GIGABYTE Server: Three New E-ATX Motherboards For Intel Ice Lake-SP Xeons

Hot on the heels of Intel’s latest Ice Lake-SP 3rd Generation Xeon Scalable processor launch, GIGABYTE Server has listed three new motherboards designed for server use. The GIGABYTE Server MU92-TU1, the MU92-TU0, and MU72-SU0 all offer different levels of features and controllers and are based on Intel’s C621A chipset for 3rd Gen Xeon Scalable. Two are built on the E-ATX form factor, with one ATX model, with features varying between sixteen memory slots, different dual Ethernet configurations, and all come with an integrated ASPEED BMC controller.

The Intel Xeon Scalable processor stack is designed for use in servers, with some likely professional applications alongside the usual Cloud and Datacenter operations. With some new refinements of its 10 nm process for Enterprise situations, including the use of SGX and a focus for customized crypto acceleration. There are many Intel Xeon Scalable Ice Lake-SP SKUs in the product stack, including the top tier 40-core Xeon Platinum 8380 model the way down to the entry-level Xeon Silver 4309 model. 

Read our Intel 3rd Gen Xeon Scalable Review below:

To complement the 3rd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable for Enterprise launch, GIGABYTE has readied up three new motherboards. Based on the Intel C621A chipset and all using one LGA4189 socket, GIGABYTE Server MU92-TU0, the MU92-TU1, and MU72-SU0 include some interesting and notable features.

MU92-TU0 and MU92-TU1

Starting with the E-ATX sized pairing, the MU92-TU0 and MU92-TU1 both include seven full-length PCIe 4.0 slots, which can operate at x16/x0/x16/x0/x16/x0/x16, or x16/x8/x8/x8/x8/x8/x8, with sixteen memory slots that can support up to 2 TB of 3DS RDIMM/LRDIMM DDR4-3200 memory, with regular LRDIMMs of up to 128 GB and RDIMM memory up to 64 GB also supported. For storage, both the MU92-TU0 and MU92-TU1 include a single PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slot, with two SATA ports and two SlimSAS ports with support for up to eight SATA ports. Both models also include a standard 24-pin ATX 12 V motherboard power input, two 8-pin 12 ATX CPU power inputs, seven 4-pin fan headers, an Intel VROC connector, a PMBus, and an IPMB connector.


GIGABYTE Server MU92-TU0 motherboard (E-ATX)

Aesthetically the same with GIGABYTE’s blue PCB, the only difference between the MU92-TU0 and MU92-TU1 is the MU92-TU1 is using ASPEED’s latest ARM-based AST2600 BMC controller. The slightly lesser spec MU92-TU0 uses an ASPEED AST2500 BMC controller, while both models include dual 10 GBase-T Ethernet, which is powered by an Intel X710-AT2 controller. Also present on both models are two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a D-Sub video output and MLAN port for the BMC, a COM port, and an ID button with LED. 

MU72-SU0

The GIGABYTE Server MU72-SU0 is using an ATX form factor featuring a single LGA4189 socket. It includes eight memory slots, with support for up to 2 TB of 3DS RDIMM/LRDIMM DDR4-3200 memory, and regular LRDIMMs of 128 GB and RDIMMs up to 64 GB for servers that require less memory capacity. There’s a total of seven full-length PCIe 4.0 slots, with supported configurations including both x16/x0/x16/x0/x16/x0/x16 and x16/x8/x8/x8/x8/x8/x8, with storage options including one PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slot, and three SlimSAS connectors which allow for up to twelve SATA ports.


GIGABYTE Server MU72-SU0 motherboard (ATX)

The MU72-SU0 uses an ASPEED AST2600 BMC controller, with a dedicated management Ethernet port and D-Sub video output, with dual Gigabit Ethernet, which is driven by a pair of Intel I210-AT Gigabit controllers. The rear panel also includes four USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a COM port, and an ID button with LED. Other avenues of connectivity around the board include seven 4-pin fan headers, a TPM header, and an Intel VROC connector. Providing power to the board is one 24-pin 12 V ATX motherboard power, one 8-pin 12 V ATX CPU power, and a 6-pin PCIe power input designed to deliver more power to the full-length PCIe slots. 

It is unknown when the GIGABYTE Server MU92-TU1, MU92-TU0, and MU72-SU0 are likely to hit retail shelves at the time of writing, but given the Ice Lake-SP processors are now released, we don’t expect it will be too long. We also don’t currently have any pricing information.

Source: GIGABYTE Server

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Hot on the heels of Intel's latest Ice Lake-SP 3rd Generation Xeon Scalable processor launch, GIGABYTE Server has listed three new motherboards designed for server use. The GIGABYTE Server MU92-TU1, the MU92-TU0, and MU72-SU0 all offer different levels of features and controllers and are based on Intel's C621A chipset for 3rd Gen Xeon Scalable. Two are built on the E-ATX form factor, with one ATX model, with features varying between sixteen memory slots, different dual Ethernet configurations, and all come with an integrated ASPEED BMC controller.

The Intel Xeon Scalable processor stack is designed for use in servers, with some likely professional applications alongside the usual Cloud and Datacenter operations. With some new refinements of its 10 nm process for Enterprise situations, including the use of SGX and a focus for customized crypto acceleration. There are many Intel Xeon Scalable Ice Lake-SP SKUs in the product stack, including the top tier 40-core Xeon Platinum 8380 model the way down to the entry-level Xeon Silver 4309 model. 

Read our Intel 3rd Gen Xeon Scalable Review below:

To complement the 3rd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable for Enterprise launch, GIGABYTE has readied up three new motherboards. Based on the Intel C621A chipset and all using one LGA4189 socket, GIGABYTE Server MU92-TU0, the MU92-TU1, and MU72-SU0 include some interesting and notable features.

MU92-TU0 and MU92-TU1

Starting with the E-ATX sized pairing, the MU92-TU0 and MU92-TU1 both include seven full-length PCIe 4.0 slots, which can operate at x16/x0/x16/x0/x16/x0/x16, or x16/x8/x8/x8/x8/x8/x8, with sixteen memory slots that can support up to 2 TB of 3DS RDIMM/LRDIMM DDR4-3200 memory, with regular LRDIMMs of up to 128 GB and RDIMM memory up to 64 GB also supported. For storage, both the MU92-TU0 and MU92-TU1 include a single PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slot, with two SATA ports and two SlimSAS ports with support for up to eight SATA ports. Both models also include a standard 24-pin ATX 12 V motherboard power input, two 8-pin 12 ATX CPU power inputs, seven 4-pin fan headers, an Intel VROC connector, a PMBus, and an IPMB connector.


GIGABYTE Server MU92-TU0 motherboard (E-ATX)

Aesthetically the same with GIGABYTE's blue PCB, the only difference between the MU92-TU0 and MU92-TU1 is the MU92-TU1 is using ASPEED's latest ARM-based AST2600 BMC controller. The slightly lesser spec MU92-TU0 uses an ASPEED AST2500 BMC controller, while both models include dual 10 GBase-T Ethernet, which is powered by an Intel X710-AT2 controller. Also present on both models are two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a D-Sub video output and MLAN port for the BMC, a COM port, and an ID button with LED. 

MU72-SU0

The GIGABYTE Server MU72-SU0 is using an ATX form factor featuring a single LGA4189 socket. It includes eight memory slots, with support for up to 2 TB of 3DS RDIMM/LRDIMM DDR4-3200 memory, and regular LRDIMMs of 128 GB and RDIMMs up to 64 GB for servers that require less memory capacity. There's a total of seven full-length PCIe 4.0 slots, with supported configurations including both x16/x0/x16/x0/x16/x0/x16 and x16/x8/x8/x8/x8/x8/x8, with storage options including one PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slot, and three SlimSAS connectors which allow for up to twelve SATA ports.


GIGABYTE Server MU72-SU0 motherboard (ATX)

The MU72-SU0 uses an ASPEED AST2600 BMC controller, with a dedicated management Ethernet port and D-Sub video output, with dual Gigabit Ethernet, which is driven by a pair of Intel I210-AT Gigabit controllers. The rear panel also includes four USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a COM port, and an ID button with LED. Other avenues of connectivity around the board include seven 4-pin fan headers, a TPM header, and an Intel VROC connector. Providing power to the board is one 24-pin 12 V ATX motherboard power, one 8-pin 12 V ATX CPU power, and a 6-pin PCIe power input designed to deliver more power to the full-length PCIe slots. 

It is unknown when the GIGABYTE Server MU92-TU1, MU92-TU0, and MU72-SU0 are likely to hit retail shelves at the time of writing, but given the Ice Lake-SP processors are now released, we don't expect it will be too long. We also don't currently have any pricing information.

Source: GIGABYTE Server

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G.Skill Announces DDR4-5333 Memory Kits for Intel Rocket Lake

Designed with a focus on Intel’s latest 11th generation Rocket Lake processors and the new memory controller ratios, G.Skill has announced a wave of new memory kits designed to squeeze as much performance out of the platform. The new memory kits for Z590 and Rocket Lake feature speeds of up to DDR4-5333. They will be made available across multiple lines of its range, including the premium Trident Z Royal, Trident Z RGB, and the more affordable Ripjaw V series.

With memory performance and control getting some extra features with Intel’s 11th gen desktop, the Z590 chipset with Rocket Lake processors now supports geared memory ratios between the memory controller and the DRAM data rates. The ability of Intel’s memory controller in a 1:1 gear ratio can vary, certainly under ambient cooling methods, and not all of Intel’s silicon can handle such high frequencies. This is where the gear ratio option becomes beneficial, taking some of the strain off the memory controller and allowing for high frequencies, with G.Skill capitalizing on this with its new memory kits up to DDR4-5333.


G.Skill’s Trident Z Royal DDR4 Memory in Gold

The new G.Skill memory kits designed for Intel’s Z590 (with Rocket Lake) start from DDR4-4266 with CL19 ratings, with two available capacities: dual-channel 32 GB (2×16) and 64 GB (2×32) kits. Also set to be available include DDR4-4400 kits with CL17 and CL18 latencies, including an operating voltage of 1.50 V in both the 32 GB and 16 GB kits.

Moving up, there’s one kit of DDR4-4600 with CL20 with a total capacity of 64 GB (2 x 32 GB) and three different flavors of DDR4-4800; CL17 and CL18 with 2 x 8 GB kits, and CL20 with 2 x 16 GB. There’s one 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) kit at DDR4-5066 with CL19 and an operating voltage of 1.6 V, with one kit maxing out at DDR4-5333 and CL21 latencies, with 2 x 8 GB memory sticks.

G.Skill Memory For Intel Z590 (Rocket Lake)
Rating (MT/s) Latency Voltage Capacity
DDR4-4266 19-26-26-46
19-26-26-46
1.45 V
1.50 V
32 GB (2 x 16 GB)
64 GB (2 x 32 GB)
DDR4-4400 17-18-18-38
18-24-24-44
1.50 V
1.50 V
32 GB (2 x 16 GB)
16 GB (2 x 8 GB)
DDR4-4600 20-30-30-50 1.50 V 64 GB (2 x 32 GB)
DDR4-4800 17-19-19-39
19-28-28-48
20-30-30-50
1.60 V
1.50 V
1.55 V
16 GB (2 x 8 GB)
16 GB (2 x 8 GB)
32 GB (2 x 16 GB)
DDR4-5066 20-30-30-50 1.60 V 32 GB (2 x 16 GB)
16 GB (2 x 8 GB)
DDR4-5333 22-32-32-52 1.60 V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB)

G.Skill has announced that its new Rocket Lake and Z590 kits have been validated on the ASUS ROG Strix Z590-E Gaming WIFI, the ASUS ROG Maximus XIII Apex, and MSI’s MEG Z590I Unify motherboards with an Intel Core i9-11900K processor. G.Skill also stated that its DDR4-4800 CL17 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) kit uses Samsung B-die memory chips but didn’t specify if this was the case across its range.

At the time of writing, G.Skill hasn’t given us any pricing, but they are expected to launch in Q2 2021. With memory prices set to rise throughout the year, these kits aren’t likely to be cheap. The G.Skill Trident Z Royal and Trident Z RGB will likely feature at the higher end of the pricing spectrum, with its Ripjaw Z series sitting as its entry point.

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Designed with a focus on Intel's latest 11th generation Rocket Lake processors and the new memory controller ratios, G.Skill has announced a wave of new memory kits designed to squeeze as much performance out of the platform. The new memory kits for Z590 and Rocket Lake feature speeds of up to DDR4-5333. They will be made available across multiple lines of its range, including the premium Trident Z Royal, Trident Z RGB, and the more affordable Ripjaw V series.

With memory performance and control getting some extra features with Intel's 11th gen desktop, the Z590 chipset with Rocket Lake processors now supports geared memory ratios between the memory controller and the DRAM data rates. The ability of Intel's memory controller in a 1:1 gear ratio can vary, certainly under ambient cooling methods, and not all of Intel's silicon can handle such high frequencies. This is where the gear ratio option becomes beneficial, taking some of the strain off the memory controller and allowing for high frequencies, with G.Skill capitalizing on this with its new memory kits up to DDR4-5333.


G.Skill's Trident Z Royal DDR4 Memory in Gold

The new G.Skill memory kits designed for Intel's Z590 (with Rocket Lake) start from DDR4-4266 with CL19 ratings, with two available capacities: dual-channel 32 GB (2x16) and 64 GB (2x32) kits. Also set to be available include DDR4-4400 kits with CL17 and CL18 latencies, including an operating voltage of 1.50 V in both the 32 GB and 16 GB kits.

Moving up, there's one kit of DDR4-4600 with CL20 with a total capacity of 64 GB (2 x 32 GB) and three different flavors of DDR4-4800; CL17 and CL18 with 2 x 8 GB kits, and CL20 with 2 x 16 GB. There's one 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) kit at DDR4-5066 with CL19 and an operating voltage of 1.6 V, with one kit maxing out at DDR4-5333 and CL21 latencies, with 2 x 8 GB memory sticks.

G.Skill Memory For Intel Z590 (Rocket Lake)
Rating (MT/s) Latency Voltage Capacity
DDR4-4266 19-26-26-46
19-26-26-46
1.45 V
1.50 V
32 GB (2 x 16 GB)
64 GB (2 x 32 GB)
DDR4-4400 17-18-18-38
18-24-24-44
1.50 V
1.50 V
32 GB (2 x 16 GB)
16 GB (2 x 8 GB)
DDR4-4600 20-30-30-50 1.50 V 64 GB (2 x 32 GB)
DDR4-4800 17-19-19-39
19-28-28-48
20-30-30-50
1.60 V
1.50 V
1.55 V
16 GB (2 x 8 GB)
16 GB (2 x 8 GB)
32 GB (2 x 16 GB)
DDR4-5066 20-30-30-50 1.60 V 32 GB (2 x 16 GB)
16 GB (2 x 8 GB)
DDR4-5333 22-32-32-52 1.60 V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB)

G.Skill has announced that its new Rocket Lake and Z590 kits have been validated on the ASUS ROG Strix Z590-E Gaming WIFI, the ASUS ROG Maximus XIII Apex, and MSI's MEG Z590I Unify motherboards with an Intel Core i9-11900K processor. G.Skill also stated that its DDR4-4800 CL17 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) kit uses Samsung B-die memory chips but didn't specify if this was the case across its range.

At the time of writing, G.Skill hasn't given us any pricing, but they are expected to launch in Q2 2021. With memory prices set to rise throughout the year, these kits aren't likely to be cheap. The G.Skill Trident Z Royal and Trident Z RGB will likely feature at the higher end of the pricing spectrum, with its Ripjaw Z series sitting as its entry point.

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ASRock Z590 Taichi Review: An Intel Motherboard with Moving Parts (and Thunderbolt 4)

Intel has now launched its latest 11th Generation Core processors for desktop. The highest performing of these is the Core i9-11900K, with 8 cores and 16 threads, and it does have some raw core advancements with an updated microarchitecture. These processors need appropriate motehrboards, and although we’ve seen Intel’s Z590 and B560 models already filter into retail channels over the last couple of months, the time is now to start getting to grips with them. The first up for review is the ASRock Z590 Taichi, which currently sits as the brand’s flagship model. Some of the Z590 Taichi’s main features include dual Thunderbolt 4 Type-C, dual RJ45 including one 2.5 gigabit Ethernet, Intel’s latest Wi-Fi 6E CNVi, and comes equipped with a large 14-phase power delivery. 

Intel has now launched its latest 11th Generation Core processors for desktop. The highest performing of these is the Core i9-11900K, with 8 cores and 16 threads, and it does have some raw core advancements with an updated microarchitecture. These processors need appropriate motehrboards, and although we've seen Intel's Z590 and B560 models already filter into retail channels over the last couple of months, the time is now to start getting to grips with them. The first up for review is the ASRock Z590 Taichi, which currently sits as the brand's flagship model. Some of the Z590 Taichi's main features include dual Thunderbolt 4 Type-C, dual RJ45 including one 2.5 gigabit Ethernet, Intel's latest Wi-Fi 6E CNVi, and comes equipped with a large 14-phase power delivery. 

The ASRock Z590 OC Formula Motherboard: By and For Overclockers

ASRock and its in-house extreme overclocker Nich Shih have created the latest in its series of high-end enthusiast-grade motherboards. The OC Formula brand returns, famed for its good extreme overclocking performance, with the ASRock Z590 OC Formula. As a high-end clocking board, it is equipped with two DDR4 memory slots as close to the socket as is feasibly possible with the cooler recommendations for improved memory performance. This means support for DDR4-5600 out of the box, but it can go higher – the Z590 OC Formula also comes with a 12-layer PCB for improved signal integrity. It is equipped with a large 16-phase power delivery with premium 90 A smart power stages. It also comes with an OLED display, a hardware-based overclockers toolkit, and benefits from Intel’s latest Wi-Fi 6E CNVi, and 2.5 Gb Ethernet, making it a solid option for all levels of enthusiast.

Although the extreme overclocking circle has been getting smaller over the last decade, it is still much alive and resembles an art form. Using more aggressive sub-ambient cooling methods such as dry ice, liquid nitrogen, and in some cases, liquid helium, extreme overclockers have been pushing both Intel and AMD’s silicon to its limits for many years. It’s been quite a while since ASRock readied up a model capable of competition in the XOC arena. Still, legendary overclocker Nick Shih has helped its engineers design its latest overclocking focused motherboard, the ASRock Z590 OC Formula.

The ASRock Z590 OC Formula drops its recognizable yellow color scheme for an odd green/neon green and black design. Located in the board’s center is a new OLED display that can display multiple operating specifications such as voltages, and frequencies, which for overclockers looking for real-time monitoring will find useful.

The top-right hand corner is a hardware-based overclockers toolkit that includes DIP switches for enthusiasts looking to disable or enable the board’s three full-length PCIe slots. This also includes a slow mode switch, an OC retry button, an LN2 mode switch, a power switch, a reset switch, and on-the-fly frequency adjustment buttons. There are also three numbered buttons that allow direct access to three of Nick Shih’s personal overclocking profiles. For extreme tweakers, there are five V-probe voltage monitoring points.


ASRock combines its neon green design with multiple areas of integrated RGB LEDs.

Focusing on the primary specifications, two full-length PCIe 4.0 slots can operate at x16 and x8/x8, a full-length PCIe 3.0 x4 slot, and two PCIe 2.0 x1 slots. For storage, ASRock includes a total of eight SATA ports, six from the chipset with support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays, and two available from an ASMedia SATA controller. Located around the PCIe slot area and forming an L shape around the chipset heatsink are three M.2 slots, with one PCIe 4.0 x4 and two PCIe 3.0 x4/SATA M.2 slots. Other notable elements include a front panel USB 3.2 G2x2 Type-C header, a 5-pin Thunderbolt AIC connector, two USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and two USB 2.0 headers, as well as a total of eight 4-pin cooling connectors.

On the rear panel is one USB 3.2 G2 Type-C, three USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, and four USB 3.2 G1 Type-A ports, with two PS/2 ports designed for legacy keyboard and mice; these are a staple of extreme overclocking as USB ports can often stop responding during extreme cooling sessions. Also present are five 3.5 mm LED color-coded audio jacks and S/PDIF optical output driven by a Realtek ALC1220 HD audio codec, as well as a clear CMOS and BIOS Flashback switch. Despite being targeted as an extreme overclocking motherboard, ASRock also includes an Intel I225-V 2.5 GbE and Intel I219-V Gigabit controller pairing, with Intel’s latest AX210 Wi-Fi 6E CNVi. 

The ASRock Z590 OC Formula looks like a formidable option for pushing Intel’s latest 11th generation Rocket Lake processors to the moon and back. Still, it also provides plenty of features for the everyday user. While conventional overclocking focused models of yesteryear have stuck to the basic and core fundamentals designed to deliver the ultimate performance, the Z590 OC Formula balances things out by making it functional with the latest controllers for everyday use too. 

ASRock hasn’t provided any information about the availability of the Z590 OC Formula or any form of expected pricing.

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ASRock and its in-house extreme overclocker Nich Shih have created the latest in its series of high-end enthusiast-grade motherboards. The OC Formula brand returns, famed for its good extreme overclocking performance, with the ASRock Z590 OC Formula. As a high-end clocking board, it is equipped with two DDR4 memory slots as close to the socket as is feasibly possible with the cooler recommendations for improved memory performance. This means support for DDR4-5600 out of the box, but it can go higher - the Z590 OC Formula also comes with a 12-layer PCB for improved signal integrity. It is equipped with a large 16-phase power delivery with premium 90 A smart power stages. It also comes with an OLED display, a hardware-based overclockers toolkit, and benefits from Intel's latest Wi-Fi 6E CNVi, and 2.5 Gb Ethernet, making it a solid option for all levels of enthusiast.

Although the extreme overclocking circle has been getting smaller over the last decade, it is still much alive and resembles an art form. Using more aggressive sub-ambient cooling methods such as dry ice, liquid nitrogen, and in some cases, liquid helium, extreme overclockers have been pushing both Intel and AMD's silicon to its limits for many years. It's been quite a while since ASRock readied up a model capable of competition in the XOC arena. Still, legendary overclocker Nick Shih has helped its engineers design its latest overclocking focused motherboard, the ASRock Z590 OC Formula.

The ASRock Z590 OC Formula drops its recognizable yellow color scheme for an odd green/neon green and black design. Located in the board's center is a new OLED display that can display multiple operating specifications such as voltages, and frequencies, which for overclockers looking for real-time monitoring will find useful.

The top-right hand corner is a hardware-based overclockers toolkit that includes DIP switches for enthusiasts looking to disable or enable the board's three full-length PCIe slots. This also includes a slow mode switch, an OC retry button, an LN2 mode switch, a power switch, a reset switch, and on-the-fly frequency adjustment buttons. There are also three numbered buttons that allow direct access to three of Nick Shih's personal overclocking profiles. For extreme tweakers, there are five V-probe voltage monitoring points.


ASRock combines its neon green design with multiple areas of integrated RGB LEDs.

Focusing on the primary specifications, two full-length PCIe 4.0 slots can operate at x16 and x8/x8, a full-length PCIe 3.0 x4 slot, and two PCIe 2.0 x1 slots. For storage, ASRock includes a total of eight SATA ports, six from the chipset with support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays, and two available from an ASMedia SATA controller. Located around the PCIe slot area and forming an L shape around the chipset heatsink are three M.2 slots, with one PCIe 4.0 x4 and two PCIe 3.0 x4/SATA M.2 slots. Other notable elements include a front panel USB 3.2 G2x2 Type-C header, a 5-pin Thunderbolt AIC connector, two USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and two USB 2.0 headers, as well as a total of eight 4-pin cooling connectors.

On the rear panel is one USB 3.2 G2 Type-C, three USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, and four USB 3.2 G1 Type-A ports, with two PS/2 ports designed for legacy keyboard and mice; these are a staple of extreme overclocking as USB ports can often stop responding during extreme cooling sessions. Also present are five 3.5 mm LED color-coded audio jacks and S/PDIF optical output driven by a Realtek ALC1220 HD audio codec, as well as a clear CMOS and BIOS Flashback switch. Despite being targeted as an extreme overclocking motherboard, ASRock also includes an Intel I225-V 2.5 GbE and Intel I219-V Gigabit controller pairing, with Intel's latest AX210 Wi-Fi 6E CNVi. 

The ASRock Z590 OC Formula looks like a formidable option for pushing Intel's latest 11th generation Rocket Lake processors to the moon and back. Still, it also provides plenty of features for the everyday user. While conventional overclocking focused models of yesteryear have stuck to the basic and core fundamentals designed to deliver the ultimate performance, the Z590 OC Formula balances things out by making it functional with the latest controllers for everyday use too. 

ASRock hasn't provided any information about the availability of the Z590 OC Formula or any form of expected pricing.

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The Intel B560 Motherboard Overview: 30+ Budget Models Starting from $75

Intel is set to launch its latest generation of processors, known as Rocket Lake 11th Gen, on the 30th March 2021. We know Rocket Lake brings with it PCIe 4.0 directly from the CPU itself and is expected to bring better IPC performance over the last generation Comet Lake architecture. We’ve already takena look at 50+ models on Intel’s flagship Z590 chipset, which Rocket Lake works best with, but with the high prices, users who don’t plan on overclocking the CPU have the option of the more value oriented B560 chipset. As an upgrade to the older B460 models B560 brings some new features to the table including support for Wi-Fi 6, up to four USB 3.2 G2 ports, and it also supports memory overclocking as well.

Intel is set to launch its latest generation of processors, known as Rocket Lake 11th Gen, on the 30th March 2021. We know Rocket Lake brings with it PCIe 4.0 directly from the CPU itself and is expected to bring better IPC performance over the last generation Comet Lake architecture. We've already takena look at 50+ models on Intel's flagship Z590 chipset, which Rocket Lake works best with, but with the high prices, users who don't plan on overclocking the CPU have the option of the more value oriented B560 chipset. As an upgrade to the older B460 models B560 brings some new features to the table including support for Wi-Fi 6, up to four USB 3.2 G2 ports, and it also supports memory overclocking as well.

Noctua Announces First Cooler in Redux Series, NH-U12S Redux

One of the most popular air cooling brands, Noctua, has announced the first CPU cooler in its highly anticipated Redux series, the NH-U12S Redux. The Redux series is designed to offer a streamlined and more affordable entry point to some of Noctua’s most popular (and sometimes expensive) CPU coolers. Noctua also launches its NA-FK1 Redux second cooling fan kit as an optional extra.

Focusing on the new NH-U12S Redux, Noctua has ‘streamlined’ its previous NH-U12S cooler by opting for a four heat pipe design instead of five on the previous version. Another difference is that Noctua has opted out of a soldered interface between the heat pipes and the cooling fins and supplies just one NF-P12 Redux 120 mm cooling fan to reduce overall costs.

Noctua also has one of the simplest and most popular mounting kits in recent times, with its SecuFirm2 mounting system, with support for LGA11xx, LGA15xx, LGA20xx, as well as Intel’s latest LGA1200 socket. The SecuFirm2 mounting kit also supports AMD’s AM4 socket. The new Redux series has also stripped away some of the unnecessary fluff to allow a lower entry-point for users on a budget but still looking for similar quality and performance levels.

In addition to the NH-U12S Redux, Noctua has made an optional 120 mm fan kit for systems that demand more cooling performance, the NA-FK1 Redux. The NA-FK1 kit includes one matching NF-P12 Redux 1700 rpm cooling fan, with four grey anti-vibration pads, a pair of fan mounting clips, a 4-pin PWM Y-cable, and two NA-RC14 low-noise adaptors. Where the original NH-U12S comes supplied with both cooling fans, the Redux series gives users the option to purchase this separately, which lowers the cooler’s overall cost.

To increase its products’ longevity, Noctua includes its NH-U12S Redux in its future mounting upgrade scheme, which allows users to request a new mounting kit if a new socket is announced cooler can officially support. Noctua is a little vague in specifying if this service is free of charge and states that as long as it’s technically possible for them to do so, it could make the NH-U12S Redux a good long-term investment for a current build and future upgrade paths.

Amazon (US) Link

Noctua also includes a 6-year limited warranty with the NH-U12S Redux and has set an MSRP of $50 and €50, with stock available at its official Amazon store from today. The additional NA-FK1 Redux 120 mm fan kit is also available today and has an MSRP of $17/€17.

Source: Noctua

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One of the most popular air cooling brands, Noctua, has announced the first CPU cooler in its highly anticipated Redux series, the NH-U12S Redux. The Redux series is designed to offer a streamlined and more affordable entry point to some of Noctua's most popular (and sometimes expensive) CPU coolers. Noctua also launches its NA-FK1 Redux second cooling fan kit as an optional extra.

Focusing on the new NH-U12S Redux, Noctua has 'streamlined' its previous NH-U12S cooler by opting for a four heat pipe design instead of five on the previous version. Another difference is that Noctua has opted out of a soldered interface between the heat pipes and the cooling fins and supplies just one NF-P12 Redux 120 mm cooling fan to reduce overall costs.

Noctua also has one of the simplest and most popular mounting kits in recent times, with its SecuFirm2 mounting system, with support for LGA11xx, LGA15xx, LGA20xx, as well as Intel's latest LGA1200 socket. The SecuFirm2 mounting kit also supports AMD's AM4 socket. The new Redux series has also stripped away some of the unnecessary fluff to allow a lower entry-point for users on a budget but still looking for similar quality and performance levels.

In addition to the NH-U12S Redux, Noctua has made an optional 120 mm fan kit for systems that demand more cooling performance, the NA-FK1 Redux. The NA-FK1 kit includes one matching NF-P12 Redux 1700 rpm cooling fan, with four grey anti-vibration pads, a pair of fan mounting clips, a 4-pin PWM Y-cable, and two NA-RC14 low-noise adaptors. Where the original NH-U12S comes supplied with both cooling fans, the Redux series gives users the option to purchase this separately, which lowers the cooler's overall cost.

To increase its products' longevity, Noctua includes its NH-U12S Redux in its future mounting upgrade scheme, which allows users to request a new mounting kit if a new socket is announced cooler can officially support. Noctua is a little vague in specifying if this service is free of charge and states that as long as it's technically possible for them to do so, it could make the NH-U12S Redux a good long-term investment for a current build and future upgrade paths.

Amazon (US) Link

Noctua also includes a 6-year limited warranty with the NH-U12S Redux and has set an MSRP of $50 and €50, with stock available at its official Amazon store from today. The additional NA-FK1 Redux 120 mm fan kit is also available today and has an MSRP of $17/€17.

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Noctua Announces First Cooler in Redux Series, NH-U12S Redux

One of the most popular air cooling brands, Noctua, has announced the first CPU cooler in its highly anticipated Redux series, the NH-U12S Redux. The Redux series is designed to offer a streamlined and more affordable entry point to some of Noctua’s most popular (and sometimes expensive) CPU coolers. Noctua also launches its NA-FK1 Redux second cooling fan kit as an optional extra.

Focusing on the new NH-U12S Redux, Noctua has ‘streamlined’ its previous NH-U12S cooler by opting for a four heat pipe design instead of five on the previous version. Another difference is that Noctua has opted out of a soldered interface between the heat pipes and the cooling fins and supplies just one NF-P12 Redux 120 mm cooling fan to reduce overall costs.

Noctua also has one of the simplest and most popular mounting kits in recent times, with its SecuFirm2 mounting system, with support for LGA11xx, LGA15xx, LGA20xx, as well as Intel’s latest LGA1200 socket. The SecuFirm2 mounting kit also supports AMD’s AM4 socket. The new Redux series has also stripped away some of the unnecessary fluff to allow a lower entry-point for users on a budget but still looking for similar quality and performance levels.

In addition to the NH-U12S Redux, Noctua has made an optional 120 mm fan kit for systems that demand more cooling performance, the NA-FK1 Redux. The NA-FK1 kit includes one matching NF-P12 Redux 1700 rpm cooling fan, with four grey anti-vibration pads, a pair of fan mounting clips, a 4-pin PWM Y-cable, and two NA-RC14 low-noise adaptors. Where the original NH-U12S comes supplied with both cooling fans, the Redux series gives users the option to purchase this separately, which lowers the cooler’s overall cost.

To increase its products’ longevity, Noctua includes its NH-U12S Redux in its future mounting upgrade scheme, which allows users to request a new mounting kit if a new socket is announced cooler can officially support. Noctua is a little vague in specifying if this service is free of charge and states that as long as it’s technically possible for them to do so, it could make the NH-U12S Redux a good long-term investment for a current build and future upgrade paths.

Amazon (US) Link

Noctua also includes a 6-year limited warranty with the NH-U12S Redux and has set an MSRP of $50 and €50, with stock available at its official Amazon store from today. The additional NA-FK1 Redux 120 mm fan kit is also available today and has an MSRP of $17/€17.

Source: Noctua

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One of the most popular air cooling brands, Noctua, has announced the first CPU cooler in its highly anticipated Redux series, the NH-U12S Redux. The Redux series is designed to offer a streamlined and more affordable entry point to some of Noctua's most popular (and sometimes expensive) CPU coolers. Noctua also launches its NA-FK1 Redux second cooling fan kit as an optional extra.

Focusing on the new NH-U12S Redux, Noctua has 'streamlined' its previous NH-U12S cooler by opting for a four heat pipe design instead of five on the previous version. Another difference is that Noctua has opted out of a soldered interface between the heat pipes and the cooling fins and supplies just one NF-P12 Redux 120 mm cooling fan to reduce overall costs.

Noctua also has one of the simplest and most popular mounting kits in recent times, with its SecuFirm2 mounting system, with support for LGA11xx, LGA15xx, LGA20xx, as well as Intel's latest LGA1200 socket. The SecuFirm2 mounting kit also supports AMD's AM4 socket. The new Redux series has also stripped away some of the unnecessary fluff to allow a lower entry-point for users on a budget but still looking for similar quality and performance levels.

In addition to the NH-U12S Redux, Noctua has made an optional 120 mm fan kit for systems that demand more cooling performance, the NA-FK1 Redux. The NA-FK1 kit includes one matching NF-P12 Redux 1700 rpm cooling fan, with four grey anti-vibration pads, a pair of fan mounting clips, a 4-pin PWM Y-cable, and two NA-RC14 low-noise adaptors. Where the original NH-U12S comes supplied with both cooling fans, the Redux series gives users the option to purchase this separately, which lowers the cooler's overall cost.

To increase its products' longevity, Noctua includes its NH-U12S Redux in its future mounting upgrade scheme, which allows users to request a new mounting kit if a new socket is announced cooler can officially support. Noctua is a little vague in specifying if this service is free of charge and states that as long as it's technically possible for them to do so, it could make the NH-U12S Redux a good long-term investment for a current build and future upgrade paths.

Amazon (US) Link

Noctua also includes a 6-year limited warranty with the NH-U12S Redux and has set an MSRP of $50 and €50, with stock available at its official Amazon store from today. The additional NA-FK1 Redux 120 mm fan kit is also available today and has an MSRP of $17/€17.

Source: Noctua

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Noctua Announces First Cooler in Redux Series, NH-U12S Redux

One of the most popular air cooling brands, Noctua, has announced the first CPU cooler in its highly anticipated Redux series, the NH-U12S Redux. The Redux series is designed to offer a streamlined and more affordable entry point to some of Noctua’s most popular (and sometimes expensive) CPU coolers. Noctua also launches its NA-FK1 Redux second cooling fan kit as an optional extra.

Focusing on the new NH-U12S Redux, Noctua has ‘streamlined’ its previous NH-U12S cooler by opting for a four heat pipe design instead of five on the previous version. Another difference is that Noctua has opted out of a soldered interface between the heat pipes and the cooling fins and supplies just one NF-P12 Redux 120 mm cooling fan to reduce overall costs.

Noctua also has one of the simplest and most popular mounting kits in recent times, with its SecuFirm2 mounting system, with support for LGA11xx, LGA15xx, LGA20xx, as well as Intel’s latest LGA1200 socket. The SecuFirm2 mounting kit also supports AMD’s AM4 socket. The new Redux series has also stripped away some of the unnecessary fluff to allow a lower entry-point for users on a budget but still looking for similar quality and performance levels.

In addition to the NH-U12S Redux, Noctua has made an optional 120 mm fan kit for systems that demand more cooling performance, the NA-FK1 Redux. The NA-FK1 kit includes one matching NF-P12 Redux 1700 rpm cooling fan, with four grey anti-vibration pads, a pair of fan mounting clips, a 4-pin PWM Y-cable, and two NA-RC14 low-noise adaptors. Where the original NH-U12S comes supplied with both cooling fans, the Redux series gives users the option to purchase this separately, which lowers the cooler’s overall cost.

To increase its products’ longevity, Noctua includes its NH-U12S Redux in its future mounting upgrade scheme, which allows users to request a new mounting kit if a new socket is announced cooler can officially support. Noctua is a little vague in specifying if this service is free of charge and states that as long as it’s technically possible for them to do so, it could make the NH-U12S Redux a good long-term investment for a current build and future upgrade paths.

Amazon (US) Link

Noctua also includes a 6-year limited warranty with the NH-U12S Redux and has set an MSRP of $50 and €50, with stock available at its official Amazon store from today. The additional NA-FK1 Redux 120 mm fan kit is also available today and has an MSRP of $17/€17.

Source: Noctua

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One of the most popular air cooling brands, Noctua, has announced the first CPU cooler in its highly anticipated Redux series, the NH-U12S Redux. The Redux series is designed to offer a streamlined and more affordable entry point to some of Noctua's most popular (and sometimes expensive) CPU coolers. Noctua also launches its NA-FK1 Redux second cooling fan kit as an optional extra.

Focusing on the new NH-U12S Redux, Noctua has 'streamlined' its previous NH-U12S cooler by opting for a four heat pipe design instead of five on the previous version. Another difference is that Noctua has opted out of a soldered interface between the heat pipes and the cooling fins and supplies just one NF-P12 Redux 120 mm cooling fan to reduce overall costs.

Noctua also has one of the simplest and most popular mounting kits in recent times, with its SecuFirm2 mounting system, with support for LGA11xx, LGA15xx, LGA20xx, as well as Intel's latest LGA1200 socket. The SecuFirm2 mounting kit also supports AMD's AM4 socket. The new Redux series has also stripped away some of the unnecessary fluff to allow a lower entry-point for users on a budget but still looking for similar quality and performance levels.

In addition to the NH-U12S Redux, Noctua has made an optional 120 mm fan kit for systems that demand more cooling performance, the NA-FK1 Redux. The NA-FK1 kit includes one matching NF-P12 Redux 1700 rpm cooling fan, with four grey anti-vibration pads, a pair of fan mounting clips, a 4-pin PWM Y-cable, and two NA-RC14 low-noise adaptors. Where the original NH-U12S comes supplied with both cooling fans, the Redux series gives users the option to purchase this separately, which lowers the cooler's overall cost.

To increase its products' longevity, Noctua includes its NH-U12S Redux in its future mounting upgrade scheme, which allows users to request a new mounting kit if a new socket is announced cooler can officially support. Noctua is a little vague in specifying if this service is free of charge and states that as long as it's technically possible for them to do so, it could make the NH-U12S Redux a good long-term investment for a current build and future upgrade paths.

Amazon (US) Link

Noctua also includes a 6-year limited warranty with the NH-U12S Redux and has set an MSRP of $50 and €50, with stock available at its official Amazon store from today. The additional NA-FK1 Redux 120 mm fan kit is also available today and has an MSRP of $17/€17.

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AMD Set To Roll Out AGESA firmware USB Fix For Ryzen, Coming April

Last month, we reported that AMD had been made aware of many users experiencing intermittent connectivity issues with USB ports on its Ryzen 500-series motherboards. Requesting that users with any USB drop-out issues reach out directly to them, AMD has now released a statement confirming that it’s planning to release a firmware update via a new AGESA update.

A post on Reddit by the official AMD account, u/AMD, has revealed that AMD will distribute a new firmware update named AGESA 1.2.0.2 to its motherboard partners within a week. AGESA (AMD’s Generic Encapsulated System Architecture) is AMD’s primary base on which motherboard vendors build their firmware around. This means it’s likely that an update alleviating users with problematic and intermittent USB issues isn’t far away.

AMD’s official statement on its new updated AGESA reads as follows:

We would like to thank the community here on r/AMD for its assistance with logs and reports as we investigated the intermittent USB connectivity you highlighted. With your help, we believe we have isolated the root cause and developed a solution that addresses a range of reported symptoms, including (but not limited to): USB port dropout, USB 2.0 audio crackling (e.g. DAC/AMP combos), and USB/PCIe Gen 4 exclusion.

AMD has prepared AGESA 1.2.0.2 to deploy this update, and we plan to distribute 1.2.0.2 to our motherboard partners for integration in about a week. Customers can expect downloadable BIOSes containing AGESA 1.2.0.2 to begin with beta updates in early April. The exact update schedule for your system will depend on the test and implementation schedule for your vendor and specific motherboard model. If you continue to experience intermittent USB connectivity issues after updating your system to AGESA 1.2.0.2, we encourage you to download the standalone AMD Bug Report Tool and open a ticket with AMD Customer Support.

Randomized USB disconnects can present many issues for a variety of users, with reports of USB capture devices cutting out while recording and problems with VR headsets that primarily rely on its power from USB ports. This also stretches to mouse and keyboard input issues which can also cause an inconvenience to end-users. 

Despite AMD admitting that there is an underlying issue surrounding USB ports on its Ryzen 5000 and Ryzen 3000 processors when used with 500 and 400-series motherboards, it hasn’t gone into details about the fix. They believe they have identified the root cause of the issues, and the new AGESA 1.2.0.2 firmware should begin rolling out sometime in April.

Source: r/AMD

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Last month, we reported that AMD had been made aware of many users experiencing intermittent connectivity issues with USB ports on its Ryzen 500-series motherboards. Requesting that users with any USB drop-out issues reach out directly to them, AMD has now released a statement confirming that it's planning to release a firmware update via a new AGESA update.

A post on Reddit by the official AMD account, u/AMD, has revealed that AMD will distribute a new firmware update named AGESA 1.2.0.2 to its motherboard partners within a week. AGESA (AMD's Generic Encapsulated System Architecture) is AMD's primary base on which motherboard vendors build their firmware around. This means it's likely that an update alleviating users with problematic and intermittent USB issues isn't far away.

AMD's official statement on its new updated AGESA reads as follows:

We would like to thank the community here on r/AMD for its assistance with logs and reports as we investigated the intermittent USB connectivity you highlighted. With your help, we believe we have isolated the root cause and developed a solution that addresses a range of reported symptoms, including (but not limited to): USB port dropout, USB 2.0 audio crackling (e.g. DAC/AMP combos), and USB/PCIe Gen 4 exclusion.

AMD has prepared AGESA 1.2.0.2 to deploy this update, and we plan to distribute 1.2.0.2 to our motherboard partners for integration in about a week. Customers can expect downloadable BIOSes containing AGESA 1.2.0.2 to begin with beta updates in early April. The exact update schedule for your system will depend on the test and implementation schedule for your vendor and specific motherboard model. If you continue to experience intermittent USB connectivity issues after updating your system to AGESA 1.2.0.2, we encourage you to download the standalone AMD Bug Report Tool and open a ticket with AMD Customer Support.

Randomized USB disconnects can present many issues for a variety of users, with reports of USB capture devices cutting out while recording and problems with VR headsets that primarily rely on its power from USB ports. This also stretches to mouse and keyboard input issues which can also cause an inconvenience to end-users. 

Despite AMD admitting that there is an underlying issue surrounding USB ports on its Ryzen 5000 and Ryzen 3000 processors when used with 500 and 400-series motherboards, it hasn't gone into details about the fix. They believe they have identified the root cause of the issues, and the new AGESA 1.2.0.2 firmware should begin rolling out sometime in April.

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AMD Set To Roll Out AGESA firmware USB Fix For Ryzen, Coming April

Last month, we reported that AMD had been made aware of many users experiencing intermittent connectivity issues with USB ports on its Ryzen 500-series motherboards. Requesting that users with any USB drop-out issues reach out directly to them, AMD has now released a statement confirming that it’s planning to release a firmware update via a new AGESA update.

A post on Reddit by the official AMD account, u/AMD, has revealed that AMD will distribute a new firmware update named AGESA 1.2.0.2 to its motherboard partners within a week. AGESA (AMD’s Generic Encapsulated System Architecture) is AMD’s primary base on which motherboard vendors build their firmware around. This means it’s likely that an update alleviating users with problematic and intermittent USB issues isn’t far away.

AMD’s official statement on its new updated AGESA reads as follows:

We would like to thank the community here on r/AMD for its assistance with logs and reports as we investigated the intermittent USB connectivity you highlighted. With your help, we believe we have isolated the root cause and developed a solution that addresses a range of reported symptoms, including (but not limited to): USB port dropout, USB 2.0 audio crackling (e.g. DAC/AMP combos), and USB/PCIe Gen 4 exclusion.

AMD has prepared AGESA 1.2.0.2 to deploy this update, and we plan to distribute 1.2.0.2 to our motherboard partners for integration in about a week. Customers can expect downloadable BIOSes containing AGESA 1.2.0.2 to begin with beta updates in early April. The exact update schedule for your system will depend on the test and implementation schedule for your vendor and specific motherboard model. If you continue to experience intermittent USB connectivity issues after updating your system to AGESA 1.2.0.2, we encourage you to download the standalone AMD Bug Report Tool and open a ticket with AMD Customer Support.

Randomized USB disconnects can present many issues for a variety of users, with reports of USB capture devices cutting out while recording and problems with VR headsets that primarily rely on its power from USB ports. This also stretches to mouse and keyboard input issues which can also cause an inconvenience to end-users. 

Despite AMD admitting that there is an underlying issue surrounding USB ports on its Ryzen 5000 and Ryzen 3000 processors when used with 500 and 400-series motherboards, it hasn’t gone into details about the fix. They believe they have identified the root cause of the issues, and the new AGESA 1.2.0.2 firmware should begin rolling out sometime in April.

Source: r/AMD

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Last month, we reported that AMD had been made aware of many users experiencing intermittent connectivity issues with USB ports on its Ryzen 500-series motherboards. Requesting that users with any USB drop-out issues reach out directly to them, AMD has now released a statement confirming that it's planning to release a firmware update via a new AGESA update.

A post on Reddit by the official AMD account, u/AMD, has revealed that AMD will distribute a new firmware update named AGESA 1.2.0.2 to its motherboard partners within a week. AGESA (AMD's Generic Encapsulated System Architecture) is AMD's primary base on which motherboard vendors build their firmware around. This means it's likely that an update alleviating users with problematic and intermittent USB issues isn't far away.

AMD's official statement on its new updated AGESA reads as follows:

We would like to thank the community here on r/AMD for its assistance with logs and reports as we investigated the intermittent USB connectivity you highlighted. With your help, we believe we have isolated the root cause and developed a solution that addresses a range of reported symptoms, including (but not limited to): USB port dropout, USB 2.0 audio crackling (e.g. DAC/AMP combos), and USB/PCIe Gen 4 exclusion.

AMD has prepared AGESA 1.2.0.2 to deploy this update, and we plan to distribute 1.2.0.2 to our motherboard partners for integration in about a week. Customers can expect downloadable BIOSes containing AGESA 1.2.0.2 to begin with beta updates in early April. The exact update schedule for your system will depend on the test and implementation schedule for your vendor and specific motherboard model. If you continue to experience intermittent USB connectivity issues after updating your system to AGESA 1.2.0.2, we encourage you to download the standalone AMD Bug Report Tool and open a ticket with AMD Customer Support.

Randomized USB disconnects can present many issues for a variety of users, with reports of USB capture devices cutting out while recording and problems with VR headsets that primarily rely on its power from USB ports. This also stretches to mouse and keyboard input issues which can also cause an inconvenience to end-users. 

Despite AMD admitting that there is an underlying issue surrounding USB ports on its Ryzen 5000 and Ryzen 3000 processors when used with 500 and 400-series motherboards, it hasn't gone into details about the fix. They believe they have identified the root cause of the issues, and the new AGESA 1.2.0.2 firmware should begin rolling out sometime in April.

Source: r/AMD

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