Category - Motherboard

Solving “unexplained” interrupt problems: Message-Signaled Interrupts (MSI) against sound dropouts, USB problems & Co. | Practice

If the sound card drops out or cracks, USB devices do not work or only work sporadically or the performance drops, then interrupt conflicts are usually the cause. This is something that Windows users have long since ignored out of sheer convenience, although the problem is as old as PCs and has only shifted under the colorful operating system [...]

The initial analysis: Detect PC problems at an early stage and get justice in the event of a dispute | Practice

Although my topic has been preached by the old hands in the PC field in forums for decades and is often the approach of any solution to performance problems, the same questions keep popping up from less experienced users. I hope to reach them with this article on our professional platform and maybe there is one or the other info for everyone else [...]

MSI MEG Z790 GODLIKE motherboard review with overclocking and teardown – One board to rule them all

The name GODLIKE has stood for the absolute high-end motherboard at MSI for several generations now, a halo product with all the features you could want, disregarding all common sense. Thanks to MSI, we are one of the first publications to take a look at the flagship Z790 board and determine the benchmark to beat for upcoming tests of Raptor Lake [...]

Intel Core i9-13900K and Core i5-13600K Review – Showdown of the 13th Generation and a 3/4 Crown for the last big Monolith

With Raptor Lake, Intel now also ends the era of monolithic processors. This of course comes with another decent performance boost and it will be the purpose of this review to compare the new CPUs with AMD’s new Ryzen 7000 family. That is definitely worthwhile, because Intel would quite like to have the so-called gaming crown back. The [...]

The big Ryzen 7000 Memory and OC Tuning Guide – Infinity Fabric, EXPO, Dual-Rank, Samsung and Hynix DDR5 in Practice test with Benchmarks and Recommendations

AMD’s new Ryzen 7000 desktop CPUs, based on the Zen4 micro-architecture, still use the same chiplet design as their predecessors, with a few small but not negligible changes. Igor already gave details about this in yesterday’s big review. Today we want to look at how to configure the new CPUs as optimally as possible and for this we [...]

AMD Ryzen 9 7950X and Ryzen 7 7700X Review with gaming and workstation benchmarks- A new era begins with Zen 4 an the new Socket AM5

AMD let us release tests of the four new Zen 4 CPUs today in the form of the Ryzen 9 7950X, Ryzen 9 7900X, Ryzen 7 7700X and Ryzen 5 7600X. We have already reported about it for a long time, but now the necessary test samples are finally materializing in the form of the real CPUs, which can provide answers to the many questions that have been [...]

Motherboards, Qualified Vendor Lists and not working memory kits – How the non-standard can drive buyers to despair

Qualified Vendor Lists, or QVL for short, are probably familiar to anyone who has looked for a suitable pairing of motherboard and RAM kit. Since RAM kits with an XMP profile are not covered by the official specifications of the CPU manufacturers (Intel or AMD), motherboard and RAM manufacturers test the compatibility between their products [...]

One Motherboard, Two Faces – ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Apex review with Teardown, RAM- & Adaptive Core-OC

Today we continue with our Z690 motherboard reviews, with the Asus Maximus Z690 Apex. Not only the naming convention has changed compared to the predecessor models, because besides DDR5, PCIe 5.0 and the LGA1700 socket, there are unfortunately also a few teething troubles that I would like to address in advance, if not have to. Preface: Silicon [...]