New Article: GIGABYTE A520 AORUS ELITE – A Preview

AMD’s A520 chipset occupies what could be seen as a crowded space. Now that Ryzen 5000 series CPUs are supported on the 400-Series chipsets, is there really room for the A520? Most would simply look at it and say, no, B450 boards only cost a bit more and you have the overclocking support. It’s a no brainer. Or, is it? After all, if you’re using your rig for work as well as play, do you really need cost up features like 2.5GbE? What about integrated Wi-Fi if you’re parked near your modem or router? Are you one to shy away from overclocking to retain that warranty, or simply don’t want to invest in an expensive cooler? These factors and more make A520, especially the “premium” A520 boards, more enticing.

Today, we have a quick preview of an enthusiast level A520 motherboard, the GIGABYTE A520 AORUS ELITE.

ASRock Taichi Razer Edition – Razer Synapse 3

Today on we are testing a special RGB software that can be installed with the brand new ASRock Taichi Razer Edition motherboard. Currently available are the ASRock X570 Taichi Razer Edition and the ASRock B550 Taichi Razer Edition motherboards. With this we tested the extensive Razer Synapse 3 tool including Razer Chroma Studio and explained it step by step in this video tutorial. German with English subs. In addition, there will soon be another video with the RGB effects on our OCinside YouTube Channel. The complete review of the ASRock Taichi Razer Edition AMD AM4 motherboard will be available soon as well.

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ASRock X570 PG Velocita

When AMD launched their Ryzen 5000 series processors late last year we sort of got a “refresh” of X570 motherboards.  One of those boards was the ASRock X570 PG Velocita, which sits in their Phantom Gaming (PG) line.  This board is all ready for the new 5000 series processors with upgraded power stages, Killer networking for both the 2.5G LAN and 802.11ax WiFi 6, USB 3.2 gen 2, Gen4 M.2 NVMe storage, and of course a sleek design with RGB lighting.  Is this the board you need to get for your Ryzen 5000 series build? Read on as we find out!

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As for performance, memory overclocking was pretty good, but not quite top-tier. The ASUS TUF Gaming X570-Pro (WiFi) did well to reach 4000 MHz with the stock XMP timings on my Trident Z Neo kit, and was able to boot with the tighter C14 B-die setting at 3600 MHz, but was not able to pass stability testing with the tightened timings. However, ASUS gets points for the safeguards and aids they have put in place, which make the overclocking process simpler and less stressful. The retry logic for overclocking works very well and does a great job of recovering to the BIOS after a failed overclocking attempt.

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MSI Announces New A520, B550 mATX Motherboards

MSI has announced two new entry-level mATX motherboards, the MAG A520M BAZOOKA WIFI and the MAG B550M VECTOR WIFI. These are both interesting boards, with the A520 board being one of the few that feature an integrated Wi-Fi solution. It features a heatsink on the VCore portion of the VRM, as well as an available M.2 heatsink. One the B550M VECTOR WIFI front, we also have another mATX form factor board featuring a similar or identical layout, VRM, etc. Click the links to find out more on each of these new boards.


Courtesy of momomo_us, we have a picture today of MSI’s upcoming Z590 motherboard, the MAG Z590 GAMING FORCE. This board features an elegant design highlighting the MSI dragon logo, as well as deep purple heatsinks and golden highlights. Large heatsinks cover the 16 phase VRM hardware, two PCIe x16 slots, three M.2 slots and more adorn the board. An interesting item ins the PCIe 6-pin power connector at the bottom of the board to further supplement power to the board. This should mainly be for the extreme overclockers.

MSI & ASUS AGESA BIOS Availability

ASUS has started to roll our AGESA v1.2.0.0 compatible beta BIOS’, and MSI is not far behind. This drop add support for further CPU models, and per Patrick Schur and 1USMUS, possibly additional bug fixes, and updated SMU and improvements to Curve Optimizer. I’ve already loaded the latest Beta BIOS for the TUF GAMING X570-PRO (WI-FI), but haven’t seen any noticeable changes. I had already hit a stable 1900MHz FCLK, and that remains stable with this release. Front panel USB 3.0 ports are now running capped at USB 2.0 theoretical max (480Mb / 60MB), but that’s another story. Head over to MSI or ASUS to check for a BIOS update. X570, B550, A520 are generally rolling out first, with X470 and others to follow next month.

Intel Alder Lake-S Spotted Supporting DDR5

A popular source for leaked information, momomo_us on Twitter has dropped a screengrab of Intel’s Alder Lake-S processor sporting DDR5, running SiSoftware’s SANDRA. While DDR5 is nearly upon us, it will be interesting to see the new chipsets that come along with these new processors from Intel and AMD in the next year. The other “fun” part will certainly be the price premium these new processors, motherboards and DDR5 modules will pull. It’s no secret we’re already dealing with mass shortages and ridiculous prices. Time will tell how this plays out. Until then, here are the scores.

Intel Z590 Motherboards Detailed @ AnandTech

Due to the size of the core being used, the newest Rocket Lake flagship is only 8 cores compared to the previous generation’s 10, but by contrast, Intel has put a few new features onto the leading flagship chipset, and a number of vendors are straight out of the gate with a wide variety of models and price points. There are two (or three)big differences between the new Z590 and the previous flagship Z490.

First up is the CPU-to-chipset link, which has been doubled from a DMI x4 link to a DMI x8 link. This means an effective CPU-to-chipset bandwidth of a PCIe 3.0 x8 link, and suggests that two PCIe 3.0 x4 drives can be attached and run at full speed. Out of all the 500-series chipsets, we are under the impression that Z590 is the only one that will do this, with all others forcing an x4 link. Also, the x8 link only works with Rocket Lake CPUs, and will downgrade to x4 with a previous generation processor.

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ProArt is a niche lineup designed for creative professionals who need the very best in platform connectivity. This lineup aligns ASUS to offer a competing product against the GIGABYTE Designare lineup. It does that by providing a Z490 chipset design backed with integrated Thunderbolt 3, 2.5Gbe LAN, and additional 10GBe by way of an AIC.

A large part of the board’s design is quite similar to the Z490 Prime we most recently reviewed, sharing similar components and board design, including power stages, LAN controllers, and USB 3.2 design. We will run over the full specs of this board below.

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Memory Overclocking on Intel H570 and B560 Chipsets? Yep.

Now that the veil has been lifted on the Intel 500 motherboards, more details are coming out on what new features we’ll have to play with. In the past, memory overclocking was limited to the top-end Z series, but it looks like Intel is now going to allow that on both the H570, as well as B560 chipsets. While they lack CPU overclocking support, at least now we can have a little fun with boards based off of these lower cost chipsets.

The H570 and B560 chipsets now support memory overclocking (memory above DDR4-3200), but you still need to pair the respective motherboard with a Core i5 and above processor. Core i3 and below still stick to DDR4-2666. It’s not the full mile, but it’s something nonetheless. In the past, pairing a Core i9 chip on an H-or B-series chipset meant you were locked out from using faster memory.

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