AMD Ryzen 5 3500X

Today we have AMD’s Ryzen 5 3500X, a processor that AMD designed specifically for the Chinese OEM and system integrator (SI) market, in for testing to determine if it can compete with the best CPUs for gaming or best CPUs for desktop applications. With six cores and threads, the Ryzen 5 3500X stands out among AMD’s third-gen Ryzen stack as the only model without simultaneous multi-threading (SMT). 

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This is where the MSI X570 Tomahawk comes in and at $200 it’s going head to head with popular X570 mainstream boards such as the Asus TUF Gaming Plus, Gigabyte Aorus Elite and Asrock Steel Legend. Moreover, it will be replacing the horrible Gaming Edge WiFi, a board we really hope MSI discontinues, along with a few others including the X570 Pro Carbon.

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ASRock TRX40 Taichi

Featuring support for no fewer than six M.2 Key-M solid-state drives and a deluxe thermal solution, the TRX40 Taichi looks promising if not for gamers (third-generation Threadripper is a mighty overkill platform for that use alone) then for pro content creators and serious storage-speed mavens. But I found that its minor creature-comfort flaws for builders, while relatively few, knock it down a bit, in light of the lofty price.

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ASRock X299 Taichi CLX

Asrock’s Taichi motherboards all feature a similar aesthetic design that looks a little flashy but not excessively so, and the X299 Taichi CLX is no different. Predominantly colored in black and silver, the ATX board has a conservatively handsome look to it. 

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Even though the TUF Z390-Pro Gaming motherboard by ASUS is one of their budget models it is based on the very good Intel Z390 chipset which is the best one can get for an LGA 1151 CPU (something which will probably never change since the Z490 chipset with the LGA 1200 CPUs is just days away).

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ASRock Rack EPYCD8-2T

The ASRock Rack EPYCD8-2T is an ATX sized single LGA 4094 socket option designed for AMD’s EPYC processors. The board has an all-green PCB and has a transposed CPU socket designed for more efficient airflow when installed into a 1U or related chassis type. Memory support stretches across eight slots with support for RDIMMS up to 32 GB, and LRDIMMs up to 128 GB per slot. 

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These processors, with lots of cores, aren’t as fast as consumer processors, so it becomes a tussle whether it makes sense to go fast without security, or to play it safe with a proven platform. With AMD’s new 7F processors, the aim is to provide that proven platform with super-fast cores with lots of cache. We’ve got the 7F52 in for testing today.

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The ASUS Prime X299 Edition 30 is targeted at the top-tier of X299 boards. Featuring no less than sixteen 60 A power stages, active VRM cooling, premium accessories, an OLED display, and even an external display with infrared cameras that support Windows Hello facial recognition, the ASUS Prime X299 Edition 30 has all the bells and whistles. Of course, with a US$750 price tag, it has a lot to live up to.

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We pored over the specs to see if anything changed, and even asked Asus PR, only to be given a vague description of the Zenith II Extreme Alpha being better-optimized for extreme overclocking. We looked for even the slightest alteration, and finally came across a tiny update: While the original Zenith II Extreme had sixteen 70A MOSFETs, the new one is fitted with Infineon TDA21490 90A parts.

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