MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Review & Specifications – 2020

MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC ReviewThe MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC motherboard is part of the Performance Gaming range, which includes gaming motherboards combining excellent finish quality with performance essential for gamers. They also have many features designed to improve your gaming experiences and embeds MSI Mystic Light technology. 

Compatible with AMD Ryzen processors on AMD AM4 socket, it supports DDR4 RAM, PCI-Express 3.0 graphics cards, or SATA 6Gb/s and M.2 disks (SATA and PCIe). It also has rich network connectivity since it is equipped with a Wi-Fi AC & Bluetooth 4.2 controller in addition to the Gigabit Ethernet controller. 

You’ll find a detailed MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC review below where you’ll learn why we recommend this board to even the pickiest gamers. You can play all of the latest games and use a virtual reality headset.

Advantages of MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC

Mystic Light and Mystic Light Sync – Personalize your PC with up to 16.8 Million colours.

M.2 Shield – The world’s fastest SSDs can start to drop in performance in the heat. M.2 generation offers extra protection while maintaining maximum performance

Audio Boost 4 with Nahimic 3 – High quality isolated audio with HIFI processor

Extended Heatsink – With more cores, power and thermal design are more important to ensure the temperature stays low.

Core Boost – optimized power and trace design to support more cores and get better performance

MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Motherboard Review

If something distinguishes the MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC motherboard, is that it has a Wi-Fi AC card for 2 × 2 connections of up to 1.73 Gbps and Bluetooth 5. This is one of the best boards MSI has for the B450 chipset. Its design is entirely in matt black with heatsinks in the chipset, VRM phases, and Wi-Fi card area and one of the M.2 slots. It is even compatible with AMD Ryzen 9 3900X, being one of the few that supports it.

In addition to Wi-Fi connectivity, we also have exciting features like two PCI-Express slots with Steel Armor technology with support for Crossfire, and three other PCIe x1 slots for extra connectivity. For storage, we have two M.2 PCIe x4 slots and 6 SATA 6 Gbps ports. All of this will be adequately powered with no less than 10 + 2 power phases and an 8 + 4-pin connector. It is the best performance plate.

Cooling

As it could not be otherwise, the connectivity in terms of ventilation and cooling is the best, with up to 6 connectors for PWM fans, double connector for the pump, and manageable both by software and by UEFI BIOS. 

Audio

MSI has chosen to equip the B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC motherboard with Audio Boost technology, allowing you to enjoy an immersive and realistic sound experience. Thanks to a careful choice of components and a design with an isolated audio circuit, you can be sure of receiving a pure and crystal-clear signal. The sound chip has opted for a Realtek ALC1220 chip along with another Audio Boost 4 manufactured by the Sony Direct Stream Digital brand, with a built-in DAC and dedicated headphone amplifier.

An Easily Configurable BIOS

On the MSI Gaming Pro Carbon AC, the manufacturer has integrated a BIOScontaining all the options and tools necessary for the most demanding gamer’s needs. Its many features help you set up your system and enjoy performance and stability while playing.

When you need to get back to your game, EZ Mode lets you quickly change basic BIOS settings and functions on your B450. Gaming Pro Carbon AC If you want to make more advanced settings to boost your PC’s performance, Advanced Mode can meet your needs.

Boost Your RAM Modules

With standard design memories, signals are often disturbed by electromagnetic waves from other components, making the system slower and unstable. With DDR4 Boost technology, MSI offers an entirely isolated memory circuit that will ensure the signal remains solid for optimal performance and excellent stability for more great games.

Built For VR

Coupled with a powerful processor and a fast graphics card, you can consider professional VR or gaming use with this MSI motherboard. The One-Click-To-VR feature allows you to push the performance of all your components with just one click. The software also ensures that your virtual experience is not impacted by other software in use.

Technical Specifications MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Motherboard

Manufacturer and name

MSI, B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC

Motherboard Format

ATX

Socket

AM4 Socket (for Summit Ridge, Raven Ridge, and Pinnacle Ridge)

Power Connections

  • 1x 24-pin ATX
  • 1x 8-pin EPS12V
  • 1x 4-pin + 12V

Phases/coils

 11 pieces (10x CPU, 1x RAM)

CPU Features

Chipset

AMD B450 chipset

Memory banks and type

4x DDR4 (dual-channel), up to an effective 3,466 MHz

Memory expansion

Max. 64 GB (with 16 GB UDIMMs)

SLI / CrossFire

 2-way CrossFireX

Onboard main features

PCI Express

  • 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16) via CPU
  • 1x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4) via AMD B450
  • 3x PCIe 2.0 x1 via AMD B450

SATA (e), SAS and

  • M.2 / U.2 interfaces
  • 4x SATA 6GBit / s via AMD B450
  • 2x SATA 6GBit / s via CPU / APU
  • 1x M.2 M-Key with PCIe 3.0 x4 via CPU
  • 1x M.2 M-Key with PCIe 2.0 x4 via AMD B450 (shared)

 USB

  •  2x USB 3.1 Gen2 (2x on the I / O panel) via AMD X470
  • 4x USB 3.1 Gen1 (2x on the I / O panel, 2x via header) 2x via CPU, 2x via AMD B450
  • 6x USB 2.0 (2x on I / O -Panel, 4x via header) via AMD B450

Graphic Interfaces

1x HDMI 1.4 (HDMI 2.0 with Ryzen 2000)

1x DisplayPort 1.2

WLAN / Bluetooth

WLAN 802.11a / b / g / n / ac via Intel Wireless-AC 9260, dual-band,

up to 1.73 GBit /s, Bluetooth 4.2

LAN

1x Intel I211-AT Gigabit-LAN

Audio codec and connectors

8-channel Realtek ALC1220 codec

5x 3.5 mm audio jacks

1x TOSLink

LED lighting

RGB LEDs

  • 2x RGB headers
  • 1x addressable.RGB header
  • 1x Corsair header

FAN And AIO Headers

  •  1x 4-pin CPU FAN header
  • 1x 4-pin WPump FAN header
  • 4x 4-pin chassis FAN header

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FAQs

Is MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Good?

Ans: Yes, this is indeed a pretty good motherboard; in fact, one of the best in the performance gaming series.

Does The MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Have Bluetooth?

Ans: Yes, it has Bluetooth 4.2 feature.

How Do I Update My BIOS MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC?

Ans: It’s quite easy, and with few steps, you can easily update the BIOS.

Step 1: Supply the power to CPU

Step 2: Store the MSI.ROM file in a USB flash drive and plug it in

Step 3: Now you need to press the Flashback+ button and the LED

Step 4: You’ll see the LED automatically be off once the BIOS flashing process gets ended.

You can watch the video to do it without any difficulty:  

Gigabyte X570 I AORUS Pro WiFi Review & Specifications – 2020

Gigabyte X570 I AORUS Pro WiFi ReviewAssembling a small and powerful PC has its advantages. This time we present you a new Gigabyte motherboard belonging to its AORUS line in mini ITX format integrating high-quality components and a variety of features. We tell you about our experience in this X570 I Aorus Pro WiFi review.

Indeed, it is the X570 I AORUS Pro WiFi motherboard model under the latest AMD X570 chipset, which still makes it even more attractive since it is a state-of-the-art platform, in an ultra-compact format. In this case, Gigabyte does not save on anything.

It implements all its weapons from the AORUS line in a small area. It is necessary to acknowledge its engineers since they have undoubtedly perspired enough to finish their task.

As expected, its accessories present what is required and necessary, although the inclusion of a robust 2.4/5 GHz Dual-Band WiFi and Bluetooth magnetic antenna stands out. In addition to the user manual, we have an AORUS logo, a heating pad, an RGB strip adapter, and two SATA cables.

X570 I AORUS Pro WiFi Motherboard Review

What do they say? It measures only 30.5 x 24.4 cm, and the components have been carefully distributed in such a way that there is no interference between them. Note the location of the 16x PCIe video slot, memory slots, and all other ports.

Processor

What type of processors does it support? Since it belongs to the AM4 socket, it supports both the third and second-generation AMD Ryzen models, as well as the first and second-generation AMD Ryzen with Radeon Vega. Let’s consider what type of CPU cooling solution we are going to use. In these cases, it should not be too high to fit in mini ITX cabinets.

Powerful

It has enough power. It has 6 +2 power phases with an extra 8-pin power connector next to the main 24-pin. Its dissipation is quite effective. DDR4 dual-channel memories support a speed of up to 4400 Mhz through overclocking and a maximum capacity of 64 GB, which we think is sufficient.

The grooves are reinforced. On the other hand, in storage, it contains four SATA III ports (compatible with RAID 0.1 and 10) and two M.2, which makes it very attractive, We have not seen another one with this feature. The M2A_socket is located near the AMD X570 chipset.

Fans

We only have two heads for fans. If we want to install more, a hub will be necessary. A multi-layer thermal solution with a 1.5mm thickness and 5W/mK high conductivity pads has been implemented to improve the issue of heat generation in the X570 chipset and the M2A_socket. The small fan works in 3 different modes: silent, balanced and performance, which can be configured through the corresponding software (Gigabyte guarantees 60.00 hours of useful life).

Rear Panel

With a very solid structure, its rear panel is quite complete integrating two SMA antenna connectors (2T2R), one USB Type-C port, another red USB 3.2 Type-A, four USB 3.2 Gen 1, one gigabit LAN port, two HDMI video outputs and a Display Port, and finally 3 audio jacks. The tiny Q-Flash Plus button to update the Bios is highlighted.

On the back, in addition to the prominent metal reinforcement for the AM4 socket, there is a second M.2 connector of the 2260/2280 SATA type and PCIe 4.0 x4 / x2 SSD support on one side. Mighty the kid.

Pros
  • Robust, high-quality component design.

  • Support WiFi / Bluetooth

  • Supports two M.2 connectors

  • PCIe and steel-reinforced memory slots.

  • Full rear panel

Cons
  • Only two fan heads

Technical Specifications of X570 I AORUS Pro WiFi Motherboard

Manufacturer And Product Name

Gigabyte

X570 I AORUS Pro WiFi

Mainboard Format

Mini-ITX

CPU Socket

PGA AM4 (for Raven Ridge, Pinnacle Ridge, and Matisse)

Power Connections

  • 1x 24-pin ATX
  • 1x 8-pin EPS12V

Phases/Coils

9 pieces (8x CPU, 1x RAM)

Chipset, Cooling

AMD X570 chipset, semi-passive with three profiles

Memory Banks And Type

2x DDR4 (dual-channel), max. 4,400 MHz with Ryzen 3000 series, max. 3,600 MHz with Ryzen 2000 series

Memory Expansion

Max. 64 GB (with 32 GB UDIMMs), ECC support

Onboard Features

  • PCI Express
  • 1x PCIe 4.0 / 3.0 x16 (x16) via CPU (PCIe 4.0 only with Ryzen 3000)

SATA (e), SAS and M.2 / U.2 Interfaces

  • 4x SATA 6GBit / s via AMD X570
  • 1x M.2 M-Key with PCIe 4.0 / 3.0 x4 via CPU
  • 1x M.2 M-Key with PCIe 4.0 x4 via AMD X570

USB

CPU: 4x USB 3.2 Gen1 (4x external)

Chipset: 2x USB 3.2 Gen2 (2x external), 2x USB 3.2 Gen1 (2x internal), 2x USB 2.0 (2x internal)

Graphic Interfaces

  • 2x HDMI
  • 1x DisplayPort

WLAN / Bluetooth

WLAN 802.11a / b / g / n / ac / ax via Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200, dual-band, up to 2.4 GBit / s, Bluetooth 5.0

LAN

1x Intel I211-AT Gigabit-LAN

Audio Codec And Connectors

  • 8-channel Realtek ALC1220 codec
  • 3x 3.5 mm audio jacks

LED Lighting

  • RGB LEDs
  • 1x RGB header
  • 1x address. RGB header

Onboard comfort

Clear CMOS button

Manufacturer Guarantee

3 years (only through dealers)

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Conclusion

Do you want to build a very small PC Gamer, without sacrificing performance and many features? No problem, the X570 I AORUS Pro WiFi motherboard makes a very good impression (and it’s not just at first glance). Despite its small dimensions, it gives the user the possibility of building a super competitive PC aimed at both enjoying the latest generation games and working with demanding programs. Even if you do not want to install an external video card, you can find a good processor with Radeon integrated since it offers various video outputs.

Its design is efficient and optimized to include as many connectors as possible. Unfortunately, it would have been better to have more fan connectors. However, it offers two M.2 ports, support for high memory frequencies, a complete and stable Bios, and a robust structure to hold better coolers than the AMD reference. It also has that special touch of RGB that adds if you want to display it in the cabinet’s acrylic window.

If you think about ITX format with the latest Ryzen processors from AMD, this model is a very good option. You can get it on Amazon.

Step By Step Method To install All The Components On Your Motherboard

Motherboard Components Installation GuideMany people find it quite difficult to install all the components on their motherboard. It must be said that this is quite common, especially when we decide to assemble the equipment piece by piece ourselves.

But there is nothing to worry. In reality, it is like putting together a puzzle little by little where you have to pay close attention to detail to get the work doneAnd you? Have you got all the components in and now you don’t know how to put them together? If so, we will tell you all the steps so that you do not get lost. So go grab a pen and paper because this information is very much important:

Open The Computer Case Cabinet

First of all, we have to prepare the case of our PC well to be able to directly install the motherboard without being distracted by anything around us. Now, to do this, the front panel of the box (also called the cabinet) must be removed.

In most cases, it is removed by pressing lightly to the side or simply removing a pair of screws. So having a screwdriver in hand isn’t a bad idea, either. Likewise, we recommend you to do all this process in a semi-elevated position (such as the bed or the desk) so as not to have to suffer subsequent back pain.

Remove The Back Panel Protector

All motherboards have a small panel protector on the back, which is where the video and USB connections are made later. It is very important to remove it from the beginning, as if we do it while installing the board, then it will be challenging to connect the other components. 

We can damage them with a simple touch. When removing this panel, you just have to apply slight pressure inwards, until the metal part gives a little of itself and we can, in this way, remove it completely. 

Install The Main Components

It’s time to get serious now. Before fixing the motherboard in the box, we will first install the rest of the components such as the CPU, RAM or heatsink. First, we take our processor and install it with great care inside the socket itself. It is crucial not to apply any force or pressure. Otherwise, the metal endings that come with it can be damaged.

For memory slots, they must be installed in the slots that exist for it and always in even modules. For its part, the PC fan should go on top of the socketOn all occasions, you will have to put a little thermal paste (with a single drop is more than enough) so that the fan is correctly fixed. Needless to say, each of these components must be fully compatible with our motherboard model. 

Locate And Attach The Motherboard Standoffs

Inside the box of the motherboard, you will find a series of screws-separators that must be directly fixed to this component to prevent the electrical current from changing the course of the operations of the other devices.

Once we are done with it, next, we must pay close attention to the different holes that exist. To do this, we can align the motherboard to check which separators we can use directly. When we have done it, it only remains to screw them properly to our motherboard and PC case.

Start With The Connections

The power supply is usually one of the most cumbersome components to connect to the motherboard. First of all, it must be fixed correctly to the side of the box using all the corresponding screws. We must also ensure that we do it well to have better cooling.

Next, we have to connect all the wiring directly to the pins on the motherboard. We have to make sure that both the 20/24 pin connector and the 4/8 pin connector are correctly inserted. If in doubt, we can always go back to the manufacturer’s instructions.

After this, we must connect the cables of the front panel, which is the one that in short, allows us to turn on our PC through a switch. This part can be a bit complicated if it is the first time that we install a motherboard, as many small cables must be connected directly to the motherboard. You can also watch tutorials on YouTube if you are looking for a more graphical explanation.

USB Connectors And The CPU Fan

Next, we must connect the cables corresponding to the USB 2.0 and 3.0 connections. This is extremely simple as on most of the motherboards, it is correctly marked with a sticker.

And for the fanyou just have to connect it to its corresponding pin. In some models, we have different options to connect it in such a way that the cable does not interfere with the others. One way or anothermost of them are located next to the CPU socket.

Connect The Storage Units

Now that we have the main components installed on our motherboard, we will continue to install the storage units, such as HDDs and SSDs if we have opted for conventional models. It depends a bit on the type of box we have as well, but in most cases, they come with different removable trays where we can keep our hard drive.

Once this step is completed, all that remains is to connect the SATA cables, which are responsible for transmitting the data directly to the motherboard.

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The Graphics Card

Now we come to one of the most important components, and we are referring to the graphics card. When you have chosen the one that best suits your needs, and you finally have it in your hands, there are several aspects to consider. First of all, you just have to connect it to the corresponding PCI slot that is available on the motherboard. However, we must pay close attention to the graphics model that we have, as the size of it can create a problem in the installation of the other components.

For you to understand, connecting a GTX 1030 to an RTX 2080 is not the same. And for this reason, we want to tell you that you should choose one that perfectly fits the size of the computer case and your motherboard. 

Finally, we are left with connecting the cable to the power supply only if we have a reasonably powerful model that requires extra electrical power.

Cables Must Be Properly Organized

Have you already properly connected all the components to the motherboard? If so, surely you have noticed that you have a mess of cables more than considerable that “swarm” around your entire motherboard.

For this, you can put them on the side, or you also have the option of using plastic fastening bandsIn one way or another, you have to make sure that all of them are intact, properly fastened and in place.

Turn On The Computer And Install The Operating System

Now that we have all the cables and components installed on our motherboard, and let’s proceed to close the box so that it does not collect too much dust. After this, we just have to press the ” power ” button.

Do you see that it turns on and the BIOS info appears directly on your screen? Job done! Otherwise, do not worry since it is quite common that the PC does not turn on right away. To solve it, you can do the following before asking for an expert’s help:

  • Make sure the power cables are properly plugged in. Many times, in a rush we do not connect them well to the plug or the back of the box.
  • Take a good look at all the connections. Repeat the process for all cable connections and connections to the board. Some may have been kept loose. Always pay close attention to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • The motherboard must have all its standoffs attached. Otherwise, a simple electric current can make it work incorrectly. So be very careful about this.
  • Try only with a VGA cableDoes your PC turn on but the image is not transmitted to the screen? This may be because the graphics drivers are not yet installed. Try removing it and then use a simple VGA cable.

After doing all this and getting your PC to work properly, all that remains is to install an operating system, such as Windows 10 or Linux (which is completely free). 

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Search And Install All Drivers

After all this, it only remains to properly install all the drivers, especially the motherboard and graphics card. Without them, it will be impossible to enjoy the sound or the image that appears on the screen.

In most cases, these two components come with their corresponding installation CD. If not, we can also download them directly from the internet, going to the official manufacturer’s website. And that’s it! If everything went well, you could already say that you have done it yourself. Give a pat on your back. 

 

ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming Review & Specifications – 2020

ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming ReviewReady to accommodate AMD Ryzen processors, the ASUS STRIX B450-F GAMING motherboard is ideal for designing a high-performance latest-generation PC capable of doing everything: Multimedia, office automation, and even video games.

Thanks to the AMD Ryzen processors on AMD AM4 socket, support for DDR4 RAM, PCI-Express 3.0 graphics cards, SATA 6Gb/s, and M.2 (SATA and PCI-E) drives, the ASUS B450-F GAMING motherboard is at the forefront of technology.

The Advantages Of The ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming Motherboard

The STRIX B450-F GAMING motherboard is equipped with 6 SATA revision 3.0 ports, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2 (type A) ports, and 4 USB 3.1 Gen1 ports. It also has 2 video outputs (DisplayPort, HDMI) used by AMD Ryzen processors equipped with an AMD R series graphics chip (supporting DirectX 12). But if you prefer to opt for the power of dedicated graphics cards, the STRIX B450-F GAMING also has 3 PCI-Express 16x ports and supports Crossfire technology. 

ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming Motherboard Review

VR Ready

The ROG Strix B450-F Gaming motherboard from ASUS has the ASUS ROG Beyond VR Ready. This ensures that the motherboard has been tested with many quality components in order to provide the best possible performance in terms of productivity, games, and entertainment. ASUS Beyond VR Ready paves the way for a new way to configure and assemble the PC of your dreams with complete confidence in component compatibility and for a successful VR experience.

 Performance And Style

Customize your LEDs’ effects to light up your system with a thousand colours, change the colour according to the temperature of the processor, or display a pulse that beats in rhythm with your favourite tracks. Thanks to customizable light accents with Aura, Strix motherboards can display millions of colours and twelve different effects to play while showing your style (static, pulsating, stroboscopic, rainbow, colour cycles.

Audio Quality – A Step Ahead

Sonic Radar III has been revised to improve the audio engine to process sounds more precisely than ever before, ensuring you are always aware of your surroundings. And for more efficiency, an arrow indicates on your screen about the position of your enemy as soon as it is heard approaching. Detect the source of key sounds in the game and make the opponent your prey. In addition, the new audio boost feature offers filters to hear the slightest sound, and the hunted becomes a hunter.

You Can Customize Your PC

Whether it’s overclocking, cooling, setting network priorities, or customizing audio characteristics, ROG Strix B450-F Gaming is equipped with the options for firmware and software utilities to help you create a system that performs. Tailor-made it is, whatever the type of gaming environment.

AI Suite 3

With exclusive AI Suite 3, you can boost performance and enjoy spectacular gaming moments. It has a dashboard-style control panel which helps you optimize each & every aspect of your ROG-Strix B450-F gaming board. You can easily get the perfect balance between the performance, excellent cooling, great stability, and efficiency through an intuitive interface.

Technical Specifications of ROG Strix B450-F Gaming

Socket: AM4

Chipset: B450

Format: ATX

Memory

  • Number of bars: 4
  • Maximum capacity per strip: 16GB
  • Type: DDR4
  • Clock Speed: 2133, 2400, 2666, 2800, 3000, 3200MHz

PCI-E

  • 16x Gen3: 3
  • 1x Gen3: 3
  • Multi-card support: CrossFire

Storage

  • M.2 PCIe: 1 x 2280
  • M.2 PCIe & SATA: 1 x 22110
  • SATA: 6
  • Additional Functions: Raid 0, 1, 10

Audio: Realtek S1220A

Network: Intel I211-AT

Graphical Connection: 1x HDMI, 1x Display Port

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FAQs

Is The ASUS ROG Strix Good?

Ans: The Strix model always comes with a high performance along with the stunning design.

Does ASUS ROG Strix B450 Have WIFI?

Ans: No, it does not have a wireless WIFI feature.

Can You Overclock On B450 F?

Ans: Yes, you can (with the updated BIOS), but you have to get familiar first with the overclocking procedure that ASUS suggests in their BIOS setup.

Does B450 F Have Bluetooth?

Ans: No, it does not come with Bluetooth feature.

MSI B450 GAMING PLUS MAX Review & Specifications – 2020

MSI B450 GAMING PLUS MAX ReviewThe MSI B450 GAMING PLUS MAX motherboard is ideal to satisfy your thirst for victory. Designed for Gamers, it allows us to design a high-performance Gaming PC. Compatible with AMD Ryzen processors on AMD AM4 socket (Pinnacle Ridge, Raven Ridge & Summit Ridge) supports DDR4 RAM, PCI-Express 3.0 graphics cards or SATA 6Gb / s and M.2 disks (SATA and PCIe).

Thanks to the MSI B450 Gaming Plus Max, you no longer need to worry about compatibility issues or BIOS updates. They are directly compatible with all generations of Ryzen processors, including the Ryzen 3000 series. Another notable feature is the increase in DDR4 frequency up to 4133 MHz via A-XMP. Read the detailed MSI B450 Gaming Plus Max motherboard review below.

   Benefits Of The MSI B450 Gaming Plus Max Motherboard

  • Socket: AMD AM4 
  • AMD Processor (Ryzen): Pinnacle Ridge, Raven Ridge & Summit Ridge
  • 4 DDR4 4133 MHz (OC) Dual-Channel memory slots (total capacity: 64 GB)
  • Ports: 6 SATA 6Gbit/s ports + 1x M.2 PCIe 3.0 4x NVMe / SATA 6Gbit/s (2242/2260/2280/22110)
  • 1 PCI-Express 3.0 16x port + 1 PCI-Express 2.0 16x (4x) port compatible with AMD CrossFireX multi-GPUs
  • Audio Boost for realistic and immersive audio quality
  • 2 RGB LED connectors
  • Compatible with Mystic Light technology
  • ATX format

 MSI B450 Gaming Plus Max Motherboard Review

This board combines power, stability, versatility, and silence for a gaming-oriented configuration. Benefit from all the latest technological innovations and the flawless and renowned quality of MSI.

Boost Performance With Turbo M.2

Boost your SSD performance with Turbo M.2. Get a faster system startup with an M.2 Turbo storage solution based on PCIe Gen3 generation. The latter can deliver transfer rates of up to 32 Gb/s, which is up to 5 times faster than a traditional SATA 3.0 connection. The B450 GAMING PLUS MAX motherboard has 2 M.2 ports compatible with ultra-fast NVMe SSDs interfaced with PCI-Express. 

Audio Boost (Nahimic 3)

Take advantage of the prestigious audio solution for gamers associated with exclusive Nahimic 3 technology. You will finally be able to rely on the proprietary Nahimic 3 technology to obtain the most incredible surround sound. The Nahimic software also gives you the possibility of improving the sound reproduction of games and your microphone to facilitate communication with your allies (or to troll your enemies).

Cooling System

Advanced features and high heat dissipation capabilities are at the heart of the design of this motherboard. During your game, it is essential to have an excellent cooling system. To meet this need, MSI has equipped its motherboards with connectors for fans and designed an interface giving full control over their operation.

Impossible to suffer from overheating. Gain the edge over your opponents with several exclusive MSI Gaming features. Intelligent hardware and software tools are available to improve your game and complete all your missions. 

Customize Your PC With Mystic Light

Instantly customize the look of your PC with Mystic Light. You can choose from a color palette and multiple light effects and change the colors in just 1 second. With a palette of 16.8 million color tones and 10 available light effects, you can transform your motherboard as per your wish.

The Mystic Light feature has the Mystic Light Extension option to control the backlighting of LED strips and connected devices without the need for additional remote control. Just connect a 12V RGB LED strip to the Extension (Mystic Light) 4-pin RGB header, you can easily customize your machine’s look.

Game Boost, Overclock In A second

Need more performance for the processor or memory? Game Boost lets you overclock in just one second whenever you want. All you need to do is press the dedicated button or use the Gaming App to boost your PC.

Lightning-Fast USB Data Transfers

Transfer your files faster. MSI offers a wide variety of possibilities for connecting your peripherals and taking advantage of ultra-fast data transfer rates of up to 10 Gb/s.

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MSI Creator TRX40 Motherboard Review & Specifications – 2020

MSI CREATOR TRX40 Motherboard ReviewMSI, the world’s largest player in the motherboard market, announces the arrival of its new high-end motherboards with the TRX40 chipset, compatible with the latest generation of AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors.

This new generation adopts a 7nm architecture, supporting the latest PCIe 4.0 technologies to offer premium performance in data transferring and memory frequency. As the motherboards with the X399 chipset are no longer compatible with this new generation, MSI is renewing its range by offering 3 new references to cover all uses: the CREATOR TRX40 TRX40 PRO 10G and the TRX40 PRO WIFI.

The high-end MSI CREATOR TRX40 motherboard is designed for high-performance gaming enthusiasts. It supports high-powered AMD Ryzen Threadripper, 3000 multi-core processors, on AMD sTRx4 socket, DDR4 Quad-channel RAM, M.2, and SATA 6 Gbps drives and PCI-Express 4.0 graphics cards for exceptional performance. These incredible features will allow you to assemble a super-powerful, future-ready machine for video games, Virtual Reality, ultra-intensive multitasking, digital publishing, or music and video editing. Read the MSI CREATOR TRX40 motherboard review below.

MSI Creator TRX40 Review

In order to ideally meet the demand for cutting edge equipment dedicated to multimedia content creation, MSI presents its CREATOR TRX40. On the design side, it stands out with its “Crystal” effect embodied by the presence of LEDs and mirrors on the main VRM heatsink. On the hardware side, the board is equipped with the best components developed by MSI to achieve high performance while maintaining foolproof stability.

A Complete Cooling Solution (M.2 Shield Frozr)

Cooling has been put at the centre of the board design to allow the CREATOR TRX40 to get the most out of AMD’s high-end processors. The CREATOR TRX40 is thus designed from a solid aluminium base, on which are fixed larger heatsinks allowing better cooling of the processor and an extended heat pipe to improve the airflow and optimize the heat dissipation.

The chipset’s cooling is entrusted to a heatsink equipped with a Frozr fan with double row ball bearings, including Propeller Blade technology, to generate a greater airflow and guarantee stable performance. Finally, the 3 M.2 slots are protected from heating by the M.2 Shield Frozr system to prevent M.2 devices’ throttling.

Lighting GEN 4 Solution

With the help of the latest PCIe 4.0 technology, the Lightning Gen 4 solution enables the fastest PCI-E data transfer on the market, reaching up to 64 Gb/s. PCIe 4.0 technology also ensures backward compatibility with older generations of PCIe-equipped hardware. And, to support heavier graphics cards, the PCIe ports are equipped with Steel Armor supporting more weight and preventing electromagnetic interference. The CREATOR TRX40’s 3 M.2 slots are also Lightning Gen 4 compatible with providing the fastest data storage solution (64Gb/s).

Digital Power System With Core Boost Technology

To be able to power the new AMD processors accurately, the design of the VRMs has been revised upwards. Sixteen 70A digital power supply phases thus guarantee stable and precise current to the processor and high load capacity. The dual 8-pin power connector also provides security and stability, preventing improper shutdown and other similar issues. On the other hand, MSI’s Core Boost technology combines a printed circuit board and a power supply working together to ensure the processor is powered faster, without any distortion and with extreme precision.

Latest Network Solution

The hardcore gamers are very much finicky of their network devices. The CREATOR TRX40 thus offers Dual LAN, i.e., 2 LAN ports, one of which is equipped with the 10G Super LAN card. This provides up to 10 Gb/s of bandwidth and reduced latency, combining with other devices supporting 10G and gaining transfer speed on large files such as 4K videos or multi-gigabyte image files.

For Ethernet and Intranet connections, the DUAL LAN is the best solution to maximize productivity by reducing transfer time. The latest 6 AX Wi-Fi solution supports up to 3 times the bandwidth and 4x the network capacity with 2-way MU-MIMO technology for better efficiency.

USB Ports

Explicitly designed for multimedia creators, the CREATOR TRX40 mobo is equipped with a total of 19 USB ports, so users don’t run out of slots for all of their external devices. Among these ports, the board notably offers a USB 3.2 Gen 2 × 2 port. The transfer speed through this port is 4 times faster than traditional USB 3.2 Gen1 solution. This is a significant improvement for multimedia creators who often need to transfer large files quickly.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000

A powerful processor is a godsend for regular gamers and users looking for performance and efficiency. AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3 processors are designed to meet these requirements. They are ultra-powerful, have a large number of cores and a very high cache. And to satisfy even the slightest demand, AMD Turbo Core technology will push the core frequency to maximum when you need it most.

As you can see, AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000 is an ultra-powerful new generation processor designed to do EVERYTHING.

Technical Specifications Of The MSI Creator TRX40 Motherboard

  • AMD sTRx4 socket for 3rd generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor (3000 series)
  • 8 DDR4 4666 MHz (OC) memory slots
  • 3 M.2 PCIe 4.0 x4 / SATA III
  • 4 PCI-Express 4.0 16x (16x / 16x / 8x / 8x) ports compatible multi-GPU NVIDIA SLI AMD CrossFireX (up to 3 graphics cards)
  • USB-C 3.2 2×2 20 Gbit/s port
  • Wireless Wi-Fi 6 AX and Bluetooth 5.0
  • 1 Aquantia AQC107 10 Gigabit Ethernet port + 1 Gigabit Ethernet port
  • High quality audio Realtek ALC4050H codec + Realtek ALC1220 codec

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ASUS ROG Strix Z390 E Gaming Review & Specifications – 2020

ASUS ROG STRIX Z390-E GAMING Motherboard ReviewThe ASUS ROG STRIX Z390-E GAMING motherboard is equipped with 6 SATA revision 3.0 ports, 4 USB 3.1 Gen2 ports (1 type C + 3 type A), and 2 USB 3.1 Gen1 ports. It also has 2 video outputs (DisplayPort, HDMI).

But if you prefer to opt for the power of dedicated graphics cards the STRIX Z390-E GAMING also has 3 PCI-Express 16x ports and supports SLI and Crossfire technologies.

Go Faster with PRO Clock technology

A frequency generator ( BCLK ) designed for 8th generation Intel processors allows the base frequency to be pushed beyond 425 MHz. This bespoke solution works in conjunction with the ASUS TurboV Processing Unit (TPU) to improve voltage and provide better frequency control when overclocking. You can then push your performance to new extremes.

The advantages of the ASUS Pro Clock:

  • Reduced start-up time
  • Less jitter during extreme overclocking
  • Better stability during extreme overclocking

Sonic Radar III: See What Your Ears Hear

Knowing how to detect your opponent before he spots you is the key to victory, which is why a 5.1 headset can be crucial to hear those who want to shoot you in the back or quickly locate where the combat takes place to support your teammates.

Sonic Radar is still evolving to process sounds more precisely than ever before, ensuring you are always up to date with what’s going on around you. Sonic Radar III always offers a graphic overlay that shows you on the screen where the sounds you hear are coming from. It’s up to you to draw the right reasoning to launch the assault at the right time and from the safest place or to operate a strategic withdrawal. Plus, the new audio enhancement feature provides filters that let you hear even the faintest sounds, so you are now the hunter, and no longer the prey!

Show Off Your Style In Colour

Customize the effects of your LEDs with Aura, an intuitive control software. Your system will emit a multicoloured glow with the powerful RGB LEDs built into the ASUS ROG STRIX Z390-E GAMING, the RGB strips you can plug into the 4-pin connector, or both, in perfect sync. Launch Aura to discover the 9 light patterns and let your creativity speak. You can even synchronize your lighting with the many Aura compatible equipment, and combine your lighting effects with the coloured stickers provided.

Technical Specifications of ASUS ROG Strix Z390 E Gaming Motherboard

  • Support for 9th Generation Intel Core processors on socket 1151
  • Supports DDR4 RAM up to 4133 MHz (OC)
  • 3 PCI-Express 3.0 16x (16x / 8x / 4x) ports with AMD CrossFireX (up to 3 cards) and NVIDIA SLI (up to 2 cards) multi-GPU support
  • Realtek ROG SupremeFX S1220A Audio Codec 7.1 CH HD Audio
  • 6 SATA 6 Gbps ports + 1 M.2 port (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA 6 Gbps) + 1 M.2 port (PCIe Gen3 x4)
  • Network Gigabit LAN + WiFi AC
  • ROGGameFirst Technology and ROG CPU-Z
  • 5-Way Optimization for 1-click system optimization
  • ASUS OptiMem II to improve memory performance
  • Fan Xpert 4 management software and intuitive UEFI BIOS
  • ASUS Aura Sync LED lighting compatible

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FAQs

Does ASUS ROG Strix Z390 E Gaming Have WIFI?

Ans: Yes, it comes with WiFi (Intel 802.11 AC) with speed up to 1.73GBps.

What Is ROG Strix?

Ans: Strix is a special brand from ASUS that is targeted towards premium and hardcore gamers.

Gigabyte Aorus Z390 Pro Review & Specifications – 2020

Gigabyte Aorus Z390 Pro ReviewUnder the AORUS gamer line, Gigabyte launches an exciting model that provides all the necessary components and features that utilize the maximum power of Intel Core processors, memories, storage devices, and much more. Undoubtedly, it is a board that provides enough bases to build a competitive and durable PC. 

This board supports the 8th and 9th generation of Intel Core processors for LGA 1151 socket, and the attractive design catches the eye of the enthusiastic gamers. Read the Gigabyte Aorus Z390 Pro motherboard review below to know more in detail.

Gigabyte Aorus Z390 Pro Motherboard Review

It comes with a wide variety of accessories. We have a user manual, installation guide, CD with software/drivers, I/O board, two M.2 standoffs and screws, four SATA cables, Digital LED strip adapter cables, and another RGB LED. Also included is a G connector (for easy installation), two thermistor cables, and finally an Aorus badge to show off. 

Robust Design

The motherboard features the 30.5 x 24.4 cm ATX format along with a robust design using high-quality components very well distributed across the length and breadth of the reinforced PCB. 

Processor & Performance

DrMOS and Digital Pulse width modulation controller (PWM) are both included in its CPU (12 + 1 phase). Two 8 + 4 pin PCIe connectors are added to deliver precise power so that the Intel processor can deploy its full performance capabilities. Gigabyte mentions that we can even drive all the processor cores at 5GHz speed (depending on the CPU model). 

Socket

The LGA 1151 socket supports the 9th and 8th generation Core i9 / i7 / i5 / i3 / and Pentium / Celeron processors. 

Thermal Design

Its thermal design that combines two heat sinks with a heat pipe stands out, thus maintaining optimal operating temperatures in the MOSFETs area. Therefore, a high performance that enthusiasts will know how to take advantage of. 

Memory

Regarding the memories, it contains four DDR4 Dual-channel slots reinforced with stainless steel to prevent distortion or twisting of the PCB, and ESD interference. It supports up to a speed of 4266 Mhz (through overclock) and a maximum capacity of 64GB. 

Chipset

TheIntel Z390 chipset handles the M.2 connectors (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 SATA and PCIe x4 / x2 SSD support) and the M.2 (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280 SATA and PCIe x4 / x2 SSD support), compatible with Intel Optane Memory. 

Slots

The motherboard comes with three 16x PCIe 3.0 slots (the first two reinforced in steel), which depending on the number of installed cards work as follows (Nvidia SLI and AMD Crossfire):

With two graphics cards: 8x – 8x – 0x

With three graphics cards: 8x – 4x – 4x

Audio

In audio, it contains the Realtek ALC1220-VB chipset of up to 7.1 channels. It has the Smart Headphone Amp technology that automatically detects the impedance of the headphones, which avoids the inconvenience of distortion or volume control. On the other hand, the microphone has SNR up to 110/114dB (A).

The audio solution is totally isolated from the rest of the PCB components (you can see a dividing led line) where it integrates WIMA FKP2 Hi-Fi grade drivers. Undoubtedly, both gamers and demanding users will be satisfied with this type of implementation.

Ports

Finally, we take a look at the rear panel, which is fully protected. It provides an HDMI video output, four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A (red ones), three USB 3.1 Gen 1, and one USB Type-C (compatible with USB 3.1 Gen 2). In addition, a Gigabit network port and five audio jacks + an optical S / PDIF output are integrated. This particular model lacks a Wi-Fi solution. 

RGB Fusion

You can give a color life to the motherboard by selecting different lighting modes and effects. The application is very easy to use. The AORUS motherboard has LEDs distributed in different sectors highlighting their respective logos. It is striking how the rear panel is illuminated, and it really is luxurious. Both gamers and fans of RGB will be satisfied, and you can easily show off your PC in the cabinet.

Software

Gigabyte offers the user a software package to make the PC experience as complete as possible. In the APP Center, all the applications that you want to install are grouped, such as RGB Fusion, Bios, Easy Tune, etc. 

Pros
  • Overclocking ability.

  • Component quality.

  • RGB distributed all over the board.

  • 16x PCIe slots and steel-reinforced memories.

  • Quality audio.

  • Dual UEFI Bios stable.

  • All M.2 connectors with passive dissipation.

Cons
  • In the Bios, it does not configure the RGB (for the moment). 

Technical Specifications of Gigabyte Aorus Z390 Pro Mobo

  • Support for 8th and 9th generation Intel Core processors on socket 1151
  • Aorus style with RGB Fusion, digital LEDs and Multizone Lighting compatibility, equipped with two RGB connectors
  • Supports DDR4 4266+ (OC) RAM
  • 3 PCI-Express 3.0 16x ports (16x / 8x / 4x)
  • 6 SATA 6 Gbps ports+2 M.2 ports (socket 3)
  • 3 USB 3.1 ports (2 Type-A, 1 Type-C)
  • Smart Fan 5 with temperature sensors

Conclusion

What can we say about this board, if we had to define it in one word it would be ‘balanced.’ Why? Because not only does it offer a great cost-performance ratio, but it also has a lot of quality features and really useful features that enhance any component that we are going to install.

It has several features, including its overclocking capacity that raises the performance of both the memories and the CPU to maximum levels without generating too much heat or losing power. The Gigabyte AORUS Z390 Pro undoubtedly has excellent features to be part of your PC. 

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Gigabyte X470 AORUS GAMING 5 WIFI Review & Specifications – 2020

Gigabyte X470 AORUS GAMING 5 WIFI ReviewGigabyte X470 AORUS Gaming motherboards offer many technologies including PCIe Gen3, USB Type-C, Premium Audio solutions and extreme performance. The AORUS series targets enthusiastic gamers who want to build a competitive PC with the latest technologies on the market.

And Gigabyte presents a motherboard full of features, in this case adding wireless connectivity support and the new chipset of AMD with Ryzen 2nd generation support.

Advantages of Gigabyte X470 Aorus Gaming 5 WiFi Motherboard

  • Cool Design
  • AMD StoreMI Technology
  • High-Performance Thermal Guard
  • High-end HD audio codec
  • Premium WIMA audio capacitors
  • Dynamic voltage USB Port and Dedicated Power Supply
  • WIFI Solution
  • Intel GbE LAN
  • Front USB Type-C connector

Gigabyte X470 AORUS GAMING 5 WIFI Motherboard Review

Design

Undoubtedly a fairly robust and attractive design wherever you look at it. The AORUS X470 motherboards offer a neat design to ensure durability, longevity, energy and thermal efficiency.

AMD StoreMI Technology

Gigabyte X470 motherboards maximize the potential of your PC with AMD StoreMI technology. StoreMI technology enhances the performance of storage devices and reduces the system startup time drastically, hence improved user experience. This utility combines the performance of SSDs with the storage capacity of HDDs in a single drive to optimize read/write speeds, transforming your PC into a high-performance system.

High-Performance Thermal Guard

This mobo comes in the ATX format of 30.5 x 24.4 cm and comes with (Thermal guard solution) passive heatsinks located both in the X470 chipset and in the MOSFET area (with a heat pipe in between). It is a platform with the necessary tools to perform efficiently in the event of overheating and excessive heat release. 

AM4 Socket & PWM Design

It contains the AM4 socket that supports the first and second-generation Ryzen processors as well as the seventh generation A-series / Athlon and Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics. It also has an 8 + 3 Phase Hybrid Digital PWM Design, for better and greater energy precision, achieving stability and high performance of the AMD architecture. With its 8+3 Phase Hybrid Digital PWM design, we can squeeze the performance out of second-generation Ryzen to the max.

Expansion Slots

Regarding its expansion slots, it contains a 16x (at 16x) PCIe, another 16x (at 8x) PCIe, both steel-reinforced, and a third 16x (at 4x) PCIe. It Supports multi-GPU 2-Way CrossFire and SLI technology, at the user’s preference. Finally, the AORUS platform incorporates two 1x PCIe (2.0 standard). 

High-end HD Audio Codec

ALC1220 is a high-performance multi-channel codec with a signal to noise ratio of 120dB SNR for audio renderings offering real and finest quality. The amplification for headphones, all gamers will benefit from a unique gaming experience.

Premium WIMA Audio Capacitors

AORUS motherboards combine WIMA FKP2 and Chemicon Hi-Fi audio capacitors. Chemicon capacitors are designed to handle the most high-end audio equipment to reproduce richness and finesse of high-frequency sound. As for WIMA FKP2 capacitors, they are used in most Premium Hi-Fi systems.

Dynamic Voltage USB Port And Dedicated Power Supply

AORUS boosts USB DAC-UP innovation with USB DAC-UP 2. USB DAC-UP 2 provides an isolated, low noise power system while dynamically compensating for voltage drops.

WIFI Solution

The Intel 11ac 2 × 2 WAVE2 wireless module on the motherboard supports WiFi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac, dual-band 2.4 / 5 GHz, Bluetooth 5, and the 11ac 160MHz wireless standard offer a bandwidth of up to 1.73 Gbps; an ideal technology for streaming and a gaming experience that is both stable and efficient.

Intel GbE LAN Application

Intel GbE LAN technology offers the latest cFosSpeed, an advanced network managing application that reduces network latencies and maintains the low ping to have a good response to your LAN environments.

Front USB Type-C Connector

AORUS Gaming motherboards have a USB Type-C header for USB 3.1 Gen2 allowing the connection of any compatible device and fast charging of your smartphones.

Technical Specifications of Gigabyte X470 AORUS GAMING 5 WIFI

Type of product

Motherboard – ATX

Chipset type

AMD X470

Processor Port

1 x Socket AM4

Compatible Processors

Athlon, A series, Ryzen (1st and 2nd generation Ryzen support / Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics / 7th generation A-series / Athlon X4)

Maximum RAM size

64 GB

Supported RAM

4 DIMM slots – DDR4, non-ECC, ECC (operates in non-ECC mode), unbuffered memory

Storage Ports

6 x SATA-600 (RAID), 2 x M.2

USB / FireWire Ports

USB 3.1 Gen 1, USB-C Gen2, USB 3.1 Gen 2 1 x USB-C Gen 2 + 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 + 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 + 4 x USB 2.0 + (1 x USB-C Gen 2 + 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 + 4 x USB 2.0 via headers)

Maximum allocated RAM size

2 GB

Audio

HD audio (8 channels)

LAN

Bluetooth, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a / b / g / n / ac Wave 2

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ASUS Prime Z390-A Review & Specifications – 2020

ASUS Prime Z390-A ReviewPacked with professional features, ASUS Prime series motherboards meet the needs of the frequent gamers and multimedia content creators. These boards integrate the best components and offer exclusive features that guarantee the best performance out of your pc.

Combining the benefits of Intel processors with iconic ASUS design and features, the Prime Z390 series mobos offer plenty of scope for customizing performance using software and firmware that’s more intuitive than ever. Overclocking and high efficiency are there to allow users to get the most out of their setup.

Prime Z390s facilitate processor overclocking thanks to cutting-edge software and settings that give more or less experienced overclockers a tailor-made system. The memory module layout provides stability and compatibility in DIMM and DDR4 RGB formats so that you can add one of the many DRAM kits compatible with your system. Read the ASUS Prime Z390-A review below to know more in detail.

Advantages Of ASUS Prime Z390-A Motherboard

  • Support for 9th generation Intel Core processors on socket 1151
  • Supports DDR4 RAM up to 4133 MHz (OC)
  • 3 PCI-Express 3.0 16x (16x / 8x / 4x) ports with AMD CrossFireX multi-GPU support (up to 3 cards) + SLI (up to 2 cards)
  • Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec 7.1 CH HD Audio
  • 6 SATA 6 Gbps ports + 1 M.2 port (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA 6 Gbps) + 1 M.2 port (PCIe Gen3 x4)
  • Gigabit LAN
  • 5-Way Optimization for 1-click system optimization
  • ASUS OptiMem II to improve memory performance
  • Fan Xpert 4 management software and intuitive UEFI BIOS
  • ASUS Aura Sync LED lighting compatible
  • AI Overclocking
  • Cooling and reliability
  • A cool SSD
  • Exceptional sound

ASUS Prime Z390-A LGA 1151 Motherboard Review

5-Way Optimization In One Click

Asus has once again succeeded in surpassing itself in terms of functionality by offering you software capable of optimizing your PC in one click. With Asus 5-Way Optimization, your PC becomes smart. With one click it optimizes in real-time the various aspects of your system, which will boost the performance of your motherboard.

This exclusive technology dynamically optimizes the core aspects of your system, in real-time and according to your use. With it, you’ll enjoy superb processor performance, save energy, stable digital power, efficient and quiet ventilation, and even network and audio settings to suit the applications you use.

These five axes of Optimization ensure that your PC offers excellent performance in terms of gaming, multimedia, productivity. In short, that it accompanies you perfectly in all your tasks. So Asus 5-Way Optimization allows you to play in better conditions, watch your movies in silence and without any glitch, and more effectively the consumption of power.

Intuitive and straightforward UEFI BIOS

To ensure impeccable ease of use, the UEFI BIOS is mouse controllable and has been updated to ensure faster settings and even simpler functions. Whether you are a novice or experienced overclocker, the UEFI BIOS will meet your expectations thanks to two modes, EZ and Advanced (simplified and advanced). Select the component to configure to customize system performance or change the RAID configuration to recover and back up data faster. Adjust the fans easily by changing the curve with the mouse. Improve RAM performance with one click.

Aura Sync 

The passionate PC deserves to have an aesthetic that matches its performance with ASUS Aura. Your system will emit multicoloured lights with the powerful RGB LEDs integrated into the RGB strips that you can connect to the 4-pin connector, or both, in perfect synchronization.

Customize the effects of your LEDs with Aura, an intuitive control software. Launch Aura to discover the 12 light patterns and let your creativity speak. It offers full RGB control with preset parameters for the integrated RGB LEDs as well as for the LED strips connected to the 4-pin RGB connectors. You can even synchronize your lighting with the many Aura compatible equipment, and combine your lighting effects with the coloured stickers provided.

AI Overclocking

ASUS AI Overclocking technology will help you customize your system even faster and smarter than before. This technology helps the processor and cooling system to determine the optimal configuration for each system.

OptiMem II Technology

For unlimited access from the Intel processor to memory bandwidth, ASUS has completely redesigned the routing of the tracks on the motherboard. OptiMem II technology allows signal tracks to be routed through different layers of the printed circuit board to reduce the number of vias and add multiple areas of reinforcement that dramatically reduce signal interference. To further increase the overclocking capacity as well as the memory configuration possibilities, ASUS used a custom layout technique called T-Topology, which provides synchronized signal tracks.

MemOK, Automated Recovery

MemOK automatically resolves boot failures caused by memory overclocking and instability. When a POST error occurs related to DRAM, the motherboard adjusts the memory settings until the system can boot.

Cooling And Reliability

Prime Z390-A motherboards are designed for assemblers who want the reliability and performance of ASUS components. Increasing the number of CPU cores can prove to be a real challenge in terms of power consumption, which is why the Prime Z390-A comes with additional power phases as well as plenty of cooling features for optimal performance.

Ideal Design For Cooling

The Prime Z390-A is equipped with the best cooling control parameters, configurable via the Fan Xpert 4 or the UEFI BIOS.

A Cool SSD

The Prime Z390-A has an ultra-efficient cooler to reduce the temperature of the M.2 SSD by up to 20 ° C, which ensures your SSD performs at peak and for a longer period.

Exceptional Sound

Realtek codec and unique design for clear and powerful sound

The Prime Z390-A motherboard employs a unique audio codec designed in close collaboration with Realtek: the Realtek S1220A. It also has a signal-to-noise ratio of 120 dB in stereo output and an SNR of 113 dB in input, offering perfect audio quality.

Technical Specifications Of ASUS Prime Z390-A Motherboard

Product

Motherboard – ATX

Chipset Type

Intel Z390

Processor Port

1 x Socket LGA1151

Compatible Processors

Pentium, Celeron, Core i5, Core i3, Core i7, Core i9 (supports 9th and 8th gen Intel Core)

Maximum RAM size

64 GB

Supported RAM

4 DIMM slots – DDR4, non-ECC, unbuffered memory

Storage ports

6 x SATA-600 (RAID), 2 x M.2

USB / FireWire ports

USB 3.1 Gen 1, USB-C Gen2, USB 3.1 Gen 2 1 x USB-C Gen 2 + 3 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 + 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 + 2 x USB 2.0

Maximum allocated RAM size

1 GB

Audio

HD audio (8 channels)

LAN

Gigabit Ethernet

Manufacturer’s warranty

3 year warranty

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FAQs

Is The Asus Prime Z390 A Good?

Ans: Without a doubt, it’s a complete and reliable board having many advanced features.

Does ASUS Prime Z390 A Have WiFi?

Ans: No, it does not have any, but you can use an adapter to have WiFi facility.

Is Asus Prime Z390 A Good For Gaming?

Ans: Yes, this motherboard is a perfect board for gamers as it supports the latest generation Intel processors, exceptional audio quality, overclocking facility, cooling features, etc.

Can I Use 8700K On Z390?

Ans: Yes, the Z390 series motherboards are very much compatible with 8th generation CPUs, so that you can use 8700K without any problem.