MSI MPG X570 Gaming Plus

The MPG X570 Gaming Plus is MSI's entry-level gaming model and It's equipped with a modest feature set which includes with one PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots, and two-full length PCIe 4.0 slots with support for two-way AMD CrossFire multi-graphics card setups.

Firstly the aesthetic is based on a traditionally recognized red and black theme; this design extends from the heatsinks onto the PCB. The chipset heatsink cooling the X570 chip includes a cooling fan for optimal performance, while the power delivery heatsinks are separated from each other to provide cooling to the CPU VCore. There are 8-pin and 4-pin 12 V ATX CPU power inputs to delivery power to the processor, while the power delivery is running at 8+2 design with an International Rectifier IR35201 PWM controller.

Located in the top right-hand corner of the board are four memory slots which support DDR4-4400, with up to a maximum capacity of up to 128 GB. Moving down the PCB is two full-length PCIe 4.0 slots that operate at x16, and x16/x4, with an additional three PCIe 4.0 x1 slots. There are two PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots, with one of the slots coming with a heatsink; there are also six SATA ports present.

On the rear panel are a single USB 3.1 G2 Type-A, one USB 3.1 G2 Type-C, four USB 3.1 G1 Type-A, and two USB 2.0 ports. A single HDMI video output gives the capability to use an AMD Ryzen APU, while a Flash BIOS button and a PS/2 combo port are also featured. Even MSI's entry-level gaming option includes the premium Realtek ALC1220 HD audio codec which provides five 3.5 mm audio jacks and S/PDIF optical output, while a Realtek RTL8111H Gigabit NIC controls the single Ethernet port.

The MSI MPG X570 Gaming Plus is the entry-level model to the X570 chipset from its product stack which also has a clear gaming look about it. With a red and black design, it's a throwback to MSI of more recent times, but the board has no integrated RGB which users may find slightly disappointing. The power delivery although adequate, probably isn't the best around for overclocking aRyzen 3000 processor to its limits, but with an MSRP of $169, it's horses for courses.

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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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