Despite its hefty £390 price tag, the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master does plenty to justify its status as one of the go-to premium options for those investing in the AMD X570 platform.
The power delivery solution is superb and Gigabyte deserves credit for continuing to use proper, well-designed VRM heatsinks that focus on actually cooling the toasty MOSFETs rather than just looking good.
Add in the seven 4-pin fan headers, all of which feature strong control ability, onboard monitoring points, and dual redundant BIOS chips, and it is clear that Gigabyte has provided plenty of tools for prosumers to build a stable, resilient system.
The chipset fan is a necessary evil, as we have seen for most X570 motherboards. Gigabyte’s 40mm fan can get loud at full whack so the inclusion of speed control is a strong positive. With that said, under heavy CPU loads it is difficult to hear the fan over even-noisier AIO coolers. I like that Gigabyte goes some way to hiding the fan as this can help protect it against unintentional contact.
Three M.2 connectors is what we should expect at this price point, but Gigabyte’s deployment of these alongside the SATA connections is user-friendly and the ability to install two 110mm-long drives is also good. The metal heatsinks did a decent enough job in our testing.
Overclocking with the X570 Aorus Master allowed us to take our Ryzen 9 3900X to its stability point of 4.25GHz at 1.35V. The process of UEFI overclocking was painless and Gigabyte didn’t apply any settings without our confirmation. Though, some of the settings were buried deeper than we’d have liked, such as CPU package power limits. Voltage accuracy was excellent using the High LLC setting, as validated by multimeter readings.
There’s no doubt that the price tag of £390 will put this motherboard immediately out of reach for some people. However, when the value perspective of AMD’s Ryzen 3000 CPUs is thrown into the equation, as well as the offerings of the superb X570 platform and the promised longevity of AM4, the price tag becomes easier to stomach. That’s especially valid when the time since launch has shown Gigabyte to be particularly proactive with BIOS updates for ironing out bugs.
For less than £1000, you can get a high-performance 12-core processor and a high-end motherboard that should age well. That’s not such a bad thing in our eyes.
The Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master is priced at £389.99 at Overclockers UK.
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- Strong out-of-the-box performance.
- Boost clocks worked well on the latest BIOS revision.
- Excellent VRM solution with good cooling.
- Smart M.2 and SATA bandwidth distribution.
- BIOS stability looks to be strong.
- Excellent voltage accuracy that can be checked with physical monitoring points.
- Chipset fan can be speed controlled.
- Dual BIOS and socketed chip for resiliency.
- More RGB lighting areas would have been welcomed.
- Some navigation improvements still required in the UEFI.
KitGuru says: A fully-fledged X570 motherboard that provides useful features alongside its well-built power delivery solution and focus on system stability.