As you might guess, MSI’s MAG X570S techyahawk MAX WIFI is an updated version of the X570 techyahawk WIFI. Priced at $289.99, the X570S model has been iteratively improved on the previous motherboard, while discarding the chipset fan, and is a compelling choice for building a budget/mid-range system based on AMD Ryzen. It provides users with the latest audio and Wi-Fi features, as well as powerful (although not updated) power transmission.
For less than US$300, you can get a 14-phase VRM with 60A MOSFET and even drive our flagship AMD Ryzen 9 5950X To its ambient cooling limit. Most importantly, the board has high-quality Realtek 4000 series audio codecs and enough USB ports for most users. It lacks a 3.2 Gen2x2 (20 Gbps) port, but this is not a deal breaker for most users. X570S techyahawk MAX also includes the latest Wi-Fi, equipped with a Wi-Fi 6E card and carrying the fast 2.5 GbE of the X570 model. There are also many storage options, including two PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots and six SATA ports. All in all, this board is a comprehensive choice in the budget/mid-range X570(S) space, and it is also good compared to its peers.
In terms of performance, techyahawk was reliably cut off in most of the tests, and was easily mixed with other motherboards we tested. It did not lead any benchmark tests and was close to the average in all tests. The best result is in the PCMark 10 suite, which is almost overall above average. The worst result is AIDA memory latency, which is the slowest we have seen in a while. However, our other tests did not show this difference.In addition, it performed well in the 3DMark test, and Far Cry: New DawnOverall, the X570S techyahawk MAX works well with our power-hungry 5950X.
We can also overclock the processor to 4.4 GHz with a voltage of about 1.25V without worry. Although VRMs are not the most powerful we have seen, they have no major complaints when dealing with overclocked CPUs. Memory overclocking is also easy: we gave up other 2x8GB DDR4 3600 memory sticks, enabled XMP, and then we left.Read on for more details about the included features and see if the MSI X570S techyahawk MAX WIFI has a place on our website The best AMD motherboard List.
Specifications-MSI MAG X570S techyahawk MAX WIFI
|Stabilizer||14 phases (12+2, 60A MOSFET for Vcore)|
|Video port||(1) HDMI (v2.1)|
|USB port||(1) USB 3.2 Gen 2, Type-C (10 Gbps)|
|(3) USB 3.2 Gen 2, Type A (10 Gbps)|
|(2) USB 3.2 Gen 1, Typ-A (5 Gbps)|
|(2) USB 2.0 (480 Mbps)|
|Network jack||(1) 2.5 GbE|
|Audio jack||(5) Analog + SPDIF|
|PCIe x16||(2) v4.0 (x16, x8 / x8)|
|PCIe x1||(2) v3.0 (x1)|
|Crossfire/SLI||AMD 2-Way CrossfireX|
|DIMM slot||(4) DDR4 5100(OC), 128GB capacity|
|M.2 slot||(1) PCIe 4.0 x4 (64 Gbps) / PCIe + SATA (maximum 110 mm)|
|(1) PCIe 4.0 x4 (64 Gbps) / PCIe + SATA (maximum 80 mm)|
|SATA port||(6) SATA3 6 Gbps (RAID 0, 1, and 10)|
|USB connector||(1) USB v3.2 Gen 2, Type-C (10 Gbps)|
|(1) USB v3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)|
|(2) USB v2.0 (480 Mbps)|
|Fan/pump connector||(6) 4-pin|
|RGB header||(2) aRGB (3-pin)|
|(2) RGB (4-pin)|
|Diagnostic panel||Release status checker (4 LEDs)|
|Ethernet controller||Realtek 8125B (2.5 Gbps)|
|Wi-Fi/Bluetooth||Intel AX210 Wi-Fi 6E (MU-MIMO/6GHz 160 MHz/FISMA/FIPS/BT 5.2)|
|HD Audio Codec||Realtek ALC4080|
|DDL/DTS connection||✗ / ✗|
When we open the retail box and the motherboard, we will find a basic accessory stack designed to get your PC up and running without going to the store. It is not broad, but about our expectations for motherboards in this price range. Below is a list of all included attachments.
- User manual
- Fast Installation guide
- (2) SATA cable
- (3) M.2 screw/bracket set
- Installation media (USB)
- MAG sticker/case badge
- Wireless antenna
- Support/Driver CD
The first time I looked at the X570S techyahawk MAX WIFI after opening the box, we saw that the military theme continued on the 6-layer matte black PCB, and the exposed PCIe area had some light gray templates. All radiators are gray, the area above the IO has a black MSI name, and the chipset radiator has the techyahawk brand. In terms of RGB lighting, techyahawk cannot completely turn your PC into a disco. The only integrated RGB lighting is located under the chipset heat sink. This position brings bright and saturated RGB brilliance to the circuit board. If this is not enough, there are also on-board titles to add your own titles.
Overall, the board looks to be part of a budget/mid-range product, but each M.2 slot has a heatsink, and the VRM heatsink looks competent (as we will see in the test) Although this board is unlikely to be a showcase for your build, it will fit into most themes.
Focusing on the upper part of the circuit board, starting from the left, we see the gray metal IO cover, which doubles as an additional heat sink. On the top is the MSI brand and white tick marks running up and down the length of the housing. The VRM radiators are not connected, but they all have enough mass and surface area to do the job. The EPS power connector of the CPU is located between the VRM heat sink. Pin 8 is required, pin 4 is optional.
Looking at the clean slot area, we came across four unreinforced DRAM slots that support up to 128GB of RAM, listed speeds up to DDR4 5100 and 1DPC 1R (DIMM per channel, one Rank). As always, your mileage may vary, as speed compatibility depends on the processor and memory package used.
Just above the DRAM socket is the first (six) 4-pin fan headers. The CPU_FAN1 connector here automatically detects the PWM/DC fan and outputs up to 2A/24W. PUMP_FAN1 defaults to PWM mode, and the output is up to 2A/24W, which is sufficient for most pumps. Finally, SYS_FAN1-4 defaults to DC mode and supports up to 1A/12W. All connectors support these two modes and have been adjusted in the BIOS. There are a lot of headers and enough output to run your cooling system.
To the right of the top fan connector are 3-pin ARGB and 4-pin RGB connectors. There are two in total, and the others are located at the bottom of the motherboard. If the RGB hidden under the chipset heat sink is not enough, you can use these connectors to add more connectors. RGB control is done through the Dragon Center software suite and Mystic Light app.
Along the right edge of the board are the other three system fan headers, the 24-pin ATX power connector for the board, and the front panel USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C header. The EZ debugging part is located between the ATX connector and the fan header. These four LEDs light up during POST to indicate where the boot process is, and if there is a problem, it indicates where the problem is. Four LEDs cover CPU, DRAM, VGA and BOOT. Since the board does not have a more informative 2-character debug display, this is the only tool for troubleshooting non-boot/POST issues.
When investigating the VRM layout, MSI used a 14-phase configuration, with 12 phases dedicated to Vcore (two for SOC). The power source comes from the EPS connector and powers the Intersil ISL69247 8-channel controller. Then, the power is transferred to 12 60A Intersil ISL99360 SPS MOSFETs in the mirrored configuration (there is no frequency multiplier, but the two MOSFETs get a signal from the controller). In general, the CPU has 720A available, which is enough to support our Ryzen 9 5950X even when overclocking.
As the focus moved down to the lower part of the motherboard, we found M.2 storage, PCIe slots, and audio bits. Starting from the left, we see the bare Realtek ALC40480 codec and some yellow Nichicon audio capacitors. You can also see the audio separation line, which is designed to minimize EMI from other parts of the circuit board. I am happy to see that MSI uses a newer audio codec instead of saving a few cents on the previous generation codec. Most users will be very satisfied with the audio on the X570S techyahawk.
In the middle of the motherboard, we found two M.2 slots (under the heat sink) and four PCIe slots. Starting from the latter, there are two full-size slots, and the main (top) slot is reinforced to prevent being clipped by the heavy graphics card. Both slots support PCIe 4.0 speeds, running at full x16 at the top and up to x4 at the bottom. This configuration supports AMD 2-Way CrossfireX. Two x1 slots get bandwidth from the chipset and run to PCIe 3.0 x1.
Looking at the M.2 storage, the X570S techyahawk MAX WIFI has two slots above the main PCIe slot and one slot below the auxiliary full-length slot. Both M.2 slots use simple heat sinks and support SATA and PCIe-based modules. The top slot is connected to the CPU and supports speeds up to PCIe 4.0 x4 (64 Gbps), the same as the bottom slot (although it is connected via a chipset).
On the other side of the chipset heat sink are six SATA ports. All ports are powered by the chipset and support RAID0, 1, and 10. Since the processor and chipset provide all channels, they do not share channels with M.2, PCIe or SATA ports. In other words, you can use SATA or PCIe drives to run two M.2 slots, and all six SATA ports can also run. Just below the SATA port is a USB 3.2 Gen1 port for additional front panel USB.
There are several connectors at the bottom, including RGB, USB, etc. There is also a convenient switch in this area to disable the integrated RGB LED. This is the complete list, from left to right:
- Front panel audio
- 4-pin RGB connector
- TPM header
- (2) System fan connector
- COM header
- (2) USB 2.0 connectors
- USB 3.2 Gen1 connector
- 4-pin RGB connector
- Front panel connector
- LED power connector
When we shifted the focus to post IO, we saw a black pre-installed IO board that matched the theme of the circuit board and included the MAG brand and other labels on the template. From left to right, we see a traditional PS/2 port and two USB 2.0 ports below it. On the right is the Wi-Fi 6E antenna connector. The video output runs through the HDMI port, directly above it are two USB 3.2 Gen1 ports. There are four other USB ports on the right-three USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A and one 3.2 Gen2 Type-C. In short, for most users, eight ports with different speeds should be sufficient. However, I would like to see 3.2 Gen 2×2 ports. Just above the red USB port is the Realtek 2.5 GbE connector. Finally, on the far right is the 5-plug plus SPDIF audio stack.
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