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ASRock Z490 Taichi Review

WEB: ASRock MSRP: US $369.99 | ZAR TBD | AUTHOR: Neo

 

Z490 Taichi

We are several months in after the release of Intel’s 10th generation Core CPUs and platform. In the time since, the platform has seen firmware and microcode updates. That means all Z490 boards are better today than at launch. One such motherboard is the Z490 Taichi. ASRock once again attempts to pack high-end functionality into an affordable price to varying degrees of success. Overall, this is a solid offering, but is it a worthy successor to the Z390 Taichi? Well, let’s find out.

AMD Ryzen 3 3100 Review

WEB: AMD ERP:  $129.99 | R2,399 @ Wootware | AUTHOR: Neo

AMD’s Ryzen 3 duo mainly the 3300X and the 3100 have been with us for a number of months. In that time they have managed to assert themselves as the best bang for buck CPUs money can buy. For those on an even tighter budget, where the 3200X won’t do, the Ryzen 3 3100 may be what you need.

GIGABYTE B550 AORUS PRO Review

WEB: GIGABYTE ERP:  $179.99 | R4,104 @ Progenix | AUTHOR: Neo

GIGABYTE’s B550 AORUS PRO is here, it’s affordable and it goes like the clappers. Armed with 2.5G Lan, dual M.2 sockets, a 12+2 phase PWM and the ability to overclock memory well past the 5,200MT/s range, the board is a mini performance wonder. The B550 AORUS Pro is the fastest AM4 board I’ve tested to date. For DRAM oc and general performance, few if any are faster then the B550 AORUS PRO.

XPG SPECTRIX D50 DDR4 4133 DRAM Review

WEB: XPGIGABYTE ERP:  $153 | ZARTITAN-ICE | AUTHOR: Neo

ADATA’s XPG brand recently launched their SPECTRIX D50 and D60 range of RGB DRAM Kits. With the SPECTRIX D50 we have the range topping DDR4 4133 CL19 kit. Not only is it by far the most aesthetically appealing (precisely because of it’s muted design and aesthetic) DRAM kit from XPG, its also the fastest I’ve ever tested from XPG. At $153 or so, it’s a winner for sure.

ASRock B550 TAICHI Review

WEB: ASRock ERP:  $299.99 | ZAR TBD | AUTHOR: Neo

ASRock has done the unexpected with the B550 TAICHI and produced a better motherboard, from a technically inferior chipset. Not only is this an objectively more capable motherboard than the X570 TAICHI, it does so at a price few if any others can match. For whatever reason, when it comes to bang for buck, ASRock is putting out strong offerings at every turn, and the B550 TAICHI is one such example. There’s no indication of when it may be available here in South Africa, but here’s hoping it’s sooner rather than later (and at an appropriate price too).

ASRock B460M Steel Legend – Quick Review

WEB: ASRock ERP:  $104.99 | ZAR TBD | AUTHOR: Neo

ASRock has added yet another offering to its Steel Legend family. The ASRock B460M Steel Legend is about as affordable as any B460 motherboard is likely to get. For those looking to build a gaming machine on the tightest of budgets, it’s not likely to get much better than this offering. ASRock has managed to pack in a few value add features on this board to make it well worth your time. It won’t set your world alight but it does prove competent all around.

Intel Core i9-10900K Review – Part 1

WEB: Intel ERP:  $499 | ZAR 11,999 | AUTHOR: Neo

Welcome, to the Intel Core-i9 10900K review, specifically Part 1 of the review. It’s here, it’s fast and it games like a boss.

GIGABYTE Z490 AORUS PRO-AX Review

WEB: GIGABYTE MSRP: US $269.99 | ZAR TBD | AUTHOR: Neo

 

Z490 AORUS PRO AX

Here it is, the first Z490 based motherboard review from TheOverclocker. Gigabyte’s Z490 AORUS PRO-AX, was not only the first Z490 motherboard received, but happens to be one of the strongest contenders for the value for money throne. Typically, a new platform is evaluated on a high-end board, but this time it’s a mid-level offering. The PRO-AX not only shows the improvements Gigabyte has made, but shows what the 10th Generation Core CPUs can achieve at their best.

Wootware Wootbook Ultra II

WEB: Wootware ERP:  R33,695 (Reviewed spec) | AUTHOR: Neo

Wootware WootBook Ultra II

With all the time I spend around gaming/enthusiast hardware, it takes a lot to be impressed and even more to get excited about. One can imagine then, that a notebook would be the last thing I’d consider as exciting. However, that was until I spent time with the WootBook Ultra II. If that doesn’t mean much to you, maybe the latest Intel 10th Generation Core i7 CPU and a refreshed NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPU may pique your interest.

Cooler Master MM711 Gaming Mouse Review

WEB: Cooler Master MSRP: US $60 | ZAR TBD | AUTHOR: Neo

The Cooler Master MM711, is the direct successor to the MM710. Featuring a series of quality of life improvements, the MM711 manages to put together one of the best packages in the last few years. These features include a light weight chassis, a precision sensor from PixArt and of course Omron switches for the buttons. Together with solid construction and a quality RGB LED lighting system, Cooler Master has constructed what may be their best mouse yet. Find out about it in the video review.