ASUS TUF GAMING B550M (WI-FI) ZAKU II EDITION – Overclockers Russia

Behind, we are already seeing a more familiar picture. At the very top, we again see the inscription in large letters ASUS TUF Gaming B550M ZAKU II WIFI. Below are two photos of the device. One is straight on top and the other is angled so that you can see the rear panel connectors. On the left and right are tables that compose the detailed specification of the device. Below you can see four inserts describing the key features of the device.

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ASUS ProArt B550-CREATOR – PC Magazine

The ProArt B550-Creator features a black PCB with black heatsinks on the VRMs, the chipset, and the M.2 slots. The rear I/O shroud is also black, but it’s made of an opaque plastic that leaves some components underneath barely visible.

Though the look is mostly monotone, I actually appreciate its simple design language. Nowadays, it seems as if many companies think everything needs to have LEDs and chrome. The heatspreaders on the M.2 slots are a bit starker than I might like, but overall I don’t think the board’s appearance will turn anyone away.

Read more @ PC Magazine

Hardware Review Roundup – 11/26 Edition

CPUs:  Intel Core i9 12900K – DDR4 vs DDR5 @ Guru3D

Cases: Fractal Design Torrent Black RGB TG @ Guru3D, XPG Defender @ TechPowerUp, Montech AIR 1000 Premium @ KitGuru, Lian Li Q58X4 PCIe 4.0 Edition @ OCInside

Memory: Acer Predator Talos 32GB DDR4 3200MHz CL16 Dual-Channel Kit @ NikKTech, ADATA XPG Lancer DDR5-5200 2x 16 GB @ TechPowerUp, Neo Forza FAYE 16GB DDR4 5000MHz CL19 @ NikKTech

Laptops: Apple MacBook Pro 14 @ HotHardware, ASUS ROG Strix G17 G713QR @ KitGuru

Storage: Western Digital 4TB WD Red SN700 SSD @ TweakTown, Kingston XS2000 Portable SSD @ ThinkComputers, Team Group T-Force Cardea A440 Pro 2 TB @ TechPowerUp

Cooling: be quiet! Light Wings ARGB Fans @ ThinkComputers, Corsair H150i Elite LCD @ Guru3D, be quiet! Light Wings @ TechPowerUp, Gelid Glacier RGB Enos Tech @ Enos Tech

Audio: RAZER Kraken V3 HyperSense Gaming Headset @ [M]adShrimps, 7Hz Timeless In-Ear Monitors @ TechPowerUp, 1MORE ComfoBuds Z True Wireless @ APH Networks, IKKO Zerda ITM01 Portable DAC/Amp @ TechPowerUp

Intel Unveils 12th Gen Intel Core, Launches World’s Best Gaming Processor, i9-12900K

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 27, 2021 – Today at Intel Innovation, Intel unveiled the 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processor family with the launch of six new unlocked desktop processors, including the world’s best gaming processor, the 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900K. With a max turbo boost of up to 5.2 GHz and as many as 16 cores and 24 threads, the new desktop processors reach new heights of multi-threaded performance for enthusiast gamers and professional creators.

The full 12th Gen Intel Core family will include 60 processors, set to power more than 500 designs from a broad set of partners. As detailed during Intel Architecture Day 2021, the new performance hybrid architecture, the first built on Intel 7 process, delivers scalable performance from 9 to 125 watts to enable every PC segment from ultra-thin-and-light laptops to enthusiast desktops and out to the edge. 

“The performance hybrid architecture of 12th Gen Intel Core processors is an architectural shift made possible by close co-engineering of software and hardware that will deliver new levels of leadership performance for generations,” said Gregory Bryant, Intel executive vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group. “This begins with the arrival of our flagship Core i9-12900K – the world’s best gaming processor – and you will see even more incredible experiences as we ship the rest of the 12th Gen family and beyond.”PauseMuteLoaded: 80.03%Remaining Time -0:53SharePicture-in-PictureFullscreen

Game, Create and Overclock with Unlocked 12th Gen Desktop Processors

The six unlocked desktop processors launched today are the first based on Intel’s performance hybrid architecture featuring a combination of Performance-cores (P-cores), the highest performing CPU core Intel has built, and Efficient-cores (E-cores), designed for scalable multi-threaded workload performance.

Intel® Thread Director enables the two new core microarchitectures to work seamlessly together by guiding the operating system (OS) to place the right thread on the right core at the right time. Intel has worked with the ecosystem on extensive testing to optimize performance and compatibility, and as part of the company’s reinforced investments in the developer community, has published white papers for developers with guidance on how independent software vendors can optimize applications for performance hybrid platforms.

“We’re at the beginning of a new era for the PC led by the introduction of Windows 11,” said Panos Panay, executive vice president and chief product officer, Microsoft. “With Windows 11 and Intel’s new Thread Director technology, users will see their PC performance reach new heights on the new 12th Gen Intel Core family of processors.”

The combination of Intel’s new performance hybrid architecture and new Intel 7 process technology delivers improved single-threaded and multi-threaded performance to enable:

  • The World’s Best Gaming Processor: Available with up to 16 cores and 24 threads, the new 12th Gen Intel Core processor family includes the world’s best gaming processor, the Core i9-12900K, unleashing gaming experiences across top titles. The Core i9-12900K provides amazing gen-over-gen performance increases, including up to 25% more FPS on Troy: A Total War Saga, up to 28% more FPS on Hitman 3, and up to 23% more FPS on Far Cry 63. Enhanced by Intel® Killer™ Wi-Fi 6E for up to 75% less latency while gaming when multitasking4, high-frequency P-cores paired with E-cores for offloading parallel tasks enable up to 84% more frames per second for simultaneous gaming, streaming, and recording5.
  • A Leap in Content Creation Performance: Advancements in multi-threaded performance, the responsive performance of the P-cores and the ability to move data at incredible speeds with DDR5 enable leadership across all types of content creation experiences, including:
    • Up to 36% faster photo editing performance6
    • Up to 32% faster video editing performance7
    • Up to 37% faster 3D modeling performance8
    • Up to 100% faster multi-frame rendering9
  • The Best Overclocking Experience10: The new processors offer industry-leading overclocking tools for the ultimate performance customization, including the ability to overclock Efficient-cores and DDR5 memory. Enthusiasts and gamers can try these new platform overclocking features as part of the latest Intel® Extreme Tuning Utility (XTU) 7.5. Starting with the Core i9-12900K, XTU will also support one-click overclocking with Intel Speed Optimizer for unlocked 12th Gen processors. Further, Intel introduced the latest Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) 3.0 with support for DDR5, offering additional profiles, including new rewriteable custom profiles and flexible tuning for memory overclocking.

Enabling Desktop Platforms with Industry-Leading Features

12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors empower people with the performance and industry-leading features for exceptional experiences across gaming, content, and play for today and tomorrow.

Key platform advancements include:

  • The first processors in the industry to offer DDR5 memory for up to 4800MT/s.
  •  The first processors in the industry to offer PCIe 5.0 (up to 16 lanes), which offers up to 2X I/O throughput over PCIe 4.0, with up to an additional four lanes of PCIe 4.0 support.
  • Up to 30MB Intel® Smart Cache (L3) and 14MB L2 cache for increased memory capacity with reduced latency.
  • Integrated high-speed wireless with Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6E, which combines industry-leading Wi-Fi 6E connectivity with powerful gaming network technology to minimize lag, latency, and packet loss10.
  • Discrete Thunderbolt 4 universal cable connectivity for external device expansion.

AllNew Intel 600 Series Chipset

Alongside the 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors, Intel is launching the new Intel 600 Series Chipset with advanced features for increased reliability and performance. New PCIe Gen 4.0 lanes make for 28 total lanes off the chipset, integrated USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 provides up to double the bandwidth, DMI Gen 4.0 increases the chipset to CPU throughput for fast access to peripheral devices and networking.

For the first time, Intel is bringing Intel® Volume Management Device (VMD) to PC chipsets to simplify storage control by allowing direct control and management of NVMe-based SSDs from the PCIe bus without additional RAID controllers or other hardware adaptors.

Availability

Unlocked 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors are available now for pre-order from participating OEMs, channel partners, and retailers. Broad availability will start Nov. 4 with more than 140 customers in more than 30 countries expected to add the new processors to their lineups by the end of the year. Pricing starts at $264 to $589 for the unlocked desktop processors.

Intel expects to ship hundreds of thousands of 12th Gen Intel Core desktop “K” processors by end of year and more than 2 million by the end of March 2022. To enable the expanded offerings for desktop, mobile and commercial segments expected in early 2022, Intel is also shipping 28 of the processor SKUs in the 12th Gen Intel Core processor family to OEM partners. 

Read more @ Intel

BIOSTAR Announces H61MHV3

May 18th, 2021, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR, a leading brand of motherboards, graphics cards, and storage devices today, announces a refresh of their Intel H61MH series with the new H61MHV3 motherboard.

Designed based on Intel is H61 single chip architecture, the new H61MHV3 motherboard from BIOSTAR breathes a fresh breath of life to older 2nd and 3rd generation processors from Intel.

Highly suited for business use and HTPC systems, the H61MHV3 motherboard comes with BIOSTAR’s promised product reliability and long-lasting performance. It is capable of supporting up to 16GB of DDR3 memory across 2 DIMM slots. USB 2.0 support with 8 USB ports provided with the motherboard for ease of use.

Engineered to work well with Core i3, i5, i7, Pentium, and Celeron processors, the motherboard is designed with the latest components to provide smooth unhindered performance across all it is components.

The H61MHV3 is rear I/O panel consists of a single x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse port for users looking to connect their old keyboard or mouse to the system, Dual-display output capability with 1 x VGA port, and an HDMI port that expresses bright and highly detailed content.

Furthermore, it comes equipped with a single LAN port powered by Realtek RTL8111H chipset, 4 x USB 2.0 ports, and 3 x Audio out ports run by ALC897 audio codec capable of handling 7.1 Channels of High Definition Audio.

BIOSTAR’s new H61MHV3 motherboard brings new hope for people with older components to last longer, essentially saving money and time. It works well for business and casual use for multitudes of use cases.

Read more @ BIOSTAR

Weekly Hardware Review Roundup

CPUs: Intel Core i5-11600K @ ThinkComputers, Intel Core i7-11700KF @ Guru3D, AMD Ryzen 5 5600X @ OCInside

GPUs: RTX3080 with the RTX3080 Laptop GPU @ Bjorn3D, PCIe Resizable BAR Performance Benchmarks @ Guru3D, ASRock Radeon RX 6700 XT Phantom Gaming D OC @ Guru3D

Cooling: CORSAIR iCUE SP140 RGB ELITE 140MM Fans @ [M]adShrimps, CRYORIG R5 @ NikKTech

PSUs: Cooler Master V650 GOLD-V2 WHITE EDITION @ PCTestBench, be quiet! Pure Power 11 FM 750W @ NikKTech

Pre-Built / Laptops: Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 @ HotHardware, MSI Stealth 15M @ TweakTown, Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Gen 9 @ TweakTown, Intel NUC 11 Pro @ TweakTown, ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 @ HotHardware, Dell Latitude 7320 @ HotHardware

Audio: Razer Kraken X @ OCInside, EPOS H3 @ NikKTech, EPOS H3 @ TweakTown, SteelSeries Arctis 7P @ [M]adShrimps

Memory: Acer Predator Apollo and Predator Talos 3600 MHz DDR4 @ Guru3D

Cases: NZXT H710i Premium @ NikKTech

KBM: Patriot Viper V570 Blackout @ DVHardware

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

ASUS TUF GAMING Z590-PLUS WIFI – eTeknix

For the everyday user and casual gamer’s, the TUF GAMING line of boards should have almost everything you would be looking for in a motherboard. Even if you fancy yourself a bit of a novice overclocker, Z590-PLUS WIFI has you covered. Coming with 14+2 Power Phases, Digi+ VRM and military-grade TUF components you’ll be able to get the maximum amount of performance out of your CPU. Those just looking to hook everything up and start using the board will love features such as PCIe 4.0, Wi-Fi 6e, AURA Sync RGB and many more.

Read more @ eTeknix

MSI Drops AGESA COMBO PI V2 1.2.0.1 Beta BIOS’ for AMD 500 Series Motherboards

[Taipei, Taiwan] MSI, a world-leading motherboard manufacturer, announces the release of AGESA COMBO PI V2 1.2.0.1 beta BIOS for its AMD 500 series motherboards to add SMART ACCESS MEMORY support to AMD RYZEN 3000 desktop processors. Now both RYZEN 5000 and RYZEN 3000* desktop processors support SMART ACCESS MEMORY. AGESA COMBO PI V2 1.2.0.1 BIOS also improves L3 Cache bandwidth in AIDA64 for RYZEN 5000 desktop processors.

SMART ACCESS MEMORY is an innovative feature that allows the system to access the full capacity of the VRAM on the graphics card. Compare to the current solution which has a 256MB access limitation, this feature will provide the users a better gaming experience.

This feature requires pairing the AMD Radeon RX 6000 series graphics card with AMD RYZEN 5000/3000* series desktop processors. Also, don’t forget to update the graphics card driver to the latest version. After taking these steps, this feature will be online and ready to boost your gaming performance.

AGESA COMBO PI V2 1.2.0.1 also fixes the RYZEN 5000 series processor L3 Cache bandwidth issue in AIDA64. With the new AGESA, the L3 Cache bandwidth has a dramatic improvement.

For more details, head over to MSI Global.

Hardware Review Roundup (2/23)

Audio: ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Headset @ TweakTown, ASUS ROG Delta S USB-C Headset @ TweakTown, SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless Headset @ KitGuru

Storage: Sabrent Rocket 4 PLUS 2TB @ Guru3D, ORICO Portable M.2 Enclosure @ ThinkComputers, Sabrent Rocket 4 PLUS 2TB @ NikKTech, ADATA XPG Gammix S70 2 TB @ TechPowerUp

Cooling: Deepcool AS500 @ ThinkComputers

Graphics: Inno3D GeForce RTX 3060 Ti iCHILL X3 @ TweakTown

Memory: Patriot Viper Steel RGB 32GB DDR4 @ NikKTech, Patriot Viper Steel RGB DDR4-3200 2x16GB @ APH Networks

Accessories: CORSAIR MM700 RGB Extended Cloth Gaming Mouse Pad @ [M]adShrimps

Peripherals: Patriot Viper V730 Keyboard @ FunkyKit, Dream Machines DM6 Holey Duo @ TechPowerUp, HyperX Pulsefire Raid Gaming Mouse @ FunkyKit

CPU: AMD RYZEN 5 5600X @ PCTestBench

PSU: Cooler Master V850 SFX Gold 850W @ APH Networks

Laptop: Apple MacBook Air M1 @ DVHardware, ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo SE GX551 @ TechSpot