ASRock X570 Steel Legend Motherboard Review

Features and Specifications

 

Features

  • Supports AMD AM4 Socket Ryzen™ 2000 and 3000 Series processors
  • 10 Power Phase Design
  • Supports DDR4 4666+ (OC)
  • 2 PCIe 4.0 x16, 3 PCIe 4.0 x1, 1 M.2(Key E) For WiFi
  • AMD Quad CrossFireX™ and CrossFireX™
  • Graphics Output Options: HDMI, DisplayPort
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec), Nichicon Audio Caps
  • 8 SATA3, 1 Hyper M.2 (PCIe Gen4 x4 & SATA3), 1 Hyper M.2 (PCIe Gen4 x4)
  • 2 USB 3.2 Gen2 (Rear Type A+C), 10 USB 3.2 Gen1 (4 Front, 6 Rear)
  • Intel® Gigabit LAN
  • ASRock Polychrome SYNC

 

 

Tough As Steel True Legend

Steel Legend represents the philosophical state of rock-solid durability and irresistible aesthetics. Built around most demanding specs and features, the Steel Legend series aims at daily users and mainstream enthusiasts! Providing a strong array of materials/components to ensure a stable and reliable performance. A motherboard that fulfills every task – with style!

STEEL SLOT WITH NEW-GEN PCI EXPRESS 4.0

The next generation PCI Express 4.0 is capable of performing twice the speed compared to previous 3rd generation. ASRock’s exclusive Steel Slot with extra anchor points are revolutionary added to ensure signal stability and also making sure heavy graphics cards to be well-installed in the PCI-E slot safely.

Dual Hyper M.2 For SSD

Supports the next generation PCI Express 4.0 M.2 SSDs, it is capable of perform twice the speed compared to previous 3rd generation, giving a lightning fast data transferring experience.

RULE YOUR OWN LIGHTING WAY – POLYCHROME RGB

ASRock motherboards deliver stunning performance and superior aesthetics to rule your own colorful lighting way! ASRock offers a very comprehensive control to perform the built-in RGB LEDs or the connected LED strips, CPU fans, coolers, chassis and any RGB devices smoothly. Devices can be synchronized across the Polychrome RGB Sync-certified accessories as well.

Flexible Integrated I/O Shield

Unlike most so called pre-mounted I/O shield that is only decorated with fancy color schemes. We reserve more tolerance space and allow IO shield is adjustable when installing, thus fitting chassis perfectly without any mechanical issue.

10 POWER PHASE DESIGN

Featuring sturdy components and completely smooth power delivery to the CPU. Plus, it offers unmatched overclocking capabilities and enhanced performance with the lowest temperature for advanced gamers as well.

Dr. MOS

Dr.MOS is the integrated power stage solution which is optimized for synchronous buck-set down voltage applications! Intelligently delivering higher current and driving up to 50A continuous current for each phase, thus providing improved thermal result and superior performance.

Dual USB 3.2 Gen2 (Type-A + Type-C)

This motherboard has a pair of onboard Type-A and Type-C USB 3.2 Gen2 ports built on the rear i/o for supporting next generation USB 3.2 Gen2 devices and to deliver up to 10 Gbps data transfer rates.

PREMIUM 60A POWER CHOKE

ASRock’s premium 60A power chokes effectively make the saturation current up to three times better, thus providing enhanced and improved Vcore voltage to the motherboard.

Post Status Checker

An easy troubleshooting tool that shows the CPU / DRAM / VGA / BOOT operation every time you start up the system. Post Status Checker is an fast and easy way to identify the source of the problem.

Purity Sound 4

It’s time to enjoy the most purified audio performance with ultra high definition. Purity Sound4 is a combination of several hardware, software audio solutions. 7.1 CH HD audio with the latest Realtek ALC1220 audio codec, individual PCB layers for R/L audio channel, 120dB SNR DAC and other technologies to deliver the crispest sound effects.

Thunderbolt 3 AIC Header

Thunderbolt 3 is no longer limited to certain chipset, ASRock is the first motherboard manufacturer to skillfully implement the Thunderbolt 3 technology onto AMD X570 motherboards. All you need is a Thunderbolt 3 AIC R2.0 card!

 

 

Specifications

  • Unique Feature
    ASRock USB 3.2 Gen2
    – ASRock USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A Port (10 Gb/s)
    – ASRock USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C Port (10 Gb/s)
    ASRock Super Alloy
    – XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink
    – Premium 60A Power Choke
    – 50A Dr.MOS
    – Premium Memory Alloy Choke (Reduces 70% core loss compared to iron powder choke)
    – Combo Caps (Nichicon 12K Black Caps)
    – Nichicon 12K Black Caps (100% Japan made high quality conductive polymer capacitors)
    – I/O Armor
    – Matte Black PCB
    – High Density Glass Fabric PCB
    – 2oz Copper PCB
    ASRock Steel Slot Gen4
    ASRock Full Coverage M.2 Heatsink
    ASRock Hyper M.2 (PCIe Gen4x4 & SATA3)
    ASRock Ultra USB Power
    ASRock POST Status Checker (PSC)
    ASRock Full Spike Protection (for all USB, Audio, LAN Ports)
    ASRock Live Update & APP Shop
  • CPU
    – Supports AMD AM4 socket Ryzen™ 2000 and 3000 series processors
    – Intersil Digital PWM
    – 10 Power Phase design
  • Chipset
    – AMD X570
  • Memory
    – Dual Channel DDR4 Memory Technology
    – 4 x DDR4 DIMM Slots
    – AMD Ryzen series CPUs (Matisse) support DDR4 4666+(OC) / 4400(OC) / 4300(OC) / 4266(OC) / 4200(OC) / 4133(OC) / 4000(OC) / 3866(OC) / 3800(OC) / 3733(OC) / 3600(OC) / 3466(OC) / 3200/2933/2667/2400/2133 ECC & non-ECC, un-buffered memory*
    – AMD Ryzen series CPUs (Pinnacle Ridge) support DDR4 3600+(OC) / 3466(OC) / 3200(OC) / 2933/2667/2400/2133 ECC & non-ECC, un-buffered memory*
    – AMD Ryzen series CPUs (Picasso) support DDR4 3466+(OC) / 3200(OC) / 2933/2667/2400/2133 non-ECC, un-buffered memory*
    – Max. capacity of system memory: 128GB**
    – 15μ Gold Contact in DIMM Slots

    *For Ryzen Series CPUs (Picasso), ECC is only supported with PRO CPUs.
    Please refer to below table for AMD non-XMP memory frequency support.Ryzen Series CPUs (Matisse):
    Ryzen Series CPUs (Pinnacle Ridge):
    Ryzen Series CPUs (Picasso):
    SR: Single rank DIMM, 1Rx4 or 1Rx8 on DIMM module label x=1 or 2
    DR: Dual rank DIMM, 2Rx4 or 2Rx8 on DIMM module label**Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size may be less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows® 32-bit OS. For Windows® 64-bit OS with 64-bit CPU, there is no such limitation.
  • BIOS
    – 256Mb AMI UEFI Legal BIOS with GUI support
    – Supports “Plug and Play”
    – ACPI 5.1 compliance wake up events
    – Supports jumperfree
    – SMBIOS 2.3 support
    – CPU, CPU VDDCR_SOC, DRAM, VPPM, PREM VDD_CLDO, PERM VDDCR_SOC, +1.8V, VDDP Voltage Multi-adjustment
  • Graphics
    – Integrated AMD Radeon™ Vega Series Graphics in Ryzen Series APU*
    – DirectX 12, Pixel Shader 5.0
    – Shared memory default 2GB. Max Shared memory supports up to 16GB.**
    – Dual graphics output: support HDMI and DisplayPort 1.2 ports by independent display controllers
    – Supports HDMI 2.0 with max. resolution up to 4K x 2K (4096×2160) @ 60Hz
    – Supports DisplayPort 1.2 with max. resolution up to 4K x 2K (4096×2160) @ 60Hz
    – Supports Auto Lip Sync, Deep Color (12bpc), xvYCC and HBR (High Bit Rate Audio) with HDMI 2.0 Ports (Compliant HDMI monitor is required)
    – Supports HDR (High Dynamic Range) with HDMI 2.0
    – Supports HDCP 2.2 with HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2 Ports
    – Supports 4K Ultra HD (UHD) playback with HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2 Ports
    – Supports Microsoft® PlayReady

    *Actual support may vary by CPU

    **The Max shared memory 16GB requires 32GB system memory installed.

  • Audio
    – 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec)
    – Premium Blu-ray Audio support
    – Supports Surge Protection
    – Supports Purity Sound™ 4
    – Nichicon Fine Gold Series Audio Caps
    – NE5532 Premium Headset Amplifier for Front Panel Audio Connector (Supports up to 600 Ohm headsets)
    – Pure Power-In
    – Direct Drive Technology
    – PCB isolate shielding
    – Impedance Sensing on Rear Out port
    – Individual PCB Layers for R/L Audio Channel
    – Gold Audio Jacks
    – 15μ Gold Audio Connector
  • LAN
    – Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
    – GigaLAN Intel® I211AT
    – Supports Wake-On-LAN
    – Supports Lightning/ESD Protection
    – Supports Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az
    – Supports PXE
  • Slots
    AMD Ryzen series CPUs (Matisse)
    – 2 x PCI Express 4.0 x16 Slots (single at x16 (PCIE1); dual at x16 (PCIE1) / x4 (PCIE4))*
    AMD Ryzen series CPUs (Pinnacle Ridge)
    – 2 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slots (single at x16 (PCIE1); dual at x16 (PCIE1) / x4 (PCIE4))*
    AMD Ryzen series CPUs (Picasso)
    – 2 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slots (single at x8 (PCIE1); dual at x8 (PCIE1) / x4 (PCIE4))*- 3 x PCI Express 4.0 x1 Slots
    – Supports AMD Quad CrossFireX™ and CrossFireX™
    – 1 x M.2 Socket (Key E), supports type 2230 WiFi/BT module
    – 15μ Gold Contact in VGA PCIe Slot (PCIE1)

    *Supports NVMe SSD as boot disks
  • Storage
    – 8 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s Connectors, support RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 10), NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug
    – 1 x Hyper M.2 Socket (M2_1), supports M Key type 2230/2242/2260/2280 M.2 PCI Express module up to Gen4x4 (64 Gb/s) (with Matisse) or Gen3x4 (32 Gb/s) (with Pinnacle Ridge and Picasso)*
    – 1 x Hyper M.2 Socket (M2_2), supports M Key type 2230/2242/2260/2280/22110 M.2 SATA3 6.0 Gb/s module and M.2 PCI Express module up to Gen4x4 (64 Gb/s)*

    *Supports NVMe SSD as boot disks
    Supports ASRock U.2 Kit
  • Connector
    – 1 x SPI TPM Header
    – 1 x Power LED and Speaker Header
    – 1 x AMD Fan LED Header*
    – 1 x RGB LED Header**
    – 1 x Addressable LED Header***
    – 1 x CPU Fan Connector (4-pin)****
    – 1 x CPU/Water Pump Fan Connector (4-pin) (Smart Fan Speed Control)*****
    – 4 x Chassis/Water Pump Fan Connectors (4-pin) (Smart Fan Speed Control)******
    – 1 x 24 pin ATX Power Connector
    – 1 x 8 pin 12V Power Connector
    – 1 x 4 pin 12V Power Connector
    – 1 x Front Panel Audio Connector (15μ Gold Audio Connector)
    – 1 x AMD LED Fan USB Header
    – 1 x Thunderbolt™ AIC Connector (5-pin) (Supports ASRock Thunderbolt™ AIC Card only)
    – 2 x USB 2.0 Headers (Support 4 USB 2.0 ports) (Supports ESD Protection)
    – 2 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Headers (Support 4 USB 3.2 Gen1 ports) (Supports ESD Protection)

    *The AMD Fan LED Header is compatible with a regular RGB LED stripe.
    The AMD Fan LED Header supports LED strips of maximum load of 3A (36W) and length up to 2.5M.**Supports in total up to 12V/3A, 36W LED Strip***Supports in total up to 5V/3A, 15W LED Strip****The CPU Fan Connector supports the CPU fan of maximum 1A (12W) fan power.*****The CPU/Water Pump Fan supports the water cooler fan of maximum 2A (24W) fan power.******The Chassis/Water Pump Fan supports the water cooler fan of maximum 2A (24W) fan power.
    CPU_FAN2/WP, CHA_FAN1/WP, CHA_FAN2/WP, CHA_FAN3/WP and CHA_FAN4/WP can auto detect if 3-pin or 4-pin fan is in use.
  • Rear Panel I/O
    – 2 x Antenna Ports (on I/O Panel Shield)
    – 1 x PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard Port
    – 1 x HDMI Port
    – 1 x DisplayPort 1.2
    – 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port
    – 1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A Port (10 Gb/s) (Supports ESD Protection)
    – 1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C Port (10 Gb/s) (Supports ESD Protection)
    – 6 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Ports (Supports ESD Protection)*
    – 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)
    – HD Audio Jacks: Rear Speaker / Central / Bass / Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone (Gold Audio Jacks)

    *Ultra USB Power is supported on USB3_56 ports.
    ACPI wake-up function is not supported on USB3_56ports.
  • Software and UEFI
    Software
    – ASRock Polychrome SYNC
    – ASRock XFast LAN
    UEFI
    – ASRock Full HD UEFI
    – ASRock Instant Flash
    – ASRock Easy RAID Installer

    *These utilities can be downloaded from ASRock Live Update & APP Shop.
  • Support CD
    – Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version), Google Chrome Browser and Toolbar
  • Accessories
    – Quick Installation Guide, Support CD
    – 4 x SATA Data Cables
    – 3 x Screws for M.2 Sockets
    – 2 x Standoffs for M.2 Sockets
  • Hardware Monitor
    – Temperature Sensing: CPU, CPU/Water Pump, Chassis, Chassis/Water Pump Fans
    – Fan Tachometer: CPU, CPU/Water Pump, Chassis, Chassis/Water Pump Fans
    – Quiet Fan (Auto adjust chassis fan speed by CPU temperature): CPU, CPU/Water Pump, Chassis, Chassis/Water Pump Fans
    – Fan Multi-Speed Control: CPU, CPU/Water Pump, Chassis, Chassis/Water Pump Fans
    – Voltage monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, CPU Vcore, CPU VDDCR_SOC, DRAM, VPPM, PREM VDDCR_SOC, +1.8V, VDDP
  • Form Factor
    – ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm
    – 2oz Copper PCB

More information can be found on ASRock’s website.

 

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