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AMD has just launched the AMD Ryzen 3000 series CPUs that support PCIe 4.0. If you are on the verge of getting one of these new Ryzen CPUs, then you are going to need a compatible motherboard. Fortunately for (some) existing Ryzen owners, certain previous-gen boards will be able to house the upcoming Ryzen 3000s. […] The post The Best AMD X570 Motherboards For Your Next Ryzen 3000 Build appeared first on Gaming PC...
AMD has just launched the AMD Ryzen 3000 series CPUs that support PCIe 4.0. If you are on the verge of getting one of these new Ryzen CPUs, then you are going to need a compatible motherboard. Fortunately for (some) existing Ryzen owners, certain previous-gen boards will be able to house the upcoming Ryzen 3000s. Here’s a quick overview:
When or if your particular board will support Ryzen 3000/Zen 2 depends on the manufacturer. While the socket is the same, and AMD claims that you can use any motherboard with the new AMD Ryzen CPUs, a BIOS update will be required at the very least.
If you’re going to build a new system, on the other hand – or just want to get the most out of your new CPU and the benefits of PCI Express 4.0 – an AMD X570 motherboard is the best option for high-end builds. Here we are going to look into some of the most exciting AMD X570 motherboards that you can get your hands on right now.
Motherboard manufacturers have announced a variety of AMD X570 motherboards and Asus alone has 30 variants in the pipeline. Some are however not yet launched at the same time as the AMD Ryzen 3000 but will become available at a later date, e.g. the waterblock-covered ASRock Aqua. In this article, we’ll focus on what’s on store shelves now. Unfortunately, it’s a rather demanding platform and none of the X570 boards are bargain-priced. On the plus side, none of them lack essential features such as fast M.2 slots.
High-end chips such as the new Ryzen 3900X that comes with 12 cores and 24 threads will need more power (105W TDP). You should go for a high-end motherboard in order to take full advantage of that powerful chip – especially if you’re going to overclock. As for other features, a good rule of thumb is to only pay for the features that you plan on using right now or in the near future.
To be perfectly honest, after carefully examining the X570 motherboards available at launch, we haven’t found a single board that we’d give a “perfect” rating. Even the most expensive options miss the odd high-end feature such as Thunderbolt 3. But some of them will likely come close enough depending on your requirements. These are our favorites based on what’s available so far, in the E-ATX (super premium), ATX (mainstream/value) and ATX (budget) categories.
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If price is no object, MSI’s Godlike will deliver more than enough stable power for your overclocking needs, while also including a vast range of connectivity options and nice-to-haves – including a built-in OLED display and a couple of add-in cards for additional M.2 slots and 10 Gbit LAN. Gigabyte’s Aorus X570 Elite strikes a good balance between essential features (like a good VRM, dual M.2 slots), but cuts back on features that most users don’t need, e.g. SLI support. As there are no particularly cheap X570 boards, our “budget” choice is the quite competent MSI X570-A PRO, which is mostly scaled down in terms of design.
Now for a closer look at some of the top AMD X570 motherboards currently on the market. We’ll start with the big ones. Feel free to skip to your preferred section using the quick links on the right.
We’ll start with a full-featured motherboard from MSI in the super-premium segment. The board is designed for the AMD Ryzen 3000-series CPUs and features a 14+14+1 digital power design that does not compromise on performance or features. You can expect the motherboard to provide ample power to the CPU even when overclocking.
It comes with the M.2 Shield Frozr for keeping the temperature in check and allowing your storage to perform as it should. There is a double bearing Frozr heatsink on the motherboard as well. The MSI MEG X570 Godlike also comes with a display that highlights important information and errors that you should know about. You can customize it to display any visuals that you would like to view through the transparent case of your high-end monster build.
It also features Wi-Fi 6 for fast internet and gaming, as well as 10 Gbps wired LAN via an included add-in card. There are three high-speed M.2 storage slots (with fans) and yet another add-in card that lets you add two more SSDs.
If you are looking for a new motherboard that has all the latest features and looks great too, then the MSI MEG X570 Godlike is an option that you should look into.
The X570 AORUS Xtreme is a Gigabyte’s answer to MSI’s Godlike in the ultra-premium segment. It comes with a 16-phases Infineon Digital VRM Solution with 70A power stage. This should be more than enough even for the top-of-the-line 3900X. The motherboard features three ultra-fast NVMe PCIe 4.0/3.0 x4 M.2 for high-speed SSDs. All of these come with thermal guards to keep the temperature in check. Actually, most of the board is covered in heatsinks and it’s one of the few X570 variants without a chipset fan.
The Xtreme also comes with WiFi 6 802.11ax 2T2R & BT 5. RGB is a common trend in 2019 and you have plenty of RGB options on this motherboard. You can add RGB components of your choice to sync with the motherboard and the rest of the hardware and peripherals. If you are looking for the best possible X570 motherboard for you next Ryzen build, then it’s mostly this one and the MSI Godlike you should be looking at.
The MSI Prestige X570 Creation is another high-end E-ATX board for the 3rd generation (and 2nd generation) AMD Ryzen chips. Like most others of its kind, it has 4 RAM slots and supports up to 128 GB of dual channel DDR4 memory running at blazing-fast speeds. More importantly, it also features Dual LAN, including 10Gbit Super LAN and WI-FI 6 onboard. You also get to take advantage of 64GB/s bandwidth using up to four Gen4 PCI-E M.2 SSDs.
The Frozr Heatsink on the motherboard is there to keep the thermals in check even when under load. The MSI PRESTIGE X570 CREATION also comes with an integrated I/O shield that will allow you to install the motherboard in your case easily. (Speaking of the case, don’t forget that this is an Extended ATX board and will require more space than some compact cases will provide.)
Dual 8-pin power supply and IR digital power design provide the power needed to run the AMD Ryzen 9 CPU and enough headroom to overclock. Audio Boost 4 provides high-quality audio when gaming or consuming content.
While the Prestige X570 Creation is aimed at content creators, it will serve you equally well as a gaming motherboard depending on your PCIe and M.2 slot requirements.
For the vast majority of gaming PC builders, a solid motherboard in the standard ATX form factor is the best starting point for a new build. Unless your requirements are very specific, these boards are more than sufficient for providing a great Ryzen 3000-based gaming experience for years to come. Most of them offer plenty of overclocking headroom, while also being future-proof thanks to the PCIe 4.0 interface.
The Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Formula is a premium motherboard for enthusiasts, with features and a price tag to match. It is liquid-cooling ready courtesy of a Crosschill EK III water block for the VRM, and it comes wrapped in armor. There is armor on the back as well to provide additional support and cooling. In addition, there is a small OLED display that will show information and code if needed. Naturally, you also get plenty of RGB lighting options and also a 5 Gbit Aquantia Ethernet controller.
Being a motherboard targeted at overclockers, the power solution with 14+2 IR3555 PowIRstages should be more than sufficient. Asus claims that it can handle even more cores and threads than what AMD has announced at Computex 2019, which might mean that it’s ready for a putative 16-core AMD CPU that might be in the works. Other motherboards in the Crosshair series include ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero (see below) and ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Impact.
If you are looking for a motherboard in the ATX form factor with all the bells and whistles, then the Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Formula is a strong contender.
If you don’t intend to need a liquid-cooled VRM, an OLED panel – and will settle for 2.5 Gbit Ethernet instead of 5 Gbit – then the ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Hero offers much better value than the Formula. And you still get a premium ATX board with all high-end components, just like with the Formula flagship.
Other than the features we just mentioned, the Crosshair Hero is nearly identical to the Formula version but priced much lower. The same power solution is included, but the whole thing is cooled by plenty of heatsinks and a fan instead.
The Hero has received several glowing reviews by experts and users alike, so we have won’t hesitate to recommend this board over many other premium offerings. If there’s one negative aspect, it’s that the Crosshair VII Hero is still rather pricey compared to some competitors in the premium range of X570 boards.
If you’re looking for an enthusiast-grade ATX board – but prefer MSI over Asus – the MEG X570 ACE is in the same price range as the Crosshair Hero. It has a similar feature set and a sophisticated VRM (12+2+1 IR digital power) that should enable some serious tweaking.
In addition, the MEG ACE is equipped with fast Wi-Fi 6 MU-MIMO (non-optional) as well as a 2.5 Gbit LAN controller. With this motherboard, you also get an additional PCIe 4.0-enabled M.2 SSD slot for a total of three.
The MSI MEG ACE sits just below the previously mentioned E-ATX X570 Godlike. It costs considerably less, and you’ll have to get by without the add-in cards and some other bling, but component quality is still top notch.
The X570 AORUS Master is another high-end motherboard from Gigabyte that sits right below the flagship Xtreme model and above the Ultra in the manufacturer’s lineup. The mobo comes with three M.2 slots for high-speed data transfers – and all leverage the new PCIe 4.0 standard. The motherboard has a clean Black and Silver theme that should blend in well with the rest of your build.
The PCI slots have metal shields to protect your graphics card and provide better support. The M.2 slots also have shields as well as heatsinks for better SSD cooling. Needless to say, the board has RGB lighting, but there’s also a small display that will show you important information such as error codes and system temperature.
As usual, the board supports the 3rd and 2nd generation AMD Ryzen chips and comes with 4 RAM slots (max. 128 GB). What’s less usual compared to lower-end motherboards, however, is the high-end Direct 14 Phases Infineon Digital VRM Solution with PowIRstage, so the power delivery is not going to be an issue even with high-end AMD Ryzen CPUs such as the 3900X.
An integrated USB TurboCharger can be used to charge devices that support fast charging. The integrated I/O shield is going to make installing the motherboard much easier compared to motherboards that do not come with this feature.
We will now once again return to Asus and the ROG Strix X570-E Gaming motherboard. While the Crosshair has some additional premium features, this is a solid upper midrange motherboard that has most of the features that a gamer needs. You still have great performance and the ability to overclock so you are not missing out on much.
Like all the other motherboards that we have looked into so far, this one comes with RGB lighting as well. the logo and cybertext light up and you can plug in additional RGB fans and lighting strips.
This is not Asus’ top-of-the-line model, so you can save some money but still get all the features that you need. You have two M.2 slots for high-speed PCIe 4.0 storage and the usual 4 RAM slots to populate. In addition, this board has plenty of PCI slots. It comes with highspeed Wi-Fi and an integrated I/O shield for easy installation.
If you are looking for a premium X570 motherboard for gaming then the Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming is a great option to consider. Asus is known for making some of the best motherboards on the market and the Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming is likely going to be a great example.
The ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming X supports the AMD Ryzen 3000 and 2000 series chips. It comes with Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax (2.4Gbps) + BT 5.0. You also get Phantom Gaming 2.5 Gigabit LAN. The motherboard has 4 RAM slots and you can overclock the ram to over 3466MHz. This is something that you should look into if you are interested in fast RAM speeds. AMD Ryzen CPUs like faster RAM and this is something that AMD recommends for better performance.
ASRock’s X570 Phantom Gaming X offers 3 PCIe 4.0 x16, 2 PCIe 4.0 x1 for Nvidia SLI or AMD CrossFireX. While both Nvidia and AMD recommend a single graphics card instead of SLI the option is still there is you need to use it. 7.1 CH HD Audio provides immersive audio when gaming or consuming content and the motherboard supports Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 5 as well.
When it comes to storage support the motherboard comes with 8 SATA3, 2 Hyper M.2 (PCIe Gen4 x4 & SATA3), 1 Hyper M.2 (PCIe Gen4 x4). The integrated I/O shield will allow you to install the motherboard in your case easily.
RGB is another feature that you can take advantage of with this motherboard. Not only do parts of the board light up but you can connect different lighting strips and RGB fans via ASRock Polychrome SYNC in order to customize your system according to your personal preferences.
This is another board that supports PCIe 4.0 but it is smaller as compared to the other boards that we have looked into. Asus claims that the Strix X570-I Gaming is proof that the best things do come in small packages.” The Strix X570-I is a mini-ITX board for people that are looking to build a small form factor build.
The motherboard features 8+2 power stages and features a heatsink that has its own fan. This allows you to overclock your CPU while keeping the temperature in check. The motherboard does come with an AIO header with the hybrid fan header if you are interested in liquid cooling your CPU.
It also has diagnostic LEDs that let you know what went wrong when an overclock crashes your system. There are only has 2 RAM slots, but that is not an issue for most users, as you can get 16 GB DIMMs and get 64 GB of RAM in total.
Other features include HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.4, Intel Wi-Fi 6 Bluetooth 5.0. The RGB lighting is a staple for Asus products and you get that in this small motherboard a well. Not only does the logo light up but you get headers for connecting fans and lights. You can sync the lighting of the motherboard with other hardware components and peripherals that support it.
If you are looking to build a mini-ITX gaming PC that does not compromise on performance then the Strix X570-I Gaming will be a great place to start.
The new AMD X570 motherboards support the AMD Ryzen 3000 series chips that are based on the 7nm process. All of them offer support for the key feature of this generation – PCIe 4.0 – and an X570 mainboard is going to be the best way to access this feature from day one. A great thing about PCIe 4.0 is that it’s backward compatible with legacy hardware, but PCIe 4.0 gear that utilizes the doubled bandwidth of the new standard is underway.
Here we have looked into some of what will likely be the best AMD X570 motherboards that you can buy in 2019. If you are looking for a premium motherboard that is designed for enthusiasts then the Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Formula is a great option to consider. If you need something that is a bit mainstream then you should check out the ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming X. If you are building a small form factor build that does not compromise on performance then you should look into the Strix X570-I.
Let us know what you think about these AMD X570 motherboards and whether or not you are interested in buying one for your next build or system upgrade!
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Windows 10 1803 update adds the Ultimate Performance mode. This is targeted towards high-end systems and workstations and is not available to systems that uses battery (e.g., laptops). But this guide will help you enable the Ultimate Performance mode if you still want to use it. You can also do this on desktops, just make […] The post How to Enable Ultimate Performance Mode in Windows 10 appeared first on Gaming PC...
Windows 10 1803 update adds the Ultimate Performance mode. This is targeted towards high-end systems and workstations and is not available to systems that uses battery (e.g., laptops). But this guide will help you enable the Ultimate Performance mode if you still want to use it. You can also do this on desktops, just make sure you have the 1803 update.
1. Press the Win key + X and select the Windows PowerShell (Admin) or the Command Prompt (Admin).
2. Click Yes in User Account Control window.
3. The Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt window will appear. Type “powercfg -duplicatescheme e9a42b02-d5df-448d-aa00-03f14749eb61” and hit Enter. Or you can copy and paste it.
4. If it is successful in adding the Ultimate Performance Power scheme, it will show the Power Scheme GUID. If not, it will show “Unable to create a new power scheme”. Maybe you don’t have the Windows 10 1803 update.
5. To use the Ultimate Performance, click the Windows start button and type “power plan”, and click Edit power plan or Choose a power plan.
6. Power Options window will appear and click on Ultimate Performance to use it.
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Epic Games is giving away two games for free this weekend until August 2nd, 10:59 AM EDT (3:59 PM BST). These are Moonlighter and This War of Mine. Just login to your Epic Games Launcher and get them from the Store, and it will be yours even after August 2nd. If you don’t have an […] The post Games You Can Get For FREE This Weekend July 26 appeared first on Gaming PC...
Epic Games is giving away two games for free this weekend until August 2nd, 10:59 AM EDT (3:59 PM BST). These are Moonlighter and This War of Mine. Just login to your Epic Games Launcher and get them from the Store, and it will be yours even after August 2nd. If you don’t have an Epic Games account, register here and download the client here.
Meanwhile on Steam, they are offering play for free this weekend for Squad, Trapped, and Worms WMD. This free weekend starts today and will run through Sunday, July 28th, 1PM Pacific Time (9PM BST). During this time until Monday, July 29th, 10AM PDT (6PM BST), Trapped will be 33% off and Squad will be 50% off. Worms WMD is also on sale for 66% off until August 1st, and the rest of the games in Worms Franchise are also on sale for up to 80%. If you still don’t have a Steam account, register here and download the client here.
Also on Steam, ONINAKI released a playable demo where you can play the opening part of the Story Mode, and the Battle Mode where players can use an upgraded character. Progress in Story Mode can be carried over once you bought the main game.
Happy weekend, gamers.
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Outpost Zero is free to play until Thursday, July 15th on Steam. During this time until August 2nd, Outpost Zero will be on sale for 30% off. Limbo is free to download and keep it forever from Epic Games until July 25th. Just login to Epic Games and Steam launcher to get these games.
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Amazon Prime Day 2019 will start on Monday, July 15th 12MN PDT (3AM ET) and will end on Tuesday, July 16th 12MN PDT (3AM ET). This is the time when Amazon cut prices on lots of products and we listed down great deals you don’t want to miss, some of them might even be in your wishlist.
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