GIGABYTE AMD X570 Aorus Motherboard VRM Guide (Page 3)

| Feb 25, 2020 at 12:51 pm CST

The X570 Aorus Master


The X570 Aorus Master is one of the most popular X570 motherboards on the market. I have read in many places people state to just get the Master and let your mind be at ease if you want an affordable X570 motherboard with carefree power delivery. That being said, like most X570 motherboards, it is not cheap. The VRM components are still very top-notch. Like the X570 Aorus Xtreme, the Master is one of the only X570 motherboards with a 2oz copper PCB, and it features 6 PCB layers.

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It also comes with a copper direct touch heat pipe with a copper fin array. As we stated before, cooling the VRM is just as important as the component quality, as heat is the biggest enemy of VRM performance.

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Like the Xtreme, and unlike all the other GIGABYTE X570 motherboards, the X570 Aorus Master offers up the higher quality 5W/mK thermal pads on the top and rear of the VRM components and PCB.

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Also, like the much higher priced X570 Aorus Xtreme, the Master features two 8-pin power connectors for cooler operation in high current situations.

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Like the Xtreme, the Master features integrated power stages from IR/Infineon. Specifically, it includes a 12+2 phase arrangement for the CPU+SoC, but instead uses 50A IR3556 PowIRstages. The PowIRstages might not be the same 70A part as what we find on the Xtreme, but they are still way overkill in a 12-phase arrangement.

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Once again, GIGABYTE over-engineered a direct PWM solution using the same, first of its kind, and prohibitively expensive Infineon XDPE132G5C, which was cut out of plans by other vendors due to high cost. The new digital PWM offers up to 14+2 PWM channels, and in this case, 12+2 are being used. While the Master is not at the level of the Xtreme when it comes to phase count or powerstage output, it has all the same features, and close to the same insane level of overengineered overkill.

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Steven went from a fledgling forum reader in 2003 to one of the internet's brightest tech stars by 2010. Armed with an information systems degree, a deep understanding of circuitry, and a passion for tech, Steven (handle Sin0822) enjoys sharing his deep knowledge with others. Steven details products down to the component level to highlight seldom explained, and often misunderstood architectures. Steven is also a highly decorated overclocker with several world records.

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