There’s plenty of DDR4 Alder Lake mobos. DDR5 only in high end?

On Monday we have had an Alder Lake CPU benchmark, based on which, the support for DDR5 memory might pose a dilemma: it has high bandwidth, but might worsen latency, threatening gaming performance. But Alder Lake can also use DDR4. We now have information on the selection of DDR5 and DDR4 mainboards. Apparently getting a quality mainboard for DDR4 should not be a problem, such mainboards might even be in the majority. Read more “There’s plenty of DDR4 Alder Lake mobos. DDR5 only in high end?” »

Intel Z690 chipset for Alder Lake detailed: Gear 4 and other news

Alder Lake, a new and significantly improved CPU generation by Intel will be released in a few months (reportedly on 19th of November). The CPUs will be released together with new motherboards using the Z690 chipset and the new LGA 1700 socket. A document leak now shares insight into the features and innovations of this platform. For example we learn that Alder Lake’s memory controller will also use Gear 2 and now even Gear 4. Read more “Intel Z690 chipset for Alder Lake detailed: Gear 4 and other news” »

„Windows 11 requires TPM“. Don’t panic, just do this in BIOS

Microsoft has unveiled Windows 11. In addition to new features and improvements, it also has higher HW requirements than Windows 10. It’s not performance that’s needed, but rather special features that not every PC may have. W11 requires TPM 2.0 (or Trusted Platform Module), which many people are now looking for. But there’s no need to get nervous, because in fact you probably already have it, just need to enable it. How to do it? Read more “„Windows 11 requires TPM“. Don’t panic, just do this in BIOS” »

ASRock’s cheap chipset-less Thin Mini-ITX motherboard with AM4

There are only a few modern motherboards of the Thin Mini-ITX format. The latest among them is the ASRock X300TM-ITX. It is in its essence very simple and does not even have its own chipset. The equipment of the board is thus more modest, but it will be one of the cheapest options for AMD APU. Support is across all classes, from Athlon Raven Ridge to the highest performance Renoir (Ryzen 7 Pro 4750G). Read more “ASRock’s cheap chipset-less Thin Mini-ITX motherboard with AM4” »

More on AMD AM5: TDP to reach 120 W, more PCIe lanes, CPU’s look

We have recently covered the first info detailing the new AMD desktop platform for Ryzen 6000 processors (or 7000, we’ll see) that will introduce DDR5 memory. The source of this report has now provided more on the connectivity specs, as well as a picture showing what the processors for the AM5 socket might look like. But it also looks like the TDP will increase, perhaps due to the TDP increasing strategy of Intel’s. Read more “More on AMD AM5: TDP to reach 120 W, more PCIe lanes, CPU’s look” »

Z590 motherboards for Intel Rocket Lake to be released in January

In Q1 2021, Intel is expected to release Rocket Lake, the new 11th generation of  desktop processors, still using 14nm manufacturing process, but with a new architecture, PCIe 4.0 and probably much higher single-threaded and gaming performance. According to rumors, the CPU launch should be in March, but it looks like the platform with new motherboards, such as B560, Z590, etc. could be released sooner, as early as a few days from now. Read more “Z590 motherboards for Intel Rocket Lake to be released in January” »

ASRock supports Zen 3 on X370/B350/A320 chipset motherboards

Ryzen 5000 only worked on X570, B550 and A520 chipsets initially, and 400-series chipsets are only now receiving support. Even these were not planned to get it at first, so support on even older 300-series chipsets seemed impossible for a long time. But here’s the good news: in the end, such an upgrade may work. It seems ASRock released BIOS updates for their X370, B350 and A320 motherboards that add support for the new Zen 3 processors. Read more “ASRock supports Zen 3 on X370/B350/A320 chipset motherboards” »

All motherboards with AMD A520 in one place. Prices included

You’ve already read the details about the A520 chipset in a separate article. The new cheap AMD motherboards lag behind B450 in some respects, in others they have the upper hand. Support for Zen 3 processors promises longer moral life, and this platform also offers pairing with APU Renoir. Modern connectivity with HDMI 2.1 is a standard here which is not a matter of course even with the B550. Can you find your favorite? Read more “All motherboards with AMD A520 in one place. Prices included” »

ASRock Mini-STX boards for AMD processors?

We like small computers, so we are delighted with the Mini-STX format which represents boards that are even smaller than Mini-ITX but still with “full-fledged“ processors. Mini-STX does not allow the use of external graphics cards, making AMD processors with their relatively strong iGPU an interesting choice. Mini-STX boards have not been produced for them yet, but it looks like ASRock is about to change that. Read more “ASRock Mini-STX boards for AMD processors?” »

MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon: A convenient choice for Ryzen 7

We have added the third major manufacturer to our tests of X370 boards – MSI. The X370 Pro Carbon is about thirty euros cheaper than its opponents from Gigabyte and Asus, so it will be interesting to watch how these savings are reflected in overall quality and design. We don’t want to give away too much, but we can say that it is definitely worth checking. Read more “MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon: A convenient choice for Ryzen 7” »

There is no Mini-ITX for Threadripper, but there is MicroATX already

There is something appealing about the possibility of taking the fastest hardware that exists in the PC world and putting it in the smallest case possible rather than using conventional tower case. We have seen this with X299E-ITX/ac mini-ITX board for Skylake-X processors. We probably won’t witness a similar scenario for Ryzen Threadripper, because of the size of the socket, but there is a new MicroATX model at least. Read more “There is no Mini-ITX for Threadripper, but there is MicroATX already” »

A high-end board from Evga has three fans

Several years ago, small coolers with 40mm fans were quite common for chipsets instead of heatsinks. Often so noisy that modding was practically necessary. After a couple of years, this trend was fortunately defeated, but recently, rotors with blades are back on high-end boards. Evga presented X299 Dark which even stands out: it has three fans. Read more “A high-end board from Evga has three fans” »

New challenge: OC of Xeon on a Asus board with 2× LGA 3647

This summer, Intel and AMD introduced processors with significantly higher power consumption and heat output: Threadripper with 180W TDP and Skylake-X that does not fall behind. After OC, both can consume over 300W (and Core i9-7980XE even more). These are new challenges for cooling, but maybe they are not the final “boss”. It looks like OC possibilities will now open for the latest generation of Xeon servers with 28 cores. Read more “New challenge: OC of Xeon on a Asus board with 2× LGA 3647” »

Mini-ITX board for Skylake-X processors and a water block for it

Mini-ITX boards are great when you want to have the smallest computer possible. They were originally meant for economical low-profile PCs, but today they are also used in gaming computers. However, small size can also be practical on a workstation, so it’s nice to have Intel Skylake-X processors with 18 cores available with ITX format now. It will be possible to buy a Mini-ITX board with the LGA 2066 socket. Read more “Mini-ITX board for Skylake-X processors and a water block for it” »

Which X370 for 175 EUR: Asus ROG Strix or Gigabyte Gaming 5?

Two boards for the same price but with different approach. After reviewing the key elements of their layouts and examining fan control options, you can look forward to a large portion of temperature and consumption comparisons. Let’s find out which one of these AMD Ryzen boards fulfills your expectations better. Read more “Which X370 for 175 EUR: Asus ROG Strix or Gigabyte Gaming 5?” »