GIGABYTE X570S Aorus Master Review: Let the Master Silence
Gigabyte’s X570S Aorus Master marks the second chipset fan to omit the X570S board into our test bench (the first one is ASRock X570S Torrent).Although the X570S does not bring substantial new features (except without a fan), it does give the company the opportunity to update the AMD-based motherboard lineup, add more of its own features, and add more features to our The best motherboard List.
In addition to the current fanless chipset, X570S Aorus Master is also equipped with improved power supply, four M.2 slots, updated appearance, integrated Wi-Fi 6E and more.exist USD 389.99, This is a high-quality mid-range product in today’s higher-priced circuit board field.
In terms of functionality, there is not much difference between the X570 and X570S versions of Aorus Master. Slight design changes will result in less RGB lighting and more shield/board coverage, ultimately resulting in a better appearance. The power supply of Vcore and 50A to 70A MOSFET ranges from 12 phases to 14 phases, resulting in more potential overclocking capabilities and efficiency.
In addition, Gigabyte changed the Key E card from Wi-Fi 6 to Wi-Fi 6E. If you have hardware (such as one of them) The best gaming router) To support speed, you can benefit from the latter. Otherwise, this upgrade doesn’t make much sense. X570S Master includes a USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C port, and two more USB ports than the X570 version (a total of 12 on the rear IO). Overall, this model is undoubtedly an improvement, and its cost is only $30 higher than the previous X570 model.
In the test, the X570S Aorus Master performed well overall and established its own capabilities in other motherboards we have tested so far. Master performs well in the AIDA memory bandwidth test and most PCMark suites, but does not perform well in the single-threaded performance of Cinebench and Handbrake. The results did not deviate significantly, but they did fall on the slower side of the average in these tests. The board easily handled our 4.4. GHz ~1.3V overclocking and our 4x8GB DDR4 3600 RAM configuration. The fin array connected to the heat pipe not only looks good, but also keeps the VRM running well and cool throughout the test. Keep reading and we will dive into more details and performance results.
Specifications-GIGABYTE X570S Aorus Master
|Stabilizer||16 phases (14+2, 70A MOSFET for Vcore)|
|USB port||(1) USB 3.2 Gen 2×2, Type-C (20 Gbps)|
|(5) USB 3.2 Gen 2, Type A (10 Gbps)|
|(4) USB 3.2 Gen 1, Type-A (5 Gbps)|
|(4) USB 2.0|
|Network jack||(1) 2.5 GbE|
|Audio jack||(5) Analog + SPDIF|
|PCIe x16||(1) v4.0 (x16)|
|(1) v4.0 (x8)|
|(1) v4.0 (x4)|
|Crossfire/SLI||AMD Quad CrossfireX and CrossFireX (2 channels)|
|DIMM slot||(4) DDR4 5100+(OC), 128GB capacity|
|M.2 slot||(2) PCIe 4.0 x4 / PCIe Only (maximum 110mm)|
|(2) PCIe 4.0 x4 / SATA + PCIe (maximum 110mm)|
|SATA port||(6) SATA3 6 Gbps (RAID 0, 1, and 10)|
|USB connector||(1) USB v3.2 Gen 2 (Type-C)|
|(2) USB v3.2 Gen 1|
|(2) USB v2.0|
|Fan/pump connector||(10) 4 pins (each 2A/24W)|
|RGB header||(2) aRGB (3-pin)|
|(3) RGB (4-pin)|
|Diagnostic panel||2 Character debugging LED|
|Internal buttons/switches||Power and reset button|
|Ethernet controller||Intel i225-V|
|Wi-Fi/Bluetooth||Intel AX210 (Wi-Fi 6E, 160 MHz, BT 5.2)|
|USB controller||ASM3242 / ASM1074|
|HD Audio Codec||Realtek ALC1220-VB|
|DDL/DTS connection||✗ / DTS:X Ultra|
Like all motherboards, X570S Aorus Master includes a set of accessories designed to help you get started without having to go to the store. Our example does not include a driver disk, so if this is for retail, be sure to download any necessary drivers on the USB stick so you can have them when you need them.
- (4) SATA cable
- RGB extension cable
- (2) Thermistor
- Wireless antenna
- Q type connector
- (4) M.2 screw
- User Manual/Installation Guide
- Aorus stickers
When unpacking and viewing the circuit board for the first time, we saw a 6-layer matte black PCB with some gray templates on the right side of the socket that identified the model. The finned VRM heat sink looks good around the socket and works well, as you will see in a later test. The plastic rear IO cover bears the Aorus brand logo and is the only area illuminated by the RGB LED. If this is not enough, there are connectors around the circuit board for additional light bars.
The bottom of the board is mainly covered with the shield and radiator of the M.2 socket. There are grooves for modeling, which also increases the cooling surface area. Above the chipset (no fan!) is the Aorus perfume bottle on the aluminum trim. Finally, I like what the company has done to X570S Master. This is an improvement over the original version and looks like part of a premium mid-range board.
Starting from the upper part of the circuit board, we can better understand the rear IO cover and the RGB elements on the top. I like to implement the RGB trend more elegantly (which usually means fewer of them). Focusing on the socket area, we will start with the direct touch heat pipe of VRM. Nowadays, the fin design is unique and works well, so that both VRM groups can be well kept within the operating parameters. Right above are two 8-pin EPS connectors for the CPU (one is required).
On the right side of the slot are four enhanced DRAM slots that can run up to 128GB of DDR4 RAM. The specifications list the highest DDR4 5100(OC) memory speed of the current 5000 series processors (other processors usually list different speeds). As with memory speed, your mileage may vary. To achieve these high speeds, you need a suitable processor with an excellent integrated memory controller (IMC) and suitable memory modules to help you achieve your goals. AMD’s best choice is still DDR4 3600-3733, while keeping FCLK at 1:1.
Above the DRAM socket are the first four 4-pin fan headers. All connectors support PWM and DC control, and each connector provides up to 2A/24W power. This configuration should be sufficient to power your water cooling circuit directly from the circuit board. You can control the device through BIOS or the company’s Smart Fan 6 application. To the right of these fan connectors are the first (two in total) RGB and ARGB connectors.
Located between the fan header and the DRAM socket is a set of voltage reading points. Here, you use a multimeter to directly measure the voltage reading (because the software is notoriously inaccurate). Eight read points cover VCORE, Vcore_SOC, VDIMM (RAM), DDR VTT, VPP_25, VDDP, PCH-CLDO and PCH IO. If you are overclocking and need more accurate readings, this provides a good added value for the motherboard, because at this price point, many voltage reading points are not accessible to users.
On the right edge of the circuit board are the power (large) and reset (small) buttons, the noise sensor connector, and a 2-character debug port. Below is the 24-pin ATX connector that supplies power to the motherboard, three other fan headers, and a 2-pin temperature header. Last but not least is the front panel USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C connector.
Check VRM, the Vcore and SOC of X570S have 14-phase (12+2) settings, which are the same as the X570 version. The difference lies in the MOSFET used. X570S uses Infineon XDPE132G5C PWM controller, which can run up to 16 channels. From the 8-pin EPS, the power goes through the Infineon controller to the 70A International Rectifier TDA1472 MOSFET. This configuration provides up to 840A for the CPU, which is sufficient for inventory operations and overclocking. This is an improvement, although it will not benefit users who insist on ambient cooling overclocking.
Jump to the bottom half of the board and we will start with the audio located on the left. Hidden under the shield is the Realtek ALC1220-VB codec. This flagship audio includes ESS Sabre Hi-Fi 9118 DAC for headphones and Chemicon and WIMA audio capacitors. Also visible is the audio separation line, which keeps the rest of the motherboard away from the audio bit. Although the codec used is from the previous generation, it is one of the best and performs well enough for many users.
In the middle of the motherboard are three full-length PCIe slots and four M.2 slots. Starting from PCIe, the first two are connected through the CPU, while the bottom uses chipset channels. For a single GPU, please use the top slot, which runs at PCIe 4.0 x16 speed (using 5000 series processors). The middle slot can run up to PCIe 4.0 x8, and when filled, the top slot also drops to x8. Finally, the bottom slot supports up to PCIe 4.0 x4 speed (depending on the capabilities of the processor). If the device is installed in the M2C_SB M.2 slot, this slot is disabled. Although it can run Nvidia SLI (by number of channels), it only supports AMD Quad-GPU Crossfire and 2-Way AMD Crossfire.
In terms of M.2, the new Master has a total of four slots. As you might guess from the name, the top slot M2A_CPU connects to the CPU and provides speeds up to PCIe 4.0 x4 (64 Gbps), supporting devices up to 110 mm. M2B_SB, M2C_SB and M2D_SB are chipset connected and support the highest PCIe 4.0 x4 speed and 110mm devices. Finally, on the right side of the chipset area are six SATA ports and a USB 3.2 Gen1 front panel connector. Since there is no shared SATA channel, you can run up to six SATA devices and four M.2 modules at the same time.
There are several connectors at the bottom, including USB ports and RGB connectors. This is the complete list, from left to right:
- Front panel audio
- 3-pin aRGB and 4-pin RGB connectors
- TPM header
- (2) USB 2.0 connectors
- 2-pin temperature connector
- (2) Fan connector
- Front panel USB 3.2 Gen1 connector
- Clear CMOS jumper
- Front panel
When looking at the pre-installed rear IO, what impressed me were the 12 USB ports. This configuration is used more frequently (although still rarely) for more expensive motherboards. So if you need so many (though very few), this is the lowest cost board with so many USB ports. There are four USB 2.0 ports, five USB 3.2 Gen2 ports, two USB 3.2 Gen1 ports, and one USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C port. On the left are the Clear CMOS and Q-Flash Plus buttons. Use the latter to flash the BIOS without a CPU. Next, we see two Wi-Fi 6E antenna connections, Intel 2.5 GbE ports and 5-plug plus SPDIF audio stack.
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