Building The ASRock Creator X570 PCIe 4 Test Bench – PCIe 4.0 Goes Mainstream


This was the original memory shipped for this system, my not realizing that 3600Mhz was ideal for performance.  It was white, had a great reputation, and was iCue compatible as it was RGB.

There are 4 pieces of 8GB memory in this package and it is available at Amazon for $174.99.


Kudos to Corsair for sending this kit along once we realized our (or rather my) mistake.  It is a two piece CL16 3600Mhz kit and one of the best for overclocking.  The kit also comes with a fan which has red, silver or blue metal casing.


The LPX memory was a very simple exchange and jumped right up to 3600Mhz when the LPX profile was applied.  From there it was simply a matter of ensuring NB and DRAM were identical.


Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 DRAM 3600MHZ Memory Kits are available at Amazon for $464.99


As curious as we were to test the differences in performance between two and four piece memory, as well as speeds above and below 3600MHz with respect to AMD, we were very fortunate to have Kingston send us this memory kit.  This kit has an amazing design for heat spreaders and a reputation to match for overclocking and XMP profiles.


The HyperX Predator DDR4 3600MHZ Memory Kit can be found at Amazon for $630.45 for a kit of four 16GB pieces.  Stay tuned for more on this memory!


I have been a fan of this family of power supplies for many years and there are two things that are key with respect to this specific PSU;  the fan doesn’t turn on until needed (which means complete silence} and the cabling matches the unit.  There was a time when the cabling would have to be bought separately if you wanted that color match. Zero RPM fan mode, ten year warranty and 80 Plus Gold.


The Corsair RM750x Power Supply is available from Amazon for $135.


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    Its v odd you dont compare the nvme’s results when connected to the chipset nvme port?

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      Perhaps you could elaborate?

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        It seems inevitable that chipset lanes are degraded vs native lanes, but by how much? Comparinga pcie 4 nvme on each type of nvme port seems a good test, & pertinent to many nvme buyers.

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        Peter is saying that the two NVMe ports are powered by different “grades” of PCIe lanes. One port is powered by native PCIe 4.0 lanes from the CPU, The other is powered by PCIe 4.0 lanes coming from the chipset.

        The Ryzen 3 series has 24 lanes of PCIe 4.0 connectivity. (Check Anandtech article here: The breakdown is 16x for graphics, 4x for NVMe, 4x for the Chipset link.

        The chipset offers an additional 24 lanes of PCIe 4.0. But all of those are bottlenecked by that 4x link between chipset and CPU.

        So one of those NVMe ports is “native” to the CPU and will run full tilt. The other is sharing bandwidth with all of the USB ports, the TB3 ports, the wired network controller, the wireless/BT controller.

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    Hardware which are used in these devices are too good and reliable and the proficiency is beyond the mark.

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    Just bout one of these. Like you I was attracted to the TB3 ports. My Windows based laptop with TB3 needed me to turn it on in the bios for it to work. Did you have to do anything special to make TB3 run at full speed? Did you get a chance to experiment with routing video into one of the a DisplayPort input ports? If so how did that go. Does it work as full TB3 with a video signal included?

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