A leaked price-list for ASUS’s upcoming X570 motherboards has made its way online and it confirms what MSI CEO Charles Chiang said in his interview that X570 motherboards will be quite expensive. This also confirms AMD’s new marketing to not be a value alternative to Intel, but rather a performance leader that commands a premium. This is interesting as AMD processor pricing has remained flat across the board, AMD is even launching the new Ryzen 7 3700X for the exact same $329 launch price of the Ryzen 7 2700X.
ASUS X570 Motherboard Pricing
Looking at ASUS’s pricing for their motherboard the cheapest board will be the Prime X570-P at $159.99, then you have the TUF Gaming X570-Plus at $169.99. A variant of this board with WiFi 6 will be $184.99. So those aren’t that bad, but still we are seeing $30-50 more than X470 boards.
Next we have the Prime X470 Pro, which is the successor to the $150 Prime X470-Pro. It will be $249.99 or a 66% price increase! If you wanted to get into the ROG range of X570 boards be prepared to pay HEDT-like prices. The ROG Strix X570-F Gaming will be $299.99. Then you have the ROG Strix X570-E Gaming which has more connectivity options and an extra M.2 slot. It will be $329.99. And remember these are the lower-tier ROG boards.
Moving up the the ROG Crosshair VIII Hero with a premium CPU VRM solution, you’ll have to shell out $359.99, which is $100 over the price of the Crosshair VII Hero. Add $20 more for the $379.99 ROG Crosshair VIII Hero Wi-Fi. Finally you have the ROG Crosshair VIII Formula at a whopping $699.99, which is even more expensive than some ASUS ROG Rampage Extreme boards for Intel’s HEDT platform.
The price increase of these boards is a lot, but there are some reasons why we have more expensive boards. First the AMD X570 chipset was designed in-house by AMD and runs much hotter and requires an active fan. Also all of these new motherboards also feature PCI-Express 4.0. Regardless, getting a new Ryzen 3000 processors and accompanying X570 motherboard is not going to be cheap.
Luckily the AM4 socket is backwards compatible. So you could pair a new chip with older X470 and B450 solutions and be ok for the most part. The only PCI-Express 4.0 graphics cards available are AMD’s Navi cards and the newer PCI-Express 4.0 NVMe solid state drives are quite expensive right now.