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[Update] Big real-world test with three X570 motherboards in a closed PC – the truth about voltage regulators, fans, temperatures and the onboard sound

The largest possible CPU on the smallest possible motherboard, best still remove all the heat sinks of the voltage regulators and that's the basis for the next YouTube orgy. Of course, I couldn't completely escape my curiosity about the possible limits, but in the end one should also be aware of his responsibility as a medium and not panic the readers (and thus also buyers) unjustifiably or let them doubt your own decisions.

Asus TUF X570-Plus

All three manufacturers go quite different ways with chipset fans. Asus hides the rather small fan directly under the graphics card. The argument that the card would also cool the chipset in this way is rather a sham argument with such GPU power losses. But let us be surprised by the overview of the temperatures. But it’s also a fact that you can hear this little airtikus in idle and without a real load. This in turn is annoying and at some point one wishes for a semi-passive mode or a passive cooler.


Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite

The fan has a diameter hardly larger than that of the Asus board, but it is at least free and can therefore breathe. However, the switch-off mode for load-free operation is also missing here, which unfortunately becomes audible in idle.

MSI MPG X570 Gaming Edge WiFi

While the voltage regulators were still the bookkeeper’s favourite toy, the fan has the largest diameter and a semi-passive mode. In reality, that’s quickly a thing of the past, because whether it’s the SSD or the chipset – after about 15 to 20 minutes in idle mode, the fan won’t run out. The speeds are acceptable, but you can still hear that, unfortunately.

Temperature comparison on chipset

But what does the respective cooler or what does it not do? This question can be answered quite simply by the chipset temperatures and the revolutions per minute. The differences between the boards are quite visible, although not really extreme. All three boards cool the chipset sufficiently below 80 degrees even at 130 watt setting and maximum (thermal) load by CPU, graphics card and peripherals, whereby the MSI board performs best.

In the Aorus Elite, the M.2 cooler is designed separately, but has no cooling fins. That’s not nice either. Nevertheless, the SSD remains approx. 1-2 degrees cooler than the Gaming Edge WiFi under identical load. Asus is right in the middle here. The following graphic once again shows the chipset temperatures at different loads, whereby the fans of the MSI board rotate significantly faster.

Interim Conclusion

That you should cool the chipset well when it comes to applying full loads to GPU, CPU and NVMe-SSD (gen. 4) is therefore out of the question. Whether this could not have been done passively with a better cooler remains open, because all motherboards carry the burden of loud fans, except for one board, which unfortunately was not sampled after the launch.


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