Board Features

The GIGABYTE X570 Xtreme is the current flagship in its product stack, with a current selling price of $700 at Newegg and Amazon. The premium and core feature set includes an Aquantia AQC107 10 GbE NIC, with an assisting Intel I211-AT Gigabit NIC which provides users with dual Ethernet ports on the rear panel, and an Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax wireless interface offers users with both Wi-Fi and BT 5.0 connectivity. The onboard audio solution is higher quality than standard models with a Realtek ALC1220-VB HD audio codec with GIGABYTE also included an ESS Sabre 9218 DAC with uprated WIMA audio capacitors located on the audio section of the PCB. As with other high-end X570 models, there are three PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots with the bottom-mounted slot on the PCB shared with two of the six SATA ports which supports RAID 0, 1 and 10 arrays.

GIGABYTE X570 Aorus Xtreme E-ATX Motherboard
Warranty Period 3 Years
Product Page Link
Price $700
Size E-ATX
CPU Interface AM4
Chipset AMD X570
Memory Slots (DDR4) Four DDR4
Supporting 128 GB
Dual Channel
Up to DDR4-4400
Video Outputs N/A
Network Connectivity Aquantia AQC107 10 G
Intel I211-AT 1 G
Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax 
Onboard Audio Realtek ALC1220-VB
ESS 9218 DAC
PCIe Slots for Graphics (from CPU) 2 x PCIe 4.0 x16
(x16, x8/x8)
PCIe Slots for Other (from PCH) 1 x PCIe 4.0 x4
Onboard SATA Six, RAID 0/1/10
Onboard M.2 1 x PCIe 4.0 x4/SATA (CPU)
2 x PCIe 4.0 x4/SATA (Chipset)
USB 3.1 (10 Gbps) 5 x Type-A Rear Panel
1 x Type-C Rear Panel
1 x Type-C Header
USB 3.0 (5 Gbps) 2 x Type-A Rear Panel
2 x Type-A Header
USB 2.0 4 x Type-A Rear Panel
1 x Header (two ports)
Power Connectors 1 x 24-pin ATX
2 x 8pin CPU
Fan Headers 1 x CPU (4-pin)
1 x Water Pump (4-pin)
7 x System (4-pin)
8 x System (4-pin) - Fan Commander
IO Panel 5 x USB 3.1 G2 Type-A
1 x USB 3.1 G2 Type-C
2 x USB 3.1 G1 Type-A
4 x USB 2.0 Type-A
2 x Network RJ45 (Aquantia/Intel)
5 x 3.5mm Audio Jacks (Realtek)
1 x S/PDIF Output (Realtek))
2 x Intel AX200 Antenna Ports
1 x Q-Flash BIOS Button
1 x Clear CMOS Button

The rear panel includes a pre-installed rear IO shield and also features five USB 3.1 G2 Type-A, one USB 3.1 G2 Type-C and two USB 3.1 G1 Type-A ports, and four USB 2.0 ports. Users can expand on this with a single USB 3.1 G2 Type-C header which provides a single port, a USB 3.1 G1 Type-A header for two additional ports, and a single USB 2.0 header which offers users two additional ports. The GIGABYTE X570 Aorus Xtreme includes a comprehensive 14-phase power delivery for the CPU and a 2-phase solution for the SoC. Given the high-end and flagship status of the X570 Aorus Xtreme, there are no video outputs on the rear panel with the board design for the higher-end Ryzen 3rd generation processors such as the Ryzen 9 3900X and the impending Ryzen 9 3950X which is due later this year. 

Test Bed

As per our testing policy, we take a high-end CPU suitable for the motherboard that was released during the socket’s initial launch and equip the system with a suitable amount of memory running at the processor maximum supported frequency. This is also typically run at JEDEC subtimings where possible. It is noted that some users are not keen on this policy, stating that sometimes the maximum supported frequency is quite low, or faster memory is available at a similar price, or that the JEDEC speeds can be prohibitive for performance. While these comments make sense, ultimately very few users apply memory profiles (either XMP or other) as they require interaction with the BIOS, and most users will fall back on JEDEC supported speeds - this includes home users as well as industry who might want to shave off a cent or two from the cost or stay within the margins set by the manufacturer. Where possible, we will extend out testing to include faster memory modules either at the same time as the review or a later date.

While we have been able to measure audio performance from previous Z370 motherboards, the task has been made even harder with the roll-out of the Z390 chipset and none of the boards tested so far has played ball. It seems all USB support for Windows 7 is now extinct so until we can find a reliable way of measuring audio performance on Windows 10 or until a workaround can be found, audio testing will have to be done at a later date.

Test Setup
Processor AMD Ryzen 3700X, 65W, $329 
8 Cores, 16 Threads, 3.6 GHz (4.4 GHz Turbo)
Motherboard GIGABYTE X570 Aorus Xtreme (BIOS F3i)
Cooling ID Cooling Auraflow 240mm AIO
Power Supply Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1200W Gold PSU
Memory 2x8GB G.Skill TridentZ DDR4-3200 16-16-16-36 2T
Video Card ASUS GTX 980 STRIX (1178/1279 Boost)
Hard Drive Crucial MX300 1TB
Case Open Benchtable BC1.1 (Silver)
Operating System Windows 10 1903 inc. Spectre/Meltdown Patches

Readers of our motherboard review section will have noted the trend in modern motherboards to implement a form of MultiCore Enhancement / Acceleration / Turbo (read our report here) on their motherboards. This does several things, including better benchmark results at stock settings (not entirely needed if overclocking is an end-user goal) at the expense of heat and temperature. It also gives, in essence, an automatic overclock which may be against what the user wants. Our testing methodology is ‘out-of-the-box’, with the latest public BIOS installed and XMP enabled, and thus subject to the whims of this feature. It is ultimately up to the motherboard manufacturer to take this risk – and manufacturers taking risks in the setup is something they do on every product (think C-state settings, USB priority, DPC Latency / monitoring priority, overriding memory sub-timings at JEDEC). Processor speed change is part of that risk, and ultimately if no overclocking is planned, some motherboards will affect how fast that shiny new processor goes and can be an important factor in the system build.

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New Test Suite: Spectre and Meltdown Hardened

Since the start of our Z390 reviews, we are using an updated OS, updated drivers, and updated software. This is in line with our CPU testing updates, which includes Spectre and Meltdown patches. We are also running the testbed with the new Windows 10 1903 update for AMD's Ryzen 3000 series CPUs, and X570 motherboard reviews. The Windows 1903 update improves multi-core and multi-thread performance on AMD's Ryzen processors with topology awareness meaning previous issues in regards to latency have been known to affect performance. As users are recommended to keep their Windows 10 operating system updates, our performance data is reflected with the 1903 update.

BIOS And Software System Performance
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  • Smell This - Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - link

    Maybe __ but I'm not sure I get your point.

    A conventional top down plugin has to bend 180-degrees to route under the tray as opposed to a 90-degree 'bend' ??
  • DanNeely - Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - link

    A 90* plug doesn't get you anything unless you're routing the cable on the same side as the board (which isn't normal these days outside of SFF), or can make a tight 90* bend as the cable comes out of the routing hole. Unless you have a really flexible cable you're not going to be able to do that. Instead you end up having to make a 270* loop (up, then forward into where drive bays used to be, and then down and back to the board), so you still end up with a big loop.

    With a big loop a 180* can be done without putting any bending stress on the plug. A 270* either needs more cable to match the same bending radius or will have to be tighter and puts more stress on the board as a result. With the one system I had this sort of setup in there wasn't enough slack in the cable to do a loop with enough slack that it wasn't trying to bend/twist the board up. When I plugged the cable in before the board was screwed down it was flexing the board up when I tried screwing it down on the edge with the socket. With the board screwed down first, it was very difficult to get the plug to the socket partly because of the tray meaning I could only grip the cable from one side and partly because the cable didn't want to be bent tightly enough to go in. On the whole it was among the most frustrating build steps I ever did and the stiffness of the cable meant that it completely failed at the notional goal of keeping the wires out of the way that's normally behind 90* edge plugs.

    My initial thought was that a rigid 90* adapter that extended out to the cable management hole would avoid the problem by removing the need to tightly bend the cable to fit. Thinking a bit more, that probably wouldn't be enough because making a tight bend behind the board would be just as difficult; you'd either need a 180* piece so the cable could stay flat on the backside of the board, or a short extension with all loose wires to make it work.
  • Ratman6161 - Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - link

    How about this:
  • Ratman6161 - Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - link
  • MamiyaOtaru - Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - link

    cool, connect that to the side plug and come at it from behind /s
  • eek2121 - Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - link

    IMO we need a better solution for all the connectors that exist on motherboards. For example, those USB3 connectors. How many times have I bent a pin trying to plug one in when it accidentally gets pulled out? More than I'd care to admit. I mean hell, at least put a snap/latch on it similar to what most SATA cables have. Ideally, we've had 1 cable running from the case to the motherboard, and 1 cable running from the PSU to the motherboard. Both connectors would had the little snap or latch or whatever you call it, and both would be right angled so that they can easily be hidden from view for a nice clean look.
  • DanNeely - Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - link

    USB-C does use a smaller and more robust connector than USB 3.0 (you can see one on this board near the diagnostic code display) that appears to take its design inspiration from PCIe.

    A single cable from the PSU to the mobo would run into one size fits all problems and end up huge, ex the difference between the needs of an SFF system using a 4 pin CPU header and a high end work station/gaming board using 2x8pin CPU headers and a PCIe header (to give extra power for multiple GPUs).

    What could be done easily enough would be to gut the 24 pin cable by making about half of its wires optional; even if not followed up by a new smaller plug/socket a few years later it would remove a lot of the headaches from the worst connector on the mobo. This could be done safely because the original 20 pin connector dates back to when the CPU ran on 3.3v, everything else ran on 5V, and hardly anything needed 12V; vs today when 5V is used almost exclusively for USB, 3.3V for odds and ends (eg 10 of the 25/75W a PCIe card can draw from the mobo is 3.3v not 12v), while everything else runs 12V to component specific voltage regulators.

    The reason nothing's happened is more or less the same as why the mess of jumper style headers for the front panel has never been replaced by a standard block style connection. The PC industry as a whole no longer cares about desktops enough to expend the effort needed for a major new standardization round. Big OEMs can and do address the issues via proprietary components scoring spare part lockin as a bonus; while for everyone else (eg the people who make parts for customer built systems/boutique vendors) the upfront time spent and short term costs from needing to bundle legacy/modern adapters for a few years is too high to try and push something on their own. Residual trauma from the effort spent on the failed BTX standard some years back was probably an issue back when desktops were still important enough of a market segment to get serious engineering effort in standard modernization as well.
  • Dug - Monday, October 7, 2019 - link

    I just have to chime in and agree with changing the entire layout. Look what oem's can do when they aren't tied to the ancient atx power supply and standard pin layout. Look at the power supply used on an imac pro. That's how it should be done. These giant cables and connectors are really unnecessary.
  • 4everalone - Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - link

    I wish MB makers would start providing SFP+ ports instead of 10GBASE-T ports. That way we at-least have the option of running fiber/copper.
  • TheinsanegamerN - Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - link

    I like the look of the board and passive X570 cooling, but am dissapointed at the lack of expansion slots. No USB 3 header? Really? Just a gen 2 that cant be used on the vast majority of cases, and even if it can it will onyl feed a singular port? No PCIe x1 slots for, say, a USB 3 header card to make up for the lack of internal headers?

    Granted, this is a subjective problem, not many people use more then 1-2 slots, but for the price, I would want way mroe expansion for future upgrades. Think USB 3 headers, replacement NIC or sound cards in case of on board failure, NVMe cards for RAID arrays and better cooling, ece.

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