Category: Motherboards

AMD X570 vs B550 vs B450 Chipset Comparison – Is PCIe 4.0 worth the additional cost?

The latest AMD Ryzen 3000 series has been out for a while now. However, the latest generation chipset available has only been the premium X570. Finally, this is set to change with the launch of the affordable gaming orientated B550 motherboards. The X570 chipset launched with a massive price increase compared to the previous generation, while prices have come down a little, there is still a big premium to pay. While it is possible to use the older X470 and B450 motherboard with the latest Ryzen CPUs, you would not get the benefit of PCIe 4.0 support. It is...

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B450 vs X470 vs X570 performance for Ryzen 7 3700X & Ryzen 9 3900X – Not much difference, even with PCIe 4.0 NVMe

Original Post – 9th of July 2019 – Updated on 27th July 2019 to include benchmarks across X370, X470 & X570 Zen 2 has finally landed, and it has mostly met expectations. The new CPUs don’t quite take the crown from Intel in pure gaming performance, but they offer much better value for similar gaming performance and often superior performance across other metrics. While the 3rd Generation Ryzen processors offer exceptional value for money, there has been one big caveat. The new X570 chipset which introduces PCI Express 4.0 comes with a hefty price premium. At the time of...

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AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs & X570 Motherboards prices listed by Danish retailer. R5 3700X -£357, 3800X – £435, 3900X – £549

An eagle-eyed Reddit user noticed that Danish retailer Komplett has listed the pricing of the latest Ryzen 3000 CPUs & X570 motherboards early. The prices include the 25% sales tax in Denmark, so it is possible that direct currency conversion is accurate. For example, they have the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X as 2.499DKK which is about £298 and the AMD Ryzen 7 2700 works out at £200. So about right, if not a little expensive. The AMD Ryzen 5 2700X is listed as having a launch price of $329/£329 so if the below prices are correct then there is...

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AMD could be working on new premium X590 chipset. More PCIe 4.0 lanes vs X570

With the launch of both the 12-core 3900X and 16-core 3950X CPUs, the differences between the HEDT are becoming blurred and the trend looks set to continue. References towards another premium chipset, the X590, have been spotted by Computerbase which indicates more PCIe lanes and higher prices. The speculation arose from a Twitter user, 1usmus, who shared a teaser of one of ASUS’s ROG motherboards with the label “X590 Coming Soon”.  While the picture is one thing, a forum member of Computerbase forums provided even more evidence around the existence of the X590 chipset. Hidden deep within the BIOS files for...

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AMD X570 Chipset could have up to 40 PCIe 4.0 Lanes

The AMD X570 will be the first consumer chipset to support PCIe 4.0, offering double the bandwidth compared to the previous generation and therefore reducing the risks of bottle neckings. A new leak suggests that not only will the chipset feature PCIe 4.0 but it will have 40 lanes to use which is a huge jump up from the 28 PCIe of the previous generation. In comparison, Intel X390 has just 24 lanes, Intel x299  has between 52 and 68, while AMD x399 has 64. The PCIe leak was part of the reported Ryzen 3000 clock speeds yesterday. A...

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ASUS X570 Motherboard Line-up for Ryzen 3000 CPUs revealed

With Ryzen 3000 series desktop processors launching relatively soon there are a huge number of new motherboards being prepped for release. Videocardz has managed to aquire the list of new models Asus is preppeing to release on the X570 platform. This list likely won't be complete but these will be the boards that release at or soon after launch. You won't have to have an X570 board to use Ryzen 3000, firmware updates will allow compatibility for previous generation boards. However, it is worth noting that recent leaks suggest that B350 may not support or have limited support for...

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PC & Console Gaming Christmas Gift Guide 2017 & Yearly Round-Up

Whether you are a PC gamer, console gamer or part of the hybrid master race it has been an excellent year for gaming. The Switch has arrived and been an enormous success; both the PS4 and Xbox have been updated to new powerful versions allowing for 4K content. Then there has been an arms race with the PC market with AMD and Intel throwing punches at each other. AMD started it with the launch of the phenomenal Ryzen CPUs with Intel retaliating with their new 6-core based Coffee Lake based CPUs. Not to mention the high-end enthusiast market which...

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Asus ROG Strix B350-F Gaming Motherboard Review Score 73%

Asus ROG Strix B350-F Gaming Motherboard Review

After having read the glowing review of the Asus ROG Strix B350-F Gaming motherboard by Bit-Tech I had my heart set on the board for my new PC build. Now, this review won’t be your normal motherboard review you get on most PC-centric sites, I don’t have enough components to regularly test and benchmark things. So I will leave the more technical reviews to sites like Bit-Tech and OC3D. This review will be more just my experience of the board from a more casual perspective. While I did have my heart set on this board, its RRP was very...

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