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Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master Review

Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master Review

The Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master is not the flashiest looking motherboard around, which is a surprise given that it’s got that Aorus branding. However, it is expensive and effective – and it’s packed with features. Can it justify its $360 and £370 price for gamers and enthusiasts, though, or does it offer poor value? Let’s find out in our Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master review.

Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master Review – Design, Layout & Key Features

The Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master is not an ugly motherboard, but it’s perhaps not as eye-catching as its name suggests.

The rear IO has a pre-attached cover that’s made from layers of dark metal, and it extends around the top of the CPU socket to chill the VRMs. The Southbridge heatsink is smaller and has the usual tiny fan that’s required to cool the power-hungry X570 chipset.

Elsewhere, metal is used to protect the audio circuits, and each M.2 connector has its own heatsink. The rear of the board is also largely covered by a huge slab of metal. None of this really stands out, though – much of the metal is dark and the PCB itself is black.

There isn’t much in the way of RGB LEDs. You get lighting in the audio circuitry and in the heatsink to the left of the CPU socket, but that’s it. There are certainly more outrageous boards on the markets when it comes to colourful illumination.

This board may not look outrageous, but it concentrates instead on providing high-end features that will appeal to enthusiasts who are searching for performance.

The top-right of the board serves up a POST display for troubleshooting, for instance, alongside power and reset buttons. The top of the board also serves up switches to flick between two installed BIOS files.

Gigabyte X570 Aorus MasterThere are other features at the top of the board designed for enthusiasts. Near the CPU you’ll find two eight-pin power connectors – handy for providing a huge amount of power for overclocking. There are also four LED headers – two for standard LED strips, and two for RGB LEDs.

It’s a good slate of enthusiast features. The X570 Aorus Master squares up against the Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming, which costs $280 and £300.

That cheaper board actually has bolder lights on its heatsinks, and it has larger heatsinks too – the Southbridge offering in particular stretches across most of the bottom of the board. It’s arguably more eye-catching than the Aorus.

However, the Asus can’t compare when it comes to enthusiast features. It’s got a POST display and some diagnostic LEDs, and the same number of lighting headers as the Aorus, but it doesn’t have any other on-board buttons and it only has an extra four-pin CPU power connector – not an eight-pin.

The rest of the board has a decent layout. Along the right-hand edge you’ve got three fan connectors, a quartet of diagnostic LEDs and sit SATA ports alongside the first of two front-panel USB 3.2 connector.

Gigabyte X570 Aorus MasterThe bottom of the board serves up another USB 3.2 header, two USB 2.0 connectors and another fan connector. Across the board as a whole you’ve got one water-cooling fan header, two water-cooling pump headers and four system fan connectors, including the CPU. There are also two temperature sensor headers, and some voltage measurement points.

The Asus is broadly similar here, with two USB 3.2 front panel headers and two USB 2.0 connectors and the same number of fan connectors. It doesn’t have voltage points, though, and it only has one temperature sensor connector.

The Aorus has a decent, well-stocked layout, although it’s not perfect.

The larger heatsinks around the CPU socket make it tricky to reach the socket if you’re working with big coolers – and they also make it a little fiddly to access the two CPU power connectors. There’s also no extra PCI power connector, which is a little disappointing at this price.

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Specification

Gigabyte X570 Aorus MasterThe underlying specification is impressive. The Aorus supports 128GB of 4,400MHz memory – the same amount and speed as the Asus. It’s got the AMD X570 chipset, and the AM4 socket – so it’s ready to receive the new AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, as well as older and more affordable Zen 2 CPUs from the Ryzen 3, 5 and 7 ranges.

The Aorus has three PCI-Express x16 slots, with two capable of running at 8x speed. The board also supports Nvidia SLI and AMD CrossFire, so dual-graphics is possible. The third PCI-Express x16 slot only runs at x4 speed, so it’s only suitable for other expansion cards.

As with all other AMD X570 boards, including the Asus, the Aorus board supports PCI-Express 4.0 – so you’ve got more bandwidth here than on equivalent Intel boards.

The Aorus does run out of room elsewhere, though – it’s only got a single PCI-Express x1 socket. That’s one fewer than the Asus, and it may prove problematic depending on what products you want to connect here.

The addition of three M.2 sockets is great for adding super-fast storage to this board – the Aorus has one more M.2 connector than the Asus, and all three of these ports support PCI-Express 4.0. The Aorus has six SATA connectors, too, but that’s two fewer than the Asus.

The X570 Aorus Master has excellent audio. The main chip is a Realtek ALC1220-VB, and that’s bolstered by an ESS SABRE9118 DAC. That’s one better than the Asus, which had a Realtek S1220A chip with SupremeFX but no DAC.

Networking is excellent here, too. The Aorus has a standard Gigabit Ethernet connection alongside a 2.5Gbps connection for super-fast gaming. The Aorus also has dual-band 802.11ax WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0. The Asus has the same connectivity.

And, at the rear, the Aorus X570 Master has BIOS Flash and Clear CMOS buttons – welcome additions for enthusiasts, and better options than the Asus.

The Aorus has three full-size USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports and a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C connection, and it also has two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports and four USB 2.0 connectors. That’s plenty of USB action, but the Asus serves up seven USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports at the rear – fewer USB ports, but faster.

In the box you get all of the usual cables alongside some rarer additions, like a huge wireless antenna, a noise sensor and some thermal probes. At this price, though, you don’t get any of the overclocking modules that have been included with more expensive Aorus boards.

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Performance

The Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master is pricier than its rival and is clearly designed for enthusiasts and gamers – so it’s no surprise that its benchmarks reflected this.

In 3D Mark Fire Strike, for instance, the Aorus scored 18,772 points – a little quicker than the cheaper Asus board. The Aorus board maintained its lead in Fire Strike Extreme and in both Time Spy tests. It was quicker in 3D Mark Port Royal, too – the test that evaluates Ray-Tracing.

Unsurprisingly, these theoretical results translated to better real-world performance. In the CPU-intensive Total War: Warhammer II the Aorus board averaged 33.1fps – around half a frame quicker than the Asus product.

The Aorus board scored an average of 87.78fps in Dirt Showdown, which was more than 1.5fps quicker than the Asus product. Both boards returned the same score in Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

It’s good pace in games, but the Aorus was unable to maintain a solid lead in application benchmarks.

The Aorus board was a little faster in both Cinebench R20 benchmarks and was quicker in Geekbench 4, too. It was no better than the Asus ROG product in Cinebench R15, though. It was also slower in Geekbench 5 – which is a more modern, tougher test.

The Aorus board was slower in PC Mark 8 and PC Mark 10, and a little quicker in PC Mark 10’s Extended benchmark.

When it comes to CPU performance, the X570 Aorus Master is never slow. However, it’s never able to open a lead over the Asus.

The Aorus was slower than its rival in M.2 storage read and write tests, too. It had a 300MB/s deficit when reading and a 500MB/s loss when writing.

The Aorus board was a little more power-efficient than the Asus. Its peak power requirement of 131W was four Watts less than the Asus required.

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Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master Review – Conclusion

The Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master is more expensive than its rival from Asus, and the extra budget makes itself known in several key areas.

This board has more high-end features, with on-board buttons, more fan connectivity, slightly better audio and an extra M.2 connector. It’s also a little better in games and has more CPU overclocking potential.

It’s good, then, but it’s not perfect. The Aorus is no faster than the Asus in application benchmarks, and it has fewer SATA ports. You only get one PCI-Express x1 socket, too.

Still, those are minor issues and may not even affect your next build. The Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master is more expensive than its rival, but it’s worth the investment if you want the maximum gaming pace available on X570 – and if you’re going to use all of its high-end features.

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The GoodRecommended Award

  • Fast in games
  • Lots of high-end features
  • More M.2 connectors than rivals

The Bad

  • Less impressive in applications
  • Pricier than rivals
  • Only one PCI-E x1 socket

The Specs
Socket: AMD AM4
Chipset: AMD X570
Memory: 4 x 4,400MHz DDR4, maximum 128GB
PCI: 3 x PCI-E x16, 1 x PCI-E x1
Ports: 3 x USB 3.2 Gen 2, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1, 4 x USB 2.0, 1 x optical S/PDIF, 5 x audio
Storage: 3 x M.2, 6 x SATA 3
Audio chipset: Realtek ALC1220-VB, ESS SABRE9118 DAC
Networking: 2.5Gbps Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, dual-band 802.11ax WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0

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Brian Joyce

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