ASUS CROSSHAIR VIII DARK HERO

An easier method than manual overclocking, however, is to simply enable the AMD Precision Boost Overdrive (PBO). With this enabled, our sample would still hit 4.5GHz on all cores, though more typically it settled at 4.4GHz. Importantly, it leaves lightly threaded boosting enabled and, as you can see in the benchmarks, you get a big multi threading boost and lose nothing under single threaded or gaming loads.

We were also able to reach an Infinity Fabric clock of 2,066MHz, which combined with a 1:1 memory clock results in DDR4-4133 with tight timings. That’s not something we’ve been able to achieve with other Ryzen 5000 silicon or other boards so far. The Dark Hero was bootable with extra SoC and CCD voltage even higher than this.

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ASRock adds Clever Access Memory to Intel Z490 Motherboards

ASRock today released a new Beta BIOS for the Z490 Taichi motherboard which adds support for a technology that enabled the processor to access the graphics card’s full video memory. The technology called Clever Access Memory appears to be ASRock’s marketing name for the same technology that was introduced by AMD for its 500-series motherboards – Smart Access Memory.

The technology is only available to AMD graphics cards, as only those can currently take advantage of a wider Base Address Registry (BAR) through DirectX and GPU drivers. NVIDIA is expected to introduce support for Resizable BAR in the future. 

Read more @ Videocardz

MSI Adding Resizable-BAR to Intel 4xx Motherboards

As a world-leading motherboard brand, MSI contributes to providing gamers and creators extremely pleasant experience when users choose MSI motherboards. For the sake of fulfillment of goals, MSI keeps updating the latest version BIOS for users to download and to increase performance. At the present, MSI prepares to release BIOS update for all Intel 400-series motherboards, including Z490, B460 and H410 chipsets. According to planning schedule, the first batch is expected to Z490 motherboards. All BIOS update for Z490 will be available by this week. As for B460 and H410 motherboards, the BIOS update will be completely released in the next two weeks. Please follow the product pages for the updated BIOS.

Read more @ TechPowerUp

BIOSTAR B550M-SILVER: Coming Soon

BIOSTAR has announced their latest AMD B550 based solution, the B550M-SILVER. As you might surmise, this is an mATX board with a black substrate and silver heatsinks and accents.

BIOSTAR B550M-SILVER Micro-ATX motherboard is equipped with the B550 chipset for AMD socket AM4 and supports the Ryzen 5000 Vermeer processors. It’s well built, sturdy and with plenty of functionality and features like official PCIe 4.0 support, PCIe M.2 4.0, Debug LED, 2.5Guard, A.I TP Control and an Intel Wi-Fi 6 interface, all the features are more than necessary to enjoy a game.

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GIGABYTE B550 AORUS MASTER

There are 8 places for installing hybrid cooling fans that also accept the installation of water cooling connectors, which were previously It was limited to certain places only, and if you make a mistake by installing it in another place, the pump or panel will be damaged, the speed of the fans can be regulated with temperature reading from sensors through the BIOS of the board or an attached program from within the operating system.

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ASRock W480 Creator

The ASRock W480 Creator is aimed primarily at creative minds and content creators. You notice this very quickly in the lavish furnishings. In addition to Bluetooth, WLAN with 802.11ax support and two really fast network cards, it also offers support for ECC memory and Nvidia Quadro cards.

The board layout is very well thought out and has been designed to accommodate many additional cards. The already existing PCIe 4.0 support is a great feature, provided that Intel supplies the corresponding processors.

Read more @ OCInside (German)

MSI MAG B550 TOMAHAWK

MSI opted to color the MAG B550 Tomahawk in a mixture of black and gray. Black is the more prominent color, but there’s a good amount of gray that adds contrast and keeps the board from looking too dull. MSI also put some RGB LEDs around the chipset heatsink that add some much-needed color to the board when it’s powered up.

Read more @ PC Magazine

MSI MEG Z490 GODLIKE

In case the name wasn’t a clue-and-a-half: This is no modest motherboard. MSI’s MEG Z490 Godlike is the company’s Intel Z490 flagship, competing directly with the likes of Asrock’s Z490 Taichi and Asus’ Z490 ROG Maximus XII Extreme in terms of both price and features. (The Z490 chipset is the top-end chipset for Intel’s latest desktop CPUs, allowing for extensive CPU and memory tweaking.) With an MSRP of $749.99, this deluxe motherboard certainly isn’t for the casual user or PC builder. 

Read more @ PC Magazine

ASUS Adds Resizable BAR Support to Z490, H470 & B460 Motherboards

Resizable BAR (Base Address Register), the technology behind AMD’s Smart Access Memory (SAM), isn’t exclusive to Ryzen owners anymore. Asus has released an entire wave of new firmwares for various Z490 motherboards that enable the Resizable BAR feature.

The firmware, which sports the 1002 version number, is fresh out of the oven as Asus evidently uploaded it just yesterday. The firmware is currently in the beta stage so there might be some bugs here and there. It also lacks a detailed description of the changes. We can, however, confirm that the 1003 firmware effectively brings support for Resizable BAR, as evidenced by the newly added “Above 4G Decoding” and “Re-Size BAR Support” options in our ROG Maximus XII Apex motherboard’s BIOS.

Read more @ Tom’s Hardware

MSI MPG B550 GAMING CARBON WIFI

With the B550 chipset, AMD has added a cheap alternative to the X570. With the appearance of the more modern chipset, the board partners have of course also presented new mainboards, which have become more attractive overall. Because in addition to more up-to-date standards with regard to expansion slots and network features, the power supply was also often drilled out – as is the case with the MSI MPG B550 Gaming Carbon WiFi here.

Read more @ Hardware Journal (German)