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The Z490GTA EVO performs fine at stock speeds, with features comparable to other boards around this price. If you are looking to overclock, however, look elsewhere for now.
The Asus ROG Maximus XII Hero performed well against its peers (when unlocked), offering the latest in connectivity and looking good while doing so.
The MSI MEG Z490 Ace brings a slew of modern connectivity, including USB 3.2 Gen2 (20 Gbps), Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201, robust high-quality power delivery, and good (though not the best) performance.
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Asus released new firmware for ROG Strix X570-E Gaming motherboard to support AMD's Ryzen 1000-series CPUs and Raven Ridge APUs.
The Gigabyte Aorus Z490 Master performed well against its peers in our testing, overclocked our CPU to 5.2 GHz, offers plenty of updated connectivity, plus three M.2 slots with heatsinks.
Asus introduced Asus Performance Enhancement to overclock non-K Comet Lake CPUs on non-Z 400-series motherboards.
A Biostar B550 motherboard listing makes it seem like AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir APUs won't support PCIe 4.0.
The ASRock Z490 PG Velocita performed very well against its more-expensive competition, overclocked our CPU to 5.2 GHz, and offers lots of modern connectivity, though we’d like to see more USB.