During Computex 2019, ASUS unveiled its range of X570 motherboards catering to various market segments. While its ROG branded boards are traditionally targeted at gamers and enthusiasts, the ASUS Pro WS X570-ACE is aimed at workstation users with official support for ECC memory, triple full-length PCIe 4.0 x8, and dual Gigabit LAN.

Some of the main traits of the ASUS WS X570-ACE include 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. There is also a single PCIe 4.0 x1 slot. For most X570 models announced, this is one of the only models to optimize all three full-length slots at a minimum of x8. This makes this model more than interesting, as it means ASUS is fusing multiple PCIe links from the chipset into a single PCIe slot.

There are two PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots with a single U.2, and just four SATA ports. The dual LAN ports are powered by two Gigabit controllers (Intel I211-AT and Realtek 8117), with a Realtek S1220A HD audio codec driving the onboard sound. Connectivity is a focus on this model with five USB 3.1 G2 Type-A, six USB 3.1 G1 Type-A, and four USB 2.0.

The ASUS Pro WS X570-Ace follows a different design from the rest of its motherboard line-up, with straight angled heatsinks, following a uniformed black design with fins. Compared with the other ASUS X570 models, the feature set is a little thin due to its workstation focused design.

ASUS hasn't revealed any pricing for the Pro WS X570-Ace, but it is expected to launch alongside the Ryzen 3000 series processors on 7/7.

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  • Xyler94 - Friday, June 07, 2019 - link

    It's the unfortunate side effect of PCIe Gen 4. Higher signaling means more power hungry chipsets.

    But like CB mentioned, unless you are hammering it, it won't be an issue to keep the chip cool. X570 has support for multiple M.2 slots, and lots of PCIe lanes, so that little chipset has the potential to work extremely hard. But if you're careful, it won't work hard enough to be a problem.
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  • thomasg - Friday, June 07, 2019 - link

    I have to agree.
    ASUS does a lot right in this boards layout: all passive cooling elements are oriented in the airflow direction, have reasonable clearance and an appropriate size and are largely obstruction-free.

    This is pretty much how a board should be laid out and comes close to the layout of actual professional boards.
    Increasing the height of the chipset cooler slightly should be far more effective in a well-ventilated case than the puny fan.
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  • JDG1980 - Thursday, June 06, 2019 - link

    I like the overall design a lot, and I especially like the official support for ECC. There are only two drawbacks: no 10GbE support (which can be fixed with an add-on card), and that blasted fan. Would it really have been too hard for them to use a passive heatsink like the one Gigabyte put on the Aorus? Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Sunday, July 07, 2019 - link

    Agreed. Reply
  • Skeptical123 - Thursday, June 06, 2019 - link

    God, if this website's comment section was anything to go by, x570 will be a giant flop for the sole reason that most of the x570 motherboards using a tiny fan.

    Also for everyone griping about the lack of an integrated 10GbE don't forget that would mean the motherboard would cost another $100 minimum to include a feature most people won't use. This board is not targeted at that high of a price segment. If there is a demand in that price segment Asus can always come out with a version that has 10GbE you can be sure other manufacturers already have boards out that check that box.
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  • msroadkill612 - Thursday, June 06, 2019 - link

    Agreed. For years I hear jonesing for a more powerful chipset w/ 8 lane pcie 3 type bandwidth to share, but now the world has ended cos it uses a lousy 15W and needs active cooling or they wouldnt ~all do it. What a whiney lot we are. Reply
  • JDG1980 - Thursday, June 06, 2019 - link

    If you have a good CPU cooler and a decently-designed video card, this 40mm fan is going to be the loudest component in your system - and probably the most failure prone. The bearings will dry out and it will start rattling in a year or two. Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Sunday, July 07, 2019 - link

    Yeah, I lived with tiny motherboard fans in the past for just long enough to buy 3rd-party replacement heatsinks. Reply
  • cb88 - Thursday, June 06, 2019 - link

    That's BS... dual SFP ports would add about $10-15 to the board adding the controller to the chipset would be trivial for another $5 worth of silicon or there about. A single transceiver for 10GBE-SR is $30. That's a total of only $50 not $100. A used 10GBe-SR transciever is $10 on ebay (with over 2k sold). Reply
  • thomasg - Friday, June 07, 2019 - link

    Sure, SFP+ for 10 Gbit/s via multimode fiber are cheap and a SFP-port would certainly be appreciated.
    But people here are talking about 10 GBase-T, and the SFP+ for that start at about USD 100.

    I'm not saying a fiber port couldn't be useful, but most people just don't have fiber infrastructure in their home or offices, while Cat 6a spec cabling is quite common.
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