Priced at $299.99 on Newegg($292 as of Nov. 15, -ed), Gigabyte’s X570 Aorus Ultra lands solidly in the mid-range segment of boards for this chipset, at least one of which sells for $1,000. Gigabyt’es $300 Ultra board includes solid VRMs, theme-agnostic styling, three PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots, Wi-Fi 6, premium Realtek audio and six SATA ports on a full-ATX form factor, landing it a spot in our best motherboards list in the mid-priced category.
Gigabyte’s Aorus boards are the company’s gaming and enthusiast lineup, usually including features such as RGB LEDs, metal “armor” on the DIMM and/or PCIe slots, electrostatic discharge (ESD) guards, along with more of a focus on styling. The Aorus Ultra fits that mold, while offering a wide array of functionality at a reasonable price point. Gigabyte’s X570 lineup includes common board sizes and a wide range of price points, from the entry-level X570 UD to the flagship X570 Aorus Xtreme offering a bit of something for everyone, even a Mini-ITX board in the X570-I Aorus Pro Wi-Fi.
The Gigabyte X570 Aorus $300 price point lands it on lower end of X570 mid-range boards. Its direct competition includes boards like the ASRock Phantom Gaming X, the Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero, and the X570 Aorus Master. This Aorus board is priced notably cheaper than those models, so some features may be passed up here in favor of the lower price. But our overall experience the X570 Aorus Ultra was positive. It managed to run through stock testing and overclocking without a hitch. Performance was right around all of the other X570 motherboards tested.
As with other boards on this platform, the X570 Aorus Ultra supports both Ryzen 2000 and Ryzen 3000 series processors. It includes a total of six SATA ports and four DIMM slots capable of supporting up to 128GB of DDR4 RAM. Memory speeds are listed up to DDR4 4400+(OC). This board also uses the latest Realtek ALC1220-VB chip to push out the audio. Below is a complete list of specifications from Gigabyte.
|Voltage Regulator||14 phase / 12 + 2 (doubled, 6+2 controller)|
|Video Ports||HDMI (2.0)|
|USB Ports||USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps): 2x Type-A, 1x Type-C, USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps): 3x Type-A, USB 2.0: 4x Type-A|
|Audio Jacks||(5) Analog + SPDIF|
|CrossFire/SLI||AMD 2-Way and Quad-GPU Crossfire, Nvidia 2-Way and Quad SLI|
|DIMM slots||(4) DDR4|
|M.2 slots||(3) PCIe 4.0 x4 / SATA + PCIe|
|SATA Ports||(6) 6 Gbps (RAID 0, 1, 10)|
|USB Headers||(1) v3.2 Gen 2 (Front Panel Type-C), (2) v3.2 Gen 1, (2) USB 2.0|
|Fan Headers||(7) 4-Pin|
|Other Interfaces||FP-Audio, RGB-LED, TPM|
|Diagnostics Panel||Debug LED display|
|Internal Button/Switch||QFlash, GC Panel (Power/Reset)|
|Ethernet Controllers||1G - Intel GbE|
|Wi-Fi / Bluetooth||Intel Wi-fi 6 (802.11ax, 2.4 Gbps, 2x2, MU-MIMO), Bluetooth 5.0|
|HD Audio Codec||Realtek ALC1220-VB|
|DDL/DTS Connect||✗ / X|
The Aorus Ultra includes the basics in terms of accessories, with install guides, SATA cables, Wi-Fi antenna, screws, temperature sensors and more. Outside of the typical basic accessories, the Ultra includes a small PCB that plugs into the front panel header for power and reset button functionality. So instead of integrating the buttons on board, this small PCB is used instead. The complete list is below.
- Quick Installation Guide, Support CD
- Aorus stickers
- 4 x SATA Data Cables
- 1 x power/reset PCB
- 1 x WiFi 2.4/5 GHz Antenna
- 2 x Velcro strips
- 2 x Screws for M.2 Sockets
- 1 x RGB LED extension
The board itself is black with some silver/aluminum color highlights as an overarching theme. The heatsinks on the VRM are both black and mostly covered by shrouds. Other aesthetic highlights include the Aorus naming on the IO shroud, three heatsinks for the M.2 slots, as well as the Ultra Durable PCIe and memory armor around those slots. The chipset heatsink sports a small fan and a vented shroud to keep the chipset running cool, and its aluminum finish provides a nice contrast.
RGB lighting comes from two locations on this board, the shroud over the left VRM heatsink and audio section advertising its Amp-Up audio solution. The former lights up the Aorus branding on the shroud and gives a nice glow through the VRM heatsink. If you are looking for RGB lighting and prefer it not to be a bright disco show, this implementation here strikes a good balance. If additional RGB illumination is needed, the board includes a few headers for lighting expansion.
Starting at the top of the board, the Aorus Ultra provides shrouds to cover up some of the more unsightly parts of the motherboard/VRMs. The VRM heatsinks are connected to each other via a direct-touch heatpipe (the heatpipe is in direct contact with the VRM ICs), which Gigabyte says provides 30% lower MOSFET temperatures.
The VRM heatsinks are a bit different than most we see and use a fin array instead of a more block-like heatsink. The fin design -- the company says -- increases heat dissipation area by 300% when compared to traditional heatsinks of the same size. Gigabyte also uses 1.5mm-thick thermal conductivity pads said to transfer 2.7 times more heat than traditional thermal pads. In the end, the heatsink design had no issues handling or Ryzen 7 3700X and would likely not flinch with a more powerful chip.
Gigabyte lists the VRMs as a 12 + 2 setup. These are controlled by an Infineon IR35201 6 + 2 phase controller. In order to reach the 12 total phases on the board, Infineon IR3599 phase quadruple/doublers are used on the CPU side (in doubled mode), along with 40A PowIRstage IR3553 MOSFETs. Power is sent to the VRMs via a required 8-pin EPS as well as an optional 4-pin both located in the upper-left corner. The setup, while not the most robust we’ve seen, should handle all the Ryzen CPUs at stock speed and overclocked when using ambient cooling.
To the left of the EPS connectors is the first (of seven) 4-pin fan/pump headers. Moving over to the right of the socket above the DRAM slots are two more headers (CPU and CPU_OPT). All on-board fan headers are of the hybrid variety and support both PWM and DC powered fans.
In the upper-right corner are two (of five) RGB LED headers. The first is a 3-pin addressable header (5A/5V), while the 4-pin is a standard header supporting up to 2A/12V. If the integrated RGBs are not enough, the five total headers solve that problem.
On the right side of the socket we can see the four reinforced DIMM slots that use a locking mechanism on both sides. We populated all four slots with our 32GB test memory and had no issues running them at 3200 MHz (platform base spec) or 3600 MHz, what the memory is rated for and what AMD says is the sweet spot. It did take a bit of tweaking SOC voltage to get there on the latter, but it worked in the end.
Located just to the right of the DRAM slots is the QFlash_Plus button, which allows the board to be flashed without using a CPU. Simply plug your USB stick in with the BIOS on it in the specified port out back (white USB port) and you can get the latest BIOS without a CPU installed. This is a particularly useful feature for future processors that are not supported by the installed BIOS.
Just south of there is the 24-pin ATX connector, feeding power to the board. Below are three more 4-pin fan headers (SYS_FAN4, SYS_FAN2, and SYS_FAN_PUMP). Sitting immediately to the left of these headers is a 2-pin header designed for use with the included thermistor. With this, users are able to use an additional data point to control fans. This is an unexpected feature at this price point.
Next up is the USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C header found just to the right and bottom of the DRAM slots. Finally, to the right of it is the DRAM QLED area. These four LEDs light up on boot to note where it is in the POST process. If for some reason the system gets hung while doing so, the LED will stay lit and shows the users where things went wrong. This covers the CPU, GPU, DRAM, and BOOT functions. If a 2-digit LED isn’t available, this is the next best thing for troubleshooting boot issues.
The bottom half of the Aorus Ultra isn’t fully clad in shrouds and heatsinks, but we can see a shroud covering most of the audio bits, the three heatsinks for each M.2 slot, as well as the brushed-aluminum chipset heatsink with vents to allow cool air in and moved by the fan.
The audio bits on the left have a plastic cover with the words “Amp-Up Audio” backlit with RGB lighting. We can also spot the yellow Nichicon and red WIMA FKP2 audio capacitors here. The audio bits are also separated from the rest of the board by an orange line, as is typical on most all boards today. The ALC1220-VB codec currently is the best you can get on a motherboard.
In the middle of the board are three full-length PCIe slots with the top two primary GPU slots incorporating the Ultra Durable steel armor to help hold up bulky cards -- or just to look pretty. In Between these slots are two x1 slots. The primary slots support PCIe 4.0 in a x16 or x8/x8 setup. This configuration supports Nvidia Quad-SLI and 2-Way SLI as well as AMD Quad Crossfire and 2-way Crossfire. The bottom full-length slot is fed from the chipset, running at PCIe 4.0 x4.
The board slaps on three M.2 slots, all of which support both SATA and PCIe 4.0 x4 modules. The top two slots support up to 110mm sticks while the bottom supports up to 80mm. The top slots, M2A and M2B, do not share any lanes with oher devices. However, M2C (bottom slot) will disable SATA ports 4 and 5 when using a PCIe drive.
Continuing right, we can see the vented chipset heatsink and the Aorus falcon. The chipset fan has three different modes: silent, balanced, and performance, which Gigabyte says minimizes noise and extends the fan’s longevity. The company says the fan is of the ball bearing type and guarantees 60,000 working hours which is the highest we’ve seen. Outside of the initial spin up, the chipset fan is not audible over our GPU, AIO, and system fan.
Finally, the right edge of the board is where we’ll find the six SATA ports. Combined with the three M.2 slots, the six SATA ports gives users plenty of storage options and flexibility. RAID 0, 1, and 10 are supported on the SATA ports. Just note that as mentioned previously, if you are using a PCIe based module in the M2C slot, you will lose SATA Ports 4 and 5.
Across the bottom edge of the board are many headers and buttons responsible for various things. We spot USB headers, LED headers, audio, and more. Below is a list of all the headers, from left to right.
- Front Panel Audio
- 2x LED headers
- TPM header
- Two USB 2.0 headers
- Chassis fan/Pump header
- Two USB 3.0 headers
- Clear CMOS jumper
- Front panel header
Swinging all the way around to the rear IO, we see the integrated IO shield which continues the Aorus theme here, too. In total there are 10 USB ports (four USB 2.0, three USB 3.2 Gen 1 and three USB 3.2 Gen 2), for plenty of USB connectivity by count and speed. We also spy the Wi-Fi antenna connection, an HDMI 2.0 port for use when using a CPU with integrated graphics, the Intel Gigabit Ethernet port and the 5-plug plus SPDIF audio stack.
Overall, there are plenty of USB ports including multiple USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports (one Type-C), a video output, and anything else needed outside of legacy PS/2 port for those still hanging on to ancient peripherals.
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The introduction of the X570 chipset has heralded some of the most impressive and feature-rich desktop motherboards for an AMD platform in recent times. One prime example of this is the GIGABYTE X570 Aorus Xtreme which includes an Aquantia powered 10 G NIC, Intel's Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax wireless interface, and has support for up to three PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 drives. Looking to live up to the Xtreme naming, there's a 16-phase power delivery with dual BIOS for the more extreme enthusiast, whereas users looking to create a clean looking RGB laden system will appreciate the right-angled 24-pin motherboard power input. The X570 Aorus Xtreme is also the only current motherboard to include a passively cooled chipset heatsink, with GIGABYTE looking to make its flagship model unique and to stand out from the crowd.
Taking Things to The Xtreme
One thing manufacturers have been good at in recent times is providing users with plenty of options which are segmented into multiple price segments. We typically consider boards one of three segments: the low-end which includes budget-focused boards, the mid-range which caters to users looking for a good mixture of good quality and useful features but at a somewhat affordable price point, and the high-end, which focuses on providing users with premium features with sometimes overkill componentry and accessory bundles that the majority of users aren't going to make the most of. At the high-end, there's usually a total disregard on the monetary value.
Motherboard such as the GIGABYTE X570 Aorus Xtreme, which we are reviewing today, are a prime example of a flagship model cramming as much function to give users a truly premium experience. Regardless of user requirements and price points, models such as this one aren't created with budget users in mind and look to set the standard in progressing motherboards to the point that in future chipsets, premium features such as upgraded networking, delivery, and more connectivity become the norm.
The X570 Aorus Xtreme as it stands is GIGABYTE's current flagship X570 model and looks to set the standard in a very crowded premium motherboard market. Each flagship model on the X570 chipset model can be judged on its own merits, but the X570 Aorus Xtreme is the only model in the entire X570 product stack to make use of a passively cooled chipset heatsink. That is, in itself, a big plus point for most users who want a high-end board. Most motherboard fans in the past are small and high-pitched, and GIGABYTE is leading the charge here.
Other impressive features include a 16-phase power delivery, which is operating in a 14+2 configuration. There are two 8-pin 12 V ATX CPU power inputs designed to input as much power to the CPU as possible. On the PCIe front there are two full-length PCIe 4.0 slots which operate at x16 or x8/x8, with the bottom-mounted third full-length slot locked down to PCIe 4.0 x4 from the chipset. Storage capabilities include three PCIe 4.0 x4 capable M.2 slots, while users of more wallet-friendly SATA drives can make use of six SATA ports with support for RAID 0, 1 and 10 arrays. It should be noted that using an M.2 drive in the bottom M.2 slot will disable two of the SATA ports.
Memory support is also impressive with support for up to DDR4-4400 and is capable of housing up to 128 GB across four RAM slots. Users can also use unbuffered ECC memory. For networking we have an Aquantia AQC107 10 GbE network controller alongside an Intel 1GbE controller, and an Intel AX200 802.11ax wireless interface that offers both Wi-Fi 6 and BT 5 connectivity. A Realtek ALC1220-VB HD audio codec and an assisting ESS Sabre 9218 DAC are designed to provide a good quality onboard audio solution.
Focusing on the aesthetics, GIGABYTE is using black armor to cover the bottom half of the motherboard to provide a subtle, but unformed look. This subtle look stretches to the rear panel cover, as well as extending from the chipset heatsink cover up to the top right-hand side of the board which incorporates power and reset switches into its design. This is an interesting design trait, aside from oodles of RGB LEDs across the clean-cut all-black motherboard. The right-angled 24-pin motherboard power input is also hidden, which is designed to provide a cleaner aesthetic and help with cable management issues.
In our system tests, we did experience an anomaly in our long idle power testing with the highest power draw of any AM4 board tested with our Ryzen 7 3700X. When it comes to our OS idle testing and with a Prime95 blend test, the results are more in line with what's expected and despite the copious amounts of premium controllers and RGB LEDs, the power draw at full load is very favorable. Our non-UEFI POST time test was competitive and in our short form CPU suite, its performance is very likeable to the GIGABYTE X470 Gaming 7 in our Handbrake and 7-Zip testing but remains highly competitive against over X570 models tested so far too. Performance in our game testing shows that things look competitive from GIGABYTE.
One of the primary aspects users will associate with an Xtreme branded motherboard is overclocking, and the GIGABYTE X570 Aorus Xtreme is one of the best suited AM4 boards tested so far. Not only does our thermal testing show the cooling solution equipped on the power delivery of the X570 Aorus Xtreme to be effective, but we saw no concerning temperature issues on the passively cooled X570 chipset heatsink. In our overclocking performance testing, we experienced very little VDroop on the CPU VCore with a slight 0.002 V drop at 3.6 GHz and 3.7 GHz, and a slight overcompensation of 0.01 V from 3.8 to 4.2 GHz. Even at our highest achievable clocks of 4.3 GHz on our Ryzen 7 3700X testbed CPU, and even then with default settings other than changing the CPU frequency and CPU VCore voltage yielded an extra 0.01 extra on top of our 1.375 CPU VCore value we set within the BIOS. Another interesting thing of note was when we activated Precision Boost Overdrive in the BIOS, we saw the improvement in our Pov Ray testing - making the Xtreme the first X570 motherboard we've tested so far to make a noticeable and positive difference with PBO enabled.
Looking at the market, each of the major vendors has a flagship model in a similar price bracket. The odd one out is the ASRock X570 Aqua, which is a limited edition model with a combined chipset and CPU heatsink. For the rest, the main competition to the GIGABYTE X570 Aorus Xtreme ($700) is the MSI MEG X570 Godlike ($700) which we have already reviewed, and the ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula ($700). Each has its own merits to be judged on, and in the case of the X570 Aorus Xtreme, GIGABYTE has put real effort into standing out from the crowd with a passively cooled chipset heatsink which overall might seem insignificant, but it makes a bold statement that it has the capabilities to tame the hot X570 chipset without the need of a cooling fan. Other important inclusions are the upgraded networking capabilities with a 10 G NIC and Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax wireless interface pairing leading the charge, and the efficiently cooled and powerful 14+2 phase power delivery which is impressive.
Read on for our extended analysis.
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GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X Review
Recently, we’ve seen more GIGABYTE X570 motherboards in the market, but in a price range that’s more subtle to our pockets. Currently, at the base of the company’s game-focused line, is the X570 Gaming X board. But how will it fair in our GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X Review?
Compared to their other boards, the GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X comes with a slightly lesser 10+2 power delivery but with a more economical audio codec, which is the Realtek ALC 887. It also sports a single Realtek RTL-8111H Gigabit NIC, and two additional slots or its PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2.
Its design and style feature a couple of enhancements such as a distinct and hip black & grey theme, triangle-shaped accents along the PCB and its heatsinks, plus more.
As expected, the company took a different approach to decrease the price of this board. And since the X570 Gaming X retails close to the MSI board, it’s time for us to see if this product is as good as what the company claims, so continue reading our GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X review to learn more about it.
Inside the Box
Notice that the packaging of the GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X was designed to be eye-catching, though it’s also tough enough to protect the board inside. The front portion gives you the words GIGABYTE written on the upper-left corner of the box while the unit’s name is at the center. Below the board’s name is a list of the Gaming X’s essential features, while the box’s sides give you the same information about the motherboard. The back of the box gives you more details about the board’s features, plus more details about the GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X.
Looking inside, you’ll immediately see the GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X encased in plastic. Under the board are SATA cables, an M.2 standoff, the warranty commitment card, user manual, and a driver disk.
The GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X Review
The GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X has a smaller build than the MSI, and while they both have the same chipset fans, blades of the Gaming X are less prone to accidents and damages. The fans also stay quiet despite heavy loads, which is good.
The lower-half portion of the board holds a pair of full-length PCIe 4.0 slots that run at x16 and x16/x4 with a heatsink. The uppermost slot takes the CPU lanes then the full-length bottom slot is locked at x4 from the X570 chipset. Additionally, there are three PCIe 4.0 x1 slots for you to use up to two-way AMD Crossfire multi-graphics card configurations.
There’s a maximum of six SATA ports that can support RAID 1, 0, and 10 arrays. Also, the board uses 10+2 power delivery driven by the ISL-69147 PWM controller running at 5+2. It uses an 8-pin 12V ATX CPU power input to power up the processor.
Its power circuit has a maximum of 12 phases with 10 phases for its CPU. And even if the heatsinks come in moderate sizes, they’re a bit stocky and aren’t linked via a heat pipe.
RGB LED Headers & Rear Panel
The GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X doesn’t come with standard RGBs, but for necessary illuminations in the future, there are RGB LED headers on the PCB that aids the addressable 4-pin 12V and 3-pin LED strips.
Its rear panel is a regular assortment of inputs and outputs without USB 3.1 G2 connections. For USB support, what’s present are four USB 3.1 G1 Type-A ports, and two USB 2.0 ports. The rear panel also has an HDMI video output for compatible Ryzen APUs; other than that, there are three 3.5-millimeter audio jacks driven by the Realtek ALC 887 HD audio codec, plus a Realtek RTL-8111H Ethernet port.
The GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X comes with a well-made design that isn’t too challenging. It even has a better arrangement compared to the MSI boards known to have fan headers in awkward positions. Though the motherboard only has four fan headers and none on the board’s lower-half area and the 24-pin connector’s side.
GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X Specifications
The GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X has the ATX form-factor and utilizes the AMD X570 chipset. It readily backs the AMD socket AM4 and has dual-channel memory support with a total of 4 slots and 128GB. Additionally, it is built-in with an 8-channel Realtek ALC-887 for its sounds.
The Realtek Gigabit Ethernet supports networking, as well as two M.2 PCIe 4.0 x4 64Gbps / 6Gbps SATA ports that reach 22,110. Plus, it comes with 8x USB 3.0, 6x USB 2.0, plus 1x LAN audio out | line-in mic. The board measures 305 x 225 millimeters.
Next up on our GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X review is the motherboard’s set of features.
Supports AMD Ryzen 3rd-Gen Processors
Based on the AMD X570 chipset, the GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X fully supports AMD Ryzen processors under the 3000 series. The all-new design of the motherboard is proof of the company’s dedication to producing high-quality components for your system.
The GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X is a motherboard that is rich with impressive features such as PCIe 4.0 support, high-speed Ethernet, and refined audio. These attributes are present to meet every user’s needs and requisites in terms of sound, performance, and data transfer.
The new thermal design and cutting-edge power allow you to maximize the performance of AMD Ryzen 3rd Gen processors. Because of that, the X570 Gaming X motherboard is perfect if you’re planning to build your ideal AMD-based gaming system.
AMD StoreMI Technology
With AMD StoreMI Technology, you can enjoy faster, smoother, PC performance with ease. This feature optimizes your system’s responsiveness from system boot to the launching of apps. Aside from that, it also offers SSD performance and HDD capacity. It automatically learns your computing behavior to access vital files quickly. The best thing is that you get all of these benefits at an affordable price.
10 + 2 Phases Digital VRM Design and Lower RDS (on) MOSFETs
The X570 Gaming X motherboard utilizes a 10 + 2 phase PWM that comes with lower RDS (on) MOSFETs layout to support the newest CPUs under AMD Ryzen’s 3000 series. With this design, the motherboard precisely delivers power to its most energy-sensitive and power-hungry components. Aside from that, it provides enhanced system performance and optimum hardware scalability.
Smart Chipset Fan Heatsink
Smart Fan provides a variety of three operating modes – Balanced, Silent, and Performance – to reduce noise and extend the fan’s lifespan. Select the appropriate mode in any situation. The X570 Gaming X motherboard also uses a top-notch ball-bearing fan, which guarantees a total of 60,000 operating hours.
Full PCIe 4.0 Layout
The GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X motherboard features a Full PCIe 4.0 layout, which includes PCIe 4.0 slots and M.2 connectors. With this design, the motherboard offers optimized performance and versatility that power users and extreme gamers demand.
Connectivity for the Next Generation
High-end products need to be future-proof. With the GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X motherboard, you’ll stay updated with the latest technologies since it provides all of the network and storage for the next generation.
Smart Fan 5
Smart Fan 5 allows gaming systems to stay cool while continuously delivering optimum performance. It lets users interchange their fan headers to reflect thermal sensors at various areas on the motherboard. Aside from that, Smart Fan 5 is why there are Voltage mode fans for motherboards to be more liquid-cooling-friendly. Because of this technology, more hybrid fan headers today support PWM fans.
High Fidelity Audio
The X570 Gaming X comes with high-end audio capacitors to deliver premium-quality audio for realistic sound effects in games. The motherboard also has an audio noise guard that filters out its sensitive analog audio component from possible noise pollution at the PCB level.
With Q-Flash Plus, you can update your BIOS with ease, and you won’t have to install your CPU, graphics card, and memory. Entering the BIOS menu is also unnecessary to flash the BIOS. Q-Flash plus makes BIOS updating done in a few steps. Download and save a new BIOS file, then rename this to gigabyte.bin on the USB flash drive. Next, press the dedicated Q-Flash plus button, and you’re all done.
Solid Pin Power Connectors
The X570 Gaming X motherboard has a solid plated ATX 24-pin and ATX 12V 8-pin power connectors to deliver stability in the power supply while overloading your CPU. Its advantages include additional metal quantity for higher power & generated heat and a larger contact area. With that, your motherboard becomes more durable, and its longevity increases.
XSplit Gamecaster + Broadcaster: Cast Games Everywhere, Anytime
Now, you can set your stage and share all the best gaming moments via the XSplit Gamecaster + Broadcaster. It’s a fully-optimized social media integration that’s up for real-time chats. This feature will keep you notified at all times without breaking your focus in the game. All you need is one click to stream the gameplay to Twitch, so you’ll be hosting your game a real pro.
The GIGABYTE APP Center
This part of our GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X review talks about the GIGABYTE APP Center. It’s a software that gives access to a ton of applications for enhancing your GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X board. It uses an undivided and clear-cut UI, allowing you to start all GIGABYTE apps on your system quickly. It also allows you to see related online updates, as well as download the latest drives, BIOS, and applications.
EasyTune is a straightforward interface that lets everyone fine-tune the system settings with ease. You can adjust the system/memory clocks here, as well as the Windows environment voltages. With its Smart Quick Boost, only a click is needed to overclock the system, giving you a performance boost when necessary.
A collection of overclocking settings are available here, but there aren’t a ton of choices available compared to higher-end motherboards. At least, the options can limit the times you’ll need to reboot to enter the EFI while nailing the overclocking settings.
Via the Fast Boot interface, you can alter then enable the Fast Boot system Next Boot After AC Power Loss settings via the Windows environment.
System Information Viewer
The System Information Viewer is a central location that gives access to your current system status. It monitors elements like clocks and processors, set notifications when temperatures rise, sets the fan based on your preferred speed profile, or record the system’s behavior.
The company has some of the best software cooling controls, and while the System Information Viewer didn’t get lots of enhancements, it still gives you full control over the computer’s system cooling.
Also, you get an inclusive alarm spot that reports and alerts you pump or fan failures, or when temperatures breach certain thresholds. You’re even allowed to graph data resources for a better view of your computer’s status.
Other than these apps, additional programs are available on the GIGABYTE APP Center. For your cloud and networking, you have the Cloud Station, CFOS Speed Internet, and LAN Optimizer. For backup and security, applications available include Smart Recovery 2, USB Blocker, and Smart TimeLock.
The RGB Fusion 2.0
The RGB Fusion 2.0 is another GIGABYTE software that lets you control onboard RGB, and external RGB LED strips for the PC. With an outer addressable LED strip, you can opt for more patterns, styles, and illuminations too.
With an integrated UI, the RGB Fusion 2.0 gives you an enhanced and improved solution for customizing light effects across supported devices like motherboards, graphics cards, and various peripherals. After customizing your gaming rig, show it off by sharing profiles. Also, the new gaming mode gives you more associative lighting effects for a select number of games for the most immersive gaming experience.
Its updated version comes with a selection of lighting modes like static mode, double flash, game mode, single flash, random flash, music mode, and color cycle. Plus, the RGB Fusion 2.0 lets you enjoy advanced control modes for independently configuring RGB effects for each product.
GIGABYTE’s boards support 5V addressable LED strips, plus up to 300 LED lights. The software comes with new patterns and different speed settings with more to come. And with full RGB support, as well as improved RGB Fusion 2.0 apps, you have all the control over LED lights surrounding the GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X.
GIGABYTE RGB Fusion App
With GIGABYTE’s RGB Fusion App, you can personalize your computer to make it stand out and shine; and with the mobile version of the application, users can manage their lighting via smartphones.
Everyone can watch and set lighting via their gaming rig for easier access when adjusting and shifting colors, as well as the speed of varying modes. The RGB Fusion App mobile version is downloadable via the Apple Store or Google Play Store.
This portion of our GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X review gives you insights on how the motherboard performed. The first thing that we tested was its overclocking efficiency, then its thermal performance and power consumption.
For the overclocking tests we made with the GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X, the VRMs were within the limit, and we also saw that its core boost was often south of 4GHz at stock speed. So if you’re looking for multi-threaded performance, then quick manual overclocking will be worth it.
We achieved notable results, and temperatures hit around 80 after our 5-minute load test. With that, you’re probably going to require less, given that you have more time and a bit of fine-tuning.
Thermal Performance and Power Consumption
We received about 60°C on top, and close to 65°C on the underside. When we completed the 10-minute load test, we received less than 65°C via the GIGABYTE System Information Viewer as the peak temperature. It was a bit heated than what we were hoping for, but it sure was better than the other results we received.
Studio performance was excellent, and despite having warmer results for the M.2 SSD, it didn’t affect the speed during the tests, and the numbers we got were on par.
Its all-core boost was notable, just like the 252W load-stock, speed-power draw. Though overclocking power consumption wasn’t high, it was still efficiently good anyway.
All in all, the GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X is the best option for people who need an effective yet economical series board. The installation process was quick, straightforward, and everything worked how it should. This motherboard is undeniably the best choice, so we’re giving it two thumbs up for an excellent performance.
GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X Review Conclusion
After reading through our GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X review, you’ve learned that the X570 Gaming X comes with aesthetics, an efficient cooling system, and a lot of unique features. Most importantly, it’s an exceptional gaming motherboard that delivers the best performance that money could buy. The most notable thing about this motherboard is its cooling performance and quietness even while operating on a heavy load. Aside from that, it truly delivers premium-quality sound while gaming, which is excellent for a more realistic experience. X570 Gaming X offers all of these at an affordable price.
The GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X is an excellent choice if you’re looking for an affordable yet high-performance motherboard. It’s one of the budget-friendly motherboards that will meet all your needs while being ready for updates for technologies in the future. It’s the best option for entry-level users who are planning to create a build that matches the performance of high-end gaming systems.
The X570 Gaming X motherboard is available in various shops. Check out the store locator on GIGABYTE’s official website to see GIGABYTE’s trusted resellers and retailers in your country.
AMD X570 AORUS Motherboard with 12+2 Phase IR Digital VRM, Fins-Array Heatsink & Direct Touch Heatpipe, Triple PCIe 4.0 M.2 with Thermal Guards, Intel® WiFi 6 802.11ax, Intel® GbE LAN with cFosSpeed, USB Type-C, RGB Fusion 2.0
- Supports AMD Ryzen™ 5000 Series/ Ryzen™ 5000 G-Series/ Ryzen™ 4000 G-Series/ 3rd Gen Ryzen™/ 2nd Gen Ryzen™/ 2nd Gen Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics/ Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics Processors
- Dual Channel ECC/ Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
- 12+2 Phases IR Digital VRM Solution with Power Stage
- Advanced Thermal Design with Fins-Array Heatsink and Direct Touch Heatpipe
- Triple Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe 4.0/3.0 M.2 with Triple Thermal Guards
- Intel® WiFi 6 802.11ax 2T2R & BT 5
- ALC1220-VB Enhance 114dB(Rear)/ 110dB(Front) SNR in Microphone with WIMA Audio Capacitors
- Intel® Gigabit LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Networking
- RGB FUSION 2.0 with Multi-Zone Addressable LED Light Show Design, Supports Addressable LED & RGB LED Strips
- Smart Fan 5 features Multiple Temperature Sensors, Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
- Front & Rear USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C™ Header & HDMI 2.0 support
- Adopts a high quality ball bearing fan which guarantees 60,000 working hours.
- Integrated I/O Shield Armor
- Q-Flash Plus update BIOS Without Installing CPU, Memory and Graphics card
Review gigabyte x570
Today, we are looking at GIGABYTE’s X570 Gaming X motherboard. This is quite literally, the second-lowest priced GIGABYTE X570 motherboard we could find. There is one that’s about $10 lower which lacks RGB LED lighting, but I like shiny, blinky lights so here we are.
Here at TheFPSReview, we’ve covered some of the most expensive motherboards for the AM4 platform and several that fall in the middle of the spectrum. We have covered some less expensive motherboards, but never the bottom pricing of the X570 lineup. Today we are going to start looking at some lower-priced X570 motherboards to see how well they stack up. That’s not to say there aren’t lower-priced motherboards out there, but AMD’s positioning of the X570 chipset means that X570 motherboards have a certain pricing floor that’s higher than the ceiling on some other boards based on different chipsets.
Lower Priced Boards
Common wisdom would often suggest that the lower-priced boards sell in the largest quantities. While there is some truth to that, I’ve often been told by motherboard manufacturers directly that the biggest segment isn’t the bottom of the barrel, but rather in the middle of the range. By the premium nature of the chipset, the X570 offerings can certainly dip into the lower end of the motherboard price bracket, but it never goes all in. The PCIe 4.0 feature alone demands certain criteria for certification which raise the price slightly.
In a way, it’s fair to say that X570 motherboards by their very nature are always somewhat in the middle of the range for motherboard pricing for socket AM4 motherboards. It is a big bracket as it ranges from around $130 to over $600. But, try to go as cheap as possible and you’ll find X470 motherboards with similar or more features for less money than their X570 counterparts. You can cut the price back even further if you opt for a B450 motherboard as plenty of them are still out there.
At the time of this writing, the GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X can be had for around $159.99. There are some options from other brands that are slightly cheaper, but this is about as low in pricing the X570 gets from GIGABYTE.
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2.0 out of 5 starsREADME FIRST: Not a good board- problematic memory support, poor quality control.
Reviewed in the United States on December 8, 2019
BIOS update v.F12e applied... still broken support for Crucial 4x16GB DDR4. BSODs @ 3200. This board probably has some underlying design issues that's behind the unicorn-level of supported 4x16GB memory configuration.
BIOS update v.F11 seems to have fixed the buggy USB keyboard handling issue.
XMP (3200) support for my Crucial 4x16GB DDR4's is still broken.
First, quality control: my mobo arrived, I migrated my older AM4 AB350's parts (including a 3800x) & drives over to the new board in about an hour, it booted, ran Win10 1903 for about an hour... spontaneously rebooted, came back up, ran for about 3 more minutes... and then died for good! Amazon replaced the board. The rest of the review was based on the replacement:
Next disappointment: My Crucial Ballistix 16gb x 4 @ 3200 worked just fine on my 3 year old Gigabyte AB350 AM4 board at 3200, but not supported above 2400 on the AORUS X570 (same CPU, and everything else). The QPL seems to be heavily tilted toward 8GB modules, and of the 35 tested in the CPL above 3200 only 3 qualified for 4-DIMM compatibility (vs 2-dimm). I tried several things including upgrading the BIOS to F10 and the new AGESA 18.104.22.168
VRM/CPU/headers: All laid out nicely, and spacious placement of key system support components. There is plenty of room for everything, and lots of places to plug in fans and such. I love the active chipset fan and wish more folks had it (especially for people like me who water-cool and don't have a traditional CPU fan blowing air around).
RGB: Another disaster. If you've seen the older AB350 or the SN1PER in action, you know what onboard LED's are supposed to look like. This board has a few tiny LEDs that barely produce any light. Heck... the status lights on my Adaptec RAID controller drown out the AORUS' onboard LEDs. Also, the addressable RGB header doesn't seem to work for me. Not sure if this is defective also, or what. Either way, I have a Corsair Link is managing my own lighting solution so this isn't a deal breaker and I've retired the AORUS RGB support in favor of my own.
NVME: Layout of NVME slots are nice, and the system has great looking heatsinks for the NVME drives. The bad: my heatsinks don't make good contact with my Samsung EVO 960 Pro. While the heatsink is equipped with a thermal pad, there are contact gaps with the heatsink fully seated. I ended up removing their heatsink and using my own active NVME heatsink until I figure out a better solution (maybe shimming the EVO 960 to bring it up a bit... don't know yet).
If you have an expensive NVME drive, I suggest doing a mock install and place a small strip of paper between the heatsink pad and the SSD. If you can easily pull the paper out, then the thermal pad is probably not making much contact with your SSD.
Overclocking: I didn't go too crazy, but I pushed my 3800X about 200Mhz and everything seemed rock stable. your mileage may vary. I have a pretty decent custom water cooling solution keeping the thermals in line. All in all, I'm satisfied with this board's ability to give the Ryzen a bit of a push.
USB Ports: This board exhibits another oddity I haven't seen in a while: glitchy USB keyboard support on POST. The board doesn't pick up my USB keyboards connected via hub , so it won't recognize any keystrokes on POST (with either full-boot, fast or ultra). Things work as expected if I plug the keyboard directly into the motherboard (not into a hub that's connected to the mobo). I used to see this problem quite a bit when motherboards were transitioning from PS/2 to USB keyboards and thought I had seen the last of it... but Gigabyte has regressed on this. My previous board (AB350) didn't have any issues.
-AMD's ryzen master doesn't work with virtualization enabled. I don't think this is isolated to this board, so its not gigabyte's fault. All those Ryzen cores to run VMs... and no overclocking ability. Gigabyte's own utility does provide some rudimentary overclocking though which fills a bit of this gap.
-You'll need an 8-pin 12V CPU power line,AND a 4-pin 12V CPU power line. Make sure your PSU supports this. If not, some of the other x570's from Gigabyte only need the 8-pin.
Summary: This board was a let-down coming from a older/lower end AB350 Gaming. Specifically: it didn't support my Crucial 16GB-3200's, I had an early board failure (1 hour use) , the NVME heatsink not functioning as intended, addressable RGB header not working, lack-luster RGB design, and USB-keyboard-behind-a-hub not being recognized as it should..
If anything changes with the above, I will post an update.
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