The ASUS TUF Gaming X570-Plus motherboard features a matte black PCB with the the TUF Gaming series logo on the rear panel cover. In keeping with the muted color pattern, the VRM and chipset heat sinks are all black colored as well. The board’s ATX form factor provides more than enough surface area to house the integrated components, as well as giving the board compatibility with most available gamer-friendly enclosures.
The board’s back is entirely free of sensitive components with some small chips peppering the back surface. With the exception of the area directly behind the CPU socket, the mounting area behind the socket is completely component free.
ASUS built the TUF Gaming X570-Plus motherboard with a 14-phase digital power system, capable of providing more than enough power to the CPU for whatever you choose to throw at it. ASUS used a combination of Dr. MOS power stages, TUF chokes, and 5k metallic TUF capacitors to ensure superior power dleivery. The VRMs are cooled by dual large dark chrome aluminum heat sinks. To the upper left of the CPU socket are two 4-pin fan headers and a trusted module port header.
The board’s 8-pin and 4-pin ATX12V power connectors are located to the upper right of the CPU socket, in between the VRM heat sinks and the rear panel cover along the board’s upper right edge.
ASUS designed the board with two M.2 slots, one in between the CPU socket and the primary PCI x16 slot (M.2_1) and the other to the lower left edge of the secondary PCIe x16 slot (M.2_2). ASUS chose to integrate an M.2 port cover for the M.2_2 slot only. The cover extends the full length of the slot covered by a full length covers with thermal tape along the inside surface. In previous reviews, such plates where found to reduce M.2 card heat by over 10C when used in a strict passive configuration with optimal cooling obtained when used in conjunction with active air-flow over the port plate.
The board has a total of four DIMM slots with Dual Channel memory mode active with modules in slots 1 / 3 or 2 / 4. The board supports up to 128GB of memory. Note that memory speeds above 3200MHz are considered overclocked speeds and are outside of the official AMD Ryzen 3 series stock memory speed specifications.
Directly below the memory port block are a USB 3.0 header, the 24-pin ATX power connector, and a 5V addressable RGB LED header. To the upper right of the DIMM slots are the primary and secondary 4-pin CPU fan headers, and a 12V RGB LED header.
The AMD X570 chipset is actively cooled by a low profile aluminum heat sink. The fan plugs into a power header hidden underneath the chipset sink. In addition to the two PCIe x4 M.2 slots, the board features eight SATA III ports, four in the port block directly below the chipset and four on the board’s surface to the left of the chipset. All SATA ports are usable in conjunction with a drive seated in either M.2 port.
The board contains a total of four PCIe slots – two PCIe 4.0 x16 slots and two PCIe 4.0 x1 slots. The PCIe x16 slots can be used in x16 / x4 mode, depending on the CPU in use. Notice that ASUS designed the primary PCIe x16 slot to hold up to a triple slotted video card without impeding the secondary PCIe x16 slot. Also, the primary slot has been steel-reinforced to prevent damage to the slot when using video cards with larger coolers in a vertical mount orientation.
The board’s integrated audio components are located just above the PCIe ports. The audio subsystem lives on an isolated PCB to minimize line-noise and distortion caused by other integrated components. To ensure optimal audio performance, ASUS designed the audio system around the Realtek S1200A CODEC and premium Japanese-sourced Audio capacitors.
ASUS integrated support for connecting RGB LED strips directly into the board using the RGB LED headers located in the lower left quadrant and lower right quadrant (by the DIMM slots) of the board. Both 4-pin 12V RGB and 3-pin 5V addressable RGB LED headers are integrated into the board. Connecting an RGB LED strip to the header synchronizes the LED strip color and activity with that of the motherboard’s integrated LEDs. The board is shown with an external RGB strip connected to one the headers in the board’s lower right quadrant.
In addition to the 12V RGB LED header, the UEFI reset jumper, front panel, and surface mounted SATA ports are located on the lower left edge of the board.
Along the upper and mid left side of the board are the front panel audio header, a debug header (used for ASUS factory board testing), multiple 4-pin fan headers, and USB 2.0 headers.
The following integrated ports into the motherboard’s rear panel assembly: four USB 3.0 ports (blue), two USB 3.2 Gen2 Type A 10Gbps port (teal), a USB 3.2 Gen2 Type C 10Gbps port, a Realtek L8200A GigE RJ-45 port, dual WiFi antennae ports, HDMI and DisplayPort video ports, an S/PDIF digital audio output port, and five analogue audio output ports. All USB ports are controlled by the AMD X570 chipset.
To test the amount of space surrounding the CPU socket, we mounted the Noctua NH-D15 cooler to the CPU socket. This behemoth CPU air cooler sports a dual fan construction and two huge vertical cooling towers.
When oriented in its default configuration with air blown towards the rear panel of the case, the Noctua cooler fits into the CPU socket area of the TUF Gaming X570-Plus without issue. Further, the spacing between the CPU socket area and the primary PCIe x16 slot are more than adequate to seat a video card with the cooler mounted.
The Noctua hold down mechanism is large enough to qualify the socket space for use with the majority of mount methods included with a CPU cooler. The Noctua mount fits the CPU socket without issue.
The TUF Gaming X570-Plus motherboard comes with all the components necessary to get the board up and running.
The TUF Gaming X570-Plus package included the motherboard manual, driver DVD, TUF-branded case stickers and board labels, and a coupon for 20% off of the purchase of CableMod power cables. The included manual gave an in-depth description of the board components and setup as we’ve come to expect from ASUS.
ASUS bundled in two black plastic-sleeved 6Gb/s rated SATA cables for use with the integrated ports. The cables have integrated port locks and a mix of straight and 90 degree connectors. ASUS also bundled in a 2×2 802.11AC antenna and a rear panel shield.
The main app opens to the DIGI+ VRM page that houses settings specific to the board CPU power circuitry. The EPU page houses power saving related settings. The overclocking settings are housed in the TurboV EVO page. The Fan Xpert4 section contains fan controls. The System Information page houses board and CPU-specific information settings. Along the bottom of the app are real-time monitoring display settings.
The ASUS Armoury Crate application is a new addition to the ASUS utility lineup that is a UEFI-driven tool that automatically installs to Windows with an active Internet connection when the Armoury Crate setting (within the UEFI Tools menu) is enabled. It can be used to control the integrated RBG LEDs and RGB LEDs connected to the onboard headers, as well as installing board drivers, tools, and new UEFI versions without the need for a driver dvd.
Hosted within the Armoury Crate application, the ASUS AURA applet controls the active state of the RGB LEDs embedded in to the board as well as LED strips connected to the board’s RGB LED 12V header. The controlled LEDs can be configured for any desired color using the color picker control and to operate in a variety of modes including static, breathing, strobing, color cycle, rainbow, starry night, music, smart, and dark.
Turbo LAN is the latest revision of ASUS’ application for optimizing network traffic through the on-board network controllers for gaming use. It offers the same functionality as offered with the Killer NIC series of network adapters. The application offers traffic monitoring via its main interface, as well as a variety of traffic shaping and network information options through the Preferences menus.
ASUS bundled the TUF Gaming X570-Plus motherboard with the latest revision of their ASUS UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) implementation, a customized version of the AMI baseline UEFI BIOS replacement. The UEFI offers full keyboard and mouse support while using the BIOS pages. ASUS changed the way mouse right-click functions in their UEFI implementation with right-click having no impact on the screen. By default, the user sees the EZ mode screen when entering the UEFI. The Advanced mode screens accessible via the Exit/Advanced Mode button at the upper right corner of the screen or by hitting the F7 function key. Advanced mode screens can be set for the default user interface via the UEFI Boot menu as well.
As we’ve stated in previous reviews, the ASUS UEFI implementation remains among the best out there. The UEFI is very responsive to both keyboard and mouse input with almost no lag or questionable click-space evident anywhere. The UEFI is designed in an intuitive manner so that both novice and advance BIOS users can quickly find what they are looking for. The EZ Mode screen lays out everything in a highly readable format, while the Advanced Mode tabbed layout displays as you would expect from a traditional BIOS. ASUS also gives you the ability to taken screen captures from within the BIOS by pressing the F12 key with those screen-caps saved in a 1024×768 bitmap format to an attached USB device. From the Tools menu, ASUS houses their collection of of BIOS-related tools and applets, ranging from an UEFI-based updater (EZ Flash3) to their full UEFI profile load and save utility.
In addition to the normal features you would find in an enthusiast-friendly UEFI, ASUS exposed many advanced features specific to the AMD Ryzen 3000 series processor line, mostly concentrated in the AMD-specific links under the Advanced Page. One of the nicer features of the UEFI was the breadcrumb title that appeared on every page, making it much easier to navigate through the deeply nested sub-menus. Updated and notable features include the EZ Mode page, the Advanced mode My Favorites tab, Shortcut screen, a graphical fan tuning interface, modified settings log on UEFI save, and a keyword setting search feature.
The EZ Mode page presents information organized into sections in an easy-to-read manner for those users who do not want to be bothered with the labyrinth of the Advanced Mode settings. ASUS enhanced this interface with an animated background, making for an interested effect.
The My Favorites tab houses user selected settings for access to these from a centralized location. To access, select the My Favorites tab from within the Advanced Mode interface. Note that if a menu or sub-menu is added to this page, all fields on that page will be added. The real strength in this My Favorites tab implementation comes with the ability to mix and match commonly used options in a central location, rather than having to hunt them down through multiple sub-levels of menus.
The Search page, accessed from a link at the top of the Advanced mode page or by pressing the F9 function key, displays all settings that match the entered search terms. This can save the user a huge amount of time, especially when trying to find that one key setting buried under numerous sub-menus within the UEFI.
The Q-Fan Tuning page allows for graphical configuration of fan operation based on predefined threshold levels. The interface is similar in nature to the Windows-based Fan Xpert 4 fan configuration interface and is a nice touch in-lei of the text-based configuration approach. The Q-Fan Tuning page is accessed by clicking on the Manual Fan Tuning button within the EZ Mode page or clicking the F6 function key from within the Advanced Mode interface.
ASUS allows for storing up to eight UEFI profiles through the ASUS User Profiles page within the Tools tab in the Advanced mode interface. The saved profiles contain all user configured settings from the UEFI, and can be saved to or restored from any attached storage device.
The ASUS EZ Flash 3 utility was updated, allowing for BIOS update via an attached drive or through a network connection. When selecting the network update method, the utility launches a network connection wizard for getting the most up to date BIOS file from the ASUS servers.
The download and enable setting within the ASUS Armoury Crate page controls the automated download of the Armoury Crate applet from within Windows 10. Armoury Crate can be used to configure attached RGB LED strips from the ASUS Aura app and automatically installs all board drivers and utilities without the need for a driver disk.
The Save & Reset page displays to the user a scrollable list of all UEFI changes made since the last save. Listed changes are not committed to BIOS memory until saved by the user. Note that the same list displays when the user chooses any of the save settings from the Exit page or the Last Modified option with Advanced Mode active.
The System Information tab displays board model and BIOS version information, as well as housing the language selection and system time and date settings.
The Ai Tweaker tab houses various sub-tabs and settings for controlling motherboard performance settings. The other settings are logically divided up between the linked pages – CPU Core Ratio (Per CCX), Precision Boost Overdrive, DRAM Timing Control, and DIGI+ VRM.
The Advanced tab houses settings within linked sub-tabs for controlling the various subsystems and devices integrated into the motherboard, like the PCIe M.2 slots, SATA ports, USB slots, etc. Advanced AMD processor-specific performance and overclocking settings are housed within the AMD labeled sub-menus.
The AMD CBS submenu, accessed from the AMD CBS link in the Advanced tab, houses AMD Ryzen-specific advanced settings for configuring the processor internal settings.
The AMD Overclocking submenu, accessed from the AMD Overclocking link in the Advanced tab, houses AMD Ryzen-specific advanced settings for configuring voltage and frequency settings outside of the Ai Tweaker tab.
The Monitor tab contains settings related to BIOS monitored temperature, voltage, and fan speed settings. Additionally, fan header operation can be configured via settings at the page bottom (in addition to using the graphical based Qfan Control functionality).
The Boot tab contains settings related to system initialization and boot, including the boot override settings. CSM (Compatibility Support Module) and Secure Boot settings can also be configured via the links at the bottom of the tab.
The Tool tab houses all ASUS-specific customizations to the UEFI, logically grouped in the linked sub-pages. ASUS customizations include a BIOS flash utility, a UEFI profile load and save app, memory-based SPD information display, and the ability to enable/disable the ASUS Armoury Crate functionality.
To validate that the board’s device ports were functioning correctly, we connected an Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SATA III SSD to the system and ran the ATTO Disk Benchmark against the drive. The SSD was directly connected to the native SATA III ports. NGFF port testing was performed using an M.2 based Samsung 950 Pro PCIe M.2 2280 256GB SSD. The M.2 device was tested using the board’s integrated M.2 slot. USB port testing performed using a SATA to USB 3.0 convert cable. Unfortunately, tesing against the USB 3.1 ports was not completed because of compatibility issues with the board and the M.2 drive MyDigitalSSD M2X USB 3.1 Gen 2 compatible enclosure. ATTO was configured to test against transfer sizes from 0.5 to 8192 KB with Total Length set to 512 MB and Queue Depth set to 10. The M.2 SSD selected for testing has a maximum read throughput of 2200 MB/s and a write throughput of 900 MB/s over a PCI-Express 3.0 x4 bus. The selected SSD has a maximum read throughput of 540 MB/s and a write throughput of 520 MB/s on a SATA III controller. The drive tests were repeated three times with the highest repeatable read and write speeds recorded.
Across the board, drives connected to the native chipset controlled SATA and M.2 ports performed within specs with a few surprises encountered. The most surprising results were with drive performance when attached to the SATA III ports. The SATA III drives managed just about 500 MB/s for read performance while dipping into the 460 MB/s range for writes. Typically, both of those values should be well above 500 MB/s. With the SSD attached to the USB 3.0 port, performance fell slightly behind that of the SATA ports, hovering around the 400 MB/s range.
SiSoftware’s Sandra benchmark is an industry-standard suite for measuring various aspects of a systems performance. We use the CPU and memory-subsystem tests to validate how well those subsystems perform related to similar classed boards. This test was repeated three times with the highest repeatable scores recorded from each benchmark.
The Sandra benchmarks remain a fast and easy way to determine system quality from a CPU and memory subsystem perspective. The TUF Gaming X570-Plus motherboard performed as expected with it’s performance matching that of other similarly classed AMD X570-based systems. This CPU and memory performance parity indicates proper CPU and memory subsystem operation.
Handbrake was used to convert an uncompressed version of the Iron Man Blu-ray movie in MKV format to a compressed 1080P30 MP4 format. The Iron Man MKV file was ripped from the Blu-ray disc in the past with the file size for the uncompressed media coming in at 26 GB. Handbrake was run with the Fast 1080p30 preset settings enforced with the exception of Anamorphic set to Loose. This test was repeated three times with the lowest repeatable conversion time recorded.
Video encoding is one of the more system intensive operations, making it a good test to measure system performance quirks under elevated usage scenarios. The TUF Gaming X570-Plus motherboard performed on par with the other AMD X570-based test systems.
Maxon’s Cinebench R20 benchmark can be used determine a system’s ability to render 3D content based on their Cinema 4D animation software. The CPU benchmark test was run three times, with the highest reproducible Cinebench points score recorded.
The TUF Gaming X570-Plus motherboard again performed well in comparison with the other AMD X570-based systems, illustrating its optimal functioning.
UL’s PCMark 10 can be used to reliably ascertain a system’s performance in a Windows 10-based use environment. The tests chosen for benchmarking included the Extended Suite and the Applications Suite. The Extended Suite of tests is comprised of the Essentials test, the Productivity test, the Digital Content Creation test, and the Gaming test. The Applications Suite of tests is comprised of the MS Word test, the MS Excel test, the MS Powerpoint test, and the MS Edge browser test. For the Applications Suite, MS Office 365 was used in conjuction with PCMark 10. All test suites within the PCMark 10 benchmark suites were run three times, with the highest reproducible PCMark scores recorded.
The TUF Gaming X570-Plus motherboard performed well for the most part in comparison to the other test systems in this real-world application benchmark. The small performance differences between the TUF Gaming X570-Plus board and the other X570-based systems could be attributed to quirks with the benchmark itself and how different manufacturers and UEFI versions manage CPU ratios and voltages at stock settings.
ASUS has another winning design with the TUF Gaming X570-Plus motherboard. Its layout and design keep to ASUS’ typical high standards with no hard to reach or crowded components. The board features the TUF Gaming aesthetics with black chromed VRM heat sinks as well as the muted RGB LEDs across its surface. Its base black PCB acts as a good accent to the design with it easily fitting in to most gamer-centric builds. All of the normal niceties you find with TUF-branded boards are integrated, including multiple 12v and 5v RGB headers, enhanced VRM power circuitry, and various stability and longevity features in the integrated components. Performance-wise, it doesn’t disappoint with excellent performance across the board at both stock and overclocked speeds. Surprisingly, there is really little not to like about this board. For both the gamers and the TUF-enthusiasts, I’d recommend giving this board a hard look.
Hardware Editor at PC Perspective. Main focus is on motherboard reviews, but does branch out to other areas of interest from time to time (read that as water cooling). Morry has been building his own systems since the mid-90's and has a passion for PC modding and watercooling. If you've been to Quakecon, there's a chance you've seen one of his builds.
No offense to Sebastion but it’s nice to see other people do reviews for Pcper. I’m pretty tied of only seeing Sebastions name on those review articles. I’d like to Jeremy or Josh do a major releases review.
I love the way he prefaced his offensive comment with ‘no offence’. Don’t worry Sebastian. I’m sure there are literally tens of people who appreciate what you do.
Ok, “tens” might actually be pushing it. I estimate that as many as 12 people appreciate my reviews.
Side note, I do appreciate anyone who comments anymore, even if it’s critical. Asking people to create an account – as many sites do in an attempt to control the insane volume of spam – does reduce interaction by roughly 99%.
I am using an old ASRock AB350 Pro4 motherboard for a PC I built back in Sept. 2017. I realize that this Asus Tuf Gaming x570 board is like 90 bucks more expensive but this seems like a good deal for all things it offers.
Nice review. I have this board and it is working well. Only issue I have is the lack of a header for my case’s USB type C front panel port. @Sebastian Peak You mentioned on the last podcast that there are adapters for those headers. Any recommendations?
There are adapters, with the SilverStone CP14 one example – but that will only support USB 3.0 and no power delivery:
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It’s an unfortunate reality that many lower-cost AMD boards don’t offer the modern standard. I’m guessing that margins are the culprit.
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