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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  • 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. Reply
  • 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.
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  • 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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  • Jorgp2 - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - link

    The 10G card is most likely PCI-E 3, so it will take two lanes. Reply
  • 3DoubleD - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - link

    Well that is interesting, because if it is the case it is PCIe 3.0, then yes, it will use 2 of the 8 physical lanes to the PLX chip, but then I believe the PLX chip will multiplex the signal into the PCIe x16 link to the CPU, if that is indeed how those chips work (they seem to be a bit of a black-box, there was an Anandtech article ages ago that speculated how they worked along the lines of a multiplexer chip).

    If that is the case, using a PCIe 2.0 or 3.0 device doesn't necessarily rob you of PCIe bandwidth to the CPU if you use a PLX chip. In contrast, if you have a board without a PLX chip and dedicated lanes directly from the CPU, unused ports or non-PCIe 4.0 devices would technically be wasting available bandwidth.
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  • kithylin - Saturday, June 8, 2019 - link

    I'm sorry but you're incorrect and I had to correct you before someone else reads your comment and becomes confused. The MSI X570 MEG GodLike runs a PCIE-4.0 Bridge Chip. It will run at 16x-16x-8x-4x, even while using the two onboard m.2 ports that come off the CPU.

    With this motherboard we can run two video cards @ 16x + 16x, while also running MSI's included dual-m.2 (4x+4x) card in the 3rd PCIE slot @ 8x, while also running the 10 gigabit ethernet card @ 4x in the 4'th slot, while also using the two onboard PCIE-4.0-4x m.2 slots all at the same time. Including up to 4 independant PCIE-4.0 nvme drives in RAID at the same time.
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  • Cullinaire - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - link

    Nice scowl :) Reply
  • creed3020 - Thursday, May 30, 2019 - link

    I caught that too! Reply

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