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REVIEW | ASUS ROG Strix X570-E

ASUS Republic of Gamers have always been the first choice in gaming hardware that every time you see ROG branding, you know it means serious business. This is what the ASUS ROG Strix X570-E is all about. Just serious performance. Meant to drive the third generation of Ryzen processors, the X570-E is packed with a reliable VRM for overclocking that will push your processor beyond it’s rated specifications.

In this article, we will take a look at how much performance can we get from the Ryzen 7 3700X using the X570-E through Precision Boost Overdrive enhancements, as well as manual CPU and Memory overclocking.

Specifications

SocketAM4
ChipsetAMD X570
Form FactorATX
Voltage Regulator6+2 Phases (ASP1405)
IR3555 power stages 60A
Back I/O Ports 1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI
5 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A 
8 x USB 2.0 
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
5 x Audio jack(s)
1 x Anti-surge 2.5G LAN (RJ45) port
1 x USB BIOS FlashbackTM Button(s)
1 x ASUS Wi-Fi Module
7 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (up to 10Gbps) ports (Type-A)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (up to 10Gbps) ports (Type-C)
Anti-surge LAN (RJ45) port
Network Intel® I211-AT, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)
Realtek® RTL8125-CG 2.5G LAN

Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX200
2 x 2 Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax) with MU-MIMO supports dual frequency band 2.4/5GHz
Up to 2.4Gbps transfer speed
Internal I/O 1 x PCH_FAN
1 x AAFP connector
2 x Aura RGB Strip Header(s)
2 x Addressable Gen 2 header(s)
2 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 2.0 port(s)
2 x M.2 Socket 3 with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support
1 x SPI TPM header
8 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
1 x CPU Fan connector(s) 
1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s) 
2 x Chassis Fan connector(s) 
1 x AIO_PUMP connector 
1 x W_PUMP+ connector 
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
1 x Thermal sensor connector(s)
1 x Clear CMOS jumper(s)
1 x Node Connector(s)
1 x System panel connector
1 x T_Sensor Connector
1 x M.2 Fan Header
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (up to 10Gbps) connector
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (up to 5Gbps) connector support additional 2 USB ports
Expansion slots 2 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8) 
1 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (max at x4 mode)
2 x PCIe 4.0 x1
CrossFire/SLI3x / 2x
DIMM slots(4) DDR4

What’s in the box?

Unboxing an ROG product like this one is always exciting as you get the huge box with a bunch of accessories and paperwork.

Here’s a list of items that you can find inside the box:

  • User’s manual
  • 4 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
  • 1 x M.2 Screw Package
  • 1 x Supporting DVD
  • 1 x Strix door hanger
  • 1 x ROG Strix stickers
  • 1 x Cable ties pack(s)
  • 1 x Wi-Fi Antenna(s)
  • 1 x Extension Cable for RGB strips (80 cm)
  • 1 x Extension cable for Addressable LED
  • 1 x Thermistor cable(s)
  • 1 x ROG Thank you card

Aesthetics

The motherboard’s design is in the typical ROG Strix style: ROG armor with an RGB lit “STRIX” logo on top of the I/O, massive heatsinks to keep the VRMs cool, black and grey color scheme. The heatsinks are much more massive than the Crosshair VI Hero that we looked at previously and brings a lot maturity in the AM4 platform in terms of ROG choices.

Other notable features are the LED Debug on the bottom, ASUS ROG Supreme FX audio, and a ton of RGB and fan headers. And just like most X570 motherboards, there is also an actively cooled chipset heatsink extends to the M.2 slots and it also has RGB lighting.

Product photos

VRM power delivery, overclocking

For the VRM, the X570-E has a 6+2 Phase VRM using the ASP1405 PWM controller (something like the IR35201) with IR3555 power stages (60A) making a very effective configuration for high-end overclocking.

We were able to reach the hard limit of the Ryzen 7 3700x at 4.3Ghz with 1.36v on the vcore while being cooled by a Noctua NH-D15.

CPU core enhancement performance

Here we will show you how the motherboard’s CPU core enhancement modes boosts the clock speeds of our Ryzen 7 3700x on stock settings compared to other X570 motherboards. We will include Cinebench scores for each core enhancement modes as well.

Test System:

  • CPU – Ryzen 7 3700x
  • Cooler – Noctua NH-D15
  • Memory – G.Skill Sniper X 3400mhz CL16
  • Graphics – AMD Radeon RX 5700
  • Motherboards:
    • MSI MEG X570 ACE
    • Asus ROG X570-E
    • Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero Wifi

(note that the MEG X570 ACE has four levels of PBO enhancement while the ASUS boards only have three)

Here we can see the Ryzen 7 3700x getting a consistent boost up to 4.291Ghz on both single and multi-core with Precision Boost Overdrive. The ROG Strix X570-E feeds up to 1.42v on the Ryzen chip.

UEFI BIOS

The UEFI BIOS menus is going to be familiar for everyone who has used ASUS UEFI before. The availability of EZ Mode and Advanced mode definitely makes things easier.

The only thing that most people would be tweaking here would usually be the D.O.C.P. profiles for the memory, DRAM timings, CPU overclocking, Voltages, and importantly, FCLK Frequency.

ASUS’s Q-Fan control is also one of othe most comprehensive fan controls that i’ve seen in the market and it makes it easy to set different fan curves for each CPU/chassis fan. Knowing that the X570 Crosshair VIII Hero Wifi has a lot of fan headers, there’s a lot to play around with here.

Final Thoughts

In line with the rest of the ASUS ROG X570 motherboard line up, the X570-E has it all: aesthetics, overclocking, connectivity. If you are a gamer who is looking to get into the ROG ecosystem or is looking for an upgrade, this motherboard will have you covered.

The only complaint I have with this motherboard is that the LED Debug is on the bottom which can be difficult to see when your rig is on the floor. Overall, with the features X570 chipset is offering, the ROG X570-E delivers aesthetics and performance out of the box.

Pros

  • Republic of Gamers vibe.
  • Even though this has a 6+2 phase VRM, the power stages are high quality and it will be able to keep up even if you push your Ryzen processor beyond it’s limits.
  • Wifi and BIOS flashback is always a huge plus

Cons

  • Some people might find the placement of the LED debug inconvenient.
  • at the price of PHP19,260, it’s definitely expensive and can be too close to other high-end motherboards which you might opt for.
Ira James
Ira James is an enthusiast who has his roots on PC hardware and gaming. His career as a tech journalist began after working in the PR industry for two years. He started GGWPTech to write PC hardware reviews, gaming, cyber security, and enterprise tech news. His works are also syndicated by other media publishers: Tech Sabado, and the Sunday and Business I.T. section of Manila Times.

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