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. Reply
  • 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. Reply
  • 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.
  • npz - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - link

    The current X470 boards with similar levels of add-on i/o avoid that by sacrificing a lot of lanes and ports once you start using them. Initially they look great, but when you read the specs you see that if you use one m.2 slot, you loose a pcie slot. Then use another m.2 slot, you loose 2 sata ports and on and on.. Reply
  • alufan - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - link

    mm I have a Gigabyte x470 with 2 M2s and 4 HDD and a DVD drive in sata so i dont think thats quite right, its also just upgraded the bios to enable 4gen on the pcie as well Reply
  • npz - Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - link

    "1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)
    * The PCIEX4 slot shares bandwidth with the M2B_SOCKET connector. The PCIEX4 slot becomes unavailable when a device is installed in the M2B_SOCKET connector."

    I should correct myself earlier, since there's always a dedicated m.2 from the cpu, but after that, if you use more than one m.2 by design, you have to loose something.
    So in your case you didn't loose SATA ports, but you probably lost a slot.

    It gets a bit better with X570 and Ryzen 3000 but only by one extra m.2 slot. I'm sure you cannot use all 3 without sacrificing something, either a whole slot or bandwidth cut in half for slots and/or the m.2 slot. Asrock and Asus uses this approach on some boards, where x4 becomes x2
  • 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. Reply

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