ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming WiFi II AMD AM4
- Brand: ASUS
- CPU Socket: Socket AM4
- Compatible Devices: Personal Computer
- RAM Memory Technology: DDR4
- Compatible Processors: Amd athlon
- Memory Speed: 4600 MHz
- Platform: Windows 10
- Series: ROG STRIX X570-E GAMING WIFI II
- RAM Memory Maximum Size: 128 GB
- Graphics Card Interface: PCI Express
ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming WiFi II AMD AM4 X570S ATX Gaming Motherboard (PCIe 4.0, Passive PCH Heatsink, 12+4 Power Stages, WiFi 6E, 2.5 Gb LAN, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C and Aura Sync RGB.
ASUS ROG STRIX X570-E GAMING WIFI II has 12+4 power steps and features a complete set of cooling solutions, including up to 2 M.2 heat sinks integrated, passive chipset cooling. VRM heatsinks to tame the latest AMD processor. In addition, the ROG STRIX X570-E GAMING WIFI II offers a wealth of ultra-fast connectivity options, including up to 2 M.2 slots, USB 3.2 Gen2 ports, and a USB 3.2 Type-C on the front panel.
- AMD AM4 socket: Ready for AMD Ryzen 5000 Series, 5000 G-Series, 4000 G-Series, 3000 Series, 3000 G-Series, 2000 Series, and 2000 G-Series desktop processors; supports up to two M.2 drives and features USB 3.2 Gen 2 and AMD StoreMI to maximize connectivity and speed. Bluetooth v5.2.
- Optimal Power Solution: 12+4 stage power supply with ProCool II power connector, alloy chokes, and durable capacitors to support multi-core processors.
- Comprehensive cooling: passive chipset cooler, VRM cooler with 8mm heatpipe, two built-in M.2 coolers, and a water pump header.
- High-performance networking: 2.5 Gbps LAN and Intel Gigabit Ethernet with ASUS LANGuard, WiFi 6E (802.11ax) with MU-MIMO, and gateway equipping via GameFirst V.
- Best connectivity for gaming: Supports PCIe 4.0, HDMI 2.0, and DisplayPort 1.2 and features dual M.2, USB 3.2 Type-A, and USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C connectors.
Specification: ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming WiFi II AMD AM4
After using the board for the past 8 months, I feel confident in saying that it is one of the best AM4 boards when it comes to featurset and value. While it is fairly expensive (nearly $300 at the time or purchase), the money is going to more of the utilitarian parts that impact performance and usability. Since all of the PCIe slots have PCIe switches on them, the board is very flexibility in how the various ports can be used without running into issues such as some ports being unusable when others are populated.
As the board is laid out and connected, the first PCIe X16 slot is connected directly to the CPU, and has a switcher to send 8 lanes to the second PCIe X16 slot (this slot is wired only for X8) if a device is installed in that slot.
The first m.2 slot is wired directly to the CPU as well (has 4 PCIe 4.0 lanes that is not shared with anything else).
The remaining slots make use of the PCIe 4.0 lanes from the chipset, and best of all, all of them can be used at the same time, including the 2nd m.2 slot. The only catch here is if the 2nd PCIe X1 slot is populated, then the 3rd full length slot that is wired for X4, will run at X2 speeds instead.
The board comes with a built in Intel AX200 WiFi adapter. The WiFi adapter and the Bluetooth feature can be enabled or disabled individually, thus if you do not need WiFi, you can disable it at the bios level, while keeping the Bluetooth part of the AX200 enabled.
For Ethernet, the motherboard uses the Realtek RTL 8125 which performs as expedited for a 2.5GbE connection. When connected to a multi-gig switch. A throughput test using TCP between 2 2.5GbE clients, gets a sustained speed of 2380.952Mbps after the TCP overhead, thus it is effectively providing the full throughput of the standard.
The Intel AX200 performs as expected, and identically to that of laptops equipped with it. When connected to an 802.11ax AP in a urban environment with some congestion on the 5GHz band; at 160MHz channel width, the AX200 provides a real world throughput hovering around 1.8 to 2Gbps.
The VRMs remain relatively cool during heavy operation when used with a Ryzen 7 5800x. At full load, the CPU pulls 147 watts which is being powered via a 16 phase 12+4 config that uses 60 amp power stages for each phase (International Rectifier IR3555). Every 2 phases share a signal from the controller, thus in practice, it behaves more like a 6+2 phase, but with twice the current handling capability.
Aside from the standard 24 pin ATX power connector, the EPS 12V connector near the CPU area uses an 8+4 pin connector. a single 8 pin EPS 12V cable will run the board just fine, but if you use multiple PCIe slots at once, especially with SLI, then the 4 pin is also needed.
Aside from the above mentioned aspects, everything else performs similarly to any other X570 board, since everything else performance related is tightly controlled by AMD.
The board also has a number of RGB LEDs along with 4 RGB headers for addressable RGB strips, but thankfully, all of the RGB can be turned off.
Great VRM design with good transient response.
Good set of bios options.
First PCIe X16 slot is spaced low enough to allow ample room for an NH-D15 cooler.
Good use of PCIe switchers, allows for all PCIe slots (including the m.2 ones) to be used at the same time, along with every SATA port with nothing being disabled.
Intel AX200 WiFi module can be disabled in bios while keeping its Bluetooth 5.2 module enabled.
It has many RGB LEDs that are enabled by default, thus adding an extra setup step to disable them.
The 2 coax cables for the WiFi/ Bluetooth antenna are longer than I would like. Ideally it is best to keep any cable carrying RF to be as short as possible for where you would like to place the antenna, as RF is gradually attenuated as it travels to more and more length of cable. While the range is still great for WiFi and Bluetooth, in terms of Bluetooth, the range is a little shorter than on my laptop which uses the same WiFi adapter.
The 2 screws holding on the cover for the chipset heatsink needs to be removed before you can remove the 2 m.2 slot heatsinks.
As a final overall rating, I am still giving it 5 stars as the cons that personally effected me are not major, and the RGB one can be easily solved (for those of us who do not like having RGB lighting on our builds. Beyond that, since my use cases are more utilitarian, it meets those needs without issue.
“Appeared” sealed but upon opening and taking the motherboard out of the static package I noticed a large black hair and some gupy foam gunk on the side of the socket. I then noticed the CMOS battery is missing. On closer inspection, I then noticed plastic has been removed frum the strick mirror, and theirafter noticed the M.2 Screw package missing – wt*? So Extremely unimpressed and angry! Clearly Asus is repackaging and sealing USED Products and reselling them as new! SHAME SHAME SHAME ON THEM! Extremely unimpressed!
To summarize for the quick review – this motherboard rocks – it kills it in every aspect for the cost. It’s beautifully laid out, everything is extremely sturdy on it, and the bios is killer. WELL DONE!
The dad to another dad: the install and build is a breeze. Great instructions and clear labels on everything including the wire harnesses. This is such a bonus as you’re not second guessing if that’s the right port or not.
The gamer to gamer: this thing is a beast with the tweakable bios for the money. I’m overclocked and with the heat monitoring and fan options on the motherboard – it takes care of everything. I’m now running on some games at max capacity for the settings of the game without any lag or frame drop. It’s amazing as my son has another motherboard that’s right in line with this and has the same graphics card and chipset and his performance is somewhat less than my machine. We’ve tweaked quite a few things but can’t push the speed and performance of his board to match this.
FOR THE MONEY – it’s probably the one and only choice out there. Everything about the board screams feed me and we do – games all night and all day.
– Easy install
– Sturdy reinforced screw protection for securing motherboard in case
– lots of space and no hardships on plug management
– bios is amazing
– onboard layout is dare I say clutch!
Enjoy – if you buy this you’ve made the right call – honestly save yourself the 8 hours of research I did just to come back and buy this one.
After putting this in my computer I quickly realised just how little sound it made and how easy it was to figure out where Everything was located on it. The fan in it is tiny and won’t do much at all and It’s a little bit pricey but well worth the cost.
D. Dehner –
Purchased to use with my Ryzen 9 3950X please with forward compatibility for the upcoming 5000 Series Ryzen’s
Another great ASUS Product.
I’ve been building PC’s for about 15 years, and I always buy ASUS motherboards. I’ve used others (Gigabyte once) but I’ve always been pleased with ASUS boards, and once one gets used to the way a given brand does things it’s just easier to stick with them. This was my first AMD/Ryzen build (I’ve always used Intel) and I figured that while this seems a little over priced for what it is, given what’s happening with CPU and graphics card prices, this is only mildly overpriced.
I should say clearly here that I am not a gamer so there are features on this board that aren’t as important to me as they would be to gamers (like power handling and the like; what is important to me is lots of SSD connectors that can be used without limiting use of PCIe slots.
What I liked most:
1) I have always hated putting in the I/O plate into the case and then sliding the motherboard in so that the connectors meet the I/O plate correctly. I don’t know why I’m so bad at it (I assume it’s me as I don’t hear that many other people complain about it) but I was determined to get a board this time (even if it means buying “more board” than I need). This one has an integrated I/O plate and that works great.
2) It has MB slots for 2 M2.2280 (or smaller) SSD gumsticks. Some competitive boards have 3, but I can live with two. This board supports PCIe 4, but only for one of the two 2280 slots, but again that was OK with me.
3) In addition to the two 2280 slots, it has 8 SATA connectors and that’s great for me. I need lots of storage and wanted to build a no-spinning-hard-drive system and since large SSD’s are very expensive, all of these connectors let me use 1TB and 2TB drives. Importantly, you can use all of these without messing up your PCIe slot usage.
4) There are two methods by which this board tells you if there’s a problem. First, and easiest, is a set of different color LED’s that indicate a problem (one for RAM, one for video, etc), so that all you have to do is see the color and you know what’s up. There is also a 2-character LED display that can show much more specific indication. (Hold onto the manual as they are all documented in there, though not necessarily very well.)
5) As has been the case with ASUS as long as I’ve built with them, their BIOS interface is terrific and the multiple BIOS update methods are nice.
6) I can’t imagine spending the money for this MB, and an appropriate CPU, and using the free included Ryzen fan/cooler. First, it’s obviously going to have to work hard and is clearly too small to be all that effective. I used the new Cooler Master EVO 212 V2, which is a DELIGHT to install compared to the previous generations (where you really needed 3 hands). BUT, if you do use the included free cooler, the backplate on this board is incredibly tough and strong. I felt bad taking it off to replace it with the plastic one that the CM cooler requires.
7) There are a number of FAN headers, and while I usually don’t use the MB fan controls for my case fans (just the two CPU fans on the cooler), I like having them.
What I don’t like:
1) There is a “cover” that conceals the two 2280 drives and under it is a very small fan. That fan is clearly not very effective, as even when the computer is idling, my high-end Samsung 2280’s run warmer than they should. They don’t run warm enough to worry me, but I’m wondering if I might be better off removing that cover and putting large heat sinks on those two 2280’s.
2) When I first booted up the system, I noticed (as expected) that the two fans attached to the cooler (I liked the fan that comes with the cooler and bought a second identical one) and which were attached to the two CPU fan headers on the board, were showing similar but slightly different, speeds. That’s what I expect to see. However, I did upgrade the BIOS, and I noticed that they’ve screwed up something: Whereas the original BIOS (along with the HWMonitor program I always use) called the fans CPU and CPUAUX (I think I’m getting the second name right), after the update, the second fan is now called “CPUFANIN” and always shows the exact same speed as the primary CPU fan. I am certain that they messed up and it’s just repeating the info from the primary CPU fan. This doesn’t matter to me UNLESS something happens to one of the fans as I won’t easily know which it is.
Would I buy this board again? Almost certainly, because other than have 2 rather than 3 2280 connections, the SSD capability seems terrific and I’ve never had an ASUS board fail. (The computer this new one is replacing has run for 10 years on an ASUS board with zero MB-related issues.) However, were I a gamer, I might have looked harder.
C Creed –
Definitely money value, the only gripe really is that the m.2 drives under the fan cover and the instructions for case wiring was not to clear in the manual, ended up googling that part.
Right from the get go things went sour.
Couldn’t boot periodically. Drive is detected but couldn’t boot. Turns out BIOS is set by default to some archaic setting and UEFI boot sometimes works and sometimes does not. Had to manually set it to use UEFI. My $60 5 year old mobo had absolutely no issue with detecting UEFI and using it every time.
Audio drivers do not work at all. Don’t even bother installing them.
The latch that hold video card is terribly positioned and it can take forever to remove video card. (It’s on the level with the heatsink over M.2 slot and it’s very tiny).
There are, apparently, some modified audio drivers on ASUS forums. ASUS however takes no note of this and made no effort to suggest those drivers as an alternative for those who cannot get ROG drivers to work.
Will never buy another product from ASUS. Support from the company is non-existent.