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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.

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).

GIGABYTE Launches B550 AORUS Motherboards

VENDOR: GIGABYTE WEB: www.gigabyte.com

B550 AORUS

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, announced the launch of the newest B550 AORUS motherboards primed to unleash the potential of 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ desktop processors. The all new B550 AORUS motherboards kick off the PCIe® 4.0 era with extensive feature sets, and equip up to Direct 16 phases of digital power design with advanced thermal solutions that provide the processors and chipset more stable power supplement. Select GIGABYTE B550 AORUS motherboards feature a native USB 3.2 Gen2 interface, feature-rich I/O with a pre-installed I/O shield, the latest wireless connection, and Ultra Durable technology, set to deliver an unmatched user experience.

ROG STRIX RX 5500 XT Review

WEB: ASUS MSRP: US $249.99 | ZAR TBD | AUTHOR: Neo

The Radeon RX 5500 XT is the latest of the Navi line of cards I’ve reviewed, but it is also the least powerful. Do not however let that deter you as this is one capable card for 1080P gaming. The ROG STRIX RX 5500 XT features 8GB of memory, a slight overclock (20MHz) on the core and some value added functionality. If it can be found at the right price, this may make for one of the best RX 5500 XTs on the market.

ASUS TUF GAMING X570-PLUS Review

WEB: ASUS MSRP: US $193.22 | ZAR 3,999 | AUTHOR: Neo

X570 Plus

I think it’s safe to say that X570 boards have gone from interesting to incredible since their introduction in 2019. We went from the chipset fans being an issue, to something we rarely if ever talk about anymore. Now, in 2020 (yes, I know, the X570-Plus is from 2019) we even have refined offerings like the TUF-Gaming X570-Plus for the entry-level and budget space. In that same period, AGESA updates have improved compatibility and performance, making the whole experience that much better .

XFX RX 5600 XT THICC III Ultra Review

WEB: XFX MSRP: USD 329.99 | ZAR 5,849 | AUTHOR: Neo


Following the RX 5700 XT review we have yet another entry using the NAVI10 GPU in the XFX RX 5600 XT Thicc III Ultra. A silly name for a card which provides the best performance at this price point par none. These days R6,000 / $349 doesn’t buy much GPU performance, but with the XFX RX 5600XT it seemingly does. This graphics card provides what I deem unmatched performance for FHD and in some rare instances QHD gaming.

AORUS RX 5700 XT 8G Review

WEB: AORUS MSRP: USD 449.99 | ZAR 9,840 | AUTHOR: Neo


The Aorus RX 5700 XT, much like all other NAvi10 graphics cards represents AMD’s most advanced and most power efficient GPU to date, even if it isn’t their fastest sometimes. Afterall, as much as AMD has been putting up a strong fight and some might even say winning in the CPU arena. The firm hasn’t fared as well when it comes to their graphics cards. However, with the RDNA GPUs, AMD has made huge strides in closing the gap between itself and its primary competitor.

ASRock B450M Steel Legend Review

WEB: ASRock MSRP: US $99.99 | ZAR TBD | AUTHOR: Neo

It’s been a long time since I’ve had this board in my test rig and even longer since the B450 chipset debuted. As a budget and alternative chipset to X470, it is understandable that many may shy away from it particularly those who are looking at the upper echelon of gaming motherboards from ASRock. Afterall, quite literally my favourite board to date for the X570 chipset is the ASRock X570 Taichi, par none. However, not all of us are fortunate enough to have the means for such a board and the B series is where we must find our motherboard solutions. Fortunately, this isn’t just any B450 motherboard, it’s the ASRock B450M Steel Legend and legendary it very much is.

CORSAIR offers High-Performance Components for 3rd Gen AMD Threadripper

VENDOR: Corsair WEB: www.corsair.com

Corsair

CORSAIR®, a world leader in PC gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today announced a range of products including liquid CPU coolers, high-frequency DRAM, and efficient power supplies fully tested and validated for compatibility with the new 3rd Generation AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ high-end desktop processors. With the highest core and thread count on the HEDT market, combined with the lightning-fast PCI-Express® 4.0 platform, AMD’s most powerful desktop processor can create, composite, render, encode, and deliver with unprecedented multitasking power – and CORSAIR is ready with the widest range of guaranteed-compatible products to help get the best performance out of a new Ryzen Threadripper-based PC.