Sapphire Radeon RX 5600 XT Pulse BE graphics card length is 230.5 mm

Sapphire Radeon RX 5600 XT Pulse BE graphics card length is 230.5 mm

Sapphire has released the Radeon RX 5600 XT Pulse BE graphics accelerator, suitable for use in small form factor gaming desktops.

The solution is based on the Navi 14 chip with RDNA architecture. The configuration includes 2304 stream processors and 6 GB of GDDR6 memory with a 192-bit bus. The game frequency reaches 1560 MHz, the frequency in the turbo mode is 1620 MHz.

The length of the video card is 230.5 mm. The Dual-X cooling system includes two fans, the design of which uses double-row ball bearings. The all-aluminum reinforcing plate provides additional protection against bends and dust, and also helps cool the accelerator due to auxiliary heat removal.

The novelty supports PCI Express 4.0 interface. There are two HDMI and DisplayPort connectors for connecting monitors. The overall dimensions of the card are 230.5 × 122.5 × 40.1 mm. To work with a graphics accelerator, it is recommended to use a power supply with a capacity of at least 500 watts.

As for the cost of the Sapphire Radeon RX 5600 XT Pulse BE, it is expected to reach $ 280.

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OnePlus Nord will receive a camera with optical stabilization and a new packaging design

OnePlus Nord will receive a camera with optical stabilization and a new packaging design

A new detail has become known about the upcoming first smartphone of the new OnePlus Nord family (more affordable, but powerful enough devices). According to Ishan Agarwal, the phone will receive an optical image stabilization system. This article was republished by Carl Pei, co-founder of OnePlus, commenting “Flagship Camera Coming“.

Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) is a feature commonly found in flagship smartphones. Some phones claiming the flagship title sometimes do not even have such a function, so it is not surprising that OnePlus is especially proud of its integration into its mid-range device.

OIS is more likely to take sharper photos by compensating for hand shake. This is especially useful in low light conditions and when shooting video. Although modern software stabilization technologies sometimes do surprisingly well at these tasks, OIS remains a useful feature.

In addition, packaging images of the future phone were also published. The OnePlus Nord box will be made in black with a blue accent – previously, the company’s devices were delivered in white or red packaging (orange in the case of McLaren Edition). At the top of the box is the OnePlus logo in the corner, and the word “Nord” is written several times in larger print. On the side is written OnePlus.

The box is designed so that the buyer sees the turquoise color of the inside. This is the same color that OnePlus uses for its logo in the Nord family, although the logo on the box itself is not the same color. In one of the published images, OnePlus shows the strength of the box when two people stand on it. Some liked the idea, while others did not appreciate it, saying that they do not care how durable the packaging is.

The launch of OnePlus Nord is expected on July 21 as part of the world’s first augmented reality smartphone announcement.

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hard to be a god / motherboards

hard to be a god / motherboards

Along with other manufacturers, the Taiwanese company MSI introduced its motherboard for the Comet Lake-S processors of the LGA1200 design, and there are many different ones at once. In total, the company has 11 motherboards in its assortment from the simple and inexpensive Z490-A PRO to the elite MEG Z490 Godlike, leading the MSI series of branded models for extreme overclocking MEG (MSI Enthusiast Gaming). There are four models in this series, and on any of them you can squeeze the maximum out of existing Intel processors if you have very, very effective cooling and a successful processor instance. However, it is the “god-like” MEG Z490 Godlike that is at the top of this hierarchy – and it is from it that we will begin our acquaintance with the MSI motherboards on Intel Z490.

⇡ #Motherboard review Msi MEG Z490 Godlike

⇡ # Specifications and cost

MSI MEG Z490 Godlike
Supported Processors Intel Core i9 / Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 / Pentium Gold / Celeron processors performed by LGA1200 of the tenth generation of Core microarchitecture;
Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 and Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Technology Support
Chipset Intel Z490
Memory subsystem 4 × DIMM DDR4 non-buffered memory up to 128 GB inclusive;
dual-channel memory mode;
support for modules with frequencies from 2133 to 2933 MHz and from 3000 (O.C.) to 5000 (O.C.) MHz;
support for non-ECC DIMMs without buffering;
Intel XMP (Extreme Memory Profile) support
GUI Integrated graphics core with CPU + Intel Thunderbolt 3 controller:
– 2 Intel Thunderbolt 3 interface connectors (USB Type-C ports), video output using DisplayPort and Thunderbolt, maximum screen resolution 5120 × 2880 at 60 Hz, 24-bit color depth;
– Support for DisplayPort version 1.4, HDCP 2.3 and HDR;
– maximum shared memory up to 1 GB
Connectors for expansion cards 3 slots PCI Express 3.0 x16, operating modes x16 / x0 / x4 or x8 / x8 / x4;
1 PCI Express 3.0 x1 slot
Video Scalability AMD 3-way CrossFireX Technology
NVIDIA 2-way SLI Technology
Drive Interfaces Intel Z490 Chipset:
– 6 × SATA III, bandwidth up to 6 Gb / s (support RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10, Intel Rapid Storage Technology, NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug);
– 2 × M.2, the bandwidth of each up to 32 Gb / s (both support SATA- and PCI Express-drives with a length of 42 to 110 mm).
Intel processor:
– 1 x M.2, bandwidth up to 32 Gb / s (only supports PCI Express drives with a length of 42 to 80 mm).
Intel Optane Memory Technology Support
10-gigabit network controller Aquantia AQtion AQC107;
2.5-gigabit network controller Realtek RTL8125B;
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 wireless module (2 × 2 Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 a / b / g / n / ac / ax) with Wave 2 support and dual-band operation 2.4 and 5.0 GHz, Bluetooth 5.1 );
MSI Gaming Lan Manager Utility
Audio subsystem Realtek ALC1220 7.1 Channel HD Audio Codec:
– ESS E9018 combo DAC;
– Chemicon audio capacitors;
– A dedicated headphone amplifier with a resistance of 600 Ohms;
– protection against clicks;
– breeding of the left and right channels in different layers of the PCB;
– isolation of the printed circuit board;
– gold-plated audio connectors;
– Nahimic 3 surround sound technology support
USB interface The total number of USB ports is 19, including:
1) Intel Z490 chipset:
– 6 USB 2.0 ports (2 on the rear panel, 4 connected to the connectors on the system board);
– 3 USB 3.2 Gen2 ports (2 Type-A on the rear panel, 1 Type-C connected to the connector on the PCB);
2) Intel JHL7540 Thunderbolt 3 controller:
– 2 USB 3.2 Gen2 ports (Type-C, on the rear panel);
3) ASMedia ASM1074 controller:
– 8 USB 3.2 Gen1 ports (4 on the rear panel, 4 connected to two connectors on the system board)
Connectors and buttons on the rear panel Buttons Clear CMOS and Flash BIOS;
two USB 2.0 ports and a combined PS / 2 port;
four USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A ports;
USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A / C ports and 2.5G network port
USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A / C ports and 10G network port
two SMA connectors for antennas of a wireless communication module (2T2R);
optical output of the S / PDIF interface;
five gold-plated 3.5 mm audio jacks
Textolite internal connectors 24-pin ATX power connector
2 8-pin ATX 12V power connectors
6-pin PCIe power connector
6 SATA 3;
3 M.2 Socket 3;
USB Type-C connector for connecting a USB 3.2 Gen2 10 Gb / s port;
2 USB sockets for connection of four USB 3.2 Gen1 5 Gb / s ports;
2 USB sockets for connection of four USB 2.0 ports;
4-pin connector for the CPU cooling fan;
4-pin connector for the pump SJO CPU;
8 4-pin connectors for case fans with PWM support;
3-pin connector Water Flow;
group of connectors for the front panel of the case;
two connectors for temperature sensors;
Chassis Intrusion Connector
TPM connector
4-pin RGB LED connector;
2 3-pin Rainbow LED connectors;
3-pin connector Corsair LED;
indicator of POST codes;
Reset Button
Power Button
OC Fail Save button;
OC Retry Button
BIOS 2 × 256 Mbit AMI UEFI BIOS with multilingual interface and graphical shell;
Dual BIOS support
support SM BIOS 2.8, ACPI 6.2
I / O controller Nuvoton NCT6687D-M
Form factor, dimensions (mm) E-ATX, 305 × 277
Operating system support Windows 10 x64
Guarantee manufacturer, years old 3
Retail value 69,999

⇡ # Packaging and equipment

The large cardboard box that ships with the MSI MEG Z490 Godlike has a vertical orientation and a plastic carrying handle. The board itself is depicted on its front side, the series and model name are indicated next to it.

On the opposite side of the box, the key features of the product are described, its brief characteristics are indicated and a list of interface panel ports is provided.

Features of the board are detailed under the top hinged box lid.

On a paper sticker from one of the ends you can find the serial number of the product and a very short list of technical specifications.

Inside the main package are two more flat boxes. In one of them lies the actual board, and in the other – components. Among them are all kinds of cables and accessories, antennas for the wireless communication module, instructions and stickers.

Also included is the M.2 Xpander-Z Gen4 S expansion board for additional NVMe M.2 format drives. We will meet her during the course of the article.

Since the name of the new MSI motherboard – MEG Z490 Godlike – is consonant with something sublime, the company didn’t start trifling with its cost: you can buy this model at the price of a more or less decent laptop, that is, at least 70 thousand rubles. Also for this amount you will receive a three-year guarantee for a fee.

⇡ # Design and features

MSI MEG Z490 Godlike is made in the best traditions of flagship motherboards on any system logic sets: the E-ATX form factor (305 × 277 mm), the “armor” over almost the entire PCB and the weight of one and a half processor supercoolers.

There are no bright details in the design of the board, but thanks to the smooth mirror surfaces of the inserts and chopped radiators on the ports of the M.2 MEG Z490 Godlike drives, it looks interesting, modern and strict.

A protective and reinforcing Chest Plate, as well as heat distribution plates on power circuits are installed on the back of the PCB.

On the interface panel of the board there is everything necessary for any tasks, not counting the video outputs that on boards of this level lose all meaning. Here are the BIOS update and CMOS reset buttons, a combined PS / 2 port, 10 USB ports of various types, two network sockets, connectors for the antennas of the wireless communication module, an optical output and five gold-plated audio connectors.

All ports are indicated by icons or signed, and USB in addition to this are highlighted.

Without radiators and a plastic casing, the board looks as follows.

The MSI MEG Z490 Godlike is based on an eight-layer PCB, and the mounting holes in it have a double ring of grounding points – this should guarantee enhanced protection against electrostatic discharges.

The board is complex and, perhaps, even oversaturated with components and controllers, to understand which the instruction manual and the layout of the main elements from it will help.

The LGA1200 processor socket on the MSI MEG Z490 Godlike differs from the socket on other boards with the Intel Z490 with a different arrangement and number of stabilizing capacitors, as well as a hole for the temperature sensor.

The list of processors compatible with the board includes all LGA1200 processors that have been released in the design, from the 35-watt Intel Pentium Gold G6500T to the flagship Intel Core i9-10900K with its official, but not real 125-watt TDP.

The CPU power system is built on a 16-phase circuit.

Each phase consists of an Intersil ISL99390 90 A MOSFET and a third generation titanium coil

Thus, in total, the processor can supply 1440 A to the processor, which is enough for any present and future Intel processors (prepare only a more powerful power supply). Another power phase of the exact same layout is reserved for VCCSA.

Power management is implemented by an eight-channel Intersil ISL69269 controller with Intersil ISL6617A doublers, symmetrically wired on the back of the PCB.

Below the processor socket, you can see two more phases of the power supply, which, apparently, are allotted to VCCIO.

To provide power to the MSI MEG Z490 Godlike, there is one 24-pin connector, a pair of eight-pin and one six-pin block at the bottom of the PCB.

It is recommended to connect the cable to it only when two video cards with high power consumption are installed on the board. There is no need to talk about installing three video cards on boards with the Intel Z490 chipset due to limitations in the number of PCI-Express lines (only the x8 / x8 / x4 circuit is possible).

Speaking of chipset. On the MSI MEG Z490 Godlike, it is covered with a flat heatsink with a plastic pad and thermal pad. Her traces are visible on the chipset crystal.

Intel Z490 resources, coupled with CPU resources, are allocated in the following block diagram.

Four DIMM slots for DDR4 standard memory have a Steel Armor metal shell, reinforcing the slots and protecting the contacts in them from electromagnetic interference, as well as additional soldering points to the PCB. The module locks in the slots are located only on the right side.

On the MSI MEG Z490 Godlike, memory is organized according to the Daisy Chain topology. The board supports working with modules with an effective frequency of 5.0 GHz, examples of which are already on the certified list, and the proprietary DDR4 Boost technology should facilitate overclocking and increase stability. We add that the memory power system is single-channel.

Like the RAM slots, all PCI-Express 3.0 x16 are also clad in a Steel Armor shell, which quadruples their kink.

Note that the first slot is far from the zone of the processor socket, which means that it will not interfere with the installation of overall supercoolers. It is he and the second slot that are connected to the PCI-Express processor lines and can operate in x16 / x0 or x8 / x8 modes. Switching operation of the slots is implemented by Pericom PI3EQX16 signal amplifiers.

The lower PCI-Express 3.0 x16 can only work in x4 mode, and besides it there is still a small PCI-Express x1 for expansion cards. The distribution options for chipset and processor lines between PCI-Express slots and M.2 ports are shown in the table.

Here we add that, according to official information from MSI, the Godlike MEG Z490 motherboard supports a high-speed PCI-Express 4.0 bus, which will be activated simultaneously with the release of new Intel processors and a BIOS update.

The board does not stand out in terms of ports for SATA-type drives: the Intel Z490 chipset uses six SATA III ports with a throughput of up to 6 Gb / s.

But with M.2 ports for SSD, the situation is much more interesting. On the board itself there are three Turbo M.2 ports, the throughput of each of which can reach 32 Gb / s. The first two ports are powered by a chipset and support both SATA- and PCI Express-drives with a length of 42 to 110 mm.

The lower slot uses processor lines and can work exclusively with PCIe-drives with a length of 42 to 80 mm. For all drives in the M.2 ports there are two-sided radiators with thermal pads.

The M.2 Xpander-Z Gen4 S expansion board included in the MSI MEG Z490 Godlike expansion card will help to further increase the number of high-speed drives, and immediately with native support for the PCI-Express 4.0 bus.

It is possible to install two more actively-cooled SSDs in it from 42 to 110 mm long.

Like other flagship boards, the MSI MEG Z490 Godlike is equipped with a 10-gigabyte network controller Aquantia AQC107, as well as a 2.5-gigabit Realtek RTL8125B.

For wireless networks, the Intel AX201 module with support for Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 is responsible. Distribute network streams will help the utility MSI Gaming Lan Manager.

The developers of MSI MEG Z490 Godlike equipped the board immediately with nineteen different types of USB ports. On the interface panel – 10 ports, including a pair of USB 3.2 Gen2 (Type-C), implemented by the Intel T803A900 controller (Thunderbolt 3 interface with a bandwidth of up to 40 Gb / s).

Two USB 2.0 pads (4 ports), two USB 3.2 Gen1 (4 ports from the ASMedia ASM1074 hub) and one high-speed USB 3.2 Gen2 for the front panel of the system unit are soldered to the PCB board.

It seems that Realtek ALC1220 has monopolized the audio market for high-performance boards, since we are testing the third flagship on the Intel Z490 – and this audio processor is again installed on it.

The digital-to-analog converter ESS E9018 combo DAC, Chemicon audio capacitors, a dedicated headphone amplifier with a resistance of 600 Ohms, click protection when connecting a cable, and also isolating the area of ​​audio components from the rest of the printed circuit board with a non-conductive strip are designed to improve sound quality.

We add gold-plated connectors and support for Nahimic 3 surround sound technology to the same piggy bank.

Multi I / O and monitoring functions on the MSI MEG Z490 Godlike are implemented by the Nuvoton NCT6687D-M controller.

You can connect 10 fans with PWM support to the board, or without it, then the speed will be regulated by voltage (DC).

In addition, a three-pin Water Flow connector and two connectors for temperature sensors are provided.

A set of tools for overclocking the processor is also quite sufficient: LED indicators, various buttons and a multifunctional POST-code indicator are added to contact points for voltage measurements and jumpers.

The latter is implemented quite original, as it is adjacent to a small display on which various kinds of information can be displayed, including monitoring data.

Of course, the MSI MEG Z490 Godlike could not do without backlighting – well, where now without it, darling? The chipset heatsink area is highlighted and – especially beautifully – the area of ​​the interface panel casing (the dragon in the first photo in the article is just from there). The proprietary backlight system is called MSI Mystic Light and supports countless operating modes.

Three RGB RGB connectors, two of which are addressable, will help expand the backlight of the board with LED strips. In addition, the board has a 3-pin Corsair LED connector for connecting and controlling the backlight of this company’s products.

Most connectors are located at the bottom of the PCB. In addition to the already demonstrated buttons and connectors, you can see a small BIOS selection switch there.

On the MSI MEG Z490 Godlike dual BIOS with the ability to automatically restore the image from the backup chip and update without using a processor and RAM.

To cool the VRM circuits, a double radiator with a heat pipe is provided, and the plate on the back of the board performs only a protective function and strengthens the board by bending.

The VRM radiator has two small fans.

The effectiveness of their work is in great doubt with us, because they suck in air from nowhere and throw it out to nowhere. It’s good that they turn on only when the VRM circuits reach a temperature of 70 degrees Celsius and above.

Particular tenderness in these fans is caused by the ratio of the rotor diameter and the useful area of ​​the blades, which are more like saw teeth than fan blades. MSI would have been better off without these little turntables.

⇡ # UEFI BIOS Features

The flagship MSI MEG Z490 Godlike motherboard is endowed with an AMI UEFI BIOS with a multilingual interface, a graphical shell and the brand name MSI Click BIOS 5. The latest version 7C70 available at the time of testingv11 was dated May 20 of this year. The board starts in the EZ Mode basic settings mode, where you can not only find out information about the system and the main settings, but also activate the auto-acceleration mode of the Gamu Boost processor and XMP RAM.

When switching to advanced mode, the top panel of the window remains unchanged, but in the lower two-thirds of the screen six main sections appear.

The first one contains settings of peripheral devices and board controllers, boot and security parameters.

Since these settings do not require additional comments, we simply provide screenshots of the BIOS with them.

Much more interesting is the BIOS section with the telling name OC. There is where to turn to the overclocker: any parameters of the processor and RAM are available for change, including voltage and limit adjustments.

The possibilities of changing the main voltages in the BIOS of the MSI MEG Z490 Godlike motherboard are given in the table with the maximum and minimum values, as well as the step for changing them.

Voltage The minimum value, In Maximum value, V Step
CPU core 0,600 2,155 0.005
CPU VCCSA 0,600 1,850 0.010
CPU VCCIO 0,600 1,750 0.010
CPU Pll 0,600 2,000 0.010
CPU PLL OC 0,600 2,000 0.010
CPU PLL SFR 0,900 1,500 0.015
RING PLL SFR 0,900 1,500 0.015
SA PLL SFR 0,900 1,500 0.015
MC PLL SFR 0,900 1,500 0.015
CPU ST 0,600 2,000 0.010
CPU STG 0,600 2,000 0.010
DRAM 0,600 2,200 0.010

Also in the BIOS is available to change all the memory timings existing on the planet.

In a special subsection, the memory settings related to the so-called chip training during overclocking or fine tuning are grouped.

Конечно же, есть и подраздел с регулировками стабилизации напряжений, где основной параметр – CPU Loadline Calibration Control – имеет восемь уровней стабилизации с графическим представлением степени этой самой стабилизации. Во время тестирования платы мы коснёмся этой темы отдельно.

Для центрального процессора и памяти есть подробнейшие информационные окна BIOS.

Настроенный BIOS платы можно сохранять в шести профилях, хотя хотелось бы восемь. Впрочем, для нынешнего поколения процессоров Intel эта «проблема» неактуальна.

Есть в BIOS и встроенная утилита мониторинга и настройки подключенных к плате вентиляторов, а также браузер платы.

Единственная ошибка BIOS данной версии, которую нам удалось зафиксировать во время настройки, это зависание оболочки при попытке отключения контроллера Thunderbolt 3, а в остальном она работает без сбоев и быстро. Отображение изменённых настроек при выходе из BIOS здесь также присутствует.

⇡#Разгон и стабильность

Проверка стабильности, оверклокерского потенциала и производительности материнской платы MSI MEG Z490 Godlike была проведена в закрытом корпусе системного блока при температуре в помещении от 26,8 до 27,2 градуса Цельсия. Конфигурация тестового стенда состояла из следующих комплектующих:

  • системная плата: MSI MEG Z490 Godlike (Intel Z490, LGA1200, BIOS 7C70v11 от 25.05.2020);
  • процессор: Intel Core i9-10900K 3,7-5,3 ГГц (Comet Lake-S, 14+∞+ нм, Q0, 10 × 256 Kбайт L2, 20 Мбайт L3, TDP 125 Вт);
  • система охлаждения CPU: Noctua NH-D15 (два 140-мм вентилятора Noctua NF-A15 на 770–1490 об/мин);
  • термоинтерфейс: ARCTIC MX-4;
  • видеокарта: MSI GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER Ventus XS OC GDDR6 6 Гбайт/192 бит 1530-1815/14000 МГц;
  • оперативная память: DDR4 2 × 8 Гбайт G.Skill TridentZ Neo (F4-3600C18Q-32GTZN), XMP 3600 МГц 18-22-22-42 CR2 при 1,35 В;
  • системный диск: Intel SSD 730 480 Гбайт (SATA III, BIOS vL2010400);
  • диск для программ и игр: Western Digital VelociRaptor 300 Гбайт (SATA II, 10000 об/мин, 16 Мбайт, NCQ);
  • архивный диск: Samsung Ecogreen F4 HD204UI 2 Тбайт (SATA II, 5400 об/мин, 32 Мбайт, NCQ);
  • звуковая карта: Auzen X-Fi HomeTheater HD;
  • корпус: Thermaltake Core X71 (шесть 140-мм be quiet! Silent Wings 3 PWM [BL067], 990 об/мин, три – на вдув, три – на выдув);
  • панель управления и мониторинга: Zalman ZM-MFC3;
  • блок питания: Corsair AX1500i Digital ATX (1,5 кВт, 80 Plus Titanium), 140-мм вентилятор.

Тестирование было проведено под управлением операционной системы Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (1909 18363.900) с установкой следующих драйверов:

Стабильность системы при разгоне мы проверяли стресс-утилитой Prime95 29.4 build 8 и другими бенчмарками, а мониторинг проводился с помощью HWiNFO64 версии 6.27-4190.

Традиционно перед тестированием приведём характеристики платы с помощью утилиты AIDA64 Extreme.

Сначала мы проверили автоматические настройки BIOS платы, лишь активировав XMP оперативной памяти и отключив неиспользованные контроллеры. Процессор стартовал в штатном режиме и работал на частотах вплоть до 5,3 ГГц.

Первый тест Prime95 мы провели без использования AVX-инструкций — и по итогам сразу стало понятно, что даже при автоматических настройках BIOS плата MSI MEG Z490 Godlike снимает ограничения процессора по уровню TDP (215 ватт в пике нагрузки при 125 ваттах в спецификациях Intel Core i9-10900K).

⇡ #Автоматические настройки BIOS (AVX выключены)

Напряжение ядра процессора в нагрузке держалось на уровне 1,188 В, а его максимальная температура достигла 80 градусов Цельсия. Особо отметим, что при автоматических настройках BIOS плата не завышает напряжения VCCIO и VCCSA, в отличие от флагманских решений других производителей на базе набора логики Intel Z490. Цепи VRM греются не выше 56 градусов Цельсия, вентилятор их радиатора не работает.

Далее настал черёд теста Prime95 с активированными AVX-инструкциями.

⇡ #Автоматические настройки BIOS (AVX активированы)

При такой нагрузке частота процессора держится на отметке 4,9 ГГц при напряжении 1,195 В и пиковом уровне TDP оказывается чуть выше 281 Вт. Температуры, как видите, значительно выше, чем без использования AVX, чего и следовало ожидать. Тем не менее даже при столь существенно возросшей нагрузке цепи VRM платы прогрелись только до скромных 67 градусов Цельсия, а вентилятор по-прежнему не включался.

Далее, прежде чем перейти к попыткам разгона, мы проверили эффективность алгоритмов работы функции стабилизации напряжения на ядре процессора – Loadline Calibration (LLC). Нам удалось протестировать три уровня LLC — от самого слабого, 8, до уровня ниже среднего, 6. Процессор работал в номинальном режиме, а в нагрузке AVX-инструкции не участвовали. Результаты получились довольно интересными.

С минимальным уровнем LLC плата стабилизирует процессор точно так же, как и при автоматических настройках, то есть MSI MEG Z490 Godlike задействует минимальный алгоритм LLC, если ничего не менять в BIOS. Следующий (седьмой) уровень увеличивает напряжение на ядре процессора в нагрузке с 1,188 до 1,213 В, а максимальная температура возрастает на 7 градусов Цельсия. Ещё агрессивнее себя ведёт шестой уровень LLC, при котором напряжение повышалось до явно избыточных 1,272 В с ростом температуры до 96 градусов Цельсия. Ну а наши попытки протестировать ещё более высокий, пятый уровень стабилизации закончились перегревом процессора спустя уже три минуты теста Prime95.

Разгон нашего экземпляра Intel Core i9-10900K на плате MSI MEG Z490 Godlike закончился точно таким же результатом, как и на флагманских платах ASUS и Gigabyte: 5,0 ГГц одновременно по всем ядрам при 1,225 В и LLC 4.

При этом температура наиболее горячего ядра процессора повышалась до 88 градусов Цельсия, а температура элементов цепей VRM не превысила 60 градусов Цельсия.

На чуть более высокой частоте, 5,1 ГГц, процессору потребовались 1,285 В (LLC 4), но через 3-4 минуты теста он попросту уходил за 100 градусов Цельсия даже под суперкулером. Собирать кастомную СЖО для этих дополнительных 0,1 ГГц было бессмысленно, поэтому мы перешли к проверке оперативной памяти на топовой материнской плате MSI.

Правда, на MEG Z490 Godlike, как и на двух ранее протестированных платах, получить от двух восьмигигабайтных модулей G.Skill TridentZ Neo номиналом 3,6 ГГц с исходными таймингами 18-22-22-42 CR2 более чем 3,8 ГГц при снижении основных таймингов до 18-21-21-43 CR2 и корректировке вторичных задержек нам не удалось. Очевидно, что проблема в модулях памяти, а не в материнских платах.


Теперь проверим производительность системы на MSI MEG Z490 Godlike в номинальном режиме и при разгоне процессора/памяти в нескольких бенчмарках.

Несмотря на тот факт, что серьёзных успехов в разгоне процессора и памяти по очевидным причинам мы не достигли, в большинстве тестов производительность удалось поднять довольно заметно. Если же сравнивать полученные на MSI MEG Z490 Godlike в бенчмарках результаты с такими же тестами из статей про ASUS ROG Maximus XII Extreme и Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme, то можно увидеть, что разницы в производительности между тремя этими платами практически нет.

⇡ #Conclusion

Флагманская MSI MEG Z490 Godlike имеет на своём борту всё необходимое для создания игровой системы с одной или двумя видеокартами. На плату можно установить самый быстрый игровой процессор, который она обеспечит предельно мощной системой питания с пассивным или активным охлаждением. Выжать максимум из существующего «железа» поможет поддержка пятигигагерцевой оперативной памяти, а также трёх накопителей в портах M.2 на текстолите и ещё пары на карте расширения, отлаженный BIOS с широкими возможностями регулировки напряжений и многочисленные оверклокерские инструменты. На плате имеются три самых быстрых сетевых контроллера, аппаратно улучшенный звуковой процессор, 19 портов USB и прочие всевозможные оптимизации.

Каких-то серьёзных недостатков у MSI MEG Z490 Godlike нам найти не удалось, да и несерьёзных недостатков — тоже. Конечно, к ним можно было бы отнести, например, очень высокую стоимость платы, ограничения набора системной логики Intel Z490 или скудный оверклокерский потенциал процессоров Intel Comet Lake-S. Но только первый из перечисленных можно взвалить на плечи MSI (и то цена на неё находится в рынке), а вторые два от компании не зависят, и с ними MEG Z490 Godlike ничего не может поделать. Да и коронавирус этот подорвал продажи системных плат. Так что в наше время трудно не только обычным материнским платам, но и богоподобным моделям тоже.

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VW began re-equipment of the next plant for the production of electric vehicles

VW began re-equipment of the next plant for the production of electric vehicles

At the end of last month, the last car with an internal combustion engine came off the assembly line at the Volkswagen (VW) plant in Zwickau (Germany). Now only electric cars will be produced here. ID.3 will start, after which, over time, the range will expand due to new models.

VW began refurbishing the Zwickau factory last year. And on Monday it was announced that preparations had already begun for the transition to the production of electric vehicles at the Emden plant in Germany. According to the schedule, the first electric cars are supposed to get off this conveyor here in 2022.

This will be the first VW factory in Lower Saxony to start production of electric vehicles in large volumes. It is reported that the first model to be released here will be ID.4.

It is expected that this will be a small crossover, the size of a Tesla Model Y, with a range of more than 250 miles (402 km) and a starting price of about $ 40 thousand. For the company, it will also be the first next-generation electric car manufactured in the USA, where it will start production in next year.

The VW plant in Emden will continue to produce Passat and Arteon models over the next “several years,” but ultimately it will completely go over the production of electric vehicles, with a production capacity of up to 300,000 units per year.

As part of the conversion, the company will build a new factory floor with an area of ​​almost 50,000 m2where only electric cars will be assembled. In total, about 1 billion euros will be invested in the modernization of the plant.

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8BitDo introduced the game controller for Microsoft xCloud as an NES joystick

8BitDo introduced the game controller for Microsoft xCloud as an NES joystick

Microsoft is about to launch this year’s xCloud game streaming service, which will ship with the Xbox Game Pass subscription. Manufacturers of gaming accessories are also preparing for this.

For example, 8BitDo, which specializes in producing alternative modern as well as modernized versions of retro controllers for various electronic devices, adapted the old joystick from NES to work with the Project xCloud service.

The compact Bluetooth gaming pad can work with all Android smartphones and tablets. In addition, he received a certificate stating that the functionality is fully compatible with the Xbox controller and can work with xCloud. According to the manufacturer, the battery built into the manipulator will last about 18 hours. A USB-C port is provided for recharging. The package also includes a special custom mount for smartphones.

According to 8BitDo, she worked closely with Microsoft to ensure that their new product is fully consistent with the capabilities of a regular Xbox controller. The joystick control buttons can be reassigned as you wish – special software included in the kit will help. There is support for multiple profiles, between which you can quickly switch.

A new product called SN30 Pro is priced at $ 45. The device can be ordered, for example, in the Amazon online store. However, its actual sales will begin no earlier than September 21. This is only the start date of sales of the controller itself. It does not reflect Microsoft’s plans for launching its xCloud for the Xbox Game Pass. Regarding this event, the Redmond giant will declare separately.

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The poll hinted at the estimated cost of the PlayStation 5, but users decided it was too good.

The poll hinted at the estimated cost of the PlayStation 5, but users decided it was too good.

One of the users of the Reddit forum said that a poll was recently conducted by Nielsen, which hinted at the estimated cost of the new PlayStation 5 home game console. By the way, the forum moderators decided to rub the thread, but the Internet remembers everything.

The message received by the user said the following:

“As already mentioned in the description of this product (PlayStation 5), its final cost has not yet been determined. To achieve the goal of this study, we will give you a random value. Please take this random cost into account when answering further questions. The random price for this product is £ 349 for the regular and £ 259 for the digital version. ”

Translated into dollars – this is about $ 436 and $ 323 for a model with an optical drive and without it, respectively. Very attractive offers, but as indicated by the user himself, who has already participated in such questionnaires more than once, they underestimate the real price by about 20%.

Nielsen has been organizing such surveys for a long time, and, as a rule, when compiling them, it is guided by data obtained directly from companies trying to learn more about their customers. It is likely that Sony is now simply engaged in probing the soil.

According to the resource Bgr, this price looks too good. Can Sony sell consoles at such an affordable price and still not lose much on their implementation?

Rumors that went several months ago to this point said that the cost of one PlayStation 5 console would be about $ 450. And this is despite the fact that the Japanese giant uses robotic lines to assemble its consoles. The resource estimated that with such a pricing policy, the company will lose about $ 50 from the sale of each regular version of the console, and the losses in the implementation of the digital version will be even more significant.

Recall that both versions of the PlayStation 5 have the same technical specifications, only the digital version does not have a drive. However, the prices of all other key components – the central and graphic processor, as well as the high-speed SSD drive exclusively developed for Sony – will remain the same in both cases.

And yet, given the situation in the world, as well as the actions of a competitor who, according to rumors, besides the usual Xbox Series X, is going to present a more affordable Xbox Series S set-top box with a price of $ 200, Sony may well take a desperate step. Is this so, we will find out in the coming months.

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The successor to the Samsung Galaxy Fold will be called the Galaxy Z Fold 2

The successor to the Samsung Galaxy Fold will be called the Galaxy Z Fold 2

Resource SamMobile, citing a reliable source, said that the new folding smartphone from Samsung will be called Galaxy Z Fold 2. For a long time, this device appeared in leaks and rumors under the simpler name Galaxy Fold 2.

The fact that for its emerging smartphones Samsung decided to allocate a separate series of Galaxy Z became known back in February this year. The first model in this series was the device Galaxy Z Flip. The company explained the choice of the letter “Z” that she “Intuitively conveys the youth idea of ​​a folding device”. Soon after the announcement of the Galaxy Z Flip, the company changed the location of the Galaxy Fold page on its website, moving it to the Galaxy Z series section.

The original Galaxy Fold came with a 7.3-inch main display and a small 4.6-inch display on the outside cover. Rumors of a successor say that the Galaxy Z Fold 2 will receive a larger 7.7-inch folding display. There is little specificity about the external screen. Some rumors attribute the device to a large 6.23-inch display, while others attribute a narrow screen elongated to the entire length of the device.

It is expected that the device will also receive support for fifth-generation wireless networks (5G) and will be running the latest version of the proprietary shell One UI. There is no information about the price. But I would hope that it will be less than the $ 1980 that Samsung asks for its original Galaxy Fold.

The announcement of the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is expected on August 5. Within the framework of the event, Samsung Galaxy Unpacked, the South Korean giant will also introduce new Galaxy Note 20 phablets, as well as, possibly, a new version of the clamshell Samsung Galaxy Z Flip with 5G support and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 / S7 + tablet.

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The mysterious Huawei smartphone with a 48-megapixel quad camera appeared in a live photo

Today, one of the accounts of the popular Chinese social network Weibo published a live shot of an unannounced smartphone Huawei, which will receive a main camera module with four lenses. Judging by the inscription clearly visible in the photo, the resolution of the main sensor will be 48 megapixels.

All four lenses are inscribed in a rectangular block that also contains an LED flash. The source of the leak claims that the smartphone belongs to the middle or high class. He also hinted that the device will be equipped with the HiSilicon Kirin chipset.

It is reported that Huawei is working on a smartphone Honor X10 Pro 5G. Judging by the name, this may be an improved version of the Honor X10 5G, which is based on the Kirin 820 chip. Shortly after launching the smartphone, the Chinese company confirmed that in addition to it, several more devices will enter the X10 series. Recently, the Honor X10 Max, based on the MediaTek Dimensity 800 chip, was announced. There is a good chance that the device shown in the picture is the Honor X10 Pro 5G.

Recall that the basic model of the family is equipped with a triple main camera. According to rumors, the Honor X10 Pro 5G will get the same display as the regular X10.

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ASUS RT-AX89X Wi-Fi 6 gaming router endowed with two 10GbE ports

ASUS RT-AX89X Wi-Fi 6 gaming router endowed with two 10GbE ports

ASUS has released the high-performance router RT-AX89X, designed to be used as part of network infrastructures aimed at processing game traffic.

The new product complies with the Wi-Fi 6 standard, aka 802.11ax. It supports operation in two frequency ranges – 2.4 and 5 GHz. In the first case, the data transfer rate reaches 1300 Mbit / s, in the second – 4804 Mbit / s.

The device is equipped with a quad-core processor with a clock frequency of up to 2.2 GHz, 1 GB of RAM and 256 MB of flash memory. Eight external antennas provide coverage for a large area of ​​housing.

The router has two 10GbE network ports with a bandwidth of up to 10 Gb / s – these are RJ45 and SFP + connectors. In addition, there are eight gigabit RJ45 network ports. Two USB 3.1 Gen 1 connectors are available for connecting peripherals.

Implemented OFDMA (Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple Access) technology. MU-MIMO (Multi-user MIMO) system support mentioned. It also talks about compatibility with Apple macOS and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

The dimensions of the router are 343.64 × 343.64 × 80.02 mm, weight – 1280 g. The device is enclosed in a black case.

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Internet access expansion in Russian villages may slow

Internet access expansion in Russian villages may slow

The Ministry of Digital Development, Telecommunications and Mass Media, according to the Vedomosti newspaper, proposes to cut the budget of the federal project “Information Infrastructure”, which is part of the national program “Digital Economy”.

This, in particular, is about a serious reduction in the financing of the project for the creation of wireless Internet access networks for socially significant objects in small settlements.

It is noted that the cost of deploying Wi-Fi in villages, villages and other small settlements can be reduced by 20.6 billion rubles in the period until 2024. If this proposal is approved, the development of Internet access in the Russian regions will significantly slow down.

In addition, it is proposed to reduce the budget of the project to provide communications for federal highways by 3.7 billion rubles. 2 billion rubles less than planned could be spent on the conversion of radio frequencies.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the government to work out issues related to the inclusion in the building codes and conditions of conditions on the mandatory equipping of apartment buildings under construction, under reconstruction or undergoing major repairs with modern means of broadband Internet access. At the same time, non-discriminatory access for telecom operators to the infrastructure of such houses should be ensured.

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