Overclocking and Conclusion
Unless a board is truly sub-standard, CPU overclocking between vendors is pretty much identical. The CPU clock alone doesn’t tell one much about the motherboard. Perhaps with liquid nitrogen these differences can show up, and even then, it’s not a guarantee. In as far as perusing extreme overclocking on this motherboard, it is possible but could prove to be more tedious than it should be. The absence of DRAM profiles, an LN2 mode and on-board buttons would make the entire process tedious at best. However, if you’re willing to solider on despite these limitations, I’ve no reason to believe the STRIX X570-E Gaming is in any way less capable than the Crosshair VIII Hero.
For this review DDR4 3800, was chosen because it offered the simplest way to maximize performance as stated earlier. This will hold true for virtually all motherboards and any competent offering should be more than capable of DDR 3800 or even higher.
The ROG STRIX X570-E Gaming in terms of pricing is in an interesting space. The price difference between this model and the more premium Crosshair VIII Hero(Wi-Fi) is justifiable in SA, but not so much in other areas. Right now Evetech for instance lists this motherboard at R6,489 against the R8,499 of the of the Crosshair board. In the Us and perhaps in other regions, the price difference is only $50. So locally, the ROG STRIX X570-E Gaming makes sense absolutely (Spend the difference on a better CPU, better DRAM or GPU), but not so much in US dollar terms. What you’re being asked to make do without may not be worth the $50 saved.
Price aside, the ROG STRIX X570-E Gaming ticks all the right boxes. There’s simply nothing to dislike here and yes perhaps against other vendor offerings it’s a tad on the high side. That said, the ROG products have always carried a price premium so that’s to be expected. It’ll be up to you to decide if this motherboard is worth it, against something like the ROG STRIX X570-F Gaming. It’s by and large the same motherboard, but costs even less removing WiFi, Bluetooth, the Q code LED and substituting slightly less capable audio hardware on paper. If you can do without these, consider this motherboard as it’s another R2,000 cheaper.
Overall this is a solid motherboard, that has all the latest features you’d expect and will find on any high end board. Yes it makes to do with some sacrifices, but I find none of these to be a major in the least. If you for some reason were thinking of some extreme overclocking with the board, perhaps consider the Crosshair VIII Hero (none Wi-Fi) for a but more. If not, the ROG STRIX X570-E Gaming should be more than enough for any AM4 based system one could possibly think of building. If you are looking for a mid to high end board, this motherboard isn’t a bad place to start.