At Computex 2019, MSI has unveiled its flagship motherboard on the new AMD X570 chipset: the MEG X570 Godlike. It features a bundled 10 GbE add-in card, three onboard PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots, another two M.2 PCIe 4.0 slots with an add-in card, six SATA ports, and four full-length PCIe 4.0 slots.

The new MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE represents its premium offering for enthusiasts and gamers with a range of high-end additions. Included in the accessories bundle is an Aquantia AQC107 10 GbE add-in card, and Twin Frozr M.2 PCIe add-on card which allows users to add an additional two PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 drives on top of the three that are present on the board.  Each onboard M.2 slot includes its own individual Lightning Gen4 M.2 heatsink. The new X570 chipset is actively cooled by a single fan featuring double ball bearing technology.

The addition in terms of the design is a new OLED screen which is implemented between the four DDR4 memory slots and the 24-pin ATX 12 V motherboard power input. While the resolution output is currently unknown, we expect more details will be unveiled at its launch. 

The MSI MEG X570 Godlike features a true 14-phase power delivery for the VCore; this power delivery uses the Infineon TDA21472 MOSFETs and uses an IR35201 Digital PWM controller. Providing power to the CPU is two 8-pin 12 V ATX CPU power inputs setting the Godlike up as MSI's most enthusiast-level desktop board for any AMD platform in recent times.

We may see MSI's X570 boards hit before the AMD 7nm Matisse processors hit the shelves, but no availability or pricing is currently available.

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  • extide - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - link

    Oh boy, looks like this will have PLX chips and thus be .. super expensive. Otherwise looks like a great board.
  • DanNeely - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - link

    I think it could be done without a PLX. Do the 4 x16's all off the CPU, breaking down to 4/4/4/4 if all are used, m.2 #1 off the CPU, m.2 #2 and #3 off the south bridge, and then have 4 PCIe lanes left for misc onboard controllers.

    The big gotcha there is that using a single addon card drops the GPU to only an x8. In reality this won't matter; but part of the internet rage brigade would still freak out. A single x4 to x8 PLX on the chipset would avoid that; but the rage brigade would instead freak out at the cost.
  • Death666Angel - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - link

    The x16 coming from the CPU can't be bifurcated beyond x8/x8.
  • mattlach - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - link

    If you are splitting them to 4x lanes, then they are no longer x16 :p

    I'm watching this one. I need 16x for one GPU, two 4x NVMe drives and the ability to hook up one 8x Gen2 NIC. This is the only board thus far that seems like it may have even a chance of doing that. If it has a PCIe switch, I may just hvae to pay for it. I consider Ryzen useless without it. I still can't believe they handicapped the platform with so few PCIe lanes.

    12 cores puts it squarely in the HEDT space, and without a new Threadripper announced, it is essentially AMD's latest HEDT offering, but without the HEDT features like 40+ PCIe lane count.
  • rpg1966 - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - link

    He obviously meant x16 physical.

    Are you saying you need x16 PCIe 4.0?
  • mattlach - Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - link

    Nope. I don't care about Gen4 at all. I have no gen 4 devices

    8x gen4 has the same amount of bandwidth as 16x gen 3, sure, but if you stick a 16x geb3 GPU in an 8x Gen4 slot, guess what you get? 8x Gen3. Not 8x Gen4.
  • Kevin G - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - link

    They may not be PLX but Microsemi. They have been sampling PCIe 4.0 bridge chips for awhile now and should already be in mass production.
  • FreckledTrout - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - link

    That big shroud going from the IO panel to cover some of the VRM's might have a PLX chip under the covers, it certainly is large enough space wise.
  • 3DoubleD - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - link

    There probably should be a much of * next to the 4x PCIe 4.0 x16 and 3x M.2 Gen 4 slots tech specs. The PCIe slots will run at less than x16 if more than the first PCIe x16 slot or M.2 slot is used. Add the 10 GbE card and fill all 3 M.2 PCIe 4.0 slots and you'll be down to PCIe 4.0 x4 on the top GPU slot (unless one or more of those M.2 slots are sharing the x4 PCIe 4.0 lanes going to the chipset...). Of course, if your #2 and #3 M.2 drives are idling and you have minimal 10 GbE network traffic, you should see more than x4 PCIe 4.0 bandwidth on the top slot GPU thanks to the magic of PLX chips... its a very dynamic situation sharing 16 PCIe lanes.

    Overall, its a way better situation than when this was all PCIe 3.0 (double the bandwidth for everything), but it evidently 24 lanes still requires trade offs. Sure, AMD will sell you a 12C/24T (and soon 16C/32T) CPU on AM4, but HEDT and consumer platforms will remain truly differentiated on PCIe lanes. Of course, if you can afford to fill out all of those PCIe and M.2 slots, the extra price for HEDT platform is a minuscule.

    Anyway, not really a complaint about the number of PCIe lanes on AM4, just how they are marketing the board. It might appear like a high end HEDT board with 4x PCIe x16 slots for cheap, but it is not, and this is why Threadripper and the HEDT platform isn't going anywhere.
  • 3DoubleD - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - link

    I should add that it IS very cool that you can have a PCIe 4.0 x8 GPU and THREE M.2 PCIe 4.0 x4 drives running at full speed + all of your chipset I/O unaffected.

    You could probably throw the GbE card in there and suffer very little performance degradation to your other PCIe devices, since it actually requires less than a full PCIe 4.0 x1 link for full speed operation. If the PLX chip is efficiently multiplexing the signal, you wouldn't notice much of a hit on the other devices.

    This very flexible, efficient usage of lanes with a PLX chip is in stark contrast to the non-PLX situation where you have dedicated PCIe lane allotments to the expansion card slots (eg. x8, x4, x4) and occupying additional M.2 slots requires running at less than PCIe 4.0 x4 and disabling chipset features (such as SATA ports).

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