• ROG Maximus XIII Apex Vlatch tested with oscilloscope
    The Apex and Extreme Z590 motherboards from ASUS brings an interesting new feature named “Vlatch”. It brings on-board circuitry for CPU Core Voltage min/max peak detection at much higher speeds than what is normally possible with monitoring software.
  • Ryzen 9 5950X Curve Optimizer to 5.1 GHz, PBO and overclocking
    The much anticipated Zen 3 architecture has finally been launched close to a year and a half after Zen 2 while remaining on the same 7nm TSMC process. AMD’s recently released Ryzen 3000XT showed there are frequency gains to be had just by manufacturing improvements over time. The question is what else is brought to the table. Below you can find my findings on overclocking and performance tuning.
  • AMD Threadripper 3990X 64-core Processor
    With the release of a 64-core Threadripper, AMD is not holding back anything anymore. It’s as close to a full-fledged EPYC processor as you can get on the TRX4 platform, possibly with the exception of RDIMM support. If the product makes sense for consumers or not can be discussed, but for overclockers and enthusiasts it’s an incredible display.
  • Intel Core i9-10980XE: 5 GHz on 18 cores
    With Intel’s 10 nm products not yet being ready for the desktop market, they’ve had to get creative with their product releases. In a third processor update for the X299 platform they present us with Cascade Lake-X. It arrives with promises of increased performance through frequency bumps, courtesy of another advancement in 14 nm process technology.
  • AMD Threadripper 3000: 30% faster at 30% lower power
    After releasing Zen 2 for mainstream desktop as Ryzen 3000 and for server as EPYC 7002, AMD is following up with a 7 nm update to the Threadripper platform. While desktop users are mostly concerned with performance over power, improvements to energy efficiency usually allows for higher overall performance. The release of second generation Threadripper processors in 2018 increased the peak core count from 16 to 32 resulting in escalated power consumption. This article takes a look at how Zen 2’s improved energy efficiency translates to raw performance for high-end desktops.
  • A look at the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
    Since it was first discovered the latest product line of AMD mainstream desktop processors would be configured with up to two CCD (Core Complex Dies) there has been anticipation for a 16-core model. With the release of the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, the highest available core count in this segment has doubled in the past…
  • VRM Load-Line Visualized
    Many like to tinker with their motherboard load-line settings to achieve better overclocking results. But how does this setting really work and how does the voltage output change with it? Check below to find out. What is Load-Line? The load-line setting, normally in mΩ (milliohms), determines how much the output voltage decreases when loaded. This…
  • AMD Ryzen 3000 Investigated
    This is an investigation of AMD Ryzen 3000 with the aim to highlight changes to memory and fabric behavior on Zen 2 (Matisse). As you’ve probably seen, Ryzen 3000 is capable of much higher memory speeds than previous generations. The main reason for this is added circuitry on-chip that allows running the memory clock (MCLK)…
  • Radeon RX 480 Running 1700 MHz Core
    After working out some quirks I finally got around to test the RX480 full out on LN2. It’s not incredible but not all bad. This specific card was not the best clocker to begin with so I think we can see up to 1800 MHz on a better sample. The highest validated result was done…