MSI MPG X570 Gaming Edge WIFI

Moving down the product stack and we come to the MSI MPG X570 Gaming Edge WIFI which sits below the X570 Gaming Pro Carbon WIFI with much of the same features, but with a lower-cost controller set. The main features include one PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slot, six SATA ports. and an 802.11ac wireless interface. Up to DDR4-4400 is also supported with a total capacity of up to 128 GB across the four available memory slots.

The MPG X570 Gaming Edge WIFI offers a more modest variety of specifications which bridges the gap between the X570 Gaming Pro Carbon WIFI ($259) and the more cost-effective X570 Gaming Plus ($169). Its design is similar to the MPG X570 Gaming Pro Carbon WIFI in that it has a black PCB, but without the carbon inspired decorations on the heatsinks. There are two PCIe 4.0 x4 slots with the top slot including a heatsink, while the bottom slot doesn't, and six SATA ports with support for RAID 0, 1, and 10 arrays. A total of two full-length PCIe 4.0 slots with which run at x16, and x8/x8 with support for two-way AMD CrossFire multi-graphics card setups, and four DDR4 memory slots that support up to DDR4-4400. The two full-length PCIe 4.0 slots operate at x16, and x16/x4 which means NVIDIA SLI isn't supported, but users can utilize two-way AMD CrossFire setups.

On the rear panel is a pre-installed rear panel I/O shield with five 3.5 mm audio jacks and S/PDIF optical output powered by a Realtek ALC1220 HD audio codec. For general connectivity, there is three USB 3.1 G2 Type-A, one USB 3.1 G2 Type-C, two USB 3.1 Type-A, and two USB 2.0 ports. Also present is an HDMI video output for use with compatible AMD Ryzen APUs, as well as a BIOS flashback button, and a PS/2 combo port. Networking wise, there are two antenna ports for the included Intel 3168 802.11ac Wi-Fi interface which is capable of speeds of up to 433 Mbps, while the single Ethernet port is controlled by a Realtek RTL811H Gigabit NIC.

The MSI MPG X570 Gaming Edge WIFI represents a more modest offering in the line-up with an MSRP of $209 which is down to a couple of component choices such as the cheaper Realtek Gigabit NIC instead of the usual Intel variant, as well as no support for NVIDIA SLI configurations.

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  • Tunnah - Tuesday, July 09, 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 09, 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 09, 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 09, 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 09, 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 09, 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 09, 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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