AMD Zen 2 is set to be released in less than a week, July 7 to be exact, and along with this release of the new generation of AMD processors is the new X570 chipset. This new release of processors is set to raise the stakes against Intel, and sure to turn many Intel PC builders heads to consider moving to AMD in 2019 – offering value and impressive benchmarks relative to Intel’s Coffee Lake generation of processors.
All major manufacturers have announced their lineups of X570 motherboards, spanning from small form factor ITX X570 motherboards, to mammoth extended-ATX motherboards – there are X570 motherboards for every type of build, however not currently including the micro-ATX form factor.
In this guide, we will overview the newly released X570 motherboard lineup, and begin to speculate which X570 motherboards will be best to build with in 2019, and for what type of build – whether it be a X570 ITX build or regular ATX mid-tower X570 build.
We will split this article into sections depending on what type of build, budget or preference.
Right now, since we can’t get our hands on the X570 motherboards until July 7, we will try to devise which are the best X570 motherboards based on specifications such as VRM design, and feature sets of these X570 chipset motherboards from all the major manufacturers. As soon as we get more information in the form of benchmarks and user reviews, we will update this guide to show you the absolute best X570 motherboards for every type of build.
Which chipsets are compatible with Zen 2?
|AMD Ryzen (Gen 1)||AMD Ryzen Zen (2nd Gen)||AMD Ryzen Zen 2 (3rd Gen)|
|X370||Yes||Yes||BIOS update required|
|B350||Yes||Yes||BIOS update required|
The X570 chipset is the successor to the X470 chipset motherboards, and just like this chipset was designed for AMD Zen 1 (e.g. R7 2700X, R5 2600X), AMD Zen 2 processors such as the Ryzen 7 3700X, Ryzen 5 3600X and Ryzen 9 3900X are designed to be built with X570 motherboards.
If you’re looking to upgrade your AMD system to Zen 2, good news, you won’t have to upgrade your motherboard since X470 and B450 motherboards are compatible with the newest generation of AMD processors out of the box. X370 and B350 motherboards will be compatible with Zen 2 processors such as the Ryzen 7 3700X, but will require a selective beta BIOS update for them to support these new processors.
Note, for whatever reason if you were to build a 1st generation Ryzen system, the X570 chipset is not compatible with Ryzen 1st Gen such as the Ryzen 7 1700X.
X470 vs X570 for Ryzen Zen 2
If you’re looking to upgrade your Ryzen build with a Zen 2 processor from an X470 system – is it worth upgrading the motherboard to the latest X570 chipset or use the existing X470 motherboard?
Right now, it is hard to say exactly which one is best to go for until we see actual benchmarks and user tests – but right now the reasons we see for upgrading (and the main differences between X470 and X570 chipset) include:
- X570 chipset has support for PCIe 4.0 across all lanes – with a 2x increase in speed compared to PCIe 3.0
- X570 directly supports USB 3.1 Gen2 from the new Zen 2 processors
Reasons to pick an X470 motherboard over a X570 chipset motherboard:
- Cheaper, more readily available at July 7 launch of Zen 2
- Benchmarks and reviews already available for X470 and B450 motherboards, so we know which ones perform well for every type of build
- Picking a X470 motherboard with decent VRM will be just as good as a X570 motherboard – if you’re not planning to utilise the PCIe 4.0 express lanes.
All Currently Announced X570 Motherboards
In this section we will list all X570 motherboards announced from the major manufacturers, including the likes of ASUS, Gigabyte, ASRock and MSI.
|Manufacturer||X570 Motherboard||Form Factor||VRM Phase Design|
|ASRock||ASRock X570 Aqua||ATX||6 + 6|
|ASRock X570 Creator||ATX||6 + 6|
|ASRock X570 Extreme4||ATX||4|
|ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming 4||ATX||4|
|ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming X||ATX||6 + 6|
|ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming-ITX TB3||ITX||4 + 4|
|ASRock X570 Pro4||ATX||4|
|ASRock X570 Steel Legend||ATX||4|
|ASRock X570 Taichi||ATX||6 + 6|
|ASRock X570 Taichi Ultimate||ATX|
|ASRock X570M Pro4||uATX|
|ASUS||ASUS Prime X570-P||ATX||4|
|ASUS Prime X570-Pro||ATX|
|ASUS Pro WS X570-Ace||ATX||6|
|ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula||ATX||7|
|ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero Wi-Fi||ATX||7|
|ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Impact||DTX||4|
|ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming||ATX||6|
|ASUS ROG Strix X570-F Gaming||ATX||6|
|ASUS ROG Strix X570-I Gaming||ITX||4|
|ASUS TUF Gaming X570-Plus Wi-Fi||ATX||4|
|Biostar X570GT8||ATX||8 + 4|
|Gigabyte||Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite||ATX||6 + 6|
|Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master||ATX||12|
|Gigabyte X570 Aorus Pro Wi-Fi||ATX||6 + 6|
|Gigabyte X570 Aorus Ultra||ATX||6 + 6|
|Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme||eATX||14|
|Gigabyte X570 Gaming X||ATX||5 + 5|
|Gigabyte X570I Aorus Pro WiFi||ITX||6|
|MSI||MSI MEG X570 Ace||ATX||6 + 6|
|MSI MEG X570 Godlike||eATX||7 + 7|
|MSI MPG X570 Gaming Edge WiFi||ATX||4 + 4|
|MSI MPG X570 Gaming Plus||ATX||4 + 4|
|MSI MPG X570 Gaming Pro Carbon WiFi||ATX||5 + 5|
|MSI Prestige X570 Creation||eATX||7 + 1|
X570 Motherboard VRM Table
Now that we have a list of all the X570 motherboards, we can look into the VRM design of each motherboard, including the phase design, Low-side and high-side MOSFET design – as well as the cooling setup (passive/active) to see which X570 motherboards are on-paper set to be decent for overclocking Ryzen Zen 2. Note: we are updating this table as we go when more VRM information becomes available for the X570 chipset motherboards.
|X570 Motherboard||VRM Phase Design||Doubler||Power Stage(s) (High Side, Low Side)|
|ASRock X570 Aqua||6 + 6||ISL6617A||1x SiC634 50A Power Stage|
|ASRock X570 Creator||6 + 6||ISL6617A||1x SiC634 50A Power Stage|
|ASRock X570 Extreme4||4|
|ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming 4||4|
|ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming X||6 + 6||ISL6617A||1x SiC634 50A Power Stage|
|ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB3||4 + 4||ISL6617A|
|ASRock X570 Pro4||4|
|ASRock X570 Steel Legend||4|
|ASRock X570 Taichi||6 + 6||ISL6617A||1x SiC634 50A Power Stage|
|ASRock X570 Taichi Ultimate|
|ASRock X570M Pro4|
|ASUS Prime X570-P||4|
|ASUS Prime X570-Pro|
|ASUS Pro WS X570-Ace||6||2x IR3555 60A Power Stage|
|ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula||7||2x IR3555 60A Power Stage|
|ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero Wi-Fi||7||2x IR3555 60A Power Stage|
|ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Impact||4||2x TDA21472 70A Power Stage|
|ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming||6|
|ASUS ROG Strix X570-F Gaming||6|
|ASUS ROG Strix X570-I Gaming||4||2x TDA21472 70A Power Stage|
|ASUS TUF Gaming X570-Plus Wi-Fi||4||3x SiC639 50A Power Stage|
|Biostar Racing X570GT8||8 + 4|
|Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite||6 + 6||ISL6617A||1x SiC634 50A Power Stage|
|Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master||12||1x IR3556 50A Power Stage|
|Gigabyte X570 Aorus Pro Wi-Fi||6 + 6||IR3599||1x IR3553 40A Power Stage|
|Gigabyte X570 Aorus Ultra||6 + 6||IR3599||1x IR3553 40A Power Stage|
|Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme||14||1x TDA21472 70A Power Stage|
|Gigabyte X570 Gaming X||5 + 5||ISL6617A||1x 4C10N, 2x 4C06N|
|Gigabyte X570I Aorus Pro WiFi||6||1x TDA21472 70A Power Stage|
|MSI MEG X570 Ace||6 + 6||IR3599||1x IR3555 60A Power Stage|
|MSI MEG X570 Godlike||7 + 7||IR3599||1x TDA21472 70A Power Stage|
|MSI MPG X570 Gaming Edge WiFi||4 + 4||IR3598||1x 4C029N, 1x 4C026N|
|MSI MPG X570 Gaming Plus||4 + 4||IR3598||1x 4C029N, 1x 4C026N|
|MSI MPG X570 Gaming Pro Carbon WiFi||5 + 5||IR3598||1x QA3111N6N Dual N-FET|
|MSI Prestige X570 Creation|
A Comparison of the Flagship X570 Motherboards
Each manufacturer has announced their flagship X570 motherboard, designed to be their best performing and a showcase of what their X570 motherboards are capable of – each with beautiful designs, impressive feature packs and VRM design. Each of these motherboards is designed for the enthusiast X570 builder, and these boards are certainly not going to be cheap!
Currently, the flagship X570 motherboards for enthusiast/high-end Zen 2 builds include:
- ASUS X570 Crosshair VIII Formula
- ASRock X570 Aqua
- Gigabyte X570 AORUS XTREME
- MSI X570 Prestige Creation
To begin to compare these X570 enthusiast motherboards, let’s take a look at their specs, price and VRM to determine which X570 motherboard offers the best value for the price.
|Flagship X570 Motherboard||ASRock X570 Aqua||ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula||Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme||MSI MEG X570 Godlike|
|Phase Design||6 + 6||7||14||7 + 7|
|MOSFETs||1x SiC634 50A||2x IR3555 60A||1x TDA21472 70A||1x TDA21472 70A|
|Memory Support||4666 MHz||4000 MHz||4400 MHz||2666 MHz|
|Lan||10 GbE||5 GbE||10 GbE||2.5 GbE|
|Power Connectors||-||24, 8, 4 pin||24, 8, 8 pin||24, 8, 8 pin|
|Pros||Fully watercooled, 4666 MHz memory support||Great Design, Only ATX Flagship||True 14 phase, no chipset fan||Dual Killer NICs, OLED Display|
|Cons||Price||Poor Audio, No TB3, Only 5 GbE||No TB3||Low max memory speed, 2.5 GbE LAN|
Looking at the table, we really like the look of the ASRock X570 Aqua, although being the most expensive X570 motherboard at $1000, this certainly impresses us for high end builds with up to 4666 MHz memory support, WiFi 6, 10 GbE, Liquid cooling and even dual Thunderbolt 3 ports – a first on a AMD chipset motherboard!
A Comparison of Mini ITX X570 Motherboards
|Mini ITX X570 Motherboard||Gigabyte X570-I AORUS PRO WIFI||ASUS ROG STRIX X570-I Gaming||ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming ITX TB3|
|VRM Design||6||4||4 + 4|
|MOSFETs||1x TDA21472 70A||2x TDA21472 70A||1x SiC634 50A|
|USB 3.1 Gen1/2||February 6, 2019||April 6, 2019||2.4|
|Usb Type C||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Right now, there are currently only three mini-ITX X570 motherboards announced for Ryzen 3000 processors, coming from Gigabyte, ASUS and ASRock. Looking at the comparison table above, the X570 ITX motherboard that really excites us is the ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming ITX TB3 (a mouthful!) – with a decent 4+4 phase design, Thunderbolt 3 and thankfully lacking an active cooling fan as seen on the other X570 ITX boards.
Best X570 Motherboards – Our top picks
In the next section of this guide, we will give awards to what we believe (right now) to be the best X570 motherboards for Ryzen Zen 2 processors such as the 3600X 3700X, 3800X and 3900x – depending on the type of build and budget.
|Best X570 Motherboard for Overclocking||Gigabyte X570 AORUS XTREME||Amazon.com|
|Best ATX X570 Motherboard||ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula||Amazon.com|
|Best Mini ITX X570 Motherboard||ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming ITX TB3||Amazon.com|
|Best Micro ATX X570 Motherboard||ASRock X570M Pro4||Amazon.com|
Best Price/Performance X570 Motherboard
In general, most X570 chipset motherboards have been designed to be pretty bulletproof and overkill for most PC builders – and with quite a hefty pricetag to go with it. For those who want to build with the X570 chipset for Ryzen Zen 2, and want to get the best performance for the price X570 motherboard, then the Gigabyte X570 AORUS Elite is the board to go for. This board has been regarded as THE best overall X570 motherboard, with a decent feature set for the price, solid VRM, and easy to use BIOS.
Best X570 Motherboard for Overclocking
Looking at all currently announced X570 motherboards, the most impressive VRM we have seen, and will likely reciprocate into pure overclocking performance, is Gigabyte’s flagship X570 AORUS XTREME, with a true 14-phase VRM with TDA21472 70A power stages – the VRM on this motherboard is designed for some serious overclocking. As well as the impressive VRM, this X570 motherboard also features 10 GbE LAN, WIFI 6, 4400 MHz memory support, as well as plenty of USB 3.1 Gen 2 connectivity. Our only gripe with this motherboard is the lack of Thunderbolt 3 as seen in the ASRock Aqua, as well as 6 SATA slots for a flagship X570 motherboard – ideally we would be hoping for eight on such a high-end board.
Best ATX X570 Motherboard
All X570 flagship motherboards utilise the extended-ATX form factor, but for those looking to build a mid tower or small ATX Zen 2 build – the only flagship motherboard in the ATX form factor is the ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula.
This ATX motherboard supporting the X570 chipset has been rumoured to cost around $700, and features a true 7 phase design, with dual IR3555 60A power stages, 4000 MHz memory support, WIFI 6 and plenty of USB Type C connectivity. Our gripe with this motherboard is that the Audio should be better for $700, and the lack of TB3.
Once we get our hands on some benchmarks and testing of ATX X570 motherboards, this award could likely change hands – as we also look the like of the ASRock X570 Taichi.
Best Budget X570 Motherboard
TBC (Waiting for benchmarks)
Best Mini ITX X570 Motherboard
Following on from our comparison of Mini ITX X570 motherboards, the one motherboard that really caught our eye is the ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming ITX TB3 – with a fantastic feature-set for the ITX form factor. This ITX motherboard features Thunderbolt 3, WiFi, USB Type C, 4+4 VRM design with 50A power stages and 4 SATA ports – although only has a single M.2 slot.
Best Micro ATX X570 Motherboard
There is currently (unofficially) one micro ATX X570 motherboard going to be released on July 7 with AMD Zen 2 – and that is the ASRock X570M Pro4. Although we haven’t got official specs, what we know (and like) about this mATX X570 motherboard is the 5 PWM fan headers, 8 SATA connectors, dual M.2. and support up to 4400 MHz memory!
Its a shame that the manufacturers are not giving the Micro-ATX form factor more attention, since we think it is a great form factor which is small enough to be portable and compact, but large enough to house decent, powerful components in the system.
Best Motherboard for Ryzen 7 3700X
TBC (Waiting for benchmarks)
Best Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600X
TBC (Waiting for benchmarks)
Best Motherboard for Ryzen 9 3900X
TBC (Waiting for benchmarks)
Thank you for reading our guide on the upcoming X570 motherboards for Ryzen Zen 2 – we are trying our best to keep this updated with the most up-to-date information, and with that giving our best recommendations on what the top X570 motherboards will be for every build!