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Pros: - The board booted on first POST, no issues. I was glad for that, being this is the first time I've purchased from ASRock!
- Lots of different settings for enthusiasts and less-technically oriented users in the UEFI BIOS.
- Zero BIOS driver and update issues, which is a relief for me. I've been dealing with bad drivers for years with other motherboard brands, causing my sound card to fail (I have been through 3 different brands with this issue)!
- Great look and design to the motherboard; was very easy to find and connect differing cables.
- Thank you for imprinting on the motherboard where the power switch, reset button, and LED cables went! That's a frustrating process to do or replace without designs like this!
- My 1700x runs really quick on this motherboard; it's a huge upgrade from my 7850k APU! I can't wait to see how it overclocks!
Cons: - I will say the UEFI could look a little better, but it's the same that my old MSI had for the most part.
- I couldn't get my RAM to hit it's max speed starting out, but I'm fiddling around with BIOS updates and ASRock software to get that going. I haven't tried ASRock A Tuner yet, so here's hoping that works well.
- I have had much easier times overclocking with both Asus and MSI motherboards, but for the most part it's a learning experience. Each menu is designed differently per manufacturer, so I just have to give it a bit of time and effort.
- Most of these "cons" are personal nitpicks of mine, but they aren't enough to knock off an egg on this review.
Other Thoughts: - Overall, it's a great board, and I'm glad I went for it compared to a mid-range B350 board, or one of the other brands.
- Just a quick note to those looking at this board, know that you'll need a dedicated GPU for this motherboard to work! Other boards have video chipsets on them, but I didn't really need it.
Motherboard S/N: 73M0XB206869
Pros: - The card runs very quiet compared to my old one, as well as runs cool!
- Much more power efficient, with one eight pin connector, compared to two six pins.
- Games run amazingly well, and smoothly with AMD Freesync.
- Was a very good price at $220, compared to around $400 for a GTX 1070.
- Fan swap is a pretty interesting feature, which I hope to mess around with.
- Does not come with space heater abilities, like some EVGA GTX 1080s. I'd like my PC to not breathe fire, so this is a plus.
Cons: - Was expecting a bit bigger of a leap in graphics power compared to my old MSI GTX 670, but I also did not want to wait another half of a year for Vega, which might be expensive anyways. This might just be my CPU bottle necking the GPU (I use an AMD 7850k APU), and heck, I might try to run crossfire in the future.
- Just read an article saying the RX 490 will be announced and released in December, so depending on price and specs, this card might be a backup/in a different rig very soon. :(
Other Thoughts: Depending on the price of the new RX 490 card coming out, I would highly recommend this XFX card over the other brands for an 8G RX 480. It's solidly built, at a very budget friendly price, and gets the job done graphically. If the new RX 490 is quite expensive, this is an excellent second choice for AMD users.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: LG 25UM56-P 25” Class 21:9 UltraWide IPS Gaming Monitor 5ms 2560 x 1080 5ms GTG 60Hz 5,000,000:1 Contrast Ratio with Black Stabilizer and Dynamic Action Link, SRGB Over 99% and 4-Screen Split
Pros: - I'm amazed at how much more I can see both on the desktop as well as in games; the cinematic 21:9 resolution is definitely legit!
- The clarity of this monitor is very well done. Compared to my old Viewsonic IPS monitor, which served me well, I'd say it looks much more vivid color wise. Going from 1000:1 to 5,000,000:1 contrast ratio definitely shows up!
- This thing is LIGHT. Like, half as light as my old monitor... But bigger? How does that work!? It's neat!
- The Dual Controller app is quite neat, even though I can't use it to its full potential (read cons below), it allows me to control my HTPC without having to dig another keyboard out.
Cons: - The Dual Controller app doesn't work fully. By that I mean, it's supposed to let you have two monitors or inputs show up at the same time on one monitor from 2 PCs... But there's no option to enable it on the monitor's menu. Kind of a bummer.
- Only 2 HDMI inputs? Really? This thing could have had at least an extra DVI port or display port... But for the price I got it, eh, works out. I have a receiver to handle input switching for that. Still, these last two cons take an egg off the final product in my experience.
- I didn't find the screen splitting program to work that well. It does work, but just not as fluently as Windows' default window splitting. Windows 10 has further support for four way splitting anyway. Not a huge con, but I just didn't find it useful enough.
Other Thoughts: The only main issue I've had with this monitor is getting it to work with my setup.
I have 3 inputs I need to connect to this monitor, but my receiver doesn't support 21:9 resolution formats. So I'm currently testing out a new receiver with HDMI 2.0 that will hopefully solve that problem.
-Make sure your receiver supports HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 if you want the proper resolution to pass through the receiver at 2560x1080p! Research pays!-
This monitor will definitely surprise you, but if you have the room, I would recommend the bigger (29"/34") variants. Come join the 21:9 club!