Modern CPU’s and the prevalence of overclocking has highlighted the importance of good power circuitry. Precisely what budget or entry level boards struggle with and what I had expected from the X570-Plus. To my surprise, this wasn’t the case as Asus fitted what it terms a 12+2 design to this model. In normal talk that means each phase has three Vishay SiC639 power stages, each capable of outputting 50A. So in total, the board can provide up to 480A of current. Overkill perhaps, but it does speak to the operating temperatures and perhaps overclocking headroom with 12 and 16 core CPUs.
Going into this review, the X570-Plus had a lot to live up to because I’d already tested three ASUS X570 boards prior to this one. The Strix-E, Crosshair VIII Hero and the mightiest of them all, the Crosshair VIII Impact.
Having to follow such a strong line up is anything but easy, but as you may suspect – the X570 Plus came reasonably close to these where it mattered. I’m not confident in the boards ability to do any extreme overclocking, but that isn’t the targeting market anyway. Fortunately the standard 4.4GHz with a 1900MHz fabric clock and 3800MHz memory clock was doable. Personally though I’d recommend an 1800MHz fabric with 3600MHz DRAM frequency for everyday use. This will be explained in the overclocking section.