GIGABYTE X570 AORUS Master Review — the board that puts its pricier peers to shame

Vyncent Chan
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GIGABYTE X570 AORUS Master Review — the board that puts its pricier peers to shame
  • Appearance - 8/10
    8/10
  • Efficiency - 8.3/10
    8.3/10
  • Features - 9/10
    9/10
  • Materials - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Performance - 9/10
    9/10
  • User Experience - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Value - 8.8/10
    8.8/10

Summary

The GIGABYTE X570 AORUS Master is a great motherboard with a VRM design that’s really as good as it gets.

Overall
8.6/10
8.6/10

Pros

+ Impressive set of included accessories!
+ The most solid board design I have seen recently
+ Insanely over-the-top VRM design and VRM cooling
+ Integrated I/O shield and G-Connector makes it much easier for first time builders
+ M.2 heatsinks are easy to remove
+ Dual BIOS is cool feature to have
+ Amazing bang for buck

Cons

– Lack of extreme overclocking features limits practicality of all that overkill hardware
– BIOS arrangement could do with some optimization
– Backplate might get in the way of large CPU cooler mounting systems

Introduction

GIGABYTE’s designs for the AMD X570 platform are some of the best in terms of power delivery, with them pioneering the first 16-phase board without the use of any doublers. It’s an impressive feat for their flagship motherboard, but today we will be looking at the GIGABYTE X570 AORUS Master, featuring 14-phase power, without any doublers. That’s just one of the main features, with plenty more to look at on this board.

Unboxing

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GIGABYTE X570 AORUS Master Review — the board that puts its pricier peers to shame 6

The GIGABYTE AORUS’ signature orange is featured prominently across the packaging. It’s a bit less substantial than what we have seen previously, but the less budget spent on packaging, the better, right?

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GIGABYTE X570 AORUS Master Review — the board that puts its pricier peers to shame 7

On the back side are a list of highlighted features and specifications. GIGABYTE has really crammed this board full of stuff, so the back is equally busy.

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GIGABYTE X570 AORUS Master Review — the board that puts its pricier peers to shame 8

While the GIGABYTE X570 AORUS Master’s packaging may not have been the most elaborate we have seen, the contents are really quite impressive. You quite literally get everything but the kitchen sink in here, with GIGABYTE even throwing in thermal probes and a noise sensor for more in-depth monitoring of your system’s condition. There’s even a G-Connector which makes it easier to connect all the tiny switch and status LED connectors to the motherboard.

Appearance

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GIGABYTE X570 AORUS Master Review — the board that puts its pricier peers to shame 9

There is a distinctly less focus on RGB effects with GIGABYTE AMD X570 motherboards. The most common area where RGB lighting is usually applied, the PCH heatsink, now has a fan, so that’s somewhat understandable.

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GIGABYTE X570 AORUS Master Review — the board that puts its pricier peers to shame 10

What I appreciate the most on the GIGABYTE X570 AORUS Master is the heatsink on the VRMs. Instead of being little more than fancy aluminium blocks like on most motherboards, the GIGABYTE X570 AORUS Master’s VRM heatsinks offer a ton of surface area to allow for some serious heat dissipation. That’s really commendable and it doesn’t look half bad at all with the dark finishing.

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GIGABYTE X570 AORUS Master Review — the board that puts its pricier peers to shame 11

For those of you who have accidentally ripped off your PCIe or RAM slots, the GIGABYTE X570 AORUS Master has reinforced them. I wish that GIGABYTE had made the RAM slots to have tabs only on one side of the RAM slots, just to make RAM installation a tad easier.

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GIGABYTE X570 AORUS Master Review — the board that puts its pricier peers to shame 12

The I/O shield here is built onto the board, like most recent high-end motherboards. There’s plenty of connectivity options, and GIGABYTE has equipped the GIGABYTE X570 AORUS Master with Intel AX200 wireless card which is why you see the two antenna connectors here too. I am quite curious why GIGABYTE decided that you need four USB 2.0 ports though, resulting in the GIGABYTE X570 AORUS Master offering fewer USB 3.0 ports than the competition.

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GIGABYTE X570 AORUS Master Review — the board that puts its pricier peers to shame 13

The GIGABYTE X570 AORUS Master is one really high-end board, complete with a backplate behind the motherboard to improve the rigidity of the whole motherboard. It’s quite pretty to look at, but the sad thing is that you won’t get to see it much once its installed in a case or even on a bench case. It might get in the way of some CPU cooler backplates, but it is easily removable too if that’s the case.