During Computex 2019, ASUS unveiled its range of X570 motherboards catering to various market segments. While its ROG branded boards are traditionally targeted at gamers and enthusiasts, the ASUS Pro WS X570-ACE is aimed at workstation users with official support for ECC memory, triple full-length PCIe 4.0 x8, and dual Gigabit LAN.

Some of the main traits of the ASUS WS X570-ACE include three full-length PCIe 4.0 slots which operate at x16, x8/x8, and x8/x8/x8, with that last x8 coming from the chipset. There is also a single PCIe 4.0 x1 slot. For most X570 models announced, this is one of the only models to optimize all three full-length slots at a minimum of x8. This makes this model more than interesting, as it means ASUS is fusing multiple PCIe links from the chipset into a single PCIe slot.

There are two PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots with a single U.2, and just four SATA ports. The dual LAN ports are powered by two Gigabit controllers (Intel I211-AT and Realtek 8117), with a Realtek S1220A HD audio codec driving the onboard sound. Connectivity is a focus on this model with five USB 3.1 G2 Type-A, six USB 3.1 G1 Type-A, and four USB 2.0.

The ASUS Pro WS X570-Ace follows a different design from the rest of its motherboard line-up, with straight angled heatsinks, following a uniformed black design with fins. Compared with the other ASUS X570 models, the feature set is a little thin due to its workstation focused design.

ASUS hasn't revealed any pricing for the Pro WS X570-Ace, but it is expected to launch alongside the Ryzen 3000 series processors on 7/7.

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  • Aikouka - Friday, June 7, 2019 - link

    Hm, I'm a bit mixed on this. I've been looking to replace my home server's hardware, and the ASRock Rack X470D4U has been catching my eye lately. I'm fond of IPMI, which also helps as I don't have to waste a slot on a graphics card due to Ryzen not having one on a CPU above four cores.

    On the other hand, for me, the huge downside of the X470D4U is that it's mATX. I already use two SAS RAID cards that I've modded to add fans (i.e. adding width), and the lack of 10G on either of these boards means that I'd have to add a card to them. It's possible with the ASUS board, but it would require some extensions to easily do on the ASRock Rack board.

    From what I can see, the ASUS remote solution is... a bit different than I'd expect. According to the manual, it's a VirtualBox Appliance. On the other hand, the ASRock solution is your standard AST2500-based IPMI serviced through a web interface. Not sure how I feel about the VM appliance solution.
  • Matthew McKellar - Friday, June 7, 2019 - link

    I'm extremely interested in this motherboard. I was just going to keep using my Prime x370-Pro, but an actual workstation board looks really nice....

    Or I could spend that money on swapping my Vega 64 for a Vega Frontier edition instead, which would make more sense when it comes to improving SolidWorks performance. Though the lanes look like they would crowd my IoDrive2 a lot less...
  • thomasg - Friday, June 7, 2019 - link

    I'm exactly in the same boat. I got the PRIME X370-PRO because it was basically the only little-nonsense but full-spec board.
    The WS Ace was however what I was actually looking for back then.

    I'm contemplating waiting for the Threadripper-successor, to see if they finally come up with an actual workstation board for Zen.
  • thomasg - Friday, June 7, 2019 - link

    In addition to what others have said (no 10GbE, a fan) I would have liked to see the DIMM-Sockets oriented horizontally to have proper air flow.

    I'm still hoping for ASUS or Supermicro to finally make a Ryzen or Threadripper board that has actual workstation Specs; I can't believe this just doesn't exist yet.

    This board comes closest however, and I might just have to replace my PRIME X370-Pro.
    Official ECC-support is appreciated.

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