ASUS Pro WS X570-Ace: A No-Nonsense All-Black Motherboard with x8/x8/x8by Gavin Bonshor on June 6, 2019 10:00 AM EST
During Computex 2019, ASUS unveiled its range of X570 motherboards catering to various market segments. While its ROG branded boards are traditionally targeted at gamers and enthusiasts, the ASUS Pro WS X570-ACE is aimed at workstation users with official support for ECC memory, triple full-length PCIe 4.0 x8, and dual Gigabit LAN.
Some of the main traits of the ASUS WS X570-ACE include three full-length PCIe 4.0 slots which operate at x16, x8/x8, and x8/x8/x8, with that last x8 coming from the chipset. There is also a single PCIe 4.0 x1 slot. For most X570 models announced, this is one of the only models to optimize all three full-length slots at a minimum of x8. This makes this model more than interesting, as it means ASUS is fusing multiple PCIe links from the chipset into a single PCIe slot.
There are two PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots with a single U.2, and just four SATA ports. The dual LAN ports are powered by two Gigabit controllers (Intel I211-AT and Realtek 8117), with a Realtek S1220A HD audio codec driving the onboard sound. Connectivity is a focus on this model with five USB 3.1 G2 Type-A, six USB 3.1 G1 Type-A, and four USB 2.0.
The ASUS Pro WS X570-Ace follows a different design from the rest of its motherboard line-up, with straight angled heatsinks, following a uniformed black design with fins. Compared with the other ASUS X570 models, the feature set is a little thin due to its workstation focused design.
ASUS hasn't revealed any pricing for the Pro WS X570-Ace, but it is expected to launch alongside the Ryzen 3000 series processors on 7/7.
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Fabel - Thursday, June 6, 2019 - linkI miss more MB like this one, I wanted it badly for my next build but the lack of 10Gb is a deal breaker for me.
damianrobertjones - Thursday, June 6, 2019 - linkYou could always bridge the ports. At least that's something.
DanNeely - Thursday, June 6, 2019 - linkIsn't x8 from the chipset just a waste of PCIe lanes since it the chipset only has x4 to the CPU?
Daeros - Thursday, June 6, 2019 - linkDon't forget that the lanes from the chipset to the CPU are PCIe 4.0. If you plug in a v3 x8 card, it'll (just) be able to keep up. If you plug in a v2 card, it'll have plenty of room to spare.
DanNeely - Thursday, June 6, 2019 - linkgood point.
mattlach - Friday, June 21, 2019 - linkExactly. Unless it is stupidly overpriced, or lacks good power distribution and overclocking features, I plan on getting one of these and a Ryzen 3850x. I plan on using the first slot for my GPU in x16, leaving the second slot empty, and sticking my dual port 10gig fiber Intel x520 NIC in the 8x chipset port.
A single 2GB Phison E16 (when they launch) should go in the m.2 slot. Then depending on how decent that Realtek audio chip is, I'll either use it (output via optical to my DAC) or pop in my trusty old Creative X-Fi Titanium HD in that 1x slot.
Then I'll just disable all the on board features (NIC's Audio, SATA, etc.)
yeeeeman - Thursday, June 6, 2019 - linkNo fan?
bubblyboo - Thursday, June 6, 2019 - linkLook at the third image.
rozquilla - Thursday, June 6, 2019 - linkFinally! A motherboard for adults.
I was planning on getting whatever ASRock Taichi motherboard would be announced for X570, but that one was full of cosmetic gimmicks.
But in the end I decided to skip the X570 generation due to the chipset fan, already had the lovely experience of the Nvidia Nforce 2 buzz, I don't want to live through that again, however Zalman released a couple of great chipset heatsinks, that I of course got. But looking at the X570 motherboards, an aftermarket solution doesn't seem likely.
Hopefully for X670/X770 or so, AMD will improve the process and silicon of the chipset to remove the need of a a fan, but due to PCIe 4.0/5.0 bandwidth and NVMe... seems unlikely, isn't it?
althaz - Friday, June 7, 2019 - linkFYI: Gigabyte have two motherboards with passive chipset cooling (and also completely awesome/over the top 14-16 phase VRM).
They aren't cheap, but they look good (obviously with the caveat that Gigabyte's bios is a UX nightmare) and don't have that worrying chipset fan.