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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  • Anderson6 - Thursday, October 10, 2019 - link

    The new, advanced power and thermal design enables users to unleash the performance on AMD Ryzen™ 3000-series Processors, making the GIGABYTE X570 motherboards perfect for users looking to build the best AMD platform gaming system. GIGABYTE X570 motherboards maximize your PC's potential with AMD StoreMI technology
  • RyanTech - Saturday, November 2, 2019 - link

    First of all, thanks for the great review! Well-written and very informative. I just have one question: Where is the last 4x lanes from the chipset usable from?

    I understand that the x16 and the x8 expansion slots and the M2A slot uses (20 total) lanes from the CPU and the last x4 expansion slot together with the M2B and M2C slots uses lanes from the chipset at 4x lanes each.

    But if I understand correctly, that's only 12 of 16 lanes so far for this platform & motherboard (4x for expansion slot 3, 4x each for the 2nd and 3rd M.2 slots). Where are the other 4 lanes? It can't be the SATA ports, right? Because the chipset already supports 4x SATA ports natively.

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