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Best devices for Gaming: Tech Awards 2020 Editor's Choice Results (Part 4)

By Team HardwareZone - 26 Apr 2020

Best Motherboard

Best Motherboard

AMD launched its X570 chipset alongside its new Ryzen 3000 chips, and it offers some fairly compelling new features, most notably support for the next-generation PCIe 4.0 standard. Your graphics card may not be able to saturate a PCIe 3.0 x16 slot yet, but there are already storage devices that can benefit from PCIe 4.0. Manufacturers have dressed up the new chipset with a bunch of new designs and additions as well, and the flagship X570 motherboards we're looking at here are among some of the best-looking boards around. Some of them have customisable OLED displays and bundled expansion cards, but they're all bristling with a wide array of connectivity options that should make most folks quite happy.

To make the cut for this shootout, the motherboard has to be the flagship representative of their respective brands' X570 line-up locally.

 

Nominees:

  • ASRock X570 Taichi
  • ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula
  • Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme
  • MSI MEG X570 Godlike

 

And the winner is...

Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme

The Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme is quite clearly a cut above the rest here, boasting premium features like a true 16-phase VRM design, onboard 10G Ethernet, and passive cooling for the PCH that does away with noise entirely. The VRM implementation and passive chipset cooling are things that no other X570 board has, so the Aorus Xtreme is entirely unique in this respect.

The MSI board is too pricey, while the ASUS motherboard lacks meaningful differentiation from the Hero (Wi-Fi). The ASRock board is a decent alternative if you're on a tighter budget, but it doesn't really compare in terms of usability and features. I'm not saying you shouldn't buy the ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula or MSI MEG X570 Godlike though. The ASUS board will still serve you well if you want to try liquid-cooling your VRM and prize bells-and-whistles like the configurable OLED display. Similarly, the Godlike motherboard places a strong focus on aesthetics and will be a good fit for someone who can utilize its bundled 10G and M.2 expansion cards. 

But if you're just looking for a solid board that will give you the most utility, there's no beating the overall proposition of the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme. 

 
Model Features Value Overall Price (as tested)
ASRock X570 Taichi 7.5 8.0 7.5 S$499
ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula 8.5 7.5 8.0 S$862
Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme 9.0 7.5 8.5 S$965
MSI MEG X570 Godlike 9.0 6.5 8.0 S$1,269

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed in the References section below.

 

References