ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming Preview

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It is incredible how quickly you can get used to something. No sooner were we shocked that ASUS had dispensed with the famous red box and gone with an all-black design, than we now don't even notice the change. Of course this is alleviated by the regular appearance of the rainbow ROG Eye on the Strix packaging, alongside a clear product shot.

ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming Packaging  

Such has been the rapid evolution of the AMD motherboard design they now are almost indistinguishable from their Intel counterparts, and this is most definitely a good thing.


ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming Overview  

The top half is obviously dominated by the AM4 socket that will be the home of the new Ryzen 3 CPUs, and the massive heatsinks that are such a key visual part of the Republic Of Gamers range of motherboards. We'll see how well this lights up in a couple of pages time, but for now enjoy the overview and then we'll dig into more detail.


ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming AM4  

Before we cover this all in detail it's nice to get an overview of the bottom half of the Strix X570-E. We find two heat spreaders for the M.2 slots and reinforced PCI Express 4.0 slots in the top two positions. The needs of the chipset cooling have led to a larger chipset heatsink than we're used to seeing, and even the inclusion of a fan, but we like the extra size and how well it has been designed. Anything that helps cover up the otherwise uninteresting little chips and capacitors that are vital to the function of your motherboard but not aesthetically pleasing has to be applauded.


ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming PCI Express 4.0  

Having applied reinforced DIMM slots and PCI Express slots it was only a matter of time before that technology was implemented on the CPU 12V input, and given how short the cables on most PSUs are it's something that was desperately needed. You can also see from this picture how well designed the power phase heat sink is, and that fat heat pipe tying the two together.


ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming Reinforced  

At the top right corner we find the RGB LED header which allows the AURA software to bring your hue of choice across the whole of the system. Next to that are the three headers which take care of your CPU cooling with a dedicated AIO Pump header and two PWM/DC fan headers.


ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming CPU Cooling  

Next to the DIMM slots we have the POST fault LEDs that give you an at-a-glance diagnostic rather than peering at a 7seg display and consulting a thick manual to discover what 6B really means. Below that is another of the updated ASUS addressable headers.


ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming RGB Lighting  

The front panel USB has seen a rapid evolution in recent times from something that might support USB 3.0, to 3.1 and now here on the X570 the front panel USB connector is the latest USB 3.2 Gen2 for high bandwidth at the front of your case if you have the setup to take advantage of it.


ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming USB Front panel 3.2  

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Most Recent Comments

27-06-2019, 12:14:44

WYP
I wonder how much this will end up costing.Quote

27-06-2019, 15:14:17

Greenback
Is it just my imagination, or is there less lighting on this generation of boards?

Thanks for the work your putting in to these previews Tom, got to say so far there hasn't been any that i'd take off the list of boards to have they've all been nice lookingQuote

27-06-2019, 16:56:08

realneil
I haven't had any issues with my ASUS boards for years. This looks just like I want it.Quote

27-06-2019, 17:05:22

Gothmoth
i have seen a noise test of a MSI board today and the chipset coolers are my main concern.

they seem to be loud. even on a semi passiv MSI x570.
at least too loud for my taste.

i have systems i put a lot of work and money in to make them unnoticable under low load.

motherboard makers say the fans will be "mostly" unnoticable beside the CPU, case and GPU fans.
thing is, my systems are not 0815 systems. they are silent systems.

also the chipset doesn´t need to be under heavy load for the fans to turn.
basic workloads turn the fan on the MSI board on.



i fear the x570 boards are nothing for me.

i woud love asus to make a realy fanless x570 like gigabyte does.


from what i have seen and heard today i predict a poopstorm when the customer have the first x570 boards in hand. i really hope asus can do better.Quote

27-06-2019, 18:51:56

Avet
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Originally Posted by realneil View Post
I haven't had any issues with my ASUS boards for years. This looks just like I want it.
ASUS is rock solid for years. I just think they have been slacking with STRIX and lower priced boards. In that price range I would recommend others. Proper ROG boards are still on the top.Quote
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