ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming Review
Published: 7th July 2019 | Source: ASUS | Price: |
The ASUS Republic Of Gamers brand has always been a strong performer regardless of the chipset beneath. On the high end Intel motherboards the name everyone looks to is the Rampage, with the mid-range Intel it's the Maximus, and on the AMD platform it is the Crosshair. They are the touchstones of the breed.
Slightly off to the side of the heavily branded models is the ASUS Strix range. Rather than being specific to a particular setup there are Strix versions of nearly everything. They still fall under the Republic Of Gamers umbrella and have all the features and performance that anyone could reasonably hope, but usually in a more affordable package. The key thing, or at least what we like the most, about the Strix range is that it doesn't come with any pre-conceived notions of what it should be, which allows the ASUS design team to stretch their creativity. The way that RGB lighting is implemented on all the ASUS ROG products these days was something we first saw on a Strix motherboard, so how does this latest addition to the range, the X570 Strix-E, fare?
If we had to be honest, it fares very well. There is a problem for us as reviewers with modern hardware that the main manufacturers have got their chipsets locked down tight, to the point that the differences between one motherboard and another are either a matter of cosmetics, prices, or how much you're going to take advantage of a certain additional feature that might be missing from a different take upon the formula. Naturally with the Strix-E you know that the looks will be excellent. It's an element of the Strix range that has been there since it first appeared and, to paraphrase the Bard, time hasn't withered nor custom stale its infinite variety. The Strix originally was a more creative take upon the motherboard idea and it was so successful that it's almost got a style of its own now, despite being the basic monochrome with RGB formula that has come to dominate the marketplace. The heatsinks are a work of art in a grey variant that breaks up the blackness without being distracting. With a large ROG eye on the blender IO shield and heatsink portion working in harmony with the expanded chipset heatsink and M.2 heat spreader section, there is much to enjoy even if you don't own an RGB LED Strip to make full use of the AURA lighting.
Looks are nothing without performance and the Strix-E does well here too. Overclocking is a breeze on the latest ASUS UEFI and we managed to push our Ryzen 9 3900X to 4.4 GHz which is the most we have seen from it and that is blended with the bandwidth available thanks to PCI Express 4.0, you get more than enough performance for even the most strenuous tasks. We have shown you 24 graphs today and the overclocked Strix-E setup topped eleven of them. Yes the actual numbers might be very close between the X570 motherboards we've tested so far, but with nearly 50% of the tests showing the highest performance on the Strix-E then that's the kind of upwards trend you have to respect and testament to the BIOS engineers at such an early stage.
Combining excellent performance with great looks and a broad feature set at a price point that is perfect for those who want a little more than a basic motherboard but can't stretch to one of the premium models, the ASUS ROG X570 Strix-E is another successful entry into the Strix range.