from every major manufacturer at all price points. We’ve rounded up some of the top contenders here!

And, if you want to get all the information you need on AMD’s new architecture and new Ryzen 3000 range, head here for our complete guide.

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Asus

Four ROG boards with the X570 chipset are part of the Crosshair VIII range.

The priciest board, and the Asus flagship, is the Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Formula. That’s the normal pattern for Asus boards, and the Formula is an absolute monster: it’s an ATX product that has huge heatsinks that cover most of the PCB, and it has in-built attachments for water-cooling hardware.

As usual, it’s covered with RGB LEDs, and it ticks every box when it comes to specs: plenty of PCI slots, loads of memory support, two M.2 connectors and loads of USB connectivity. It’s also got WiFi 6 internet, 5Gbps Ethernet, on-board buttons and displays and SupremeFX S1220 audio. UK pricing for this board is currently sitting at around £675, which is a vast amount of money for a motherboard – even more than last year’s flagships. Expect US pricing to follow suit, with a price of around $700.

The other ROG Crosshair VIII ATX board is the Hero, which is available in versions with and without Wi-Fi 6. This board is cheaper will be a little cheaper than the Formula. However, pricing hasn’t been released – and it’s still going to be relatively expensive when compared to the rest of the market.

It’s also less visually extravagant than the Formula. It has smaller heatsinks and no water-cooling features. Elsewhere, it has much the same core specification as the Formula, with cash saved in those aesthetic areas.

There’s also the ROG Crosshair VIII Impact. This uses the rare mini-DTX form factor – which is like mini-ITX, but with extra space at the bottom of the board. Impressively, this smaller board packs in a full-size PCI-Express slot and two M.2 connectors. It’s got great USB connectivity alongside dual-band WiFi 6.

However, it’s still a small board – so you still only get two memory slots, and fewer SATA connectors and no PCI-Express x1 sockets.

Get beyond the high-end Crosshair boards and you’ll find ROG Strix and TUF Gaming products. These are more mainstream products, with more conventional heatsinks, fewer RGB LEDs and fewer on-board buttons. They’re easy features to remove in order to save cash. Only the most demanding of enthusiasts will ever miss them.

There are three ROG Strix boards. The ROG Strix X570-E Gaming and X570-F Gaming are ATX models that will have mainstream gaming prices. They’re both well-specified, with loads of PCI support, two M.2 connectors, and SupremeFX audio.

The more expensive X570-E Gaming goes further than its stablemate. That board has wireless internet, 2.5Gbps Ethernet and far more USB ports. The X570-E is the better high-end option – the X570-F is much more modest.

The X570-I Gaming is a mini-ITX board. It’s got two memory slots, a single PCI-Express slot and a single M.2 connector. That’s in line with other mini-ITX boards, and it’s fine for building a small gaming rig.

The TUF Gaming X570-Plus is available in wireless and wireless-free variants and these will be the most affordable Asus boards we’ve covered here.

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ASRock

ASRock is releasing ten new motherboards alongside AMD’s new range of CPUs. The most exciting is the firm’s new flagship – the X570 Aqua.

It’s an absolute monster. That name hints at one of its key features – water-cooling support. Attachments for water-cooling hardware are included on this board, and a CPU water-block is built into the board. It’s attached using a huge metal PCB cover that stretches across the entire board.

The affect is striking. The water-cooling hardware is at the top and a window that allows users to view the CPU water-clock. It’s heavy and sturdy, and expensive.

The CPU isn’t the only bit of water-cooled hardware on this board, eithe. Channels extend to also cool the X570 chipset. Given that AMD X570 consumes more power and creates more heat, that’s a smart move.

The rest of the X570 Aqua board has great features. There’s 10Gbps Ethernet, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5, ALC1220 audio, on-board buttons and a POST display. At the rear you get two Thunderbolt 3 ports. There are loads of other USB ports and a couple of PCI-Express 4.0 slots. There’s also two M.2 connectors and eight SATA ports.

The ASRock X570 Aqua is an absolute beast. It’s certainly one of the most exciting and ambitious X570 boards from any manufacturer. It’s going to be expensive: while prices haven’t yet been released, it’s rumoured to cost $999 or £999.

The rest of ASRock’s range falls in line with the firm’s existing Phantom Gaming, Taichi, Steel Legend, Extreme and Pro families. So, with these boards, expect familiar design and familiar features. They’re going to be similar to last year’s boards, albeit with expected upgrades, like that X570 chipset, PCI-Express 4.0 slots and with more USB connectivity.

The X570 Taichi serves up ASRock’s familiar mechanical design alongside loads of RGB LEDs. There are lights in the IO cover, lights in the southbridge heatsink and even a band of lighting across the middle of the board. ASRock also includes lights along the right-hand edge of the board to illuminate the interior.

The Taichi has three PCI-Express x16 slots, which is one more than most boards offer – handy if you want to install three GPUs.

The X570 Phantom Gaming X is even more outrageous. Much of the bottom half of the board is covered with metal armour that’s absolutely crammed with RGB LEDs. Elsewhere, it’s absolutely packed with USB ports, it’s got on-board buttons and a POST display, and it serves up all of the new X570 features we expect to see.

Sadly, pricing for these two new boards hasn’t yet been released.

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Gigabyte

AMD Ryzen 3000 AMD X570 motherboard AMD Ryzen 3000 motherboardGigabyte is concentrating on six new boards for its AMD X570 motherboard range, although more will be available now that the CPUs have launched.

Gigabyte’s flagship is the X570 Aorus Xtreme. And, because it’s a flagship, it has plenty of visual features: the bottom half of the board has a smart PCB cover, the rear IO cover is absolutely huge, and the right-hand side of the board is coated with metal. RGB LEDs course through most of the metal, and huge heatpipes connect the heatsinks throughout.

It doesn’t look as extravagant as the flagships from Asus and ASRock, but Gigabyte concentrates on serving up useful features instead. You get a 16-phase digital VRM, voltage read points, temperature headers and 10Gbps Ethernet. As with other boards for X570, there’s WiFi 6, and you get Realtek ALC1220 audio and an ESS Sabre9118 DAC – so audio will be outstanding.

There are loads of USB ports, three PCI-Express 4.0 slots, two M.2 connectors and 128GB memory support.

The X570 Aorus Xtreme has a retail price of $600, which we expect to directly translate to around £600 in the UK.

The rest of the Gigabyte range continues to look a little less extravagant than the X570 boards from other manufacturers, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing – especially if you want a motherboard that’s a little less ridiculous when it comes to aesthetics.

AMD Ryzen 3000 AMD X570 motherboard AMD Ryzen 3000 motherboardThe X570 Aorus Ultra and Master boards share physical designs, with chunky rear IO covers and smaller southbridge heatsinks.

These two boards have three M.2 connectors each, and they also have three PCI slots.

The cheaper Ultra board has normal Ethernet and mid-range audio, while the Master has 2.5Gbps Ethernet and beefed-up sound hardware. The Master also adds voltage read points, a POST display and more on-board buttons.

The X570 Aorus Pro and Elite are two of Gigabyte’s more affordable X570 gaming boards. As expected, they’re got smaller heatsinks, fewer RGB LEDs, and fewer M.2 heatsinks.

However, these two boards do have good features: solid audio and networking, WiFi 6, two M.2 connectors and plenty of SATA ports. You also get pairs of PCI slots on these boards, and loads of USB ports.

Gigabyte also has a mini-ITX board. The X570 I Aorus Pro Wi-Fi has the usual two memory slots and single PCI-Express 4.0 socket. It has a chipset cooling heatsink, WiFi 6 and Gigabit Ethernet. It’s got two M.2 connectors, too.

This mini-ITX AMD X570 motherboard doesn’t push many boundaries – not like the extended Asus board and the rest of the AMD Ryzen 3000 motherboard market – but it’s a solid slab of PCB, and it shouldn’t be too expensive.

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MSI

AMD Ryzen 3000 AMD X570 motherboard AMD Ryzen 3000 motherboardMSI’s flagship AMD Z570 motherboard is the MEG X570 Godlike. It’s a beast: the southbridge heatsink is slatted, with RGB LEDs and a visible fan beneath, and the IO cover has more RGB LEDs along with the mirrored, reflective section that’s made its debut on other recent MEG boards.

There are three M.2 slots, all with their own heatsinks, and a mighty four PCI-Express 4.0 slots on this board. There’s a 19-phase VRM, which is more than virtually any other X570 board out there, and an OLED dashboard towards the top of the board serves up temperatures, clock speeds and warnings. Elsewhere there are temperature and voltage sensor points, two eight-pin CPU power connectors. There’s also extra overclocking buttons at the bottom of the board.

When it comes to overclocking and tweaking, there are no AMD Ryzen 3000 motherboard flagships with as many features as this.

Elsewhere, MSI’s flagship includes 10Gbps Ethernet, WiFi 6, and an M.2 expansion card to add even more storage.

This board is an absolute stunner, but sadly pricing hasn’t yet been confirmed.

AMD Ryzen 3000 AMD X570 motherboard AMD Ryzen 3000 motherboardOne step down the range is the MSI MEG X570 Ace. This board is markedly different from the Godlike. It has fewer RGB LEDs, but instead MSI has covered it with premium, brushed metal with loads of gold accents.

It’s very different and very eye-catching.

It has an excellent feature set. It has cooling heatpipes, on-board buttons and a POST display, three PCI-Express 4.0 slots, steel-bolstered memory slots and loads of USB and SATA connectivity. It’s got 2.5Gbps Ethernet and WiFi 6.

The MPG X570 Gaming Pro Carbon WiFi has a darker, sleeker design, with fewer RGB LEDs and slim, carbon-fibre heatsinks. It’s got a southbridge fan, two PCI slots and two M.2 connectors. You miss out on on-board buttons and features here, but it’s still a great high-end gaming AMD X570 motherboard.

As the name suggests, the MSI Prestige X570 Creation is designed for content creation. It looks good, with typically smart metal heatsinks and RGB LEDs. You get 10Gbps and WiFi 6 – perfect for uploading and streaming.

AMD Ryzen 3000 AMD X570 motherboard AMD Ryzen 3000 motherboardIt’s also got three PCI-Express x16 slots and four PCI-Express x1 slots, so there’s loads of scope for expansion cards, and you get four M.2 connectors split across the board itself and an included expansion card. There are also a vast number of USB ports and connectors on this board – more than almost anything else. That’s aided by the extra options served up by AMD X570.

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AMD Ryzen 3000 Motherboards – Conclusion

There’s no shortage of options when it comes to AMD Ryzen 3000 and AMD X570 motherboards.

If you need a guide to AMD Ryzen 3000 and AMD X570, head here. And if you’re planning a build using one of these new CPUs and one of these new AMD X570 AMD Ryzen 3000 motherboards, let us know on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

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