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GIGABYTE X570 Aorus Xtreme (AMD X570) Motherboard Review (Page 2)

By Steven Bassiri from Aug 16, 2019 @ 22:42 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: AORUSModel: X570 AORUS Xtreme

Packaging and Overview

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Box and packaging are top-notch; they protect the motherboard and its contents. The Fan Commander is in a separate package.

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The accessory package includes six braided SATA6Gb/s cables, WIFI antenna, RGB LED extension cable, addressable RGB extension cable, dB detection cable, two thermal probes, case badge, front panel header breakout cable, G-connector, driver USB stick, and two Aorus Velcro cable straps.

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GIGABYTE put in eight fan headers, and that doesn't even include the extra headers you get if you install the Aorus Fan Commander! They all support up to 2A of output current, and all of the fan headers offer PWM/DC mode operation. The two circled in blue are also pump headers, so we assume they run a more aggressive profile by default.

There are two external temperature sensor headers circled in green, and a noise sensor header circled in orange. The motherboard is almost all metal with the exception of the shrouding around the IO shield. The motherboard is extremely heavy and durable, and the rear PCB shield helps strengthen the PCB. There are also two reinforced CPU 8-pin power connectors, but you only need to use one.

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The rear IO panel features two USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, five USB 3.1 (10Gbps) type-A ports and one type-C, clear CMOS button, Q-Flash Plus button, WIFI antenna, 10G LAN, 1G LAN, and 7.1 gold plated audio outputs with S/PDIF out.

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Here we find the PCI-E slot arrangement; the first two slots are wired to the CPU at x16 PCI-E 4.0 and operate at x16/x0 or x8/x8. The bottom x16 slot is electrically x4 PCI-E 4.0 routed to the chipset. There are three PCI-E x4 M.2 slots, the top one is routed to the CPU and should be used with any PCI-E 4.0 drives, the middle and bottom slot area routed x4 PCI-E 4.0 to the chipset, but if you use a PCI-E M.2 drive in the bottommost slot will disable SATA ports 4 and 5.

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All of the six SATA6Gb/s ports are routed to the chipset. Both internal USB 3.0 headers are right-angled as is the sole USB 2.0 header. If you need more USB 2.0, GIGABYTE suggests using the Fan Commander. We can also see the front panel headers are right-angled and use a breakout cable, while the addressable RGB LED header and RGB LED header are right-angled. We find a POST code display above the USB 3.1 (10Gbps) type-C internal header.

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The Aorus RGB Fan Commander is a well-equipped accessory that allows you to basically expand fan and RGB LED support. It can support up to eight RGB LED fans, it can sync with the motherboard through USB and RGB headers, and it has a hub, so you get two USB 2.0 internal headers as well, which is great since the motherboard only has a single header. At the top right corner of the motherboard, we find our voltage read points, power button, reset button, addressable RGB LED header, and RGB LED header.

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The motherboard features both a BIOS selection switch, and a dual BIOS disable switch. The motherboard also has OC-PEG, which is an extra power header for extra PCI-E power. The PC PEG, TPM, and HD audio headers are hidden under a plastic cover.

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The heat sinks are awesome, top-notch copper finds, a heat pipe that connects the chipset to the VRM heat sink, and GIGABYTE doesn't even need a fan to cool down the chipset. The chipset can output over 10W of heat, but GIGABYTE said improvements made to the PCB and all the metal on the covers helps to dissipate that.

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