ASRock X570 Aqua

Starting off alphabetically with ASRock, we open our X570 chipset overview with one of the most impressive and talked about models displayed at Computex, the ASRock X570 Aqua. ASRock's product stack is well varied with models focused on gaming, content creators, professional, and enthusiasts, the X570 Aqua certainly positions itself as high-end with a solid feature set, an elegant aesthetic which resembles that of Robocop's armor, and offers users an element of exclusivity due to that fact ASRock will only make 999 pieces of the X570 Aqua available to consumers.

The first thing that stands out about the ASRock X570 Aqua is the full-cover PCB armor covering the vast majority of the PCB and the large CPU water block. The ASRock X570 Aqua is an E-ATX board which has a large water block which is designed to keep the CPU cooled, and also extends to cool the X570 chipset. The armor, and the backplate on the rear makes the board much heavier than other premium models we've come to see in recent times. 

The feature set underneath the aesthetics is equally premium with an Aquantia AQC107 10 G LAN port, with an additional Intel Gigabit port included. Its Wi-Fi 6 capabilities come due to a Killer AX1650 802.11ax interface which also adds support for BT 5. A Realtek ALC1220 HD audio codec provides the onboard audio, while the rear panel also uses two Thunderbolt 3 Type-C ports. This limits the boards other USB 3.1 G2 capabilities and as a result, the X570 Aqua has six rear-panel USB 3.1 G1 type-A ports, but users can add an additional four with two USB 3.1 G1 headers, and four USB 2.0 ports with a pairing of USB 2.0 headers.

One of the main features of X570 is PCIe 4.0, and the ASRock X570 Aqua makes use of three full-length PCIe 4.0 slots which run at x16 x8/x8 and x8/x8/x4; also present is three PCIe 4.0 x1 slots. Storage includes two PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots and a total of eight SATA ports. ASRock gives the X570 Aqua some impeccable memory support which is listed as DDR4-4666. 

The ASRock X570 Aqua is currently ASRock's flagship X570 motherboard in terms of features, and aesthetics. We know that the ASRock X570 Aqua will be limited to just 999 pieces worldwide, making its exclusivity one of its attracting features. The Aqua moniker signifies the targeted consumer of this board, in that only users looking to run a custom water cooled system with high-end components, will likely consider this model. This is likely to be a favorable model for case modders, or perhaps users looking to create an elegant water-cooled system with a form of exclusivity and individuality.

With an element of exclusivity, the ASRock X570 Aqua has an MSRP of $1000. This makes it the most expensive X570 model at launch, but this is expected due to the limited nature as it is limited to just 999 pieces worldwide. A heavy-set construction, the PCB covering armor and coupled with a top quality feature set make this a top option for modders, and water cooling enthusiasts.

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  • rUmX - Tuesday, July 09, 2019 - link

    Hoping for price cuts on Intel cpus because no matter how good Ryzen is, these boards are way too expensive. Reply
  • Karmena - Tuesday, July 09, 2019 - link

    Then get X470 or B450 boards. Or even X370 or B350 boards, you are in no way forced to use these latest mobos. Reply
  • sorten - Tuesday, July 09, 2019 - link

    Good advice, and you get lower system power consumption as a bonus. The main reason to go with the more expensive x570 boards is PCIE 4.0, and you're not going to get that if you switch to Intel. Reply
  • Ratman6161 - Tuesday, July 09, 2019 - link

    Asrock has the x570 pro 4 listed on their web site with an MSRP of $154.00 I've used their Pro X boards in a number of builds and always had good results with them. They don't seem to be available at retail yet (at least anywhere I've seen) . On the other hand, I'm not one of those to go out and buy any product on the first day. Street prices on both motherboards and CPU's are likely to drop quickly and...even if I go out and buy a new CPU, I don't have anything else that could take advantage of the x570 chipset for the time being, so my x470 is probably good to go for quite some time to come anyway. Reply
  • Gastec - Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - link

    Ryzen 3000 series CPU prices are going to be over MSRP for at least 3 months. Reply
  • Targon - Thursday, July 11, 2019 - link

    I don't know where you live, but here in the USA, the CPUs are all at the official prices, unless you go to a third party seller who is trying to scam money out of people. Note that many online stores show products from third parties in addition to what they sell themselves, so when you see CPU prices above MSRP, those are the third party scammers.

    Newegg is getting daily deliveries by the look of it, and I expect the other large online sources are as well. The sales volumes are high on these chips, and some people just take advantage of it and charge more money.
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  • Gastec - Saturday, July 13, 2019 - link

    On Amazon.es and PCComponentes.com the EXACT SAME price, set up by bots:
    AMD Ryzen 9 3900X, 548,90€
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X: 361,80 €
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  • eva02langley - Tuesday, July 09, 2019 - link

    The only reason to buy x570 is for PCIe 4.0. If you don't need it, get a B450 board at 75$ Will work for every Ryzen 3000 CPUs.

    I am even thinking about using my X370 MSI Gaming Pro Carbon for my 3950x.
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  • npz - Tuesday, July 09, 2019 - link

    3950x likely won't work due power requirements. All the X570 boards preparing for it are implementing beefier power supplies/extra phases for VRM specifically to support it and any potential overclocking. It may have a higher platform power limit for PBO too Reply
  • Death666Angel - Tuesday, July 09, 2019 - link

    3950X will work in plenty 4xx chipset motherboards. OC'd 3950X will be a bit more hit and miss, go look up some google docs for VRM specs on reddit. And a lot of 4xx boards offer BIOS flashback support. So if you want, there are a lot of 4xx boards with easily available BIOS support and 16 core support in the future for under or around $100. I'm still debating if I want the extra 3.0/4.0 speed for my NVMes. I already have one 3.0 one and want another one for data. 4xx boards only have 1 x 3.0 and 1 x 2.0 in my range (mATX). X570 is a lot better there. And I'm still looking for how much memory speeds are determined by chipset/board/CPU. I think Ryzen 3000 should hit an easy 3600 MHz even on B450 motherboards for example. Decisions, decisions. :D Reply

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