Not sure about reliability3/24/2020 2:30:39 PM

Pros: - good specs - pretty lights

Cons: - one stick failed spontaneously after approximately 4 months - UEFI BIOS algorithms chose a much slower clock rate than the spec claims

Overall Review: I enjoy the pretty lights, and the original installation seemed to go fine. After about four months, my PC experienced a spontaneous blue screen of death followed by an inability to reboot. It took about a day to diagnose, and it turns out one stick of this RAM was no longer good. Since the memory controller wants 1, 2, or 4 sticks, I had to sacrifice one of the three remaining good ones. During the investigation, I noticed that the UEFI BIOS had chosen a target clock speed of only 2133 Hz even though these sticks, the motherboard, and the CPU are all spec'ed to run with a memory clock of 3200 Hz without overclocking. I manually overrode the memory speed in the BIOS, and now things are a bit zippier though I worry that running faster will increase the odds of one of the remaining sticks failing.

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. Hi Adrian We can help clarify some confusion. All high performance memory kits default to a standard value such as DDR4-2133 CL15 1.20V. This allows the RAM to boot and work in most DDR4 computers. If using a motherboard listed on the G.Skill QVL and a capable CPU, enable XMP Profile / DOCP in BIOS and that will allow the system to detect and automatically configure performance settings. If you feel a module is not working properly, send them in for RMA exchange and a replacement kit should work much better. Also, the motherboard can support 3 modules, or any amount of modules, so feel free to use as many are error free. For any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us directly. Thank you for choosing G.SKILL Quality and customer service are our top priorities. To check or report a technical problem, please visit the Official G.Skill Technical Forum: Tech Support Email: RMA Dept Email:
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I'm not a gamer2/10/2020 4:06:11 PM

Pros: I installed this on a new PC a couple months ago, and it has been working fine for typical productivity workloads and video editing. I'm not a gamer.

Cons: I have Windows set to "turn off" the screen after a few minutes of no interactivity. I don't know if it's a bug with this card or elsewhere in the tech stack, but when it turns off the display, the monitor actually displays a bunch of "static" for several minutes before it actually acknowledges that there's no longer a video signal. I don't think this is a problem with the monitor, because I don't see this behavior when I connect it to other PCs.

Overall Review: I'm satisfied with this product. I wish the "drivers" wouldn't include all the shovelware. I don't want to overclock or tweak settings, and I don't need a HUD for games because I'm not a gamer. I want quality rendering and compatibility, not nonstandard UIs for a bunch of functionality I won't use or is already available through the OS. (This is a general complaint about graphics cards in general and not a specific complaint about this model.)

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Seems like a top-notch board to this noob12/3/2019 12:29:08 PM

Pros: * Solid, with a metal backplate. * Comes with supports for the stock Ryzen cooler pre-installed. * BIOS update was trivial. * Driver disk didn't try to install too much shovelware. * Attractive.

Cons: * Documentation leaves a little to be desired here and there, and some of the illustrations are confusing (e.g., putting the standoffs in to support the M.2 drives). * I still have no idea how to assemble the included WiFi antenna on its base. I ended up cracking the plastic base. Not a big deal, but a good example of where a couple words or a good illustration could have gone a long way. * If you have M.2 devices with their own heatsinks, you likely won't be able to insert a card into the nearby PCI slot. The board includes a heatspreader cover for the M.2 drives, but you can't use that in conjunction with your M.2 devices' own heatsinks.

Overall Review: I'm a noob when it comes to building PCs. This is only my second, and my first was many years ago. This board is a dream, with the metal backplate to give it rigidity, the mounting hardware for the stock AMD cooler already installed, and well marked connectors all around. Many of the complaints in the other reviews seem to be about the water cooling features. I'm not taking advantage of water cooling, so I can't speak to those issues.

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Looks nice, but more documentation would be helpful11/24/2019 8:51:29 PM

Pros: * stylish appearance * lots of room to work * cables are well marked * built-in SD card reader * USB 3 ports in front panel

Cons: * no documentation to indicate which screws go where * three standoffs (included) had to be added in order to install ATX board * one of the screws had a manufacturing defect and sent me scrambling for a replacement * adhesive on the foam feet doesn't hold very well--the feet would rather stick to the desktop than the case. * top/front panel cover has to be removed--no hinge or sliding mechanism * specs claim removable air filter, but I don't see how, and there's no documentation

Overall Review: This is only the second time I've built a PC, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I mostly wanted enough room for my clumsy hands, which this definitely has, and it's proven much easier to route and secure cables out of the air flow than my last build. So I got what I wanted, and the price was quite reasonable. I spent a lot of time getting the motherboard installed. Some of the screw holes were not threaded. That's when I realized I had to install some of the standoffs myself. So I had to back out of the work I'd already done, install the standoffs, and try again. It took a lot of finagling to get the ATX board's holes to align with all the posts. It kept dropping into a spot that was very close to correct, but the screws didn't quite align. Finally got it. After than, installing the power supply, routing the cables, and the mounting the optical drive were all pretty straightforward. The handful of little mechanical complaints are relatively minor. I'm not taking advantage of the water cooling features, so I can't evaluate those. A little more documentation would have been nice. Give us a clue what all the different screws are for. Let the user know they'll need to install the standoffs before they install the motherboard. Explain how to connect the fans to the motherboard if you want to control them that way instead of with the front-panel switches.

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One of the nicest "free" T-shirts I've ever gotten9/29/2017 12:59:09 PM

Pros: The packaging was cool Quality cotton t-shirt The price was right

Cons: Because of the cool vacuum packaging, it arrives unbelievably wrinkled, but one wash and it's back into shape.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
External antennas useful for good signal6/4/2017 3:14:30 PM

Pros: Having external antennas is useful. By adjusting placement and orientation them, I got the signal from 2/5 bars to 4/5 (for an access point three rooms over and one floor down). Product worked right out of the box.

Cons: Driver installation (from optical disc) took several minutes longer than I thought it should.

Overall Review: I added this to a tower PC running Windows 7 when it became infeasible to continue using the Ethernet jack. I'm very glad I did. I'm getting terrific speed and reliability. I'm now limited only by my ISP's speed.

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Noisy fans7/7/2011 6:10:36 AM

Pros: Good airflow, plenty of of room.

Cons: Intermittent bearing noise from the fans, even on low speed.

Overall Review: I've been hearing a noise like disk-drive chatter coming from the case. I finally realized that it's not my disk drives, but something like rattling bearings in three of the four fans in the case. It seems to be getting more frequent and I've only had the machine running about two weeks.

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