Asus has partnered with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to announce a recall of 10,000 top ROG Maximus Z690 Hero motherboards. Recall campaigns by component manufacturers are rare, especially when it comes to a decent amount of top-end devices, as in this case.
Asus indicates that all defective motherboards were manufactured in 2021 and shipped only to the US market. However, the supply to the US market does not mean at all that they are used only in the USA. The recalled motherboards are marked with the code 90MB18E0-MVAAY0 (this is the batch number located near the 24-pin power connector and also on the packaging), and their serial number begins with the letter code MA, MB, or MC.
Asus did not hide the reason for the recall. It turns out that the whole thing is in an incorrectly installed capacitor, which can cause a short circuit, overheating or melting, and in the worst case, a fire. The CPSC noted that there were 10 cases of melted motherboards, but no one was injured. And yet, the “lucky” owners of defective ROG Maximus Z690 Hero should not hesitate to replace it.
Previously, gamers were taken away for miners, but now it’s the other way around. XFX releases Radeon RX 6700 XL gaming graphics card
The first photos of a not-so-ordinary Radeon video card have appeared on the Web. We are talking about the mining version of the Radeon RX 6700 XL.
In this case, the XFX adapter is captured. The card is very large and has a very impressive cooling system.
Initially, the Radeon RX 6700 XL, which is equipped with 10 GB of memory, did not go on sale. Instead, AMD partners have made such cards available only to miners. Later, Sapphire released a similar retail solution called the RX 6700, and now it looks like XFX wants to do the same, only under the name RX 6700 XL.
Technically it’s the same card. It has a GPU with 2304 stream processors versus 2560 p.p. for the RX 6700XT. In addition, in the younger version, the bus has been cut down to 160-bit.
Of course, the performance of such a card is lower than that of the RX 6700 XT, but higher than that of the RX 6650 XT. At the same time, in Europe for the RX 6700 XT they ask from 470 euros, but the RX 6700 will cost 430 euros.
The popularity of Windows 11 on Steam is growing. GeForce GTX 1060, GTX 1650 and RTX 2060 are the most popular graphics cards among users
The developers of the digital distribution service for computer games, Steam, published statistics on the use of hardware and software for September 2022, showing that the share of Windows continues to grow, while the share of macOS and Linux decreases.
The share of Microsoft Windows 11 increased by 1.06%. More and more users are moving from Windows 10 and Windows 7 to the new system, which may be due to the release of Windows 11 22H2. Overall, Windows accounts for 96.41% and OSX for 2.36%.
In terms of graphics cards, the GeForce GTX 1060, GTX 1650, and RTX 2060 are still the top three graphics cards with the most users, and their share has increased. The share of graphics cards for laptops RTX 3060 increased by 0.61%, this card closes the top five. And the fourth place was taken by the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.
The share of Intel processors grew by 0.82% and amounted to 68.73%. The share of AMD decreased to 31.24%. It is worth noting that the latest generation of desktop processors from Intel and AMD will be available in large quantities in October.
Here is the support: ASRock replaces motherboards under warranty if the user fails to completely peel off the sticker
ASRock has launched new socket AM5 motherboards into the market. And they turned out to be problematic, but the point here is not in the technical aspects. As it turned out, the new boards with AMD X670E logic had a specific defect – their RAM slots were covered with a sticker that could hardly be torn off. Because of this, traces of glue remained on the connectors.
According to Reddit, the problem concerned the first copies of the X670E Steel Legend line. On the sticker itself there was a warning that after resetting CMOS, the first launch could be long – up to 6.5 minutes when installing four 32 GB modules.
This sticker was supposed to warn potentially dissatisfied customers about a slow system boot, but caused a warranty claim for a different reason. To the credit of the company, they decided not to tempt fate and simply changed the boards to new ones.
It is noteworthy that the slow first boot manifested itself on older BIOS versions, they were updated back in September, and new boards come without stickers. So the first buyers were just a little unlucky. At the same time, we note that it is not yet clear whether the boards are changing around the world or only in certain countries. In extreme cases, the source recommends cleaning the connectors.
Earlier, photos of the ASRock A770 and A750 video cards appeared on the network.
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