The ASUS Pro WS X570-Ace is using the more professional focused UEFI BIOS Utility with white and turquoise text on a black background. Its GUI and overall look are uniformed with two different modes available for users to select between; the EZ and advanced mode. This can be done by pressing the F7 key, with the advanced mode opening up a large selection of options for users to customize, including all of the overclocking sections available in the Ai Tweaker section.

Entering the firmware for the first time brings up the EZ mode which has a basic array of customizable options and provides easy access to some of the core functions of the BIOS. In the top left corner is a basic information panel which stretches down to the bottom which includes the motherboards model number, the firmware version being used, the processor installed including its core clock speed, and the amount of system memory including its current frequency. In the center are the current CPU temperature, the current CPU Core voltage and the motherboard temperature. Directly below this is a storage information panel which even lists USB flash drives which are installed into the rear panel USB ports. There's a CPU fan speed graph and below it is a Q-Fan Control utility. On the right-hand side is an EZ System Tuning profile selector and a Boot Priority order which users can click and drag to change the default booting order.

Accessing the Q-Fan Control utility can be done from both the EZ and Advanced modes of the firmware and allows users to customize the fan profile of individual fan headers, or selecting between the four pre-defined fan profiles. Each of the six fan headers can be individually controlled, or optimized in a group based on a look-up table within the firmware; the CPU fan and Opt CPU fan are linked together.

Within the Ai Tweaker section is all of the CPU and memory overclocking settings, as well as all the power-related options. There are options for altering the CPU Core frequency, base block frequency, and for users looking to make the use of AMD's Infinity Fabric, users can even alter this for better memory overclocking performance via the FCLK Frequency setting. Users may note that ASUS uses D.O.C.P and not the usual X.M.P memory overclocking profiles; these are the same thing and it's just the ASUS term for this. Along the right-hand side of the advanced mode is a hardware monitor which lists information such as CPU Core frequency, the base clock frequency, CPU Core Voltage, current CPU temperature, with current memory and voltage settings located below this. The maximum values for CPU Core Frequency, CPU VCore voltage, DRAM frequency and FCLK frequency are as follows:

  • Maximum CPU Core Frequency = 6.375 GHz
  • Maximum CPU VCore = 1.70 V
  • Maximum DRAM Frequency = 6000 MHz
  • Maximum Infinity Fabric/FCLK Frequency = 3000 MHz

We should point out that just because you can set these values, it doesn't mean the system will work.

As the ASUS Pro WS X570-Ace is targeting professional users, there are plenty of options in the firmware for networking support. The inclusion of the Realtek RTL8117 Gigabit NIC allows users to use the ASUS Control Center Express software which gives remote access and a variety of functions. Users can enable or disable this function, although its the only X570 motherboard to currently offer this feature.

The ASUS Pro WS X570-Ace officially supports ECC memory (not just in non-ECC mode) and as a result, the firmware is equipped with relevant options for scrubbing, linking, and memory addressing. The support for ECC memory comes down to whether or not the processor supports it and some motherboard models do allow ECC memory to be used, but this is the first model so far we've seen that officially supports ECC memory in ECC mode.

For professional users looking to create a remote accessible X570 based workstation, the ASUS Pro WS X570-Ace firmware seems equipped for the job. Not just for professional use, the overclocking options on offer are more than enough to eek every last MHz out of the processor and memory, with the inclusion of the networking and ECC memory options setting this model apart from the rest. The ASUS UEFI BIOS utility firmware itself feels very responsive, is stable, and is effectively laid out with plenty of settings for users to sink their teeth into. 


With all the focus being on its professional-level properties, the ASUS Pro WS X570-Ace doesn't encumber users with lots of irrelevant gaming-centric software, instead it focuses its attention on the ASUS Control Center Express application, and useful AI Suite 3 software. 

The ASUS Control Center Express application is a watered-down version of its fully licenced professional ASUS Control Center software and offers users an entry-level point to server deployments, including VMWare. This works hand in hand with the Realtek RTL8117 Gigabit NIC and uses it as a controller and access point. Users can access the WS X570-Ace remotely through the RTL8117 NIC and also allows users to change BIOS settings, reset and switch the system off, as well as performance operating system installations across multiple clients.

Looking into the ASUS Ai Suite 3 software, users can overclock their processors with limited options available including CPU Core Voltage, CPU SoC Voltage, and CPU Core Frequency. For users looking for a more comprehensive overclocking tool, the Ryzen Master Overclocking utility works wonders, although overclocking from the firmware has always been, and always will be the recommended method from myself personally. Users can also use the EZ Update section to keep drivers and software up-to-date, although the ASUS Control Center Express application does need to be downloaded and installed separately from the ASUS website.

Even though there isn't much in the way of software to go through, the ASUS Control Center Express software is the pick of the bunch. Users looking to customize and tweak the Realtek ALC1200S HD audio codec are required to download the software from the Windows Store, which we have noted in numerous motherboard reviews this year.

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  • shabby - Monday, August 12, 2019 - link

    I agree, the difference between $200 and $400 boards is slim. The extra power/vrm features aren't needed since all cpus hit a 4.3ghz wall, 10gbe should be standard here.
  • 1_rick - Monday, August 12, 2019 - link

    I bought one of these a couple days after launch and it came with a code for 20% off a custom cable order at CableMod.
  • funks - Monday, August 12, 2019 - link

    PCIE Bottlenecked out of the box.

    Target: Hypothetical 4K -> 8K Video Editing workstation station (using Davinci Resolve)..


    2 - x8 lanes PCIE 3.0 Video Cards - Primary and Secondary X16 slots

    x4 lanes NVME PCIE 4.0 (OS / Application Drive) - Primary M2 slot

    x4 lanes NVME PCIE 4.0 (Data / Scratch Drive) - Secondary M2 slot (hanging off chipset)

    x4 lanes PCIE 2.0 (10 Gigabit NIC) - Tertiary x16 slot (hanging off chipset)

    PCIE 4.0 NVME x4 drives already exist out in the wild, so if you plug one of those on the secondary M2 slot (Data Drive), and happen to plug in a 10 GB PCIE 2.0 x4 card on the third mechanical PCIEx16 slot - then you are bottle necking already as both are trying to go through the PCIE 4.0 x4 link between the chipset and the CPU. For 4K -> 8K Video Editing using a shared file server (connected via 10 Gigabit NIC) along with the DATA drive (secondary M2 running at PCIE 4.0 x4) as a scratch disk - there's a bottle neck. Davinci Resolve for example can use multiple video cards (so primary and secondary PCIEx16 slot will be at 8x each populated with a video card). Primary M2 slot can be used with PCIE 4.0 NVME for OS / Application Data.

    It's like buying a network switch without adequate switching capability for the number of ports exposed. I guess it's why TR4 ain't obsolete.
  • cygnus1 - Monday, August 12, 2019 - link

    I'd say it's fine. You're just building it wrong. I'd suggest putting the scratch disk on the x4 NVMe slot and your boot/app drive on the x2 slot. Scratch disk needs throughput a lot more than the app/boot disk. PCIe 4.0 x4 is overkill for a disk if it's just boot and apps, x2 is fine. The lesser number of channels does not reduce IOPs capabilities and that's more important than bandwidth on the boot/app disk.
  • funks - Monday, August 12, 2019 - link

    For the price you pay on these boards, shouldn't have to compromise.

    BTW, what's up with the dual LAN ports on these boards? People planning on setting up their machines as a router or something? Those two PCIE lanes (One for Realtek LAN - RTL8117 , and one for Intel LAN - I211-AT should have been connected to an Aquantia 10 Gigabit NIC instead.

    2 - PCIE 3.0 lanes have about 2 GB/sec of bandwidth, plenty for a 10 Gigabit ethernet
  • cygnus1 - Monday, August 12, 2019 - link

    So, realistically this has 1 real NIC. The RTL NIC is the remote management controller, aka a BMC. I myself really wouldn't put that on a network that gets exposed to the internet
  • kobblestown - Monday, August 12, 2019 - link

    I fail to see why would anyone choose this instead of a Threadripper board. I bought the Asrock X399 Professional Gaming (stupid name!) one year ago for 350 UK pounds and TR 1920X for the same price. The board has 10G ethernet + plus 2 1G intel ones (plus WiFi but who uses that for real work), 8 memory slots with ECC support, two 16x and 2 8x PCIe slots plus three M.2 slots. No compromises. It even has a serial port (so you can configure Linux with serial console support and log in over that from, say, an RPi). I don't miss anything I see here.
  • ibejohn818 - Monday, August 12, 2019 - link

    Really liked Asus x99 WS boards. However, this feels like a girl with a stuffed bra and fake id... you take her home and realize you can't go all-the-way :(.
    I hope they put together an x399 WS board for TR3 release and I'm looking forward to seeing the TR3 yields and if slim yields are going to raise the prices on the top of the line sku's
  • Lord of the Bored - Monday, August 12, 2019 - link

    But without the lights, how will you know it is working?
  • The_Assimilator - Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - link

    What utter trash. No front USB 3.2, no 10GbE, only 7 rear USB ports. "Workstation" used to mean "no frills and tons of features", Asus has changed that to "has no RGB and costs double the price of better-featured boards".

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