So, as much as I like the fact that AMD is completely stealing the show when it comes to CPUs with Ryzen and their AM4 platform at the moment, there is one thing that I find just unbelievably stupid. And that is these fucking things:
TL;DR: Fans on motherboards are the dumbest shit! Don’t buy X570!
As someone who has seen a bit of hardware come and go over time, I can say from experience: Those fans will be loud, eat all the cat hair even if you don’t have a cat, they will start to rattle, die and take the board with it.
Seriously. These things are small, so they have to ramp up to move any air at all and that makes them whiny and reduces their lifespan. They are also not replaceable. At least not by the user … if at all. Switching a CPU cooler is easy, switching a GPU cooler is doable in most cases. Switching this? Nope, you’re SOL!
We had those in the past and they were terrible! It’s just a pain in the ear as long as it works and when it stops working, your board will literally go into meltdown.
So, back to AMD and X570 and we see pretty much every single board has one of these silly little shits. Which is a problem. Not just because those fans suck but because the most common reason to get X570 is having PCIe4 for later when you want to upgrade stuff. The argument of future proofing is kinda laughably anyway but with those fans it is dead on arrival. A non-user-replaceable mechanical timebomb on THE core component of my system? No, thanks.
If you don’t know for sure that you absolutely need PCIe4 storage speeds right fucking now…
Do not buy an X570 motherboard!
(Well, don’t buy one with a fan. But that is almost all of them.)
Either go B450/X470 or wait with your upgrade until boards with better efficiency come out.