Ground on the wrong track: Why only certain power connector pins melt and we should rethink PCs | Part 1 of 2

Some things are accidental discoveries and are actually so trivial that nobody even bothers to question the current flows in the PC and, above all, to measure them. We only ever measure the 12-volt rails and are happy. But with connectors such as the 12VHPWR or 12V2x6 over 6+2 pin, the 8-pin EPS and the 24-pin mainboard connection, does exactly [...]

ASUS releases AGESA BIOS firmware for X670E motherboards and offers improved support for AMD Ryzen 8000G processors.

According to a user on the Hardwareluxx forum, motherboard manufacturers have released new AGESA BIOS updates for their AM5 motherboards rather unnoticed. The latest BETA BIOS comes from ASUS, who were the first to release for their product range. This update provides improved support for AMD Ryzen 8000G APUs. The two main changes include [...]

AMD Ryzen 8000G APUs with USB4 support for some AM5 mainboards

It is reported that manufacturers intend to integrate USB4 into AM5 motherboards designed for the AMD Ryzen 8000G desktop APUs. According to various sources, companies such as Gigabyte could soon be launching motherboards that offer USB4 transfer support for the first time. Until now, AMD has not quite been up to date in this area. While Intel has [...]

ASRock brings Ryzen 7000 support for X670E Taichi with AGESA

ASRock has quietly released a new BIOS firmware update with AMD AGESA for its X670E motherboards. This suggests that formal availability is likely to follow soon. The ASRock Taichi X670E motherboards will be the first to receive support for the new firmware. The AMD AGESA UEFI firmware is an extension of the existing AGESA [...]

Raptor Lake Resfresh with the Intel Core i9-14900K, Core i7-14700K and Core i5-14600K Review – Hot dragon battle in the energetic final stage

Much helps much, my grandma used to say. And before you throw something away, it’s better to make something new out of it. So say my grandma and Intel. After Raptor Lake is before Arrow Lake, and so the Raptor refresh comes almost exactly one year later. Says Intel and my grandma is silent. And so, in addition to a bit more clock, at least [...]

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 [...]