Again on the all-digital CES 2021 commerce present, ASUS and the opposite massive motherboard distributors introduced its Z590 fashions designed for Intel’s LGA1200 processors. With most of the fashions now frequent information, Twitter know-how fanatic @momomo_us factors out that ASUS is bundling MemTest86 contained in the BIOS of its Republic of Players motherboards.
MemTest86 is a well-known piece of software program for diagnosing reminiscence failures, not simply in defective reminiscence, but in addition gives troubleshooting capabilities for unstable reminiscence overclocks. It’s recognized that Intel’s Rocket Lake processors can have a stronger built-in reminiscence controller (IMC) than its present Comet Lake counterparts, as we lastly transfer as much as DDR4-3200 native assist. That is additionally prevalent within the accessible Z590 motherboard reminiscence listings, with many boards together with kits as quick as DDR4-5333 in its QVL lists for overclocked reminiscence.
As per @momomo_US’s tweet, it appears to be like as if ASUS has penned a cope with PassMark software program to permit it to combine MemTest86 immediately into its UEFI firmware. This appears to be like as if it is going to be solely accessible on choose Republic of Players fashions. MemTest86 can also be accessible to all customers, though with out UEFI integration, customers can obtain it onto a bootable USB flash drive and diagnose reminiscence faults and unstable overclocks this manner.
With Intel and AMD each making strides in its out of the field Turbo and Increase clock speeds, it appears ASUS is emphasizing reminiscence efficiency. It makes use of its personal ‘secret sauce’, which it calls Optimem. It’s a major function on its motherboards, which ASUS states ought to permit for tighter reminiscence latencies at equal voltages.
At current, it’s not solely clear precisely which Z590 fashions might be distributed with MemTest86 built-in into the UEFI firmware. As extra Z590 fashions hit the retail cabinets within the coming months, we should always see a clearer image.