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Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming Review

Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming Review

Asus ROG Strix X570-E GamingThe Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming is a more affordable option than its biggest rivals, but this board still costs $280 in the US and £300 in the UK – so it’s still an expensive investment. Is this board the ideal option for your new AMD Ryzen rig, or should you look elsewhere if you need a base for gaming or productivity? Read our Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming review to get the verdict.

Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming Review – Design & Layout

The Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming squares up against the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master, which has more expensive US and UK prices of $360 and £370.

Despite that, though, the Asus board looks better. The top of the board is dominated by an all-in-one rear IO cover and VRM heatsink that’s built from metal in different shades, and the top of the heatsink has ROG and Strix logos that are filled with RGB LEDs.

The Aorus board has a similar heatsink at the top of the board, but not as much lighting.

The Asus’ Southbridge heatsink is bigger and bolder than the Aorus effort, too, with more metal and more RGB LEDs. This heatsink connects to the two M.2 heatsinks and the whole board looks excellent as a result.

The cheaper Asus board looks better than the Aorus, but it has a more mainstream specification that’s missing some high-end features.

Asus ROG Strix X570-E GamingThe Asus does have diagnostic LEDs and a POST display, for instance, but there are no on-board power buttons and no easy way to switch between BIOS files. There’s a BIOS Flashback button at the rear, but no Clear CMOS button. There’s an extra four-pin CPU power connector alongside the standard eight-pin connector, but the Aorus board had two eight-pins.

The Asus has four on-board fan connectors and two water-cooling connectors, which is fine for mainstream builds. However, the Aorus had an extra temperature sensor connector, and voltage measurement points. Asus’ board matches the Aorus for lighting headers, with pairs of RGB and LED strip connectors.

The Asus has two USB 3.2 front panel headers and two USB 2.0 connectors, just like the Aorus. However, the Asus’ specification is clearly geared towards more mainstream builds. It’s a good design, but it’s missing out on high-end features for overclocking and tweaking.

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Specification

Asus ROG Strix X570-E GamingThe Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming supports 128GB of memory, just like the Aorus, and its top speed of 4,400MHz matches the pricier part. The inclusion of the AMD X570 chipset and AM4 socket mean that this board can support the full might of the latest AMD Ryzen processors – including the Ryzen 9 3950X.

The deployment of the X570 chipset also means that rigs with this board can use the PCI-Express 4.0 standard. That’s faster than anything available on mainstream Intel motherboards.

The Asus matches the Aorus for PCI-Express x16 configuration. It’s got three slots, with two that are capable of handling dual-graphics from AMD and Nvidia. The third slot, like that on the Aorus, runs at a slower speed so it’s only suitable for expansion cards that require less bandwidth.

The Asus is a little better when it comes to PCI-Express x1, as well. It’s got two slots rather than one. That’s better for expansion cards.

The downside of these extra slots? Fewer M.2 connections. The Asus board has two M.2 connectors, which is fine for mainstream builds. However, the Aorus board had three. The Asus fights back when it comes to conventional storage – it has eight SATA ports rather than six.

It’s got good connectivity, too. The Asus has a 2.5Gbps Ethernet slot alongside a conventional Gigabit Ethernet connection. It’s also got dual-band 802.11ax WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 – the same as the Asus.

The Asus can’t quite match up when it comes to audio, though. Its Asus’ underlying SupremeFX S1220A audio chip is good, but the Aorus added a DAC to its aural specification.

At the rear, the Asus serves up a mighty seven USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports alongside a Type-C collection. The Aorus board had more USB ports, but the Asus has more of these faster connections – so you’ll have to decide what you need to connect before taking the plunge.

In the box, Asus includes all of the usual cables alongside the WiFi antenna, a thermistor cable and extension cables for lighting. You also get stickers and a door hanger.

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Performance

The Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming isn’t able to outpace the Aorus in any one category convincingly, but it certainly keeps up with the more expensive board in several areas.

In Cinebench R15’s application tests the Asus was marginally quicker than the Aorus. It was also faster in Geekbench 5 – an impressive result considering that is a newer, tougher benchmark. The Asus led the way in PC Mark 8 and 10. However, the Aorus was faster in PC Mark 10’s Extended test.

The Asus board also proved faster in the M.2 storage test. Its SSD read and write speeds of 3,560MB/s and 3,294MB/s were noticeably quicker than the Aorus motherboard.

However, the Asus board was a little slower than its rival in the newer Cinebench R20 benchmark and in the older Geekbench 4 test. Its memory bandwidth was a little worse – its 30.34GB/s result lagged behind the Aorus’ 30.78GB/s score.

When it comes to applications, then, the Asus is never slow – these two motherboards are divided by tiny margins. But it’s never able to outpace the Aorus.

The Asus did fall behind a little in games, which is not a surprise. In the CPU-intensive Total War: Warhammer II the Asus averaged 32.7fps, but the Aorus board was half a frame faster. Its Dirt Showdown average of 86.05fps was more than a frame-and-a-half behind the Aorus, and it was a little slower in Steam’s VR performance test.

Theoretical tests showed the same trends, with the Aorus proving faster in every 3D Mark test.

The Asus wasn’t particularly efficient, either. Its peak power draw of 135W was four Watts higher than the feature-packed Aorus board.

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Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming Review – Conclusion

When it comes to performance, then, the Asus isn’t bad at all – it holds its own in applications against the pricier Gigabyte board, and it’s better when it comes for storage. If you’re after a board for productivity or for everyday computing, the Asus is a better option thanks to those benchmark results and its lower price.

It’s slower than the Aorus board in games, though, which makes the Aorus a better bet if you want something for the best gaming performance – and are willing to pay for it.

Similarly, if you’re into overclocking or want enthusiast features, then the Aorus has far more going for it.

The Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming is a good X570 motherboard and is especially impressive if you want a mainstream product for an all-round PC – or if you want a motherboard for a productivity system. However, the rival Aorus has more enthusiast features and is better in games, so that board is a better option if those are your priorities.

The machine in our Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming review costs $280 in the US and £300 in the UK. Discuss our Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming review on our Facebook and Twitter pages. And, if you need some more inspiration after reading our Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming review, check out our guide to our favourite laptops or go deep with our ultimate guide to 4K monitors – covering the technology, the terms and our top recommendations!

The GoodRecommended Award

  • Solid application performance
  • More M.2 connectors than rivals
  • Cheaper than key competitor
  • Solid mainstream specification

The Bad

  • Not hugely fast in games
  • Misses out on enthusiast features
  • Not very power efficient

The Specs
Socket: AMD AM4
Chipset: AMD X570
Memory: 4 x 4,400MHz DDR4, maximum 128GB
PCI: 3 x PCI-E x16, 2 x PCI-E x1
Ports: 7 x USB 3.2 Gen 2, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 1 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x optical S/PDIF, 5 x audio
Storage: 2 x M.2, 8 x SATA 3
Audio chipset: Realtek SupremeFX S1220A
Networking: 2.5Gbps Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, dual-band 802.11ax WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0

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Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming

About Author

Mike Jennings

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