GIGABYTE X570 Aorus Master

Moving down the product stack from GIGABYTE's X570 SKU list is the GIGABYTE X570 Aorus Master which has a range of high-end features such as 2.5 Gigabit LAN, three PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots, and Intel's Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax wireless interface. The GIGABYTE X570 Aorus Master could be considered its flagship for general consumers without the hefty price tag attached to the higher grade X570 Aorus Extreme ($699). 

Included is support for up to 128 GB of DDR4 memory across its four slots, with support for DDR4-4400 with three PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots each with its own individual M.2 heatsink, and six SATA ports. There are three full-length PCIe 4.0 slots which operate at x16, x8/x8, and x8/x8/x4, with a single PCIe 4.0 x1 slot. On the power delivery front, GIGABYTE is using a formidable setup with a 12+2 design with power stages rated for 50 A, and with two 8-pin 12 V ATX CPU power inputs. The boards aesthetic is focused on the outer edges with a rear panel cover with RGB LEDs which stretches down to the audio PCB. For the X570 chipset, there's an actively cooled chipset heatsink which encompasses the Aorus Falcon into the design.

The onboard audio is handled by a Realtek ALC1220-VB HD audio codec and is complemented by an ESS Sabre 9118 DAC chip to enhance the auditory quality. This equates to five 3.5 mm audio jacks with a single S/PDIF optical output. Also on the rear panel is a Q-Flash Plus button for updating the firmware, a clear CMOS button, three USB 3.1 G2 Type-A, one USB 3.1 G2 Type-C, two USB 3.1 G1 Type-A and four USB 2.0 ports. The board's rear panel networking capabilities consist a Realtek RTL8125AG 2.5 G port with an assisting Intel Gigabit port for dual networking, as well as an Intel AX200 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 wireless interface which also includes support for BT 5 devices. 

GIGABYTE's X570 Aorus Master targets gamers and enthusiasts looking to push their processors further than the rated specifications, as well as offering 2.5 G and Wi-Fi 6 capable networking. The pricing reflects this with a price tag of $359 which puts it in the upper echelon of models, but the price seems fair all things considered.

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  • npz - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - link

    From the article and also emphasized previously:
    "Notably motherboard vendors have said that the upcoming 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X was the baseline for which the new VRM designs were validated against. In particular, this means using better heatsinks so that the MOSFETs themselves can keep their collective cool."

    I've used higher end Ryzens on lower end boards and while they can run stock, they cannnot overclock worth a damn. And even at stock, the VRMs get very very hot. Note that PBO (or PB2 here) also overvolts, unlike XFR2 alone. So enabling that pushes those mosfets even further. I would not trust running the 3900x and 3950x on older boards, except maybe for the highest of higher end mobos that do not use doublers (and count them as phases) for VRMs. True phases will cut the temps in half.
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  • npz - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - link

    see here as one example, with Gigabyte's 16 true phases for their VRM:
    https://www.anandtech.com/show/14432/gigabyte-unve...

    Their previous high end board for the X470 Aorus Ultra only had 8 phases + 3 for the SoC.
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  • dm29-84 - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - link

    Puzzles me the little attention paid to sound department. Specifically Gigabyte's notable inclusion of ESS Sabre DAC. If I'm right, USB DACs based on this controller justifies 200-400$ price tag with excellent scores. Great Anand site should include some procedure in that regard. Reply
  • Death666Angel - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - link

    Great DAC inside an electrical noisy environment is still questionable. People who care about great PC sound have external means. People who don't don't care about it apart from having a jack for their headphones. Reply
  • Qasar - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - link

    why not just get a better quality discrete sound card and disable the onboard sound altogether ? i havent used onboard sound since the K7 days and Nvidia's SoundStorm :-) Reply
  • RSAUser - Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - link

    I don't think 99% of us have the equipment and heating capability to truly need an external sound card. Reply
  • RSAUser - Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - link

    Hearing * Reply
  • Qasar - Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - link

    wasnt referring to external, was referring to an internal discrete sound card, like the soundblaster, asus or the like.. there is another sound card maker i am thinking of, but i can't remember the name of it right now.... Reply
  • ishkatar - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - link

    Which of these boards support SLI? I have 2 x GTX 1070 that I want to keep. Reply
  • Jansen - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - link

    SLI is pretty much dead, but Asus PRIME X570 SERIES, MSI MEG X570 Godlike, and MEG X570 ACE do. Reply

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