ASUS Pro WS X570-Ace

The ASUS Pro WS X570-Ace is one of the more interesting models from the launch day X570 models. Firstly it's aimed primarily at professional and workstation users, which is signified in the model number (WS). What makes the ASUS Pro WS X570-Ace so interesting is that its X570 chipset fed bottom full-length PCIe 4.0 slot is wired at x8, and not the conventional PCIe 4.0 x4 as seen on other X570 models. The WS X570-Ace also includes dual Gigabit networking, a premium Realtek ALC1220A HD audio codec, and a PCIe 4.0 U.2 port.

The ASUS Pro WS X570-Ace follows a different design from the rest of its motherboard line-up, with straight angled finned heatsinks, following a uniformed black design with the horizontally placed fins. Compared with the other ASUS X570 models, the overall feature set is a little thin due to its workstation focused design. One of the main focal points of the ASUS WS X570-ACE ATX motherboard includes three full-length PCIe 4.0 slots which operate at x16, x8/x8, and x8/x8/x8, with that last x8 coming from the chipset. with a single PCIe 4.0 x1 slot also present. For most X570 models announced, this is one of the only models to optimize all three full-length slots at a minimum of x8.

Storage options on the Pro WS X570-Ace consist of two PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots with a single U.2 port and four SATA ports that feature support for RAID 0, 1, and 10 arrays. As with other ATX sized ASUS X570 models, the Pro WS X570-Ace has four memory slots with support for a total capacity of up to 128 GB. Users can also have the option to use either ECC and non-ECC memory which is dependant on the processor installed.

The two Ethernet ports on the rear panel are controlled by an Intel I211-AT and Realtek 8117 which are both Gigabit NICs, while the onboard audio is powered by a Realtek S1220A HD audio codec; this provides five 3.5 mm audio jacks and a S/PDIF optical output. Super fast connectivity is strong with four USB 3.1 G2 Type-A, one USB 3.1 G2 Type-C, and two USB 3.1 G1 Type-A ports. For users looking to utilize compatible Ryzen APUs, ASUS has included a pair of video outputs consisting of HDMI and a DisplayPort. 

The ASUS Pro WS X570-Ace has an MSRP of $380 and shifts focus directly on users looking to create a Ryzen 3000 powered workstation. Its subtle and straight-forward design also makes this a good option for users looking to avoid the more gaming-themed RGB splattered models, and create a somewhat elegant looking system.

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  • CoachAub - Thursday, July 25, 2019 - link

    I have an Aorus AX370 Gaming 5 mobo. With the latest BIOS update for Ryzen 3000 series (f40), I now have the option to select PCI-e 4.0. It has had 3.0 as an option as long as I can remember. It seems some mobo mfg are supporting it, even though AMD won't officially. Reply
  • max347 - Friday, August 2, 2019 - link

    Release date on the Crosshair Impact? Reply
  • madseven7 - Saturday, August 3, 2019 - link

    In your chart of motherboards listing biosflashback you missed the ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming Reply
  • soltys - Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - link

    According to Asrock website, ASRock X570 Steel Legend has ALC1220 Reply
  • dforrestvc - Sunday, August 11, 2019 - link

    Will there being only three audio jacks prevent me from properly connecting a 5.1 speaker system? Reply
  • svan1971 - Saturday, August 17, 2019 - link

    Why are the boot times with pcie 4.0 m.2 so dam slow ? My 5 year old Asrock boots 3 times faster? Reply
  • Tinkertron - Sunday, August 18, 2019 - link

    I still haven't seen this board hit the market yet. ASRock has release 2 version and Gigabyte has 1 on the mini-ITX release already. I also notice that the ROG Strix doesn't show a fan cooled over the chipset. All the makers are adding fans over the chipset. How is ASUS getting away without doing this? Could this be the reason why ASUS hasn't release theirs yet? Reply
  • Crashing Bore - Sunday, December 8, 2019 - link

    The Gigabyte AORUS Ultra with 3rg gen ryzen delivers pcie4 x16 + PCIE4 x8 + PCIE4 x4 for its three PCIE 16 slots - not 16/8+8/8+8+4 as described - it is 16+8+4 full time, regardless of the slots populated. This is so also for other boards in their stack, and offers point of differentiation allowing later population of, say, thunderbolt3 in the second slot without slow down the main graphics card pipeline. Reply

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