ROG STRIX X570-E Gaming Review

Hardware – Rear I/O & General Impressions

The Rear IO as per ROG boards of late has a built in IO panel. This makes installation easier and looks a lot neater than the removable IO shields of the past. Here at the Rear IO is also where we find 12 USB ports. That’s a staggering number of USB ports especially given that the vast majority of them are USB3.1 Gen 2 ports. In as far as connectivity us concerned, the Crosshair VII Hero has you covered.

Once again, the location of the chipset fan on the Strix X570-E Gaming means it’s directly under your graphics card. If you have anything but a blower style card, heat goes directly into this chipset fan. This causes temperatures to rise, which leads to an even faster RPM for the tiny fan. On this board it’s not particularly loud or louder than on other offerings. I believe a passive cooler with plenty of surface area would do, but perhaps in trying to hit the price point, this isn’t feasible.

Overall there’s nothing much to complain about. I lament the absence of at least a Power and Reset button, but at least it does feature a Q-Code LED.

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