MBR Review: GIGABYTE A520 AORUS ELITE

“The A520 AORUS ELITE occupies the high-end of A520 based motherboards, yet is still affordable. I picked this one up for a mere $89.99, a relative steal in comparison to most B550 motherboards, and still cost effective over B450 boards carrying a $30-40+ premium. Yes, it gives up overclocking support of the processor. If you’re looking to overclock your CPU, A520 is not the place to be. However, that doesn’t mean you’re entirely limited to stock performance.”

Read the full review here.

ASRock Z590 Extreme WiFi 6E – TweakTown

Z590 brings a sizable refresh to Intel’s enthusiast platform motherboards. Starting with the spotlight feature, PCIe Express Gen4, bringing Intel up to par with AMD on both the storage front allowing for incredibly fast NVMe storage to be deployed and GPUs that extra bandwidth. Additional features include support for Thunderbolt 4, USB4, USB 3.2 Gen2x2 (20Gbps), 2.5Gbe as standard equipment, and Intel CNVi for Wi-Fi 6 and 6e. All of this made possible with Intel doubling DMI link bandwidth to the chipset.

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 – Review Roundup

As with almost every launch in recent memory, yesterday NVIDIA’s RTX 3060 was released and…immediately gone. What else is new? In any case, if you’re in the market for a GPU upgrade at the “budget” end of the spectrum for the latest generation of NVIDIA cards, here is a fairly large list of reviews that have been released:

Inno3D GeForce RTX 3060 iCHILL X3 RED @ TweakTown
EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 XC Gaming @ ThinkComputers
EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 XC Black Gaming @ HotHardware
ASUS GeForce RTX 3060 STRIX Gaming OC @ Guru3D
EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 XC Gaming @ Guru3D
MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Gaming X TRIO @ Guru3D
PALIT GeForce RTX 3060 DUAL OC @ Guru3D
ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3060 AMP WHITE @ Guru3D
MSI GeForce RTX 3060 GAMING X TRIO @ TweakTown
MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Gaming X Trio @ ThinkComputers
PALIT GeForce RTX 3060 Dual OC @ TechPowerUp
EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 XC @ TechPowerUp
ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3060 AMP White Edition @ TechPowerUp
MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Gaming X Trio @ TechPowerUp
GIGABYTE RTX 3060 GAMING OC @ Vortez
GIGABYTE RTX 3060 GAMING OC @ KitGuru

ASRock B550 Taichi Razer Edition – TweakTown

Taichi has been the pinnacle of ASRock motherboards platforms for years, and the B550 Taichi in itself is one of the more premium motherboards available on the market within the B550 lineup. For gamers wanting to build on a budget, B550 is fantastic, offering reliable connectivity and, admittedly, limited Gen4 capabilities. Still, enough to get your GPU and NVMe on the latest and greatest motherboard tech has to offer.

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ASRock Z490 Taichi: Physical Review – Steve’s Hardware

Overall we were quite impressed with the hardware on this motherboard. We like the VRM very much, but what really impressed us is the feature count. For starters, ASRock’s approach to PCI-E 4.0 is more unique than we have seen, with a separate fourth M.2 slot just to be used with next generation CPUs. We also have USB 3.2 2×2 (20Gb/s), 2.5Gbit LAN, and a lot of USB internal and rear IO connectors. The aesthetics of the motherboard are also quite pleasing. Overall, the Z490 Taichi from ASRock once again fulfils the legacy of the product line and would make its predecessors proud.

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SuperMicro SuperO C9Z490-PGW / PG: Physical Review – Steve’s Hardware

Don’t let its 6+2 phase VRM fool you, the C9Z490-PGW is loaded with high quality parts that are capable of taking your CPU to a very comfortable overclock without much hassle. The level of quality of the motherboard ensures excellent performance as well. The PEX8747 and the 10Gbit NIC are very nice additions, and pretty much make this a mixture between a high-end gaming/enthusiast motherboard and a workstation product.

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MSI MEG B550 UNIFY – Overclocking

After focusing on several motherboards with X570 chipset and in particular the Crosshair VIII Dark Hero , today we are back with a model from MSI: the MEG B550 Unify. The “Unify” series was launched at the end of 2019 with the excellent MEG X570 Unify that we had the chance to test exclusively. The idea of ​​MSI, with this new series, was to offer a card that goes to the essentials, leaving aside the RGB backlighting, in order to concentrate on the overclocking aspect in particular As a reminder, we also had the opportunity to review the B550 Tomahawk version built on the same chipset and whose price is below the 200 euros mark.

Read more @ Overclocking (French)

GIGABYTE Z490 VISION D – TweakTown

We kick off motherboard specifications starting with the Intel LGA1200 socket and behind it the Z490 chipset. This platform is compatible with an entire range of processors from 10th Gen Core i3 to Core i9 and even Pentium Gold and Celeron. Memory support includes speeds up to DDR4400 with overclocking and 2933MHz in JEDEC timing mode. Four slots support 32GB DIMMS offering a peak capacity of 128GB.

Audio is next in line with the ALC1220VB Codec supporting 8 channels and DTS:X Ultra. Networking is two part, one being 2.5Gbe powered by the Intel i225 with a second Intel Gbe controller for backup. Wi-Fi 6 is included on this platform with the AX201 from Intel offering Wi-Fi 6 and BT5.1 connectivity.

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Intel Core i9-11900K: CPU-Z, GB 3,4,5 Benchmarks

Courtesy of Videocardz, we have some additional Intel Core i9-11900K benchmarks today. A recent test using CPU-Z shows the chip operating with an all-core clock of 4.7GHz, or the stock setting. No added boosts here. The chip was tested on an Intel Z490 motherboard, complete with DDR4-3200. The chip racked up a score of 716 points for single threaded performance and 6,539 for multi-threaded. They also have numbers from Geekbench 3, 4 and 5. All of which are impressive. Single threaded performance on GB 5 rolls in at 1920, with 10955 multi-threaded. head over to see the full details.

Intel: Rocket Lake-S PCIe 4.0 M.2 11% Faster Than Ryzen

Ryan Shrout of Intel dropped some additional performance numbers for the upcoming Rocket lake-S platform, this time focusing on PCIe 4.0 performance. Intel has been behind AMD for years now in their support for PCIe 4.0, so it’s nice to see them finally join AMD with the Rocket Lake-S CPUs. Unfortunately, that also means a motherboard upgrade to get there. Intel is claiming an 11% gain over the AMD Ryzen 5950X in the PCMark10 Quick test with an i9-11900K. This should be an interesting battle once all performance numbers roll out in a few weeks.

GIGABYTE Z490 AORUS MASTER: PCB Review – Steve’s Hardware

The motherboard has a very neutral aesthetic appeal, with a nice black and gunmetal color theme. Most of the motherboard’s shields are actually made of actual metal instead of the typical plastic we see most of the time. There are eight fan headers located on the motherboard, including two pump headers that probably operate at full speed by default, and a CPU_OPT header. There are also two external temperature sensors circled in green, and there are included temperature probes that you can stick in a GPU or near an exhaust or intake vent in the case.

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