ASUS Prime X299-Deluxe II/Edition 30 Motherboard Review + Linux Test | Level One Techs

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Since you mentioned “specific usecases” for Intel… is it still true that Intel is better for Digital Audio Workstations because of the latency? Or has that been addressed in Ryzen? I haven’t followed it that much.

Also: At 09:50 and following you’re showing MSI BIOS screens, not ASUS :thinking:

reee thanks


You had me until the x4 bifurcation doesn’t work with GPUs… There goes passive lane divisions for people that want x4 risers instead of x1 risers.

Still, I prefer the Gigabyte offerings for that “Select the boot GPU slot” option. No one else does that. If I had the Prime, I’d have to physically swap GPU slots for host/guest OS situations.

Ryzen is still too slow for DAWs. 9900K and HEDT Intel still have lower latency for sensitive buffer timings.

The fastest Ryzen can get is 65ns, but that’s only after tuning the memory. Intel doesn’t need memory tuning to reach under 54ns.

Direct quote from a DAW user on PCPP:

It’s going to depend a lot on the specific VIs you use. The Kontakt instruments I use regularly and the libraries I use with EW Play did not like the 3900X. Buffer size I had to use was no fun with guitar amp sims either, too much latency.