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


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)

Palit GeForce RTX 3060 Ti DUAL OC

We review the actual budget offering of the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, in a Palit DUAL OC 8GB revision, it’s the value proposition from Palit. The 3060 Ti series are bound to please many as they offer proper gaming performance competing at GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER levels, even slightly above it. Armed with 8GB GDDR6 is might but just what the gaming community needs.

Read more @ Guru3D


The mini-ITX format is a delicate matter like aligning the legs of an LGA socket. Here, a factor such as congestion / oversaturation is already starting to play a role. Adding something over and above the standard set has to be greatly perverted, resorting to non-standard solutions, “sandwich” approach, daughter boards, and sometimes to changing the usual topology.

Read more @ OC Club (Russian)

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Review Roundup

Today marks the launch of NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, running up an MSRP of $399. This new card is the successor to the more budget minded (well, somewhat budget minded) RTX 2060 SUPER of last year. With a TDP boost of 25W over the 2060 SUPER, the new 3060 Ti boasts performance on par with the 2080 SUPER. Read more at the reviews listed below:

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti FE @ TweakTown
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti FE @ Hot Hardware
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti FE @ Guru3D
ASUS GeForce RTX 3060 Ti STRIX OC @ Guru3D
MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti TRIO X @ Guru3D
GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC PRO @ Guru3D
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti FE @ PC Perspective
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti FE @ Tom’s Hardware
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti FE @ KitGuru
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti FE @ Hexus
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti FE @ PC Magazine
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti FE @ TechSpot
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti FE @ TechPowerUp
ASUS GeForce RTX 3060 Ti STRIX OC @ TechPowerUp
MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming X TRIO @ TechPowerUp
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC PRO @ TechPowerUp
Palit GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GamingPro OC @ TechPowerUp
ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Twin Edge @ TechPowerUp

More to come as they roll in…