Excellent VRM: The VRM we have on this high-end X570 motherboard is a direct 12+2 phase VRM using 50A PowIRstages and the latest in PWM technology from Infineon. It's one of the best VRMs we have seen thus far and shouldn't pose a problem taking your CPU to its maximum.
Three PCI-E 4.0 M.2 slots: The top M.2 slot is wired directly to the CPU at PCI-E 4.0 x4, and it's the best one to use with a PCI-E 4.0 M.2 drive. The other two are also PCI-E 4.0 x4 and they are wired to the chipset.
Great networking and audio: The included WIFI 6 Wireless AX supports not only the older wireless AC standard up to 1.733Gbps, but also the new Wireless AX 2.4Gbps standard. The Realtek 2.5G LAN is a nice touch to get wired networking up to par with Wireless AX, and the inclusion of the Intel i211AT will make many happy. The extra audio enhancements such as the ESS ES9118 DAC and high-end capacitors are a great addition.
Price: All the high-end components cost a lot of money, but like a lot of X570 motherboards, the cost of the motherboard is high. At $360, it's almost as expensive as some of AMD's very high-end CPUs for the platform, and while there is competition in that price range, most other X570 motherboards are cheaper.
The X570 Aorus Master is pricey, but that is mostly due to the nature of the X570 platform. To implement PCI-E 4.0 and all the USB 3.1 (10Gbps), vendors have to incorporate a lot of extra hardware.
The PCI-E 4.0 requires re-drivers for anything more than a direct connection, new PCI-E 4.0 switch chips have to be sourced in smaller amounts than vendors currently source PCI-E 3.0 switches, and extra clock hardware needs to be implemented. With all the USB 3.1 (10Gbps) implemented, vendors have to add in re-drivers almost everytime they use one of those ports.
GIGABYTE also added in more expensive WIFI and LAN controllers, a very nice and expensive VRM, and did a solid job with aesthetics. Overclocking features are a nice addition as are all of the fan headers and the new dB level control feature. Overall, we are super impressed with this motherboard, and even the new BIOS structure, and we really like this motherboard.
The Bottom Line
Loaded with the latest in features, an excellent VRM, some really awesome fan control, and a revamped UEFI the GIGABYTE X570 Aorus Master is one very well equipped product.
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