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The ASUS TUF GAMING X570-PLUS AM4 ATX Motherboard is built on the AMD X570 chipset supporting second- and third-generation AMD Ryzen processors with an AM4 socket. It has four memory slots for up to 128GB of dual-channel DDR4 RAM, which can run up to 4400 MHz when overclocked. For storage, it's equipped with eight SATA III ports and two 22110 M.2 slots. There are two PCIe 4.0 x16 slots for graphics cards, which can run at x16/x4 when both slots are filled, and another three PCIe 4.0 x1 slots for other PCI-based hardware. Other integrated features include Realtek L8200A Gigabit LAN and Realtek ALC S1200A 8-channel HD audio.
The AMD X570 chipset is designed around 3rd generation AMD Ryzen 3000-series processors. Along with multiple improvements, its most noteworthy one is the addition of PCIe 4.0. PCIe 4.0 has roughly double the bandwidth of PCIe 3.0, which is beneficial for graphics cards, networking devices, NVMe drives, and more.
Equipped with multiple 4-pin PWM/DC fan headers, this motherboard has plenty of cooling potential to keep your system in check. It also has an active chipset heatsink solution and a M.2 heatsink to keep things cool and prevent throttling.
This motherboard is equipped with RGB LED lighting as well as addressable RGB headers, so users can connect and sync additional RGB products.
Model - Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS, CPU Sockets - AM4, Chipset - AMD X570, Supported CPU - AMD Ryzen 1st/2nd/3rd Generation / Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics Processors, Memory Type - DDR4, Memory MHz - 4400(O.C)/ 3466(O.C.)/ 3400(O.C.)/ 3200(O.C.)/ 3000(O.C.)/ 2933(O.C.)/ 2800(O.C.)/2666/ 2400/ 2133MHz, Memory Channel - Dual Channel, Memory Slot - 4, Memory Max. - 128GB, Optane Memory Support - No, Graphic - Integrated Graphics, Multi-GPU Support - AMD CrossFireX, PCI Express Slot - 1 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (x16 mode) (3rd Gen) / 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16 mode) (2nd Gen) / 1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x8 mode) (2nd and 1st Gen) / 1 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (max at x4 mode), 3 x PCIe 4.0 x1 (AMD X570), Storage Interface - 6Gb/s, M.2 Slot - 1 x M.2 Socket 3 (Type 2242/2260/2280/22110(PCIE 4.0 x4 and SATA modes)), 1 x M.2 Socket 3 (Type 2242/2260/2280/22110(PCIE 3.0 x4 and SATA modes)), LAN Chipset - Realtek L8200A, LAN Speed (Mbps) - 10/100/1000Mbps, Audio Chipset - Realtek ALC S1200A, Audio Channel - 8-Channel, WiFi - No, Bluetooth - No, USB Port - 3 x USB3.2 Gen 2 (Type-A + USB Type-C), 4 x USB3.2 Gen 1, VGA Port - No, DVI Port - No, HDMI Port - 1, DisplayPort (DP) - No, IDE Port - No, SATA Port - 8 x SATA, BIOS Type - 1 x 256 Mbit Flash ROM, BIOS Model - UEFI AMI BIOS, BIOS Version - PnP, SM BIOS 3.2, ACPI 6.2, FireWire - No, CrossFire Support - Yes, Sli Support - No, RaidSupport - 0, 1, 10, Thunderbolt - No, TPM Port - Yes, COM Port - Yes, RGB Support - Yes, RGB Sync - Aura Sync, RGB Connector - 2 x Aura RGB Strip Header, Form Factor - ATX, Supported Operating System - Windows 10, Special Features - ASUS TUF PROTECTION, AURA, ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution, ASUS EZ DIY, ASUS Q-Design, DIY Friendly Design, ATX gaming motherboard with PCIe 4.0, dual M.2, 14 Dr. MOS power stages, HDMI, DP, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.2 Gen 2 and Aura Sync RGB lighting, Enhanced Power Solution, 12+2 Dr. MOS power stages, 6-layer PCB, ProCool sockets, military-grade TUF components, and Digi+ VRM for maximum durability, Comprehensive Cooling, Active chipset heatsink, VRM heatsink, M.2 heatsink, hybrid fan headers and Fan Xpert 4, Next-Gen Connectivity, Dual PCIe 4.0 M.2, USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, exclusive Realtek L8200A Gigabit Ethernet, TUF LANGuard and TurboLAN technology, Pristine audio quality with unprecedented 108dB signal-to-noise ratio for stereo line-out and 103dB SNR for line-in, Aura Sync RGB, Synchronize LED lighting with a vast portfolio of compatible PC gear, including addressable RGB strips, Others - 1 x DisplayPort, 2 x M.2 Socket 3, 1 x Addressable Gen 2 header(s), 1 x SPI TPM header, 1 x CPU Fan connector(s), 1 x AIO_PUMP connector, 1 x System panel(s), 1 x Clear CMOS jumper(s), 1 x COM port header, 5 x Audio jack(s), Warranty - 3 Year, Country of Origin - Taiwan, Made in/ Assemble - China
Whether you build a new PC or upgrade the existing one, the motherboard is the most vital component to choose when you have already picked the processor of your choice.
It is important to keep a few things in mind while purchasing the mainboard:
You can single out a great CPU from either Intel or AMD, but whatever CPU you choose, make sure your mainboard has the right socket for the selected CPU. The latest mainstream AMD chips use AM4 sockets while current Intel 9th Gen Core CPUs require LGA 1151v2 sockets.
Motherboards typically come in three sizes from largest to smallest: ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ATX motherboards. ATX motherboards offer the highest number of RAM and expansion slots. If you are looking for a budget build, you can use a smaller chassis with the micro or mini boards, but you'll have to settle for fewer PCIe slots, RAM banks, and other connectors.
Most mainstream boards these days have four RAM slots, although Mini-ITX models often have just two, and high-end boards frequently offer eight. The amount of slots, of course, limits the amount of RAM you can install.
It’s essential to check the I/O area on a motherboard to make sure it has the external connection options you need. You may need more USB 3 ports while others may want more audio ports. Among the most common ports, there are USB 3, USB 2, audio, USB type C, USB 3.1 Gen1 and Gen2, HDMI, Display port, PS/2 and Thunderbolt 3 ports. Ports one probably want the most are USB 2 and USB 3 Gen1 ports, as the first one is perfect for keyboard, mouse, and many other devices and the later one work with most peripherals. USB 3.1 Gen2 and USB Type-C ports will come handy in the near future, although most peripherals do not support this standard yet.