The first wave of motherboards based on AMD's new X570 chipset have arrived. X570 isn't intended as a like-for-like replacement for the existing X470 chipset, and the latter X470 can still accommodate the newest AMD CPUs. Instead, X570 brings support for PCI-E 4 and buckets of features, planting them unapologetically in the mid to high end price range.
The closest that the X570s get to entry level lands at around the £180 inc VAT mark, with options from MSI, Gigabyte and Asus here. These motherboards are the nearest that X570 motherboards get to looking minimal in appearance.
For around £600 inc VAT, you’ve then got the Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Formula and at the top of the line sits the MSI MEG X570 Godlike which will cheerfully bite a hole in the region of £800 in your wallet. As you’d expect from a board with a name as subtle as Godlike, the MEG X570 is a monster with upgraded cooling, advanced network capabilities and reinforced expansion slots.
Interestingly, as much as the cooling options and layouts vary between X570 motherboards, a chipset fan is still present on all the designs.
A full review of the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master is include in issue 192 of Custom PC, which goes on sale Thursday 11 July.