ASRock X570S PG Riptide Motherboard Review, Can This $185 US Board Handle A $799 US AMD Ryzen 9 5950X CPU?

By Hassan Mujtaba  / 

It's been more than 2 years since the X570 platform was launched and so far, it has supported two generations of AMD Ryzen CPUs, the Ryzen 3000 (Matisse) and the Ryzen 5000 (Vermeer). While it is a very capable platform, there's much in terms of new I/O features that have been introduced & AMD's board partners are offering a third refresh to the platform.

Touting it as the X570S (S for Silent), one of the main features of the new motherboards is the lack of active cooling solution on the X570 PCH. Several users had requested their respective favorite brands to offer fanless motherboards and well here they are. Rocking brand new designs, features, and improved power delivery, the X570S motherboards are finally available and we are starting our testing spree with a budget-oriented motherboard from ASRock, the X570S PG Riptide which is said to retail at around $200 US.

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AMD X570(S) Chipset For Enthusiast and High-End Motherboards - The First Mainstream Platform To Support PCIe Gen 4, & Feature-Rich

As we saw with X470, there were a few features of the Ryzen 2000 series processors that were only supported by new motherboards such as Precision Boost Overdrive and XFR 2.0.

There’s no doubt that AMD’s Zen 2 & Zen 3 based Ryzen mainstream processor family has some amazing new features, but the main highlight would be support for PCIe Gen4. The X570 platform is an all PCIe Gen4 solution, which means this is the first consumer platform to feature support for the new PCIe standard.

In terms of IO details, the CPU will once again be offering a total of 24 PCIe Gen 4 lanes while the PCH will be providing a total of 16 PCIe Gen 4 lanes. There will be one direct link heading out to the first PCI Express x16 and PCI Express x4 slot from the CPU, while the rest of the IO will be handled by the X570 PCH which will be linked to the CPU through an x4 link.

AMD AM4/TR4 Chipset Features and Specifications:

WccftechX570X399 RefreshX399X470X370B450B350A320X300A300
CrossfireX/SLITriple CFX/2-Way SLIQuad SLI/CFX
(Max 6 GPU Support)
Quad SLI/CFX
(Max 6 GPU Support)
Triple CFX/2-Way SLITriple CFX/2-Way SLIN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
PCIe Gen 3/4 Lanes30 +16 (with Ryzen 7 CPU)60 (With Threadripper CPU)
4 Lanes Reserved for PCH
60 (With Threadripper CPU)
4 Lanes Reserved for PCH
16 (with Ryzen 7 CPU)16 (with Ryzen 7 CPU)
8 (with Bristol Ridge)
16 (with Ryzen 7 CPU)16 (with Ryzen 7 CPU)
8 (with Bristol Ridge)
16 (with Ryzen 7 CPU)
8 (with Bristol Ridge)
16 (with Ryzen 7 CPU)
8 (with Bristol Ridge)
16 (with Ryzen 7 CPU)
8 (with Bristol Ridge)
PCIe Gen 2 LanesN/A8 PCIe Lanes (reserved)8 PCIe Lanes (reserved)8 (plus x2 PCIe Gen3 when no x4 NVMe)8 (plus x2 PCIe Gen3 when no x4 NVMe)6 (plus x2 PCIe Gen3 when no x4 NVMe)6 (plus x2 PCIe Gen3 when no x4 NVMe)4 (plus x2 PCIe Gen3 when no x4 NVMe)4 (plus x2 PCIe Gen3 when no x4 NVMe)4 (plus x2 PCIe Gen3 when no x4 NVMe)
USB 3.1/3,2 Gen28222222100
USB 3.1/3.2 Gen112 (PCH + CPU)13 (PCH+CPU)13 (PCH+CPU)101066644
USB 2.0N/A666666600
SATA 6Gb/s8886644422
SATA Express2222222211
DDR4 DIMMs4884444222
Overclocking
Support
YesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesNo
XFR2 EnhancedYesYesNoYesNoYesNoNoNoNo
Precision Boost OverdriveYesYesNoYesNoYesNoNoNoNo
NVMeYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Form FactorATX, MATXATX, MATXATX, MATXATX, MITXATXATX, M-ATXATX, M-ATXM-ATX, Mini-ITXMini-ITXM-ATX, Mini-ITX

AMD AM4 Socket - Extending The Ryzen Compatibility To 16 Cores

Just like the AMD 300 and 400 series motherboards, the 500 series motherboards retain the same AM4 socket. Nothing has changed with the design or pin layout which means that all existing AM4 CPUs and APUs will be compatible with the new motherboards.

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The AM4 socket has a total of 1331 contact points for interfacing with Ryzen processors. There was a need to develop a new socket for Ryzen processors since the latter comes with support for DDR4 memory and PCIe Gen 4.0 interface directly from the Ryzen chip. The AM4 socket is featured on the AMD 500 series boards and will extend support to all future AM4 compatible processors.

Cooler Compatibility With the AM4 Socket

Since we are looking at a slightly bigger socket that measures 90mm x 54mm, the previous cooler mounting brackets from AM3+ will be non-compatible with AM4. This would require new brackets. Manufacturers in the cooling industry are now offering proper mounting brackets for Ryzen CPUs. Desktop builders who currently have an older AM3+ cooler can also grab the mounting kit for free.

The PG Riptide from ASRock is a brand new series within its motherboard portfolio. The two new products launching within this series are the X570S PG Riptide and the B550 PG Riptide. The new X570S PG Riptide is ASRock's second passively cooled X570 design with the first being the ASRock X570 Aqua which had its PCH liquid-cooled.

The ASRock X570S PG RIPTIDE is a brand new addition to ASRock's X570 chipset lineup. The main update that we see in this refresh is the silent PCH/VRM cooling design along with a slight power delivery revision. The motherboard comes in at the $185 US target price which is aiming at the more budget segment.

ASRock X570S PG Riptide Motherboard Features:

The ASRock X570S PG Riptide features the AM4 socket which can support AMD Ryzen CPUs all the way up to Ryzen 5000 series. The motherboard houses the AM4 socket and is powered by an 8+4 pin connector configuration that powers the 10 Phase Digi Power (Dr.MOS) VRMs. The board offers support for up to 128 GB memory capacity with speeds of up to DDR4-5000+ (OC). The VRMs are covered by a single-sided aluminum heatsink with an XXL Aluminum Alloy design.

ASRock X570S PG Riptide Motherboard Gallery:

Expansion on the motherboard includes three PCIe 4.0 x16 slots, three PCIe 4.0 x1 slots, and dual M.2 Gen 4 slots out of which one is covered by an M.2 armor heatsink. Storage options include six SATA III ports and the PCH next to the slots is passively cooled by a large aluminum heatsink block. The PCH heatsink features ASRock's Polychrome Sync RGB LEDs. There's also an additional M.2 slot for WiFi support located next to the audio circuitry. I/O on the motherboard includes 1 Antenna, 1 PS/2, 1 HDMI, 1 SPDIF, 2 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 4 USB 3.2 Gen 1, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 2.5G LAN port, and a 7.1 channel HD Audio jack powered by the ALC897 codec.


The ASRock X570S PG Riptide comes in a standard rectangular box. The packaging has a gaming touch to it with a black and blue color theme. There's a large 'PG Riptide' logo to the left while the bottom lists down several features such as 'Ryzen 5000 Desktop Ready', PolyChrome Sync & HDMI support.

The back of the box contains all the marketing details along with product specifications. The most interesting features that are highlighted by ASRock include Lightning Gaming Ports, Killer E3100G 2.5G LAN, Graphics Cardholder, and more.

Within the package are two boxes, one houses the motherboard, and the other houses the board accessories. The accessories for the ASRock X570S PG Riptide include:

Outside of the package, the motherboard can be seen well placed in two foam containers that hold the motherboard nicely in place. The motherboard has the standard ATX look to it and is one of the first fanless X570 motherboards that I will be testing out.


The ASRock X570S PG Riptide is styled in grey and black. The motherboard comes with the standard ATX form factor so compatibility won't be an issue on a wide range of PCs. The PG 'Phantom Gaming' theme is apparent from the logos and labels over the various heatsinks.

The board packs a better overall design scheme that allows for faster connectivity, memory support, and storage options compared to X470 motherboards. The PCB is of matte black color.  The PCB itself is made of high-density glass fabric and uses a 2oz Copper design.

The board uses the AM4 socket to support AMD CPUs and APUs. The socket is compatible with both AMD Ryzen processors and APUs. There's no chance of error while installing a CPU since the socket is keyed, has a 1331 pin layout, and won't support any other chips aside from the ones mentioned by AMD and AIB partners.

Right next to the socket are four DDR4 DIMM slots that can support up to 128 GB (dual channel) memory. These slots are rated to support DDR4 DIMMs with frequencies all the way up to 5000 MHz (OC+).

The motherboard packs a 10 phase Digital PWM which powers the socket. The PCB is outfitted with a long lifespan, durable black solid-state capacitors that have an endurance rating of over 12,000 hours. Each phase is delivered 50A of continuous current through the Dr.MOS power stage solution & 60A Power Chokes.

The VRMs are covered by a single heatsink which is made of aluminum and part of the XXL Aluminum Alloy heatsink design. The heatsink is colored in grey and has cuts within them to add to the aesthetics.

One thing the motherboard severely lacks is the pre-installed I/O cover. That should have become standard by now but it looks like motherboard vendors are avoiding that feature on sub-$200 US offerings.

The CPU is supplied with power through an 8 + 4 power connector. This will feed the CPU with up to 225 Watts of power. Most AMD CPUs will be shipping with TDPs of up to 105W but that changes when users overclock since that changes the power limit based on applied voltages and clock speeds.

Expansion slots include three PCI Express 4.0 x16 (x16 CPU / x4/x2 PCH electrical), three PCI Express 4.0 x1, & dual hyper M.2 slots. The board can support 3-way multi-GPU (CrossFireX / SLI). The M.2 slots are rated to support NVMe PCIe Gen4 x4 SSD.

The ASRock X570S PG Riptide motherboard adopts the latest PCIe steel slot design which is built with more solder points on the PCB for better performance and preventing any signal interference with graphics cards. This allows your graphics cards to be fed with better quality signals and to be safely and securely installed in the PCIe slots.

There are two Hyper M.2 slots on the motherboard that operate through PCI Express 4.0 x4 link at speeds of 64 GB/s. Both slots are ideally placed. One of them is located at the top of the first PCIe 4.0 x16 slot while the other is situated under the second PCI-e 4.0 x16 slot with ample room for up to 110mm M.2 drive/memory support. The topmost Hyper M.2 slot features the M.2 armor heat-sink for better cooling and is connected to the CPU while the second slot is connected to the X570 PCH (Gen 4x4 link) however using it disables SATA ports 5 & 6 leaving you with just 4 SATA ports in total.

In addition to these two, there's a third M.2 WiFi slot which is used as a mount for a WiFi module (not included with the motherboard).

The X570 PCH is housed beneath a large heatsink with the 'PG' logo embedded on it. The PCH comes also utilizes Polychrome Sync RGB which is fully user-customizable. Do note that there's no active cooling solution on the PCH heatsink.

Storage options include six SATA III ports rated to operate at 6 Gb/s. These can support a total of 6 different storage devices at the same time.

ASRock is using the ALC 897 audio codec audio system on this motherboard that has its own audio PCB isolated from the rest of the board. This is part of the Purity Sound 4 system which includes a combination of hardware and software audio solutions such as the use of surge protection and Nahimic Audio.

The motherboard has a single onboard USB 3.2 Gen 2 port which can be used to connect the front panel. There's also two USB 3.2 Gen 1 front-panel header which can allow for up to four USB 3.2 Gen two ports. There's also a Thunderbolt 4 AIC header on the board which can be used to add in a Thunderbolt AIC card. A list of connectors available internally on the motherboard include:

The I/O on the motherboard includes a WiFi module with 2 antenna ports, 1 PS/2 port, 1 HDMI port, 1 optical SPDIF out port, 1 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port, 1 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port, 4 USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, 1 RJ 45 LAN port (Killer E3100 LAN), 1 BIOS Flashback button and a 7.1 channel audio jack.

ASRock X570S PG Riptide Motherboard Teardown:

For testing, I used the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X. The chip is the fastest CPU in the AMD Zen 3 family and rocks 16 cores and 32 threads. It is the ultimate chip and the best way to know if the ASRock X570S PG Riptide does support high-end chips at a sub-$200 US pricing.

ASRock X570S PG Riptide Motherboard

ProcessorsIntel Core i9-11900K
Intel Core i9-10900K
Intel Core i7-10700K
Intel Core i5-10600K
Intel Core i9-10980XE
Intel Core i9-9900KS
Intel Core i9-9900K
Intel Core i7-8700K
Intel Core i5-8600K
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
MotherboardASRock X570S PG Riptide (Ryzen 9 5950X)
MSI MEG Z590 ACE (Intel 11th Gen)
ASUS ROG Maximus XII HERO WIFI (Intel 10th Gen)
MSI X299 Creator (Intel 10th Gen X Series)
Z390 AORUS Master (Intel 8th/9th Gen)
MSI MEG X570 Unify (AMD Ryzen 3000 / Ryzen 5000)
ASRock X470 Taichi Ultimate (AMD Ryzen 2000)
Power SupplyASUS ROG THOR 1200W
Solid State DriveSamsung SSD 960 EVO M.2 (512 GB)
MemoryG.SKILL Trident Z Royal Series 16 GB (2 x 8GB) CL17 4000 MHz
Video CardsMSI GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio
Cooling SolutionsASUS ROG Ryujin 240
OSWindows 10 64-bit

Our test rig includes the Samsung 960 EVO 512 GB SSD that boots up our main OS while a 2 TB Seagate HDD is used for demonstration purposes for the Intel Optane memory. In addition to these, we are running an MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio graphics card, an ASUS ROG Thor 1200W power supply and 16 GB of G.Skill provided Trident Z Royal series memory which runs with a clock speed of DDR4-4000 MHz. For cooling, we used the ASUS Ryujin 240 AIO cooler.

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Blender

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Cinebench R15

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Cinebench R20

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CPU-Z

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Geekbench 5

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HandBrake

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PCMark 10

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POV-Ray

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SuperPI

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WinRAR

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X264 HD Encode Benchmark

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y-Cruncher Compute Benchmark

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Battlefield V

Battlefield V brings back the action of the World War 2 shooter genre. Using the latest Frostbite tech, the game does a good job of looking gorgeous in all ways possible. From the open-world environments to the intense and gun-blazing action, this multiplayer and single-player FPS title is one of the best-looking Battlefields to date. The game was tested at max settings at 1440p.

DOOM Eternal

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GTA V

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Metro Exodus

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Shadow of The Tomb Raider

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Sid Meier's Civilization VI

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Watch Dogs Legion

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Ashes of The Singularity (4K)

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The Intel Rocket Lake CPUs feature the brand new Cypress Cove architecture but still rely on the old 14nm process node. The higher clock speeds and increased core counts on the existing process node would result in a drastic level of increase in overall power consumption as can be seen in the charts below.

In terms of packaging, AMD Ryzen Desktop CPUs ship with a Solder TIM interface and higher-quality gold-plating under the IHS. The thermal testing was carried out with the ASUS Ryujin 240 AIO liquid cooler:

The ASRock X570S PG Riptide is a great motherboard at its $185 US retail price. The board features a fanless heatsink design which is a highly requested feature & also packs brand new additions in this price category that were missing in the initial X570 lineup from ASRock. To start, we have a new and refreshed all-black design with silver finishes that looks great. There are less flashy RGBs on the board and more focus on giving in a stealthier look.

Performance for this board is superb with it having no issues running the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X CPU in synthetic workloads and gaming benchmarks. Its performance matches what we would expect a high-end X570 board to deliver with AMD's flagship mainstream CPUs. That's also due to the new 10 phase VRM design which is a step up from the Phantom Gaming 4 motherboard which featured a 6 phase VRM. There's more power running to the CPU and while the VRM heatsink might seem slightly inadequate, it does its job of keeping them under 70C though overclocking pushes them to 75C which is slightly towards the hot side but still nothing to worry about.

As for I/O, ASRock has delivered a nice feature set with loads of USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports though they are all 10 Gb/s ports. No 20 Gb/s port is included on the ASRock X570S PG Riptide and while you do get a faster 2.5GbE Killer LAN, the board lacks WiFi 6 capabilities. ASRock has included a 2-antenna slot on the rear panel I/O and an M.2 WiFi Key-E port that users can slot in a WiFi AIC. Another thing that lacks on this budget motherboard is a pre-installed rear panel I/O.

By now, it should have been a standard. The Audio is also lackluster which still includes an ALC897 codec instead of the newer ALC 1220. In the end, these are nifty features which if included would have made the PG RIPTIDE a killer option but at $185 US, it's still an impressive and silent solution that would run your AMD Ryzen 5000 CPU without any issues.

Products mentioned in this post

ASRock X570
USD 139.99
Core i7-10700K
USD 312.95
Core i9-10900K
USD 787.84

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