Why I think AMD's new X570 motherboards are a ripoff

By lumiobyte / Published July 26, 2019, 10:28 a.m. UTC

Anyone who has read a tech article in the last month will have heard of AMD's new Ryzen 3000 monsters. Blasting past Intel's ninth-gen rivals, in its wake has also come a new upgraded chipset - X570. In this article, I'll be taking a look at this new chipset, and seeing if it really is worth the also upgraded price tag.

NOTE: Before you blast me about information being incorrect, my opinion being stupid or one-sided/biased, this is the first time I’ve tried writing about anything techy, and I’ve tried my best to make sure everything makes sense and is correct, but obviously there will still be mistakes and these kind of posts will be improved over time. Just bear with me and my article quality will improve! 😉
Also, all prices are in Australian Dollars. Currently it’s about A$1.42 to US$1 as of 22/07/19.

So, what’s changed?
Not that much. The main changes are PCIe Gen 4 and M.2 Gen 4 connections on the boards, USB 3.2 Gen 2, and some upgraded SATA. Yes, that’s about it. Sure, I guess you can acess your files at 5000MB/s, but think about it honestly, DO YOU NEED IT? Do you need anything more than even 1000MB/s? 95% of users won’t want the extra 4TB/s of transfer.

And how much does it cost?
A low end X570 board will cost you a minimum of around A$280 (a very basic cheap ASRock board with no special features), and a high quality one will set you back around A$450 - A$520. If you’re a millionaire, there’s even one for you, at A$1,450 - that’s a lotta $$$.
Compare this to our X470 and B450 friends, which, for a decent quality mobo, will set you back about A$170 - A$220 and A$220 - A$300 respectively.

Is it worth it?
Are you short on time? Here’s the quick answer: in my opinion, NO. Even though a B450 or X470 motherboard will need a BIOS flash before supporting R3000, most retailers or tech shops will do this for free, and half an hour to go to a store and get it done is worth the money saved. At least from my point of view. Others will undoubtedly differ. But if you’ve got time to read on, I’m gonna explain my view a bit more in-depth.

So, it’s not worth it, but why?
An x570 mobo will board features like “Fast Data Transfer” and “Chipset Cooling” - sounds very cool but costs a lot and doesn’t benefit your performance enough to be noticeable. Sure, if those 10 extra Cinebench points mean life or death then go for it! But really - let’s take a look at this.
For my build, I had originally planned to use a ROG Prime X470-Pro from Asus with an R5 2600. When R3000 released, I changed this to R5 3600X paired with a ROG Prime X570-Pro (also from Asus) until I noticed the price - A$350 vs A$440. What? What am I getting for nearly 100 extra precious $? Let’s head over to Asus’s website and take a look.

X470 @ https://www.asus.com/au/Motherboards/PRIME-X470-PRO/
X570 @ https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/PRIME-X570-PRO/

(yes, links don’t work properly yet. Please give me a chance and just copy and paste, not that hard)
Both have everything you’d expect, ample ports, AM4 socket, m.2 slot, etc. as well as plenty of RGB and tuning capability. Over to the X570, everything is the same except of course PCIe gen 4, USB 3.2 gen 2, and stuff. One extra fan header, and a damn fan for cooling the chipset. SERIOUSLY, something has to be completely wrong with this new fangled x570 if it needs A FAN to keep it running?
I checked out the X470-I to see if I could get a cheaper X570 with the features I wanted, but nope, much of the RGB, fan slots, and stuff has just disappeared. WHAT?

All in all, I don’t like this new upgrade and I don’t think it was really necessary for 9/10 of the consumer base. Only the most pro-prosumers will want anything like this - them, and people with an infinite budget.

I hope you guys enjoyed my first ever “tech review” I’ve made! I like writing these. I get to express my opinion on the new tech. That’s good. Please don’t slam me if something is off about this, you can always go to the known and trusted reviewers for your final opinion. Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you in the next post!

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