The ASUS ROG Strix Z590-E-Gaming-WiFi is currently available in stores at a price of around € 350. Above all, it convinces with its lavish features, such as PCIe 4.0 support, the very good power supply, the many USB connections, a graphics card holder, the four M.2 connections including a clever clamping device and much more. Of course, all of this has its price, which is why the mainboard is not that cheap. Nevertheless, the ASUS ROG Strix Z590-E gaming WiFi deserves a very clear recommendation.

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ASUS TUF GAMING Z590-PLUS WIFI – GreenTech_Reviews

The delivery set, traditionally for these boards, is minimal – a user manual, a quality certificate, branded stickers on the battery, a disk with drivers, a pair of SATA cables and screws for fixing M.2 drives with gaskets for single-sided models. An external antenna for the pre-installed Intel Wi-Fi 6 module is located in a separate package.

The design of TUF motherboards varies from model to model. In our case, it is a black and gray color scheme with rare yellow accents. It is based on a 6-layer PCB that is very close to black. Changes are immediately noticeable regarding the number of expansion slots, the type of cooling for M.2 drives, the power subsystem and its cooling system.

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ASRock Z590 Taichi – HardwareCooking

This Taichi is as always on a standard ATX format. Here we are therefore on the new Intel Z590 chipset which is based on the LGA1200 socket. The card is therefore not only compatible with 11th generation CPUs, but also with 10th generation CPUs such as i9-10900K or i5-10600K to name a few. Memory level, the card is able to manage up to 128 GB of DDR4 memory on four arrays at a frequency of 5000 MHz. At the level of the power supply stage, we find as the announcement the company 14 phases of power supplies Dr. Mos SPS (12 + 2 in reality) with Renesas ISL99390 of 90A. 

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ASRock Z590 PG Velocita – GinjFo

ASRock signs a solid Z590 platform with this Z590 PG Velocita. Aiming at the top of the range, its benefits are up to the mark whether we are talking about performance or equipment. Its sleek look is intended primarily for gaming platforms in search of the latest technologies.

We don’t have much to fault this Z590 PG Velocita. Its UEFI BIOS offers an airy and fairly well-organized interface. The OC of our Core i9-10900K did not pose any problem with in the end a nice performance gain. It might be a shame that faster Ethernet isn’t present.

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GIGABYTE Z590 AORUS MASTER – HardwareCooking

We find a header for USB 3.2 Type-C on the front panel and a total of 9 USB Type-A ports on the rear connector in addition to a USB 3.2 Type-C port. The audio part is managed by a Realtek ALC1220 chip and an ESS ES9118 DAC accompanied by audiophile quality WIMA and Nicichon Fine Gold capacitors. The audio part of this motherboard is still Hi-Res certified. As for the network part , AORUS has chosen to place a 10 Gigabit Ethernet port via an Aquantia controller.

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As for the power stage, we have 14 + 2 phase DrMOS SPS TI CSD59880 70A power supplies with a Renesas ISL69269 controller configured in 7 + 2 phases. No phase doubler, but a “Teamed” configuration. The board has six layers of PCB. The VRMs are cooled by two heat sinks connected via a heat pipe. In addition, ASUS provides a small 40mm fan as a bundle that can be positioned above the heatsinks to help with cooling. We will test this later in this article. The audio part is managed by a SupremeFX ALC4080 chip. 

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MSI MEG Z590 ACE – HardwareCooking

This MSI MEG Z590 ACE board features 16 + 2 phase 90A Renesas ISL99390B power supplies (VRM) with an ISL69269 controller with eight layers of PCB. The socket is supplied with 8 + 8 pins and is reinforced to allow a more stable current. We have three PCIe 3.0 x16 slots and two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. Of course we find compatibility with the 2-Way SLI from NVIDIA and 3-Way Crossfire for AMD. We also have four M.2 SSD slots, all pre-fitted with a heat sink. 

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Aorus adopted an AMP-UP audio system that provides many improvements, including noise isolation and static electricity, and good audio performance. The chip used is the upgraded Realtek ALC 1200, which is completely isolated from the rest of the board components to ensure the best audio experience, in addition to the high-quality WIMA FKP2 capacitors and also covered with gold to provide A clearer pitch with higher frequencies and stronger bass, which are capacitors used in high-end Hi-Fi devices. 

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As with the MSI MPG B550 Gaming Carbon WiFi, the MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk was also compared with its predecessor in the following. The first obvious difference is a thicker power supply and support for faster RAM. There are also differences in the slots – there are now two M.2 slots in particular. There are further upgrades to report on the network, the sound processing and the USB ports, albeit only minimally in the latter. 

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With the ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero we are looking at the successor to the Crosshair VIII Hero in the test this year. Compared to its predecessor, ASUS has given the current motherboard with the X570 chipset a passive cooler and increased the voltage supply. Of course, the ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero can be used for all AMD Ryzen processors of the 5000 series. In the following test you will find out which features and functions are on board and how the new model performs in practice.

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