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Pros: - Physically nice looking and tough - lots of capacitors.
- CPU overclocks nicely. With one click my X1700X went conservatively to 3600 GHz (not pushing further until a more stable bios).
- Aura LED system is fun -- running two external strips linked to music playback.
- Tons of fan headers.
Cons: - Memory management is a horrendous mess. Using 4x8 GB of Corsair LPX 3200 and I'm only stable at 2133 MHz single channel.
- Must flash the newest 0902 bios using the backplate USB flashing system or you will most probably be automagically bricked is you play with memory speed.
- Asus fan control really wants to see a PWM fan on the CPU fan header. Liquid coolers like the Corsair H105 with three pin and USB control don't play well, as in an endless boot cycles.
- Possible problem using an old AMD3 backplate (this mother board has the compatible holes) because the AM3 systems were slightly taller, so lack of contact force may be a problem with some old AM3 cooling devices.
- Single internal USB header (no big deal until you need two)
- Win10 Realtek Audio driver sees the front panel (your headphones) as AC97 NOT HD audio. You'll be digging deep in the Realtek driver to find the box to switch or no headphones for you.
Other Thoughts: Cross your fingers and do a USB flash of bios 0902 (see overclockers.net for the gory details of the older shipping bios). Once that is done, just accept whatever the board gives you for memory speed. Don't you dare touch the memory voltage for now at least. With four pieces of ram you get 2133 Mhz in single channel period. With two pieces of ram you might even get to 2600 dual channel, but it's rare. As mentioned, I tried to use my old Corsair H105 liquid cooler and failed miserably, so I finally went with a cooler master air tower with dual PWM cpu fans for cooling and it works great (had an AM4 bracket!).
Wow, what a mess Asus! Anyway, I'm upgrading from an Asus Sabertooth with an AMD FX-8150 and I'm luvin' my Ryzen. Please, everyone send your memory problems to Asus technical support. They need to understand the magnitude of the mess they've created so we can get a decent bios fix. Hmmm, Gigabyte K7 perhaps?
Pros: - Solid keyboard, as in hefty, metal, weighty.
- Nice adjustable LEDs backlight (but red only)
- Audio media keys work even in linux!
Cons: No spare parts available! Although this was a cheap keyboard considering it's cherry switches, I would at least expect some replacement parts. Cheery keys might last, but I'm bettin' the keys wear.
Other Thoughts: German Engineering, I'd like to introduce you to Real World Maintenance - obviously you've never met.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It's small, as in micro atx, but still has four memory slots
Those memory slots handled DDR3 1600 in dual channel without a hickup
Dropped in my A10, and it started up with no problems - very little bios adjustment needed.
Cons: What? Just two fan headers? A cpu and a system fan? Come on.
Software utilities are so, so.
Didn't try overclocking, but it doesn't do much boosting in the 'auto' mode.
Other Thoughts: Would buy again for an A10. but my fans are connected directly to power and are fairly loud while running at full speed, and yes I know I could get a fan adjustment device, but would it hurt much to put at least one more fan header on the board? Cooling is important for long life.READ FULL REVIEW