ASUS Prime X570-Pro

Moving onto the ASUS Prime series of X570 motherboards, the ASUS Prime X570-Pro represents the more feature-laden of two ATX sized models; the other being the ASUS Prime X570-P. The ASUS Prime X570-Pro represents its less aggressive and non-gaming Prime range with a more subtle white and black aesthetic. The most notable aspects of the feature set include a Realtek S1220A HD audio codec, Gigabit NIC, and support for up to 128 GB of DDR4 memory.

The ASUS Prime X570-Pro offers three full-length PCIe 4.0 slots which run at x16, x8/x8, and x8/x8/x4. This allows for users to use two-way NVIDIA SLI and up to three-way AMD Crossfire multi-graphics card setups. Also present is three PCIe 4.0 x1 slots, with the board's storage capabilities coming through two PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots, with the bottom slot coming with a heatsink; there are also six SATA ports with support for RAID 0, 1 and 10 arrays. In the top right-hand corner is four memory slots with support for up to 128 GB which allows users to install the 32 GB UDIMMs that has started making its way onto the market.

On the rear panel, the ASUS Prime X570-Pro includes three USB 3.1 G2 Type-A, one USB 3.1 G2 Type-C, and four USB 3.1 G1 Type-A ports. Adopters of AMD's impending Ryzen 3000 APUs and the Ryzen 2400/2200G will appreciate the HDMI and DisplayPort video outputs. There is also a PS/2 keyboard and mouse combo port, an Intel I211-AT Gigabit powered Ethernet port, and five 3.5 mm audio jacks and S/PDIF optical output driven by a Realtek S1220A HD audio codec.

The ASUS Prime X570-Pro has an MSRP of $250 and is more suited to users looking to avoid the swathe of gaming-themed models on the market. What the Prime series offers is elegant and neutral designs, which would actually look quite good with some RGB to make the white rear panel cover pop. There's support for two-way NVIDIA SLI and three-way AMD CrossFire too so users looking to build a more subtly styled gaming system can do so.

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  • Tunnah - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - link

    I really love how advanced motherboards are nowadays. I can pick up the most "basic" model and it'll cover everything I need, and even include stuff I won't. Gone are the days frantically trying to find a motherboard that ticks all the boxes for even the most basic of needs.

    Plus having such a competent board as my soon-to-be secondary system means I can leave all my drives in that and put it in a nice quiet place. I'm fairly certain the 8 HDDs in this one are what caused my tinnitus :/
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  • Jansen - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - link

    The ASUS Pro WS X570-Ace has officially validated ECC support. This is a really big deal, as Ryzen has usually only had unofficial ECC support. It opens up a whole other revenue steam for AMD that Intel has deliberately cut off in order to drive Xeon sales.

    Micron is ramping up its 16GB 3200MHz DDR4 ECC modules MTA18ADF2G72AZ-3G2 specifically for this market.
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  • JoeyJoJo123 - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - link

    I'd much sooner get a Ryzen platform for their value and unbuffered ECC support for an upgrade for my NAS box running FreeNAS, but it's well documented that FreeBSD still has teething issues with Ryzen chips, scheduling, and overall reliability... FreeBSD is what powers FreeNAS OS.

    So I'm kind of stuck with Intel workstations/server CPUs and ECC ram for a FreeBSD machine (assuming I don't want to do the legwork of trying to get it stable first, and even so, I may not always have the same stability that mature FreeBSD+Intel support...)

    I'll very likely be moving to Ryzen for my main PC, though.
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  • quorm - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - link

    I agree with the general sentiment. Core i3 is another option if you don't need a lot of cpu power. Reply
  • npz - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - link

    Is that with current upstream FreeBSD? Because I think that would change with Sony using FreeBSD as their OS for Playstation 4 and 5. Some changes (for Jaguar) for PS4 pushed to FreeBSD:
    https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&a...

    and for Ryzen for PS5:
    https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&a...
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  • teldar - Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - link

    I used a ryzen 1600 for my bad. Rock solid after updating board bios. Reply
  • danjw - Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - link

    I built a file server on Ubuntu Server. You might try that. Reply
  • npz - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - link

    Many of the x370, x470 and x570 mobos officially supported ECC btw.
    All of Asrock's X570 and likewise all of Asus's X570 support ECC.

    What's more unique about the ASUS Pro WS X570-Ace is that it has out-of-band remote management, like the service processor one would find on a server over the separate Realtek LAN. You can control BIOS, power, install OS remotely. It doesn't appear to use a separate chip so I assume it's actually using Ryzen's PSP
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  • spikebike - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - link

    Wow, pricey board. Sad that AMD handles ECC in such a half assed way. Intel's price premium for low end servers is approximately $0. Xeon E3's were priced very similarly or even cheaper to the similar desktop parts. In particular the cheapest hyperthreading E3 was often cheaper than the cheapest i3/i5/i7 with 4 cores/8 threads. Similar with the HEDT, the intel premium for a better socket/additional memory busses is much less than the low end Eypc/Threadripper.

    So you either have the luck of the draw trying to buy a reliable AMD with ECC (not just physically compatible, but actually corrects memory errors), or you pay a substantial price premium.
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  • Aikouka - Thursday, July 11, 2019 - link

    ASRock Rack has a Ryzen motherboard that officially supports ECC and also has IPMI support (X470D4U). They're also developing a Threadripper variant of their Epyc server board that has IPMI support, but it uses the X370 chipset. Reply

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