Back in July, we reported that EVGA was teasing its first AMD motherboard of AM2 + days. Fast forward, and that dream of an EVGA model for AMD’s Ryzen processors led by engineer and extreme overclocker Vince ‘KINGPIN’ Lucid is now a reality. The EVGA X570 Dark benefits from a premium 17-phase power supply (14 + 2 + 1) designed to push the Ryzen 5000 to its limits and support for up to DDR4-4800 out of the box via two memory slots to reduce latency.
As expected, the EVGA X570 Dark is primarily tailored for extreme overclockers, with a variety of performance-enhancing capabilities on a large E-ATX-sized PCB. One of the most prominent design features includes a transposed AM4 CPU socket for better support when installing the LN2 (liquid nitrogen) container and an empty CPU socket area to reduce the risk of undercool cooling insulation. All the main power connectors are also at right angles, which will be a minor problem with extreme record overclocking.
EVGA uses a 16-phase power supply organized in a 14 + 2 configuration, with fourteen peak 90 A power stages for the CPU compartment. It’s a slightly different design for a custom transposed socket because it extends around the bottom of the AM4 socket. It uses active VRM cooling with two cooling fans and uses a 10-layer PCB design. The 17th power stage serves the memory. The CPU is powered by a pair of 8-pin 12 V ATX CPU power inputs. Some of the most prominent features of the EVGA X570 Dark include voltage monitoring points at the top of the board, as well as various switches to enable / disable functions that could be key to the stability of overclocking below zero.
For end users who want to have a daily system, there are two PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots, eight SATA ports with support for RAID 0, 1 and 10 arrays, as well as 2.5 GbE wired and Wi-Fi 6 wireless networking. Looking at PCIe support, EVGA includes two full-length PCIe 4.0 ports running on x16 and x8 / x8, with half a PCIe 3.0 x4 slot. Other features include a Realtek ALC1220 HD audio codec supported by EVGA’s NU audio solution, eight 4-pin cooling headers, a passively cooled chipset cooler and two USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, four USB 3.2 G1 Type-A and one USB 3.2 G2 port type C on the back panel.
The EVGA X570 Dark is currently available for purchase directly from the EVGA website for $ 690. This is not a cheap motherboard, but such motherboards focused on overclocking have a high price. While it has plenty of features for an everyday system based on the Ryzen 5000, it hopes to provide a substance for extreme overclockers who want to push the Ryzen 5000’s silicon to its limits.
Our review of the EVGA X570 Dark is coming soon – it arrived a few days ago and is currently on our test stand!
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