Conclusion

To be honest, I never expected to like this motherboard all that much. Anyone who knows me or has read my reviews have probably picked up on the fact that I’m an admitted hardware snob. That’s not to say I only like expensive stuff, but I definitely sometimes shy away from the cheaper hardware most of the time. Motherboards are something I genuinely believe is worth spending some money on. It’s the core of your system and determines the feature set available to your system to a large extent. That said, there are certainly cases where less is more or buying something more expensive isn’t going to make a difference.

For example, if you run a 3950X on a quality X470 motherboard and another on a $650 MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE, you wouldn’t see much if any difference in most performance metrics. That said, it’s possible you’ll see slightly different boost behavior, but the difference, if there was one isn’t likely to justify the $500 price increase to go with the GODLIKE over something like the GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X. That said, you do miss out on additional network controllers, better audio, and greater expansion capabilities.

But what if you don’t need all that? The good news is, the GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X cuts corners, but it cuts them in all the right places. You don’t have a paper thin, wavy PCB that looks like cooked bacon with the stability of raw bacon. You do get a reasonably good VRM implementation with a decent number of phases. It isn’t an overbuilt and utterly ridiculous implementation like you’ll see on GIGABYTE’s highest end offerings.

Overclocking

However, you can run a 3900X or even a 3950X on ths board. I will say that this motherboard did seem to do much worse on automatic overclocking. That is, PB2+AutoOC or PBO+AutoOC did less than usual here. We generally go right for the manual overclocking as it stresses the system harder. That said, boost clocks sometimes seemed a bit lower here and it showed in some of the benchmark tests.

Given the motherboard was the variable here, I have to conclude that it was the GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X that held the CPU back, but only by the tiniest margin. For all I know, this was due to the firmware more than by design. In any case, the performance was close enough to the other test systems that I doubt most people would give it much thought.

Even if that is the case, we know the VRM is capable as it can handle a full 4.3GHz overclock on a 3900X. Therefore, the rest comes down to potential firmware issues or manual tuning to get more out of this board. I think it can certainly be done as the board is good enough to do it.

Operating Temperatures

Just looking at the VRM’s, the temperatures weren’t all that unreasonable. Temps taken at the heat sink show a result of around 109F to 119F. Software-based measurements from Aida64 showed VRM temperatures of 123F or roughly 51c. That’s not bad for a budget board. It’s fairly good considering the heat sinks are large but rather basic. We don’t have active cooling or a heat pipe embedded in them.

The chipset was another story. It reports a temperature of 58c and still never engages the fan. In fact, I’ve never heard any X570 motherboard engage its chipset fan outside of initial power on. It’s clear this chipset can handle the heat and AMD didn’t want the fan to become overly annoying. They obviously felt a chipset fan gave them peace of mind in certain conditions. If you’re concerned about the noise of active cooling, don’t worry. It probably won’t engage in most scenarios.

Value

Obviously, at $150 or so, the GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X represents an incredible value. GIGABYTE picked the right methods for cost reduction as far as I’m concerned. There are a few options that are slightly cheaper, but I can’t speak for those other than to say, some of the corners they cut aren’t things I necessarily agree with. Given the performance and overclocking, the GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X is fantastic for the money. It’s well built, stable and it just worked. The feature set isn’t amazing, but it’s competent in the bracket.

Unfortunately, given X570’s premium position, this is almost as cheap as it gets and this is just about the cheapest motherboard GIGABYTE makes using the chipset. You can get one that’s about $10 cheaper which drops the RGB LED’s.

Final Points

Back when X570 came out, I knew why it had increased in price by so much compared to X470 offerings. To say that sub-$200 X570 motherboards seemed scary is a bit of an understatement. The GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X proved me wrong. While it’s not very fancy and there aren’t any frills to speak of, the motherboard’s got it where it counts. It’s solidly made, robust and very capable. It is currently $159.99 at Amazon.

The GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X does a good job of bridging the gap between X570 and X470. I think it represents a solid option for anyone not wanting to crack the $200 price point on a motherboard regardless of the Ryzen 3000 series CPU you choose to pair with it. If you’re in the market for a socket AM4 motherboard, the GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X is a good option for people looking for a basic option that won’t break the bank.

The GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X earns our silver award for being generally well made, stable, decent at overclocking and an overall solid value for the money.

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  1. Very nice review. I’ve been tinkering with the idea of building an AMD system and was looking into this board. I doubt I’ll do it, but if I did I would no doubt heavily consider this board. This review only backs my thinking up.

  2. It was a surprisingly good motherboard. Low end boards are a bit of a double-edged sword for me. They are relatively easy to test as they have less integrated hardware, but at the same time they are often quirkier, not as well made, etc. GIGABYTE really did a good job cutting the fluff without making it horribly cheap like some other brands usually do.

    That’s not to say the VRM is excessively beefy, but it’s good enough and can more than handle higher end CPU’s like the 3900X and 3950X if need be.

  3. Nice review Dan.

    I don’t like the x570 boards having the tiny cooling fan on the chipset. Those things always fail or become noisy over time. I would prefer a proper beefy heatsink if needed.

    GB is not my favorite brand but they are in my top 3. Their bios implementations have always been wacky and different from everyone else’s.

  4. [QUOTE=”Burticus, post: 11582, member: 297″]
    Nice review Dan.

    I don’t like the x570 boards having the tiny cooling fan on the chipset. Those things always fail or become noisy over time. I would prefer a proper beefy heatsink if needed.

    GB is not my favorite brand but they are in my top 3. Their bios implementations have always been wacky and different from everyone else’s.
    [/QUOTE]

    I would agree that the tiny fans tend to fail/get noisy over time, but then again, I’ve had an MSI X570-A Pro sitting next to me for the past 6 months as a test bench and the fan very very very rarely runs to the point it’s fairly moot to have it. The only time it has run is when I had a video card in it that was exhausting its heat down onto the heatsink – other than that, it’s been off the whole time. Thermal images show it to be about 110-120 degrees F when under load.

  5. Very nice review, looks like a good motherboard for a Ryzen 3600 build keeping the costs down while allowing for later upgrades to much higher end CPUs.

    The Spec chart looks wrong, it has 3x PCIe 3.0 16x slots as listed, not sure of the rest either, Quad CrossFire support?

  6. [QUOTE=”David_Schroth, post: 11591, member: 1″]
    I would agree that the tiny fans tend to fail/get noisy over time, but then again, I’ve had an MSI X570-A Pro sitting next to me for the past 6 months as a test bench and the fan very very very rarely runs to the point it’s fairly moot to have it. The only time it has run is when I had a video card in it that was exhausting its heat down onto the heatsink – other than that, it’s been off the whole time. Thermal images show it to be about 110-120 degrees F when under load.
    [/QUOTE]

    That’s been my experience as well. If it does run I can’t hear it.

  7. I have had good luck with the B450 boards so far. I wouldn’t mind checking this board out for a new Linux box. As for the chipset fan, I still have a Swiftech block that can replace the fan.

    Not that it’d bug me much to leave the fan.

    Aww, Realtek lan, meh

  8. [QUOTE=”Burticus, post: 11582, member: 297″]
    Nice review Dan.

    I don’t like the x570 boards having the tiny cooling fan on the chipset. Those things always fail or become noisy over time. I would prefer a proper beefy heatsink if needed.

    GB is not my favorite brand but they are in my top 3. Their bios implementations have always been wacky and different from everyone else’s.
    [/QUOTE]

    The chipset coolers would have to actually run for that to happen. As I said in the review, you hear it when you first power the system on and that’s about it. I’ve been running the MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE since before X570 came out for CPU reviews and general testing. I never heard its fan beyond initial startup. I dusted the thing off after so many months and now its in my personal PC not making any noise either.

    All the other X570 motherboards I’ve tested have the active chipset cooling and they all work the same way. I wouldn’t worry about them. This isn’t the days of the old chipset coolers that ended up clapped out or seized by dust or bad bearings in short order. The X570 chipset itself can reach temperatures of 50c and the chipset fans still won’t turn on.

    The problem with going to a beefier heat sink is surface area. You can’t make them thicker or they’ll prevent expansion card installation. Spreading them out like the old days doesn’t work as well anymore as you have to leave room for M.2 slots. It’s one of the many issues that result from M.2 being an absolutely retarded form factor for desktops. Of course, you can spread it out some and then use heat pipes to help cool them. You can even connect the heat pipe to the MOSFET coolers if you wanted to. But all of those things are costlier than adding a simple chipset fan and writing some firmware to make sure it only turns on when its absolutely necessary.

    As for GIGABYTE, I like their build quality and most of their more modern designs. They tend to overbuild most of their motherboards which is better than the alternative. Even though the X570 Gaming X is pretty cheap, its still well made. GIGABYTE cut costs precisely where I think they should have. When some other companies cut costs, they do it at the VRM’s and that’s not a good approach.

    As for the GIGABYTE UEFI, it’s different, but so is everyone else’s. Everyone does their own thing for better or for worse. This is one area where I think ASUS is the undisputed king. Everyone else is on a sliding scale of worse than ASUS on UEFI implementation. That said, MSI and GIGABYTE’s stuff works pretty well even if it is different. I guess, I have gotten used to them all by reviewing so many of them. I can see where they could all improve, but it gets the job done and you generally don’t spend a lot of time in the UEFI past your initial tuning phase of a system build.

    If I could change anything about GIGABYTE’s UEFI, it would be the horrendous red/orange colors. I hate them.

  9. [QUOTE=”noko, post: 11636, member: 69″]
    Very nice review, looks like a good motherboard for a Ryzen 3600 build keeping the costs down while allowing for later upgrades to much higher end CPUs.

    The Spec chart looks wrong, it has 3x PCIe 3.0 16x slots as listed, not sure of the rest either, Quad CrossFire support?
    [/QUOTE]

    Thought I fixed that chart. (EDIT: I’ve fixed it now.)

    However, the GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X does indeed support both 2-Way and Quad-Crossfire technologies. Quad-Crossfire is the use of two dual-GPU graphics cards. Since there aren’t any newer cards that feature dual GPU’s, it’s a legacy feature at this point but it is on the spec sheet.

    [QUOTE=”Dogsofjune, post: 11722, member: 168″]
    I have had good luck with the B450 boards so far. I wouldn’t mind checking this board out for a new Linux box. As for the chipset fan, I still have a Swiftech block that can replace the fan.

    Not that it’d bug me much to leave the fan.

    Aww, Realtek lan, meh
    [/QUOTE]

    I currently work in IT and I’ve been doing so for more than two decades now. Believe me when I say, I’m not a fan of Realtek LAN. That said, it tested very well here and to be honest, it’s not surprising given the price point.

  10. No, you are right, it’s expected for the price, I am always of Realtek and Linux. I am still considering the board. I can always get an Intel network card if there are issues

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