ASUS Prime X570-Pro Preview
If you’ve been following along with our X570 previews then our intro will be familiar to you, so skip on to the technical specifications below to discover what is unique to this particular model. Otherwise, read on to find out what the X570 AM4 is bringing to the party.
When AMD released the first generation of Ryzen processors and the attendant chipset we spoke a lot here at OC3D about how pleased we were to find AMD back with a product range that was a genuine return to form. Instead of attempting to keep updating the ageing AM3 platform they made wholesale changes with the introduction of the AM4 socket and a much more modern chipset with all the features that you could demand.
We clearly weren’t the only people impressed by this massive upgrade to the AMD range as the Ryzen CPUs and Zen architecture sold in droves. Such was the rampant popularity of it that we quickly saw the release of the updated Ryzen processors, the 2nd generation, along with the X470 motherboards that introduced yet more features that hadn’t quite been squeezed onto the X370 release schedule.
The hardware world never stands still for long though, and since the launch of the Ryzen 2nd Generation there have been a few new technologies given the green light to hit the market, and with the release of the 3rd Generation of Ryzen processors comes a new chipset, the X570, which is so up-to date that it comes with a lot of elements yet to find their way onto Intel platforms.
As you would expect all the major manufacturers are gearing up with their X570 product launches, and whilst we can’t go into too much detail before the full launch in early July, we knew that we just had to bring you a glimpse at what you could expect.
Just because the Prime isn’t part of the fabled ROG series doesn’t mean that it is lacking in any department. Indeed if you prefer your motherboards a bit brighter on the heatsinks and would rather have something that might be a slightly less “with the masses” choice then it’s a great option. Like the other X570 motherboards it comes sporting PCI Express 4.0 as the headline feature, offering way more bandwidth than its predecessor for your M.2 drives and GPU. Currently with the insane speeds of M.2 drives or PCI x4 drives you can quickly saturate the available bandwidth of PCI Express 3.0, perhaps to the detriment of your graphics performance or storage, but with PCI Express 4.0 and a suitable processor all those worries disappear. Elsewhere there is an active fan to keep the chipset cool when the PCI Express is fully loaded, whilst the needs of your peripherals are catered to with plentiful USB ports both internally and around the back. There is even a PS2 port should you wish to have the lowest latency possible in your extreme overclocking efforts.
Like any good system the most important thing you can do is keep it cool and the Prime has everything you need to handle your system temperatures. We start with an AIO header at the top, right where you need it, whilst at the bottom corner there is the 3A pump header which can power your custom water-cooled setup or provide an alternative location for your AIO if you want. Or, perhaps, you have a hybrid GPU.
Pump headers are useful but you need somewhere to plug the fans in to keep that radiator cool and the Prime has the full compliment of fan headers supporting both PWM and DC types. Is there anyone still using DC fans?Â We’ll look at the headers themselves on the next pages, so read on Macduff.