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Asus TUF Gaming X570-Pro Wi-Fi Review: TUF Enough for a 5950X

Inexpensive, well-equipped, and capable of handling the 5950X

Asus TUF Gaming X570-Pro Wi-Fi
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(Image: © Asus)

Our Verdict

The Asus TUF Gaming X570-Pro Wi-Fi is an inexpensive yet capable motherboard. With power delivery capable of handling an overclocked Ryzen 9 5950X, integrated 2.5 GbE and Wi-Fi 6 capabilities, plusand eight SATA ports, the $220 board is a good option to get into the X570 platform.

For

  • Capable 12-Phase 50A Power Delivery
  • Intel 2.5 GbE / Wi-Fi 6
  • Eight SATA ports
  • Reasonable price for X570

Against

  • Only seven rear USB ports
  • Appearance may not be for everyone

Tom's Hardware Verdict

The Asus TUF Gaming X570-Pro Wi-Fi is an inexpensive yet capable motherboard. With power delivery capable of handling an overclocked Ryzen 9 5950X, integrated 2.5 GbE and Wi-Fi 6 capabilities, plusand eight SATA ports, the $220 board is a good option to get into the X570 platform.

Pros

  • + Capable 12-Phase 50A Power Delivery
  • + Intel 2.5 GbE / Wi-Fi 6
  • + Eight SATA ports
  • + Reasonable price for X570

Cons

  • - Only seven rear USB ports
  • - Appearance may not be for everyone

Asus’ TUF Gaming X570-Pro WiFi is one of the cheaper X570 options available, giving it an early edge as it vies for a spot on our best motherboards list. At $219.99, the board includes a capable VRM that handled our power-hungry AMD Ryzen 9 5950X at stock speeds and while overclocked. In our testing suite, the board performed OK, on average running slightly slower than the other boards, though there were few significant outliers on either side of average.

At the time of publishing, the matured Asus X570 lineup includes options from the TUF, Prime, Strix, WS (Workstation), and ROG lines, a total of 14 boards. Since we last checked, Asus added a Mini-ITX option, which was the only form-factor missing. Today, the product stack consists of a wide variety of motherboards in varying sizes, feature sets, and price points. There is likely something for everyone in the company’s X570 lineup.

Digging down into the performance results, we saw slightly below average scores/times in long-running CPU heavy multi-threaded tests such as Cinebench, Handbrake, POV-Ray and Corona. The PCMark 10 suite was on the opposite side of things, generally running as fast or faster than most other boards we’ve tested. The TUF Gaming X570 Pro WiFi showed promising results in synthetic tests and actual games. Overall, performance isn’t a concern, though if you plan on getting a Ryzen 9 5950X and beating on all cores and threads, there are better performing (but higher-priced) options out of the box.

Outside of performance, the board sports dual PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 sockets, eight SATA ports, 2.5 GbE and integrated WiFi 6, premium Realtek audio, TUF components, and more. The board’s styling is pretty simple, with all-black PCB and parts, outside of some TUF highlighting. Some may enjoy the look, others not so much. You’ll find RGB LED lighting onboard, but only a small portion to the right of the chipset heatsink. Read on for more details about the X570-Pro WiFi, including more features and performance testing.

Specifications - Asus TUF Gaming X570-Pro Wi-Fi

SocketAM4
ChipsetX570
Form FactorATX
Voltage Regulator14 Phase (12+2, 50A MOSFETs)
Video Ports(1) HDMI 1.4b
(1) DisplayPort 1.2
USB Ports(3) USB 3.2 Gen 2, Type-A and Type-C (10 Gbps)
(4) USB 3.2 Gen 1, Type-A (5 Gbps)
Network Jacks(1) 2.5 GbE
Audio Jacks(5) Analog + SPDIF
Legacy Ports/JacksPS/2
Other Ports/Jack
PCIe x16(1) v4.0 (x16)
(1) v4.0 (x4)
PCIe x8
PCIe x4
PCIe x1(2) v.4.0 (x1)
CrossFire/SLI2-Way CrossfireX
DIMM slots(4) DDR4 5100+(OC), 128GB Capacity
M.2 slots(2) PCIe 4.0 x4 / PCIe + SATA (up to 110mm)
U.2 Ports
SATA Ports(8) SATA3 6 Gbps (RAID 0, 1 and 10)
USB Headers(1) USB v3.2 Gen 2 (Type-C)
(2) USB v3.2 Gen 1
(2) USB v2.0
Fan/Pump Headers(6) 4-Pin
RGB Headers(1) aRGB (3-pin)
(2) RGB (4-pin)
Legacy Interfaces
Other InterfacesFP-Audio, TPM
Diagnostics PanelYes, 4-LED Q-LED display
Internal Button/Switch
SATA ControllersASMedia ASM1061
Ethernet Controller(s)(1) Intel I225-V (2.5 GbE)
Wi-Fi / BluetoothIntel WiFi-6 AX200 (802.11ax, 2x2, MU-MIMO, OFDMA, BT 5.1)
USB Controllers
HD Audio CodecRealtek ALC1200A
DDL/DTS Connectc✗ / Yes
Warranty3 Years

Inside the retail packaging, you’ll find several accessories including SATA cables, a support DVD, and more. The included accessory stack isn’t big, but has most of what you need to get started. Below is a complete list of all the extras inside the box. 

●      I/O shield

●      (2) SATA cables

●      M.2 screw package

●      Support DVD

●      Asus dual-band WiFI Antennas

●      TUF Gaming sticker

●      TUF certification card(s)

●      M.2 rubber package(s)

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Asus TUF Gaming X570-Pro WiFi

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Asus TUF Gaming X570-Pro WiFi

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Asus TUF Gaming X570-Pro WiFi

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After removing the TUF Gaming X570-Pro WiFi from the box, you’ll see a black/dark grey motherboard with a few yellow highlights noting the TUF branding. A stenciled pattern starts around the chipset heatsink and ending around the VRM area. All sockets and slots are also black and grey. Overall, the styling is simple and will fit in with most builds. However, it doesn’t jump out at you like a classic good-looking board, so some may not like its rugged appearance.

On the RGB side of things, Asus has a small strip to the chipset heatsink’s right that matches the grey stenciled pattern. The RGB colors are saturated, but the small strip isn’t terribly bright. If the integrated lighting isn’t enough, there are three headers for expansion. The Asus Aura application handles lighting control.

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Looking at the top half of the motherboard, one of the first things that jumps out to me is the large heatsinks that cover the VRM. The black heatsinks reach out to cover part of the rear IO area and other undesirable bits on the motherboard. An 8-pin EPS connector (required) and a 4-pin EPS connector (optional) deliver power to the CPU. The area around the socket is relatively busy with many capacitors close to the mounts, but this is nothing to worry about. Just to the right of the socket are four DRAM slots that support up to 128GB of DDR4 RAM with speeds listed up to a smoking-fast 5100+ MHz +(OC).

Above the DRAM slots are the first two (of six) fan/pump headers. All six of these headers support a maximum of 1A/12W. All headers except for the AIO_PUMP are Q-Fan controlled and adjustable. The CPU_FAN and CPU_OPT headers in this area automatically detect if the connected fan is DC or PWM controlled. The rest of the headers will need to be manually selected. No matter what price point, I would like to see all fan headers automatically adjust to the right control method. Additionally, there are two more fan headers on the top half of the board. These chassis fan connectors are located just below the left VRM heatsink above the top PCIe slot.

Immediately to the right of the fan headers up top is the first RGB header. In this case, it’s a 4pin RGB with the 3-pin ARGB header located to the right of the socket area. Located just above the 3-pin RGB header is the Asus Q-LED area. Q-LED consists of four LEDs on board that light up during the POST process. If the board hangs on the DRAM, CPU, VGA, or boot devices, the corresponding LED remains lit, telling you at a high level why the board won’t POST. Without a two-character debug LED, the Q-LED is a valuable tool for troubleshooting POST issues.

Just below the Q-LEDs and 3-pin RGB header is the 24-pin ATX connector for sending power to the motherboard and the front panel USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C front panel header.

(Image credit: Tom's Hardware)

The Asus webpage for the TUF Gaming X570 Pro lists a 12+2 configuration for the Vcore and SOC, which at a high level bodes well for handling our Ryzen 9 5950X. Managing power sent to the MOSFETs is the Asus Digi+ chip (ASP1106GGQW at X+Y = 6). The six-channel controller works in a 4+1 ‘teamed’ setup. This VRM configuration from Asus does away with phase doublers, sending the power to three 50A Vishay SIC639 Dr. MOS MOSFETs each. The 600A available for Vcore is plenty for our CPU at stock and ambient overclocking. 

(Image credit: Asus)

Sliding down to the bottom half of the board, we’ll start with the audio section on the left side. At first look, you should see a Faraday cage with the TUF symbol on it, covering the Realtek ALC S1200A codec. Just below the codec are five premium black and yellow Nichicon audio caps. We won’t find the flagship codec or op-amps on lower-priced X570 boards, but the high-end audio codec should be sufficient for most users.

In the middle of the board you’ll find two full-length PCIe slots and two x1 size slots. The primary GPU slot (top slot) is reinforced with the Asus Safeslot said to provide additional retention and shearing resistance while the bottom is not. The top slot is fed from the CPU and offers PCIe 4.0 x16 bandwidth, with the second full-length slot fed from the chipset with four PCIe 4.0 lanes. The two short x1 slots get their lanes from the chipset, each running at PCIe 4.0 x1 speeds.

Just above the primary video card slot is the first M.2 socket. The second socket is located toward the bottom of the board and has a heatsink. Both M.2 sockets support PCIe 4.0 x4- and SATA-based modules, offering more flexibility than some boards that only run PCIe based modules only in the second/third slot. Worth noting: only the bottom slot includes a simple heatsink. If you’re running a PCIe 4.0 NVMe-based drive, you’ll likely want to use that socket unless your module comes with a heatsink.

Finally, to the right of the PCIe/M.2 area is the chipset heatsink and fan. The chipset fan was virtually inaudible at default settings, so there is nothing to worry about there. On the right edge, we spy four of the eight SATA ports. The SATA ports support RAID0, 1 and 10 modes.

Across the board’s bottom are several headers and even a few SATA ports. You won’t find any buttons here. Below is the full list, from left to right:

●      Front panel audio

●      COM port

●      COM debug

●      CLR CMOS

●      4-pin chassis fan header

●      (2) USB 2.0 ports

●      USB 3.2 Gen1 port

●      4-pin chassis fan header

●      (4) SATA ports

●      RGB header

●      Front panel header

(Image credit: Asus)

Swinging around back to the rear IO, the TUF Gaming X570 Plus WiFi doesn’t include an integrated IO plate, so you’ll have to install it. There are seven USB ports out back,one USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C, four USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports and two USB 3.2 Gen1 ports. I’d like to see a couple more USB portshere, as some users could struggle with seven. Outside of that is a clear CMOS button, a legacy PS/2 port, and DisplayPort/HDMI outputs for the integrated video. Last are the WiFi antenna connections and a 5-plug audio stack with SPDIF. 

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  • damianrobertjones
    Confused. Do people still use a whole load of sata drives connected to their fancy, expensive, 'speed ninja' machine? I see the use of large sata ssd drives, but other than that, not so much. Heck, okay, 2x 6/12Tb spinners for storage? Fine. But 6/8 sockets?

    Would rather have 3/4/5 m.2 slots.
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  • The3080rtxisalie
    I bought one of these a year ago, had nothing but problems with a Ryzen 9 3950x. It would spontaneously reboot all the time, it ran stable on an old bios version but this board doesn't have flashback and prevented it from going back, became a $200 paperweight. I replaced it with an Aorus Ryzen Master and while that also had reboot issues with the current BIOS, it does allow you to go backwards to a stable point. I ended up just giving this board away for free and regret that I bought it in the first place.

    I was also using Gskill Trident Neo RAM on their QVL, docp/xmp1 and that might have been a factor but shouldn't have been if they did any QA testing. I went out of my way to find a $360 set that was specifically on their QVL list.
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  • drtweak
    EDIT: Actually by bad. It is the TUF Gaming Plus WiFi i got XD very similar though. This has 2 PCIe 4.0 x16 (1 wired for 4x) and the Plus has the 2.5 and AX wifi vs 1G and AC.

    Just got this with a Ryzen 5 3600. Have had no issues with it. I like how you have the ability to disable the Wifi on a hardware level in the BIOS.

    Also one of the reason I got this is for the 8 SATA connectors. I have a Perc H310 controller with 8 drives on that, and the i have 5 of the 8 SATA ports used with room to spare if need be. I have a 256GB M.2 NVMe as the OS drive but no need for any more than that. My old Gigabyte FX990-UD3 had some parts to the VRM go POP, yet it still worked, had to take all my overclocks and everything off tho. It was starting to just give me more and more issues where i was having to reboot it more and more often. Didn't want a B550 board and this was the cheapest x570 board i could find that fix my needs.
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  • Blacksad999
    I wish that more than 2 internal USB headers would become a thing. With AIO's and lighting, etc they fill up pretty fast. I've never used more than one Sata connection, and would happily swap out 2 of those for a USB header in it's place.
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  • RodroX
    PRO... well if you don't need the Wifi 6, you can save some cash and go with https://pcpartpicker.com/product/McfFf7/asus-prime-x570-p-atx-am4-motherboard-prime-x570-p or the https://pcpartpicker.com/product/whMTwP/asus-tuf-gaming-x570-plus-atx-am4-motherboard-tuf-gaming-x570-plus, any of those should be plenty enough to run the 5950X, even with PBO enable.

    I still don't feel that overclocking such a powerfull CPU its worth it, not for gaming, not with the current GPUs we have (probbaly not with next gen either) and specially not for working, For working I rather have it at stock or with PBO enable but thats it.
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  • jeff.vandyne
    I just built a system around this board with a Ryzen 5 5600x and so far it's been perfectly stable. I had to update the BIOS and Ethernet drivers before I could maintain an internet connection but that's the only issue I've had. I'm another who purchased this in large part because it has 8 SATA connectors. My main computer almost always goes on to live a second life as a media server so I buy with that in mind. This is the first ASUS board and AMD processor I've bought in years so there's been a little bit learning curve with the system software but it's not bad.
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  • z0d
    @The3080rtxisalie
    This has the bios flashback now and that's the main difference between the older "PLUS" x570 variant.
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  • Alvar "Miles" Udell
    Thanks for the review. Going to grab this board when it hits the $175 mark to replace my X370 Crosshair VI, with my 3700X I'll be set for a long time to come, though only 2 M.2 slots...ASUS needs to be slapped hard upside the head and make 3 minimum...
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  • drtweak
    Blacksad999 said:
    I wish that more than 2 internal USB headers would become a thing. With AIO's and lighting, etc they fill up pretty fast. I've never used more than one Sata connection, and would happily swap out 2 of those for a USB header in it's place.

    Right? Even though I thought this was the one i got i actually got the TUF Gaming Plus WiFi but yea same issue to me! Two USB 2.0 headers thats it. My case has 2 3.0 and 2 2.0 so those use up one header each then my Corsair HX PSU and H115 both need a USB slot. I had to take the pins out of one of them and put it in the other so they can share a USB 2.0 header. I don't really care for the front or rear US as i use a 10 port power USB 3.0 Hub on my desk but still.
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  • JoBalz
    For the same price, I got a MSI MAG X570 Tomahawk WiFi in late December.
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