The MSI B560I GAMING EDGE WIFI motherboard is a more affordable ITX option for those looking to upgrade to Intel’s new 11th Gen of CPUs. Coming with most of the main features we have seen from Z590, the B560 chipset is looking to make its mark on the market. MSI has gone with dual M.2 drive slots, four SATA slots, plenty of USB options and more to make sure you are getting the most from your new hardware. The price is only going to make the deal that much sweeter and will ultimately be what persuades people to go with B560 over Z590.

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MSI Announces Combo PI V2 BIOS Schedule

[Taipei, Taiwan] MSI, the world leading gaming motherboard brand, will release optimized BIOS updates for AMD 500-Series and 400-Series motherboards. From now on, the BIOS based on AM4 Combo PI V2 for all MSI 500 and 400 series motherboards will be available for download until the end of April. Please refer to the following.



  • – Optimized compatibility for AMD 500-Series and 400-Series motherboards
  • – Improved USB device compatibility

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ASUS B560 Motherboards – One M.2 Down w/10th Gen CPUs?

An interesting report out today from Wccftech that ASUS’ B560 motherboards, targeted for Intel 10th and 11th Gen CPUs, is lacking a PCIe switch. This all important switch is typically used to switch PCIe lanes based upon what is populated in the system. These chips are what allow for additional M.2 slots in place of other PCIe expansion slots if you choose to populate the M.2. Well, without this switch the 10th Gen CPUs will always be down one M.2 slot. Something to consider if you’re in the market for one of these B560 motherboards.

On ASUS B560 motherboards, there is no M.2 switch to connect the slot to either CPU or PCH so the first slot is only available for use when running an Intel 11th Gen Rocket Lake CPU. With 10th Gen CPUs, the first slot (which features a heatsink) will be disabled. Now including a PCIe switch does raise the cost but considering that ASUS asks a higher premium than other brands, there’s no reason as to why they shouldn’t provide this support when other manufacturers are doing so on cost-effective options. Only one entry-level B560 motherboard from ASUS has M.2 PCIe switches while the more expensive PRIME, TUF & ROG variants don’t feature it at all.

ASRock Z590 Extreme – OCInside

As a basic equipment, the Z590 Extreme motherboard offers a total of five PCI Express slots, six SATA3 ports, three fast Ultra M.2 32Gb / s slots or with the new 11th Gen CPU up to Hyper M.2 64Gb / s, one M.2 2230 slot for an optional WIFI / BT module, a USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C front panel connection, a USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C, a USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A, up to six possible USB 3.2 Gen1 ports, up to six possible USB 2.0 ports , a 2.5 Gigabit LAN port, a 1 Gigabit LAN port, analog sound output via five jack sockets, digital sound output via optical S / PDIF, four DDR4 slots, ASRock A-Tuning software also to control the fans in Windows, ASRock Polychrome RGB for addressable RGB LED lighting and much more.

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ASRock Z590 PG Velocita – Hexus

Let’s start with the good. We like the general layout, colour scheme (surprisingly), and appreciate the attention paid to larger VGA cards through the bundled holder. Power delivery is robust, heatsinks extremely well-built, and enough onboard buttons and fans to sate enthusiasts’ needs.

But we’d prefer a richer I/O panel, more 20Gbps USB, full-speed AVX by default, and a dual 2.5G networking suite from Intel.

We’d therefore recommend ASRock drop the price of this board down to, say, £250, given our conclusions. At that price point, with due consideration of the competition, the Z590 PG Velocita becomes decent instead of reasonable.

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Hardware Review Roundup – 4/20/21

CPUs: Intel Core i5-11600K @ PCTestBench, Intel Core i9-11900K @ PCTestBench, Intel Core i9-11900K @ ThinkComputers,  Intel Core i5-11400F @ Guru3D, Intel Core i5-11600K @ Hexus

GPUs: XFX Radeon RX 6700 XT Speedster MERC 319 Black @ TweakTown, PowerColor Red Devil Ultimate Radeon RX 6900 XT @ HotHardware, Gigabyte Radeon RX 6700 XT Gaming OC @ Guru3D, Colorful iGame GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Vulcan OC-V @ HotHardware, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Roundup @ TweakTown, ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 6700 XT @ TweakTown, GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING OC @ The PFS Review

Memory: Team Group Xtreem ARGB White DDR4 @ PCTestBench, Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro SL 3600 MHz 32GB @ Guru3D, Neo Forza MARS RGB 64GB 3200MHz DDR4 @ [M]adShrimps, Neo Forza FAYE 64GB DDR4 3200MHz CL16 Kit @ NikKTech, Patriot Viper Steel 64GB DDR4 3600MHz CL18 Kit @ NikKTech, Thermaltake TOUGHRAM XG RGB DDR-3600 MHz CL18 @ TechPowerUp, XPG Spectrix D50 DDR4-3600 @ APH Networks

Storage: Samsung 980 500GB NVMe SSD @ TweakTown, Sabrent Rocket Pro 2TB USB 3.2 Gen 2 Portable SSD @ NikKTech, Lexar NM620 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD @ NikKTech, Patriot Memory Viper VP4100 PCI-E m.2 Gen 4×4 1TB SSD @ [M]adShrimps, Lexar NM620 1 TB @ TechPowerUp, Team Group T-Create Expert 2 TB @ TechPowerUp

KBM: Corsair K70 RGB TKL @ Guru3D, Corsair Sabre RGB Pro FPS/MOBA @ [M]adShrimps, Corsair K70 RGB TKL Champion Series @ TweakTown, Corsair K55 RGB Pro XT @ [M]adShrimps,Corsair K55 RGB PRO XT @ Guru3D, G.SKILL KM360 @ TechPowerUp

Audio: HyperX Cloud II Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset @ TweakTown, Patriot Memory Viper V380 Gaming Headset @ [M]adShrimps, MSI Immerse GH61 Gaming Headset @ TweakTown

Cooling: Enermax Aquafusion 360 LCS @ Guru3D, be quiet! Silent Loop 2 @ Guru3D

BIOSTAR Announces B550MX/E PRO & B550MH/E PRO

April 20th, 2021, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, and storage devices today, announces the latest B550MX/E PRO and B550MH/E PRO motherboards.

Built on AMD is B550 single chip architecture, the latest B550 series motherboards are designed to support AMD Ryzen 3rd Gen (Matisse/Renoir) and 4th Gen (Vermeer) processors. Ideal for business and casual use, the new B550 series motherboards from BIOSTAR are packed with all the latest essentials for a long-lasting user experience.

Both new motherboards come with the capability to support up to 128Gb of DDR4 fast-paced memory with an overclocking capability of 4933+ OC.

PCIe 4.0 and PCIe M.2 4.0 provide excellent connectivity for graphics and storage expansion for all occasions with BIOSTAR is proprietary Digital PWM technology providing safe stable power management across all components.

When it comes to rear I/O the new B550MX/E PRO motherboard has all the bells and whistles. From 6 USB ports consisting of 4 x USB 3.2 (Gen1) ports and 2 x USB 2.0 ports to a single 1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse port, the B550MX/E PRO motherboard is designed to be extremely user friendly.

Furthermore, 2 x WiFi Antenna ports with the capability to run WiFi 6 and a single LAN port powered by Realtek RTL8111H chipset are readily available in the motherboard for faster internet connectivity.

The B550MX/E PRO motherboard comes with a single display port, a single VGA out port as well as an HDMI 2.1 port capable of supporting up to 4K, vivid, crystal clear images. This together with the 3 audio ports powered by the ALC897 chipset is capable of providing the users with an extremely immersive audio-visual experience.

The B550MH/E PRO motherboard also comes with all the essentials expected from a motherboard of its class. With 6 USB ports in the configuration of 4 x USB 3.2 (Gen1) ports, 2 x USB 2.0 ports as well as a single 1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse port for user preference similar to its counterpart.

Similar to the B550MX/E PRO motherboard, the B550MH/E PRO motherboard also comes with 2 x WiFi Antenna ports with the capability to run WiFi 6 and a single LAN port powered by Realtek RTL8111H chipset.

For graphics output, the B550MH/E PRO motherboard is equipped with a single VGA out port as well as an HDMI 2.1 port capable of supporting up to 4K display output for an immersive, unhindered user experience and is enhanced by the 3 audio ports powered by the ALC897 chipset is capable of providing 7.1 Channels, High Definition Audio for that thrilling entertainment experience.

In Conclusion, the new B550MX/E PRO and B550MH/E PRO motherboards from BIOSTAR are extremely efficient for what they offer. With AMD is outstanding performance coupled with BIOSTAR is world-class product quality and technology, these two motherboards are the best choice for users looking to build their next office workstation or even a home entertainment system.

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Power stages toe the recent overkill line. Z590-E Gaming WiFi has 16 70A (1,120A!) arranged in seven twinned phases for the CPU and a twinned pair for SoC. Good luck in getting 1,000A through an 11th Gen chip. Thirsty though they are, even a Core i9-11900K running with full ABT support consumes no more than 200A. Overkill is also apt, in a nice way, for the heatpipe-connected VRM ‘sinks. Asus also does well with the M.2 heatsinks as they’re sufficiently chunky and, for the primary one, has thermal tape on both sides.

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The CVN Z590M GAMING PRO features Resizable BAR technology that allows the processor to access graphics card memory to boost overall performance. The motherboard is equipped with a 10+2 hybrid digital power phase design, capable of delivering stable overclocks for up to an Intel Core i9 processor. It also comes equipped with metal-reinforced PCIe slots to support heavy high-performance graphics cards. The rear I/O includes a high-speed USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C port. The motherboard also has an integrated rear I/O shield.

Compact and Powerful
The COLORFUL CVN Z590M GAMING PRO motherboard supports the 11th and 10th-generation Intel Core processors of up to a powerful i9 processor. The 10+2 digital hybrid power phase design offers superb overclocking capability accompanied with efficient heat dissipation delivered by the improved cooling armor in a compact micro-ATX motherboard form-factor.

The CVN Z590M GAMING PRO supports PCIe 4.0 technology that offers 2X faster bandwidth than PCIe 3.0. The motherboard can be equipped with PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs that reaches read and write speeds of 7000 MB/s. PCIe 4.0 enables the latest NVIDIA graphics cards to utilize the innovative Resizable BAR, an optional PCI Express interface technology that allows the CPU to directly access graphics card memory as available resources to boost performance.

Improved Cooling Armor
The COLORFUL CVN Z590M GAMING PRO motherboard sports enlarged RIMY Cooling Armor by 30% compared to the previous generation motherboard. The improved cooling solution dissipates heat faster for higher overclocks with superb stability. The PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots also come with enlarged heatsinks to unleash the full potential of PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs without thermal throttling.

Customize and Control with iGame Center
COLORFUL proudly introduces the improved iGame Center software for RGB customizable and control and more. The COLORFUL 500 Series motherboards support the new and optimized version of the iGame Center software. Users can fully customize the CVN Z590M GAMING PRO RGB lighting elements and synchronize RGB lighting with other RGB lighting components installed via the motherboard RGB header.

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NZXT N7 B550 – Windows Central

NZXT has been busy trying to break into new product categories, and motherboards have only seen a steady influx of Intel offerings. Times are changing as the PC hardware manufacturer is releasing its first AMD-powered motherboard, utilizing the B550 chipset for AMD Ryzen 3000 and Ryzen 5000 series processors.

The NZXT N7 B550 marks the company’s first attempt to provide a platform for PC builders to create an AMD-powered system using other NZXT products, including cases, lighting, and CPU cooling. Priced at $230, the N7 B550 is expensive, especially compared to the competition, but there’s plenty to like here.

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