MSI vs Asus Motherboards

MSI vs ASUS X570 Motherboards

ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula (launch price – $862)

  • Socket: AM4
  • Chipset: AMD X570
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • PCIe x16: 3
  • USB: 4x USB 3 Gen 1 Type-A, 7x USB 3 Gen 2 Type-A, 1x USB 3 Gen 2 Type-C (back IO), 2x USB 2 Header, 2x USB 3 Gen 1 Header, 1x USB 3 Gen 2 Header (internal)
  • Warranty: 3 years

The flagship from ASUS, this X570 motherboard competes with the best of the best, letting you integrate a custom liquid cooling loop into the VRM heatsink, aside from offering many features to please even hardcore users. There’s also a 1.3-inch LiveDash OLED display and an LN2 Mode switch.

The CrossChill EK III hybrid cooler covers the VRAM and you can use it either as it is, or connect it to a custom liquid cooling loop. There are also Safe Boot, ReTry buttons, and a Slow Mode switch for overclockers.

You also get the great BIOS interface that is user-friendly.

MSI MEG X570 Godlike (launch price – $1,269)

  • Socket: AM4
  • Chipset: AMD X570
  • Form Factor: E-ATX
  • PCIe x16: 4
  • USB: 2x USB 3 Gen 1 Type-A, 3x USB 3 Gen 2 Type-A, 1x USB 3 Gen 2 Type-C (back IO), 2x USB 2 Header, 2x USB 3 Gen 1 Header, 1x USB 3 Gen 2 Header (internal)
  • Warranty: 3 years

MSI raised the bar and brought to the table a very performant motherboard in the shape of their MEG X570 Godlike. It is the first model that can support an AMD Ryzen chipset. The motherboard is equipped with an eight-layer server-grade PCB, ensuring PCIe 4.0 performance, and offering great stability.

You also get the Zero Frozr technology that automatically adjusts fan speeds to offer good cooling, no matter the load. We see Game Boost knob and BCLK adjustment buttons for overclocking the processor without using BIOS. The board comes with the Dynamic Dashboard OLED display as well.

At the back of the board, we see buttons for updating the BIOS and clearing CMOS.

What this motherboard does lack is a metal plate at the back, which is definitely a downside considering the price tag this board had at launch. Another minus would be the small number of USB ports it comes with compared to other boards.

MSI vs ASUS: X570 Motherboards Verdict

msi vs asus motherboards

The X570 motherboards from MSI haven’t been well-received on the market. The relatively poor performance in the budget tier was a first issue, and then when it came to the flagship, we saw plenty of extra features that weren’t really needed – those features had risen the price tag to over $1.200.

Looking back at the B450 motherboards, MSI was the leader in performance-per-price ratio with their MSI B450 Tomahawk, and it could once again rise against the competition if they play their cards right.

When it comes to how MSI MEG X570 Godlike compare to its competitor ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula, it’s once again clear that while the two boards offer nearly the same features, the one with a lower price tag will always win.

With that being said, ASUS wins this competition with its ROG Crosshair VIII Formula. Meanwhile, MSI will have to come with a better pricing and make some unnecessary features as an add-on option. This way, MSI will surely come back as a winner against ASUS in terms of performance per value ratio.

About James Sterling

James Sterling received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern California (USC). His Bachelor of Science was completed in Computer Science (Games) and his Master of Science was completed in Game Development. James spends his free time contributing on popular forums such as Tom's Hardware and AnandTech while hanging out with his cat Jonathan. Humorously, his favorite youtube channel is Jimquisition by Jim Sterling.

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