Budget Micro ATX B550 Mobo Roundup

Specifically, we’ll be looking at the ASRock B550M-HDV ($80.99), Gigabyte’s B550M DS3H ($94.99), the MSI B550M Pro-VDH Wi-Fi ($109.99), and our costliest contender, the Asus Prime B550M K ($120.99). Compared to what we’ve looked at in the past on B550, these boards skip many of the accouterments we’re used to seeing, like RGB lighting, shrouds and heatsinks on some items, and premium power delivery. 

Read more @ Tom’s Hardware

AnandTech’s Best Intel Motherboards: September ’20

As we move into the final period of Q3 2020, there is a wide variety of Intel-based motherboards on the market, spearheaded by LGA1200 models for the current 10th generation Comet Lake processors. The latest LGA1200 socket has the usual variety of Intel chipsets, such as premium Z490 models with official support for the overclocking, down to the more mainstream chipsets such as H460 and B460.

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 – Launch Day Reviews

Last week NVIDIA officially launched their RTX 30 series starting with the GeForce RTX 3080. It provided great performance at a great price and really made gaming at 4K enjoyable. Now a week later we have the GeForce RTX 3090. The naming of the card might make you think it sits higher in the product stack (and it does), but it really sits in a category all its own.

ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3090 Trinity @ Think Computers
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition @ TweakTown
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO 24G @ TweakTown
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition @ Hot Hardware
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition @ Tom’s Hardware
ASUS GeForce RTX 3090 STRIX OC @ TechPowerUp
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio 24G @ TechPowerUp
GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3090 Eagle OC @ TechPowerUp
ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3090 Trinity @ TechPowerUp
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition @ Tech Radar
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition @ PC World
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition @ Eurogamer
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition @ PC Gamer
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition @ PC Mag
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X TRIO 24G @ Guru3D
Palit GeForce RTX 3090 GamingPRO OC @ Guru3D


The MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio builds on NVIDIA’s strengths with a powerful new board design capable of powering the RTX 3080 with up to 525 W of power even though the chip’s TDP is around 340 W. The card sticks to conventional 8-pin PCIe power inputs, and its cooling solution features multiple aluminium fin stacks held together by seven 6 mm-thick copper heat pipes that make direct contact with the GPU at the base; these are ventilated by 95 mm fans.

Read more @ TechPowerUp

ASUS, MSI and Palit GeForce RTX 3080 Cards

In this review, we benchmark the GeForce RTX 3080 GAMING X Trio from MSI; yes MSI is back with a new Gaming X Trio, with that TRIO, of course, short for a triple-fan solution with an otherwise heavily customized product. With their aim to perform at low acoustics combined with a beautiful design card, lets start this review, shall we?…

Read this, and more, at Guru3D:

Palit GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming Pro OC
ASUS GeForce RTX 3080 TUF Gaming OC


The Gaming X TRIO is one hefty card and the longest graphics card I have ever used, clocking in at 12.7 inches (323mm). It beats out the EVGA RTX 2080 TI FTW3 and PowerColor RX VEGA 64 Red Devil, which are both monster-sized already. Most PCB sag usually happens around the power connectors and it seems to be a topic among comments on forums. While the video card does have a stiff backplate, it still has a slight decline at the rear. MSI has thought of this and included a support bracket.

Read more @ Overclockers Club


MSI’s Gaming X Trio has always been a premium offering, and that is certainly the case with this RTX 3080 model, as it is priced almost £110 more than the RTX 3080’s £649 MSRP. For that extra cash, MSI promises increased performance, lower noise levels and  lower temperatures, while also offering plentiful RGB lighting for those looking for some bling.

Read more @ KitGuru


Gaming X Trio might not be the sexiest card, yet it’s got it where it counts. The thermal design, dubbed ‘Tri Frozr 2,’ incorporates a trio of Torx Fan 4.0 blowers promising a 21 per cent increase in static pressure, as well as a full-length heatsink interspersed with a series of a thick heatpipes. Ideal for taming the 320W underlying GPU and MSI doesn’t skimp on the finer details.

Read more @ Hexus