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GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X Review

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In the market, it’s generally good to see the GIGABYTE X570 boards retailing at more user-friendly prices on of the gaming-focused products that comes in at an affordable price is the X570 Gaming X. It has a slightly lesser 10 + 2 power delivery compared to their X570 AORUS Elite with 12 + 2, and the X570 Gaming X comes with a more affordable Realtek ALC-887 audio codec, one Realtek RTL-8111H Gigabit NIC, plus two slots for the PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2.

When you look at the board’s PCB, you will find a unique and funky black and grey theme. The company added triangle-shaped accents, which goes out over the PCB to its heatsinks. This X570 Gaming X chipset comes with a cooling fan, while the board sports four memory slots that support DDR-4 4000 memory that has up to 128 Gigabytes.

As expected, GIGABYTE and MSI took very different approaches to cut some weight to decrease its price tag. So with the GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X retailing close to products like the MSI board, it’s time for us to check on what GIGABYTE has on its price-friendly GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X board.

Is it as good as what the company claims it to be? Are its features and specifications up to par, and is it something worth purchasing? Let’s find out in this review.

GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X Review – What’s in the Box?

The GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X comes in a somewhat eye-catching cardboard box that is tough enough to protect the card inside. In front, you will see GIGABYTE written in bold white fonts on the upper-left corner of the box, while the product’s name is found almost at the center of it. Below the product’s name are a few key features of the X570, while the sides will give you nearly the same details about the product.

At the back, you will see more information about the motherboard’s features, as well as other essential details that you may need to know more about this. Inside the box, the first thing you’ll lay eyes on is the GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X wrapped in plastic. Under the board, you will find an M.2 standoff, SATA cables, a GIGABYTE Warranty Commitment card, a driver disk, and the user manual.

The Product

GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X Review

When looking at the GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X motherboard, it appears quite similar to the MSI. And while both of these utilize visible chipset fans, the Gaming X’s blades are less prone to finger mincing and damages. Not only that, but it remains silent compared to the rest of our hardware during tests.

When it comes to the lower half portion of the GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X, a pair of full-length PCIe 4.0 slots are present, running at x16 & x16/x4 with a heatsink. The top-most slot takes the lanes from the CPU, and locked at x4 from its X570 chipset is the full-length bottom slot. There are also three PCIe 4.0 x1 slots available, allowing you to utilize up to two-way AMD Cross-Fire multi-graphics card setups.

Also, there is a maximum of six SATA ports that can back the RAID 0, 1, and 10 arrays. The GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X makes use of 10 + 2 power delivery, which is driven by the ISL-69147 PWM controller that runs at 5 + 2 and utilizes an 8-pin 12 V ATX CPU power input for delivering power to your processor.

The power circuit is made up of a total of 12 phases with 10 phases for the CPU, although the heatsinks available have a moderate size, they’re slightly blocky and not connected by a heat pipe.

If you want to add some illumination in the future, there are a couple of RGB LED headers available on the PCB that caters either the addressable four-pin 12V & three-pin LED strips.

As for the rear panel, this is generally a standard collection of outputs and inputs without any USB 3.1 G2 connections. What is actually present in terms of USB support, are a total of four USB 3.1 G1 Type-A, and two USB 2.0 ports. It’s good to note that there are divided pairs of PS/2 inputs for the legacy mice and keyboard.

To complete the make of the rear panel that’s on the GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X, the presence of one HDMI video output for those who are planning to run a compatible Ryzen APU, is available. Other than that, there are also three 3.5-millimeter audio jacks driven by a Realtek ALC-887 HD audio codec, and a Realtek RTL-8111-H Gigabit-controlled Ethernet port.

Based on its design, the GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X’s layout doesn’t display too many challenges or issues. Technically, its arrangement is much better than that of the MSI board, which is known to have concerns with awkwardly-positioned fan headers. But luckily, the GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X comes with rear fan headers in two advantageous areas. However, there’s a flip side to this: the motherboard only comes with four fan headers, but there aren’t any on the lower-half portion of the board. There’s also none of these on the side of the 24-pin connector, which might make installing upfront case fans, and the like, tricky without using splitters and extension cables.

The GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X sports the ATX form factor and uses an AMD X570 chipset, hence, its name. It readily supports the AMD socket AM4, while it also has dual-channel memory support with four slots and a maximum of 128 GB. For its sound, it has an integrated eight-channel Realtek ALC-887.

For networking, the GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X comes with a Realtek Gigabit Ethernet, while there are two M.2 PCIe 4.0 x4 64 Gbps | 6 Gbps SATA ports of up to 22,110. It also features 8 x USB 3.0 (all four via headers), 6 x USB 2.0 (all four via headers), and 1 x LAN audio-out, line-in, microphone.

When it comes to its measurements, the GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X is 305 x 244 millimeters.

Product Features

Supports AMD Ryzen’s Third Generation Processors

Based on the AMD X570 chipset, the GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X fully supports AMD Ryzen processors under the 3000 series. The all-new design of the motherboard is proof of the company’s dedication to producing high-quality components for your system.

The GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X is a motherboard that is rich with impressive features such as PCIe 4.0 support, high-speed Ethernet, and refined audio. These attributes are present to meet every user’s needs and requisites in terms of sound, performance, and data transfer.

The new thermal design and cutting-edge power allow you to maximize the performance of AMD Ryzen 3rd Gen processors. Because of that, the X570 Gaming X motherboard is perfect if you’re planning to build your ideal AMD-based gaming system.

AMD StoreMI Technology

With AMD StoreMI Technology, you can enjoy faster, smoother, PC performance with ease. This feature optimizes your system’s responsiveness from system boot to the launching of apps. Aside from that, it also offers SSD performance and HDD capacity. It automatically learns your computing behavior to access vital files quickly. The best thing is that you get all of these benefits at an affordable price.

10 + 2 Phases Digital VRM Design and Lower RDS (on) MOSFETs

The X570 Gaming X motherboard utilizes a 10 + 2 phase PWM that comes with lower RDS (on) MOSFETs layout to support the newest CPUs under AMD Ryzen’s 3000 series. With this design, the motherboard precisely delivers power to its most energy-sensitive and power-hungry components. Aside from that, it also provides enhanced system performance and optimum hardware scalability.

Smart Chipset Fan Heatsink

Smart Fan provides a variety of three operating modes – Balanced, Silent, and Performance – to reduce noise and extend the fan’s lifespan. Select the appropriate mode in any situation. The X570 Gaming X motherboard also uses a top-notch ball-bearing fan, which guarantees a total of 60,000 operating hours.

Full PCIe 4.0 Layout

The GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X motherboard features a Full PCIe 4.0 layout, which includes PCIe 4.0 slots and M.2 connectors. With this design, the motherboard offers optimized performance and versatility that power users and extreme gamers demand.

Connectivity for the Next Generation

High-end products need to be future-proof. With the GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X motherboard, you’ll stay updated with the latest technologies since it provides all of the network and storage for the next generation.

Smart Fan 5

Smart Fan 5 allows gaming systems to stay cool while continuously delivering optimum performance. It lets users interchange their fan headers to reflect thermal sensors at various areas on the motherboard. Aside from that, Smart Fan 5 is why there are Voltage mode fans for motherboards to be more liquid cooling friendly. Because of this technology, more hybrid fan headers today support PWM fans.

High Fidelity Audio

The X570 Gaming X comes with high-end audio capacitors to deliver premium-quality audio for realistic sound effects in games. The motherboard also has an audio noise guard that filters out its sensitive analog audio component from possible noise pollution at the PCB level.

Q-Flash Plus

With Q-Flash Plus, you can update your BIOS with ease, and you won’t have to install your CPU, graphics card, and memory. Entering the BIOS menu is also unnecessary to flash the BIOS. Q-Flash plus makes BIOS updating done in a few steps. Download and save a new BIOS file, then rename this to gigabyte.bin on the USB flash drive. Next, press the dedicated Q-Flash plus button, and you’re all done.

Solid Pin Power Connectors

The X570 Gaming X motherboard has a solid plated ATX 24-pin and ATX 12V 8-pin power connectors to deliver stability in the power supply while overloading your CPU. Its advantages include additional metal quantity for higher power & generated heat and a larger contact area. With that, your motherboard becomes more durable, and its longevity increases.

XSplit Gamecaster + Broadcaster: Cast Games Everywhere, Anytime

Now, you can set your stage and share all the best gaming moments via the XSplit Gamecaster + Broadcaster. It’s a fully-optimized social media integration that’s up for real-time chats. This feature will keep you notified at all times without breaking your focus in the game. All you need is one click to stream the gameplay to Twitch, so you’ll be hosting your game a real pro.

Using the Product

The GIGABYTE APP Center provides you with easier access to a plethora of applications that can help you maximize your GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X motherboard. By utilizing a unified and straightforward user interface, the GIGABYTE APP Center allows you to launch every GIGABYTE application installed on your system conveniently. Plus, it will also let you easily check related online updates, and even download the latest drivers, applications, and BIOS.

EasyTune

EasyTune from GIGABYTE is a simple and user-friendly interface. It lets anyone, whether a beginner or an expert user, fine-tune the system settings. They can also adjust memory/system clocks and voltages on the Windows environment.

With the Smart Quick Boost, a single click is all it takes to instantly overclock the system, providing you with an enhanced performance boost when you need it most.

An adequate collection of overclocking settings are set via EasyTune as well. Though there are a couple of fewer choices compared to the pricier motherboards, everyone, apart from those who overclock heavily, should consider the availability of most of the options they need here. At the very least, these should limit the number of times it requires to reboot to enter the EFI while nailing down the long-term overclocking settings.

Fast Boot

Through the straightforward and quick GIGABYTE Fast Boot interface, you can modify and enable the Next Boot After AC Power-Loss or Fast Boot system settings in a Windows environment.

System Information Viewer

GIGABYTE System Information Viewer or SIV is a central location that provides you access to the status of your current system. Monitor components like processor & clocks, create alerts when temperatures get too high, set the fan to your choice of speed profile, or record the system’s behavior. These are the potentials of the System Information View of the company.

GIGABYTE has one of the best software cooling controls compared to others like MSI and ASUS. And while the SIV or System Information Viewer didn’t change a lot, it continues to provide unmatched control and management of your computer’s cooling. It also gives you an inclusive alarm portion that can report and notify the failure of pumps and fans, or temperatures that breach specific thresholds. You can even graph several data resources for an expanded look at your computer’s status.

Other Applications

Aside from these system tweaking apps, you will also find other programs In GIGABYTE APP Center. For networking and your cloud, it has the Cloud Station, LAN Optimizer, and CFOS Speed Internet. When it comes to backup and security, the apps include Smart TimeLock, Smart Recovery 2, and USB Blocker.

RGB Fusion 2.0

The RGB Fusion 2.0 from GIGABYTE provides you and every user with the option to manage onboard RGB & external RGB / addressable LED strips for the computer. With an outer addressable LED strip, where each of the lights is digitally addressable, you can experience more styles, patterns, and illuminations as well.

With a built-in intuitive user interface, the company’s RGB Fusion 2.0 gives you a better and more efficient solution for personalizing the lighting effects across every supported device. From graphics cards, motherboards, to the peripherals, you can customize your gaming rig by utilizing your style, then showing off your rig via sharing profiles. Additionally, the new gaming mode makes the lighting effects more associative with a couple of select games to give you the most immersive and enjoyable gaming experience.

Similar to its predecessor, the updated version 2.0 also has a variety of lighting modes such as the double flash, static mode, single flash, game mode, color cycle, music mode, and the random flash. The GIGABYTE RGB Fusion 2.0 also allows you to enjoy the advanced control mode that lets you individually configure the RGB effects for each available product.

GIGABYTE motherboards back 5v addressable LED strips and up to a total of 300 LED lights. RGB Fusion 2.0 with the addressable LEDs come with new patterns, as well as a collection of speed settings and with more to arrive. With complete RGB support and an improved RGB Fusion 2.0 application, you will have full control over the LED lights that surrounds the motherboard.

How it Handled

The GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X is an excellent choice for those who want an inexpensive yet efficient series board. Installing this was quick and easy, allowing us to have the whole system up and running in no time. Everything was working how they should, leaving all of us pleased with how the motherboard went together, and its performance as well.

There is ample room for you to overclock should you choose to, just remember that the higher quality cooling you can achieve, the further you can push things.

This product is undoubtedly the right choice if you’re looking for a reasonably-priced board that’s efficient and reliable.

Conclusion

Overall, the X570 Gaming X from GIGABYTE comes with aesthetics, an efficient cooling system, and a lot of unique features. Most importantly, it’s an exceptional gaming motherboard that delivers the best performance that money could buy. The best thing about this motherboard is its cooling performance and quietness even while operating with a heavy load. Aside from that, it truly delivers premium-quality sound while we were gaming, which is excellent for a more realistic experience. X570 Gaming X offers all of these at an affordable price.

The GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X is an excellent choice if you’re looking for an affordable yet high-performance motherboard. It’s one of the budget-friendly motherboards that will meet all your needs while being ready for updates for technologies in the future. It’s the best option for entry-level users who are planning to create a build that matches the performance of high-end gaming systems.

Where to Buy

The X570 Gaming X motherboard is available in various shops. Check out the store locator on GIGABYTE’s official website to see GIGABYTE’s trusted resellers and retailers in your country.

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