The MPG Board Sports An EKWB Monoblock
MSI’s MPG Z590 Carbon EK X seems to be to be a good selection for overclockers, a 16-phase Vcore VRM on a 6-layer PCB with each the CPU and VRMs cooled by an EKWB waterblock and comes with a leak tester package. It can also be fairly versatile, with 2.5 Gb/s LAN and WiFi 6E connectivity, in addition to three M.2 slots which all have heatsinks. The Carboc EK X additionally comes with one other good characteristic, a bodily RGB LED off change!
As Rocket Lake doesn’t launch till Tuesday, TechPowerUp used Intel’s Core i9-10900K to check the board, cooled by Swiftech’s Apogee SKF LT block, a Bitspower SC6 pump, and 360 mm radiator. That was nonetheless not sufficient to tame Intel’s beast, they began to see thermal throttling at an overclock of 5.2 GHz at 1.38 V. This means a extra highly effective cooling loop may web you extra efficiency because the chip nonetheless appeared to have headroom left over. The VRMs then again stayed very cool, topping their charts with a peak temperature of 37C in the course of the VRM torture check.
TPU additionally spent a little bit of time testing the brand new Realtek ALC4080 audio codec, as it’s new to the market. Read about that and extra within the full evaluate.