PCIe 4.0

Getting the most out of Intel's Core i9-11900K primarily relies on two main factors: premium cooling for the chip itself, and a solid motherboard acting as the foundation. And while motherboard manufacturers such as EVGA can't do anything about the former, they have quite a bit of experience with the latter. Today we're taking a look at EVGA's Z590 Dark motherboard, which is putting EVGA's experience to the test as one of a small handful of LGA1200 motherboards geared for extreme overclocking. A niche market within a niche market, few people really have the need (or the means) to overclock a processor within an inch of its life. But for those that do, EVGA has developed a well-earned reputation with its Dark series boards for...

The ASRock Z590 OC Formula Review: An Iconic Brand Revival

Whether overclocking the CPU is your cup of morning tea/coffee/something stronger or not, there are specific motherboards built by professional overclockers and engineers designed to squeeze out as much...

24 by Gavin Bonshor on 9/10/2021

Colorful Launches Two White Mini-ITX Motherboards For Intel Rocket Lake

Colorful has unveiled two new motherboards designed for Intel Rocket Lake and Comet Lake processors. The CVN B560I Gaming V20 and CVN B560I Gaming Frozen are based on the...

12 by Gavin Bonshor on 8/16/2021

ASUS TUF Gaming Z590-Plus WIFI Motherboard Review: Is $260 Mid-Range or High-End?

Despite the Z590 chipset being the premium option for Intel 11th Gen Rocket Lake processors, and the boards starting around $200, not every model is there to decimate the...

23 by Gavin Bonshor on 8/10/2021

ASRock Z590 Steel Legend WiFi 6E Review: Z590 On A Budget

Over the past six months we've looked at a varied selection of Z590 motherboards. While most of these have been in the mid-range to premium category, today we are...

15 by Gavin Bonshor on 8/6/2021

ASRock Unveils C621A WS Motherboard, Designed for Xeon W-3300 Workstations

On the back of Intel's recent Ice Lake Xeon W-3300 announcement, ASRock has announced one of the first motherboards to support the new processors, the ASRock C621A WS. Some...

8 by Gavin Bonshor on 7/30/2021

ASUS ROG Maximus XIII Hero Review: Everything for Rocket Lake

On our test bench today is one of ASUS ROG's enthusiast models designed for Intel's Rocket Lake processors. The ASUS ROG Maximus XIII Hero brings plenty of premium controllers...

28 by Gavin Bonshor on 7/9/2021

Micron Announces PCIe 4.0 Client SSDs

In Micron's keynote today at (virtual) Computex, the memory manufacturer announced they have started shipping the companies first PCIe 4.0 SSDs, using their latest 176-layer 3D TLC NAND flash...

29 by Billy Tallis on 6/1/2021

Western Digital Introduces WD Black SN750 SE SSD: Entry-Level PCIe Gen4

Among several announcements today, Western Digital is introducing a new more affordable PCIe Gen4 SSD under their gaming-oriented WD Black brand (styled WD_BLACK). The new WD Black SN750 SE...

13 by Billy Tallis on 5/26/2021

The Inland Performance Plus 2TB SSD Review: Phison's E18 NVMe Controller Tested

Phison's E18 is their second-generation PCIe 4.0 SSD controller, and it keeps them in the running for the fastest consumer SSDs. Micro Center's Inland Performance Plus is the cheapest...

118 by Billy Tallis on 5/13/2021

The ADATA GAMMIX S50 Lite 2TB SSD Review: Mainstream PCIe Gen4

Today we're taking a look at ADATA's XPG Gammix S50 Lite, a mid-range consumer NVMe SSD based on Silicon Motion's new SM2267 controller. Among other notable features, the Gammix...

93 by Billy Tallis on 4/30/2021

Biostar Announces B550T-Silver Mini-ITX Motherboard For AMD's Ryzen 5000 Family

Biostar has unveiled its latest mini-ITX motherboard for the AMD B550 chipset, the B550T-Silver, which is designed for use with AMD's Ryzen 5000 and Ryzen 3000 processors. The small-sized...

62 by Gavin Bonshor on 4/16/2021

MSI Drops A Bling Bling Motherboard: the MEG Z590 Ace Gold Edition

On the back of Intel's 11th generation Rocket Lake processor release last month, MSI has dropped a new Z590 motherboard which certainly raises an eyebrow towards aesthetics. The new...

35 by Gavin Bonshor on 4/14/2021

Sabrent Rocket Q4 and Corsair MP600 CORE NVMe SSDs Reviewed: PCIe 4.0 with QLC

A PCIe Gen4 SSD controller can get more performance out of QLC NAND, but can a QLC SSD ever be more than a low-end drive?

60 by Billy Tallis on 4/9/2021

Mushkin Launches DELTA And GAMMA PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs

Mushkin has announced two new product lines for PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSDs. Following on from last year's introduction of the ALPHA series, the new DELTA and GAMMA drives continue...

12 by Billy Tallis on 3/30/2021

The Intel B560 Motherboard Overview: 30+ Budget Models Starting from $75

Intel is set to launch its latest generation of processors, known as Rocket Lake 11th Gen, on the 30th March 2021. We know Rocket Lake brings with it PCIe...

58 by Gavin Bonshor on 3/29/2021

The Western Digital WD Black SN850 Review: A Very Fast PCIe 4.0 SSD

Western Digital has rapidly risen to being a top-tier player in the market, and this is no more evident than with their newest high-end SSD, the WD Black SN850.

82 by Billy Tallis on 3/18/2021

AMD Set To Roll Out AGESA firmware USB Fix For Ryzen, Coming April

Last month, we reported that AMD had been made aware of many users experiencing intermittent connectivity issues with USB ports on its Ryzen 500-series motherboards. Requesting that users with...

27 by Gavin Bonshor on 3/17/2021

Intel Launches Rocket Lake 11th Gen Core i9, Core i7, and Core i5

In the myriad of news and early reviews, Intel is today officially launching its 11th Generation Core family of desktop processors, also known as Rocket Lake, built on Intel’s...

156 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 3/16/2021

AMD to Launch 3rd Generation EPYC on March 15th: Milan with Zen 3

We’ve known for a while that AMD was set to launch its next generation enterprise EPYC processor family, collectively known by its codename Milan, sometime in the first quarter...

18 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 3/8/2021

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