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Review: ASUS ProArt B550-Creator Motherboard

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ASUS’ ProArt series has been known for years for quality products aimed at content creators. The company recently announced the new ProArt B550-Creator motherboard, which supports the latest AMD Ryzen series of processors. The motherboard speeds up jobs such as 3D rendering and video post-production, in addition to working with and sharing large files.

In terms of design, the B550-Creator borrows design cues from its earlier iterations such as the ASUS ProArt Z490-Creator 10G, keeping the overall design simplistic with straight lines provided by a pair of rectangular M.2 and an L-shaped power delivery heatsink. The B550-Creator is also the first AMD AM4 motherboard and it benefits from Intel’s updated Thunderbolt 4 controller. You also get 12+2 phase power delivery and dual 2.5 GbE networking.

Keeping in line with its minimalist design, the motherboard also does not come with any integrated RGB LED lighting. In terms of connectivity options, the B550-Creator comes with two Thunderbolt 4 ports, two Intel 2.5G Ethernet, and four USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports. Each of these Thunderbolt 4 ports delivers up to 40 Gbps of bidirectional bandwidth for the latest high-speed devices and drives. Thunderbolt 4 also supports up to two external 4K UHD displays or one 8K display.

Other ports on the motherboard include a PS/2 combo port, a DisplayPort In connector, an HDMI port, a collection of USB ports, and audio I/O. There is also an 8-pin EPS and 4-pin ATX CPU ProCool II power input combo that provides all the power your processor would ever need.

The motherboard also comes with four DDR4 memory slots for up to 128GB of memory, a pair of M.2 slots using the Asus Q-latch install  system (PCIe 4.0 x4), three PCIe x16 and two PCIe x1 expansion slots, four SATA ports, and Realtek’s ALC1220A premium audio solution. You also get a BIOS Flashback Button which can help with troubleshooting along with the Asus QLED POST system.

The AM4 socket on the motherboard can take in AMD Ryzen 5000 Series, 4000 G-Series, and 3000 Series desktop processors. In terms of performance, the B550-Creator delivers, irrespective of whether the job at hand is video editing, rendering, compiling, or even batch conversions. Since the B550-Creator comes packed with teamed power stages through the use of a 12+2 VRM design and ProCool II power connectors, you get all the power required for the B550-Creator. Meanwhile, two large VRM multi finned/ridged heatsinks, keep the VRM cool.

The B550-Creator also comes with an isolated audio codec, the ALC 1220A featuring shielding, audio-grade capacitors, and an integrated amplifier. Hence, you get a high-quality audio experience, when listening to music, watching movies, and so on. Furthermore, ASUS’ AiNoise Canceling feature helps in improving audio quality by filtering out noises and distractions whether it be on your mic or incoming audio.

The ProArt Creator Hub on the other hand offers a clean and modern UI for monitoring and management while also offering integration for calibration with ASUS ProArt monitors. In addition, it also simplifies workflows with convenient features such as Task Grouping.

You can also assign multiple apps to a group and launch them simultaneously. You also get some hardware features such as a pre-mounted IO shield, ASUS M.2 Q-Latch for simple and tool-free M.2 installation, QLED for quick visual POST troubleshooting, and more.

If you are a content creator who needs ultra-fast USB and Thunderbolt connectivity alongside stable and reliable operation, good overall performance under trying conditions, and a boatload of connectivity options, the B550-Creator is the one for you. The ASUS ProArt B550-Creator Motherboard is thus, highly recommended.

Price: $299

ASUS ProArt B550-Creator Motherboard $299
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The AM4 socket on the motherboard can take in AMD Ryzen 5000 Series, 4000 G-Series, and 3000 Series desktop processors. In terms of performance, the B550-Creator delivers, irrespective of whether the job at hand is video editing, rendering, compiling, or even batch conversions.

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CORSAIR Adds Two New Products to its VENGEANCE RGB DDR4 Memory Lineup

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CORSAIR has today announced two new high-performance additions to its famed VENGEANCE DDR4 lineup: CORSAIR VENGEANCE RGB RT and CORSAIR VENGEANCE RGB RS. Initially available in frequencies up to 4,600MHz and kits up to 256GB for VENGEANCE RGB RT, and frequencies up to 3,600MHz and kits up to 128GB for VENGEANCE RGB RS, both ranges feature a striking new design, showcasing dynamic, panoramic RGB lighting atop reimagined modern heat spreader profiles, for eye-catching modules that befit bold PC builds. Beneath the stylish exteriors, VENGEANCE RGB RT and VENGEANCE RGB RS continue the CORSAIR legacy for performance and quality, with tightly screened memory chips optimized for peak performance and overclocking potential, all backed by a lifetime warranty.

Specially optimized for AMD DDR4 motherboards, VENGEANCE RGB RT ensures lightning-fast response times and maximum bandwidth, with the looks to match. Ten individually addressable RGB LEDs are encased in a panoramic light bar that provides unobstructed wraparound illumination, for fantastic RGB lighting from any viewing angle.

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Both VENGEANCE RGB RT and RS continue the legacy of high-frequency performance and reliability for which CORSAIR memory is world-renowned. Utilizing a custom PCB for high signal quality and stability, each memory chip is carefully screened and selected for performance and overclocking potential. Both modules’ RGB lighting is massively customizable through CORSAIR iCUE software and can be synchronized with all iCUE-compatible devices throughout your setup for stunning lighting effects across the iCUE ecosystem. For remarkable DDR4 performance in a striking new design, VENGEANCE RGB RT and VENGEANCE RGB RS will visualize, synchronize, and mesmerize.

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Intel Intros New High-Performance Graphics Brand Called Intel Arc

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Intel has revealed the brand for its upcoming consumer high-performance graphics products: Intel Arc. The Arc brand will cover hardware, software and services, and will span multiple hardware generations, with the first generation, based on the Xe HPG microarchitecture, code-named Alchemist (formerly known as DG2).

Intel also revealed the code names of future generations under the Arc brand: Battlemage, Celestial and Druid. “Today marks a key moment in the graphics journey we started just a few years ago. The launch of the Intel Arc brand and the reveal of future hardware generations signifies Intel’s deep and continued commitment to gamers and creators everywhere. We have teams doing incredible work to ensure we deliver first-class and frictionless experiences when these products are available early next year,” said Roger Chandler, Intel vice president and general manager of Client Graphics Products and Solutions.

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Kingston’s FURY Range of Memory Products Start Shipping

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Kingston FURY, a division of Kingston Technology Europe Co LLP, an affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., announced today it has begun shipping its high-performance memory: Kingston FURY Renegade, Kingston FURY Beast, and Kingston FURY Impact. Enthusiasts and gamers can give their systems the upgrade they need and want with modules in DDR4 RGB, DDR4 non-RGB, and DDR3.

Perfect for the gamer who wants cutting-edge performance, Kingston FURY Renegade DDR4 RGB allows you to crank up your frame rate, keep your streams broadcasting smoothly, and plough through your highlight reel editing. Offering speeds up to 4600MHz2 paired with quick CL15-CL19 latencies. The dynamic RGB lighting utilises Kingston FURY’s patented Infrared Sync Technology to provide smooth, synchronised lighting effects. With its own aggressive, stylish black heat spreader and matching black PCB Kingston FURY Renegade DDR4 also provides ultra-fast speeds up to 5333MHz, paired with quick CL13-CL20 timings.

Both are Intel XMP certified with profiles that are optimised for Intel’s latest chipsets – just select the hand-tuned profile in your BIOS and you’re ready to strike fear in the hearts of your foes. Available in single module capacities of 8GB – 32GB and kits of 2, 4, and 8 with capacities up to 256GB. Kingston FURY Beast DDR4 RGB and Kingston FURY Beast DDR4 provide powerful performance boost for gaming, video editing, and rendering with speeds up to 3733MHz and CL15–19 latencies.

Those looking for a cost-efficient upgrade will have the option of the smooth and stunning lighting effects of Kingston FURY Beast DDR4 RGB. Available in single module capacities of 8GB–32GB and kit capacities of 16GB–128GB. Or the stylish low-profile heat spreader design of Kingston FURY Beast DDR4, available in single module capacities of 4GB–32GB, and kit capacities of 8GB–128GB. Both feature Plug n Play automatic overclocking at 2666MHz and are Intel XMP ready and ready for AMD Ryzen DDR3 kits also available.

Fully equip your notebook or small form factor machine with Kingston FURY Impact SODIMM to minimise system lag and open up a world of detail. Intel XMP ready and ready for AMD Ryzen in capacities up to 64GB, Plug N Play Kingston FURY Impact DDR4 auto overclocks to the highest frequency published, up to 3200MHz, to support Intel and AMD’s latest CPU technologies. Install the sleek black PCB for a hassle-free boost, no need to tinker with the BIOS and still run cool, quiet, and efficiently, thanks to Kingston FURY Impact DDR4’s low 1.2 voltage. DDR3 also available at speeds up to 1866MHz.

“We’re happy to continue to provide the same great high-performance memory and customer service that gaming and PC enthusiasts have come to expect from us, now through Kingston FURY,” said Iwona Zalewska, DRAM business manager, Kingston EMEA. “Whether you’re contemplating a simple budget-friendly upgrade or ready to max out your system’s capabilities for the ultimate gaming experience Kingston FURY has the products for you.”

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