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AMD RYZEN 7 1700X 8-Core 3.4 GHz (3.8 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 95W YD170XBCAEWOF Desktop Processor
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Pros: I really haven't had time to fully test out the processor, but here are some tests I have in Windows 7. I went from a Core i7-3770K 77W CPU to this. i7 power draw at the wall, 108W idle. (This does include a monitor and some other minor things, but that is the same for both the old and new.) Ryzen, 95W idle. i7 stress CPU, 156W. Ryzen stress, 160W. Encoding a 23 minute video using x265: i7, 22 minutes at 100% CPU usage. Ryzen, 11 minutes at 40% CPU usage. REMEMBER that x265 is not yet fully optimized 6 core/12 thread CPU's yet, much less 8/16 CPU's. These are just some cursory tests because I haven't had time to do more or test gaming.

Cons: It is tricky to get this working in Windows 7. I think, but cannot prove, AMD wants to keep Microsoft happy and so unwisely forgets about the only Windows worth owning. AMD also messed up and didn't give motherboard makes enough time to put out a stable product. I won't subtract an egg because I know it will be fixed. Just be prepared to be a beta tester.

Other Thoughts: Due to the motherboard shortage, it took me a while to test this thing out. I still haven't had time to test overclocking. I heard rumors of possible memory problems and saw DDR4 prices were spiking so I bought some DDR4-2400 memory on sale. I will probably replace that memory when prices drop. I am a casual gamer, but I don't play the types of games where I will care about or notice 4 FPS difference. I probably will end up underclocking this CPU except when I need extra horsepower.

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ASRock X370 Taichi AM4 AMD Promontory X370 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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4 out of 5 eggs Excellent product but not perfect 03/23/2017

This review is from: ASRock X370 Taichi AM4 AMD Promontory X370 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: There is always a compromise so while this motherboard is not perfect, I am very happy with it. Asrock was wise enough to include Windows 7 drivers seeing as I am sticking with the good Windows until the bitter end. There are many overclocking features that I really haven't even touched yet, but I will. In the end, I will probably underclock by default and overclock when I need the extra horsepower. I like how the smart fan settings will allow the fans to go to 100% fan speed even on quiet mode. I chose this over the others because of the WiFi and because of the rebate bribe. (What is wrong with that?) I also like how it does not have a Realtek ethernet controller. (Yes I know it has a Realtek audio controller.) Rebate or no, you won't go wrong with this product.

Cons: I knew buying this product that it didn't have a front USB 3.1 header. That was the compromise I made. The startup speed is slow slow slow. And I mean slow. Looking at the "dr. debug" on-board LED codes, it is doing a lot of hardware checks, which is fine. But it takes a good 3 to 5 seconds for something to appear on the display. At first, I thought I did something wrong. Some things are poorly placed too. The SATA 1 and 2 ports are both placed under the video card. A fan header is placed very close to the decorative cover so that it is a little hard for big fingers to push it down. These are all little stuff.

Other Thoughts: s/n 72M0XB311515 -- This is my serial number so I can get an extra rebate. The motherboard was packaged with a padded shell to protect it in shipping. Nice. If you are smart like me and will still use Windows 7, make sure you have a PS2 keyboard handy. You will need that to install the USB drivers. After you install all drivers, it is probably a good idea to do an in-place upgrade. And Microsoft is going to try and force you to use the worst Windows ever. So make sure you block all telemetry and spying updates, and delete the \windows\system32\comptelrunner.exe and disable all tasks in the "\Microsoft\Windows\Customer Experience" task scheduler. And you probably should download the "Destroy Windows 10 Spying" program at Github to block any tracking updates and firewall any Microsoft tracking. (Side point: this program causes some Bing features in Office 2013/2016 to stop working.) The KB2952664 update keeps coming back from the dead, so make sure you block Windows from automatically installing updates.

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LG 27MU67 27” Diagonal Class 4K Ultra-HD Free Sync LED Monitor IPS 300 cd/m2 5,000,000:1
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Pros: 10-bit color IPS AdaptiveSync panel. Goes from off to full on in under 3 seconds. Excellent colors. The default brightness was too bright, a good problem to have. Audio through DisplayPort and HDMI works. Changing resolutions is seamless; there is no flicker or delay. Considering that some games are resolution limited this is a big deal. I did notice a difference in picture quality from a 4K movie to a 1080p movie.

Cons: The controls are sensitive and un-intuitive. Changing inputs is not quick or easy. I thought about getting two of these and use the second as a double my TiVo mini. But there was no quick way to change inputs, especially since the front buttons are annoying. An earlier review wrote about eye problems. I was worried about that since I have ultra sensitive eyes, I cannot watch 3D movies with getting terrible headaches. The only problem with my eyes is the panel was too bright by default.

Other Thoughts: I was considering this or the Samsung U28E850R, the European version of the U28D590. I almost bought the U28E850R even though it is a TN panel because it supported 10-bit color and a rear soundbar. Then I saw a review which said this panel was a 10-bit color panel too, and decide to go with this one. The only problem with 4K panels is that Windows 7 doesn't have proper DPI scaling. What are my choices? Aero-hating, privacy-hating, subscription-loving Windows 10. No thank you. Finally, be sure to turn off FreeSync unless you have a FreeSync video card. (I don't yet. Waiting for the next generation AMD video card next year.)

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