The AMD X570 Motherboard Overview: Over 35+ Motherboards Analyzedby Gavin Bonshor on July 9, 2019 8:00 AM EST
ASUS Prime X570-P
Moving onto the second of the ASUS Prime series models, the ASUS Prime X570-P represents an entry-level offering to the X570 chipset with two full-length PCIe 4.0 slots, dual PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots, and a pair of budget-friendly Realtek controllers handling the onboard audio and networking. The most noticeable aspect of the board's design is how bare the PCB looks in contrast to other models from the ASUS X570 product stack.
The chipset heatsink is actively cooled with a white and silver design, while the PCB itself features a white and black design which is a trait of the Prime series itself. The Prime X570-P omits a rear panel cover entirely, and the chipset heatsink is running an 8-phase power delivery for the CPU VCore, with a seemingly adequate looking heatsink from our hands-on with this model at Computex.
On the main features, the ASUS Prime X570-P has two full-length PCIe 4.0 slots which operate at x16 and x16/x4. This is because the Ryzen 3000 series processors feed the top slot, while the bottom full-length slot lanes come directly from the X570 chipset. This means there is support for two-way AMD CrossFire multi-graphics card configurations, but none for NVIDIA SLI. For storage devices, there are two M.2 slots with support for PCIe 4.0 x4 drives, but users looking to run fast and hot running NVMe drives may need to purchase their own heatsinks as the board doesn't feature them; also included on the Prime X570-P are a total six SATA ports. Memory support is good with four memory slots with support for up to 128 GB with the 32 GB UDIMMs having been qualified by ASUS across its X570 product stack.
As expected with a more wallet-friendly model, the ASUS Prime X570-P rear panel isn't as bare as the lack of a rear panel cover would suggest with four USB 3.1 G2 Type-A, two USB 3.1 G2 Type-A, and two USB 2.0 ports. There are three 3.5 mm audio jacks which are controlled by a Realtek S1200A HD audio codec, a single Ethernet port controlled by a Realtek RTL8111H Gigabit NIC, a PS/2 combo port, and an HDMI video output for users of Ryzen APUs.
The ASUS Prime X570-P sits at the lower end of the X570 product and has an MSRP of $160. This model is designed to allow users a lower cost alternative to benefit from the X570 chipset features such as PCIe 4.0, and more native USB 3.1 G2 Type-A support; this model doesn't feature any Type-C connections, although, given the board's price, it's nothing out of the ordinary.
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Tunnah - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - linkI 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 :/
Jansen - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - linkThe 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.
JoeyJoJo123 - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - linkI'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.
quorm - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - linkI agree with the general sentiment. Core i3 is another option if you don't need a lot of cpu power.
teldar - Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - linkI used a ryzen 1600 for my bad. Rock solid after updating board bios.
danjw - Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - linkI built a file server on Ubuntu Server. You might try that.
BillC - Saturday, October 31, 2020 - linkYou might want to check out Open Media Vault which uses Debian Linux for the OS, it can be installed as a NAS only installation or on top of the full Debian OS.
spikebike - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - linkWow, 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.
Aikouka - Thursday, July 11, 2019 - linkASRock 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.
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Authorized seller of thousands of top-quality medical products, supplies and equipment at a competitive price. We have online presence that serves the needs of Assisted Living Homes, Nursing Facilities, Hospitals, Government Agencies, Schools and Military Locations across the country. Cascade Healthcare Solutions was founded on the premise of helping our customers save money and making their buying experience as smooth as possible.