ASUS TUF Gaming X570 Plus WiFi Review
Please note this review was written prior to the AGESA 1201 BIOS update. Our graphs have been updated to reflect the new results, but the text remains the same as the fast single threaded stock performance affects so few of our results and none of our overall opinion on the motherboard iteself.
The ASUS TUF Gaming X570-Plus WiFi isn't the easiest motherboard to sum up.
Certainly it's very affordable. Just north of £200 places it firmly at the good value end of the X570 range of motherboards. There is also no denying that the TUF elements are up to their usual high standards. The power phases are of the 12+2 Dr, MOS variety that blends the high and low side MOSFETs and drivers into a single package for maximum efficiency. This is installed on a six layer PCB which assists in keeping temperatures low for a little more headroom when you're overclocking. Add in the TUF black metallic capacitors and TUF chokes and you have the longevity we have come to expect from the ASUS TUF range.
The low pricing hasn't affected the available level of connections either. There are a large selection of USB 3.2 connectors as well as 2 M.2 sockets and eight SATA 3.0 ports to allow you flexibility in your system build. ASUS now standard addressable header and RGB LED headers sit alongside a good amount of fan headers so that your system can look as cool as it keeps your hardware. So far, so good.
Where the waters get murkier is in the level of performance, and that is what makes this difficult to sum up. Certainly we have to start by mentioning that the AMD X570 chipset is consistent enough that you can buy almost any motherboard and be pleased with the results. The difference between the very best and the very worst at stock is tiny indeed, but more often than not the TUF Plus found itself at the foot of our graphs in the stock setup. Again, by no means disgraced but neither does it exactly cover itself in glory. If, however, you're overclocking then things perk up a lot. No it wont win any awards for its overclocking prowess but things look much better in our performance graphs when you compare the TUF Plus to any of the other X570 motherboards we've reviewed. At this price we're not expecting it to blow the doors off something like the Crosshair VIII and it doesn't, but it's not left in the shade either. We managed to squeeze 4.35 GHz from our Ryzen 9 3900X, and if you want to overclock your memory to new heights we saw an excellent 4.45 GHz on our Corsair Vengeance kit whilst also having 4.3 GHz on our Ryzen 9 3900X. In pure clock speed it's there or thereabouts, even if the end results don't necessarily reflect this potential performance.
Looks are, as always, a matter of personal taste and whilst we might have preferred to see the TUF Armor on this particular board we understand why it doesn't come equipped with it when it's only £230. We're not sure how much we like the screen printing on the PCB but at least ASUS have committed to it and used it wherever they could. Go big or go home as they say. Maybe you'll like it, maybe you wont. It's inoffensive enough that it wont break the deal if you don't like it very much.
All in all then the ASUS TUF Gaming X570-Plus WiFi is a fully featured X570 motherboard that comes in at a very attractive price point but requires a bit of manual overclocking to use it to its fullest potential and it wins our OC3D Value For Money Award.