What Do You Give Up On A $140 X570 Board?
The MSI X570-A PRO is a very affordable X570 board, for $140 you get support for the newest Ryzen processors, two PCIe x16 slots and three PCIe x1 slots which are all Gen 4 and even two USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, one type-A and one type-C just to name a few of the features. Of course, there has to be some compromises made in the design to keep the price down, so the board may not be for everyone.
The FPS Review discovered that the biggest drawback is the power system. The issues are twofold, firstly that the board is a a 6 phase design, however with the use of IR3598 phase doublers it is sold as a 4+4+2 phase configuration. The second issue is the lack of cooling for the VRMs, which they saw hit up to 117C. Now, to be fair they never ran into any crashes or throttling at those temperatures, so it is more about the longevity of the components as opposed to failures.
If you are looking at building an R5 or R7 based system, the board will handle the power demands without blinking and you will even be able to overclock. If you were planning on shelling out for an R9 on the other hand, this might not be a good pairing. Read through the whole review to see just how well MSI did on this new budget priced board.
In response, MSI set out to right its reputation with the MSI MEG X570 Unify and later on, its X570 Tomahawk. These motherboards do indeed come with a good VRM implementation. While we haven’t tested the latter, we have tested the former.