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GIGABYTE AORUS GA-AX370-Gaming K7 (rev. 1.0) AM4 AMD X370 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs One of the better AM4 boards around 04/07/2017

This review is from: GIGABYTE AORUS GA-AX370-Gaming K7 (rev. 1.0) AM4 AMD X370 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Some of the advantages of this board include:
Dual Audio
Dual NIC
RGBW header
Ability to use external temperature sensors (included)
Dual BIOS
Turbo BClk Generator

This board has a lot of potential as the AM4 platform matures and BIOS updates continue to alleviate RAM compatibility issues. It would be a good base to start for any Ryzen gaming system and even last though a CPU upgrade for future Zen2 based CPUs or APUs.

Cons: BIOS setting lag behind a bit behind Asus with their CH6, the addition of pstate adjustments would help here. Changing some of the memory to 2T command rate would also increase compatibility with many 3000+ Mhz DIMMs. Shoudl have made all three RGB pin headers RGBW. If you are going to pust such a large shroud around the I/O panel and cover some of the VRM heatsink then put a fan in there to draw air through it. These are the reasons for only 4 stars instead of 5.

Other Thoughts: Anyone who gives this board a one star review had no business buying it in the first place, or for that matter any Ryzen system at launch. Ryzen does have it's issues with compatibility, but these are all being worked on. This is no different that Intel when they introduced the X99 platform. The X370 platform is not as feature rich as the more mature Z170/Z270 boards but those have a much bigger head start. It is a restart for AMD in the HEDT market and there will likely be more improvements to come. I certainly would recommend this board or the cheaper Gaming K5 or even the Gaming K3 (when available) if you are looking to run Ryzen at peak performance.

Also YouTuber Buildziod (Extreme OCer) in the U.K. has been waiting for this board to become available. He is about to give up waiting on the K7 and will likely end up with an Asus board, Gigabyte please send him a board!

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HP Laptop Pavilion dv7-7012nr Intel Core i7 3rd Gen 3610QM (2.30 GHz) 8 GB Memory 750 GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 17.3
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Been using this laptop for just over a year and it still packs a lot of punch. I would recommend this or a similar one to anyone looking to replace a desktop.

To add to it's useful life we did do a few upgrades: Swapping out the 802.11n card for an Intel 802.11ac+Bluetooth 4 card gave us a lot more network throughput; Adding more RAM allowed for better performance without using HDD swap space; finally, a SATA SSD drive set up as the boot device made Windows load almost instant. I would highly recommend all of these upgrades.

Cons: If you need to be truly portable, look at a tablet instead.

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SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Replaced a PS in an HP Desktop, with multiple drives and multiple optical drives using a video card that required 130W was too much for the little power supply. This one fit the bill. Look at all the review sites and you will see Seasonic consistently rated high. There is little reason to spend more. It also runs very cool so the fan does not need to push a lot of air, making the whole PS very quiet.

Cons: None so far.

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Date Joined: 12/07/02

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  • First Review: 04/07/17
  • Last Review: 04/07/17
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