“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.


With the recent launch of the AMD’s Ryzen 5000 “Zen 3” chips, we’ve seen a series of revised or upgraded X570 motherboards hitting the market. Today, we’re taking a look at the successor to the popular TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI), the TUF GAMING X570-PRO (WI-FI). This motherboard rolls in with a current retail price tag of $219.99. The X570-PLUS (WI-FI) though can be had for $189.99. Are the upgrades between motherboards worth that $30?

Read the complete review to find out.

New Article: Onboard Audio Software, Friend or Foe?

Without a doubt, onboard audio has come a long way over the years, relegating discrete PCIe or other solutions to the the more discerning consumers. We now commonly see better trace routing and isolation for onboard audio solutions, even at the budget end, and in the case of higher end motherboards we may even seen high quality DACs included. While working on our upcoming review of the new ASUS TUF GAMING X570-PRO (WI-FI), we ran into a common problem with newer onboard audio solutions, the software. The best hardware in the world means exactly nothing if it’s paired up with mediocre software. What problem did we encounter?

Let’s take a look in the full article.

ASUS TUF X570-PRO GAMING (WI-FI) – Our Preview

Today, we have our latest article. This time, we’re taking our first look at the new ASUS TUF X570-PRO GAMING (WI-FI). This board is a refresh/upgrade from last year’s hit, the TUF X570-PLUS GAMING (WI-FI). There are some cosmetic changes to be sure, like dropping the plastic rear I/O cover in favor of beefier VRM cooling, but there’s also more under the hood that’s been upgraded as well. Before we dig deeper into the product, take a look at our preview to see what’s coming.

12/31 Update – We fired up a 1.25V VCore and 1.00V VSoC at 4.65GHz all-core on our Ryzen 5 5600X to take a look at how the available LLC levels (1-5) impact the load voltage for both VCore and VSoC. Check out the last page of the Preview for the data table. This should be the last update to the Preview before the full review is up. Target date for the full review is Friday the 8th, if not earlier. Enjoy!

Secretlab OMEGA 2020 Black3 Review

Today, we have a new product review. This time, we’re taking a look at one common cure for work from home discomfort, a Secretlab gaming chair. Easily the most comfortable chair I’ve used, this is a stellar product that you should look into if you’re in the market for a hew gaming chair.

Secretlab really needs no introduction when it comes to gaming chairs. They’ve been pumping out high quality offerings for a while now, iterating along the way to keep improving what is already recognized as a solid product. After months of working from home in an aging $50 chair, I decided it was time to upgrade to something with more comfort, support and style. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the latest cloth variant of the OMEGA 2020 Series, the Black3.

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