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Michael B.

Michael B.

Joined on 07/03/01

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Most Favorable Review

Great looking solid board with a steep price.

MSI X370 XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM AM4 AMD X370 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI X370 XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM AM4 AMD X370 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: I haven't had any issues with it (haven't had to worry about my bios bricking its self for example). I can use my U.2 drive and my M.2 drive and still retain all my x1 slots (for my sound card as an example) some of the other options disable all the x1 slots with my setup. The G.Skill ram I bought originally for my Z170 setup is running @ 3200 16-16-16-16-36 manual settings. I bumped voltage a tiny bit from 1.35 to 1.37 because the x370 boards tend to run at 1T instead of 2T. For the curious its G.Skill F4-4000C-19D-16GTZ. This was the only single sided ram I had on hand and its worked perfectly for me. Number 1 Pro... it was actually "in stock".

Cons: The only real con so far from my point of view is price. I have a Z170 Titanium which I bought on sale for around $230. While it is cheaper than the Z270 board was first priced at the board should be closer to $230 in my opinion. They are better options in many ways around the $200 price point.

Overall Review: I think there should be some requirements to write reviews. For example complaining because you cannot run two video cards at x16 / 16 on the X370 platform. The X370 platform does NOT support x16/x16 on any board currently available. If there was going to be support it would require a PLX chip just like with Z170/Z270. Some simple research can go a long way in choosing a product...

Most Critical Review

Works, Mounting mechanism sucks.

EKWB EK-Quantum Velocity CPU Water Block, Intel CPU, Nickel/Acetal
EKWB EK-Quantum Velocity CPU Water Block, Intel CPU, Nickel/Acetal

Pros: It works.

Cons: The mounting mechanism seriously makes me feel like one of two things is happening. Either it's not actually putting the correct pressure over the cpu or it's too much. If you have one then you probably know what I mean.

Overall Review: It works. You may or may not like how it mounts. The backplate is fine it's the actual "bolting it down" part and the feel of it. For comparison I also have a Heat Killer block and the mounting is much better on that.

Not perfect but I love it.

LIAN LI PC-O11 Dynamic White Tempered Glass on the Front and Left Sides, Chassis Body SECC ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - PC-O11DW
LIAN LI PC-O11 Dynamic White Tempered Glass on the Front and Left Sides, Chassis Body SECC ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - PC-O11DW

Pros: For the price I paid in April of 2019 this case seemed better than any thing I had owned. It does have some flaws (supported gpu width among them) but it is a nice case. Writing this close to 2 years after buying.

Cons: The biggest con is the supported GPU width. I had two choices vertical gpu mount or leave the side glass off. I didn't want my Cats in the case so side glass has to be on. I bought the Lian Li vertical mount and it works well. This means you cannot use the bottom for anything else.

Overall Review: Despite it's flaws I gave this case 5 eggs because I think it's plusses far out weigh it's flaws. However, when the XL came out I did buy one of those as well. Simply because I do like the case and the XL is wider... perfection well no but pretty close.

Works well, decent price. In stock (biggest plus)

Intel Core i5-10600K - Core i5 10th Gen Comet Lake 6-Core 4.1 GHz LGA 1200 125W Intel UHD Graphics 630 Desktop Processor - BX8070110600K
Intel Core i5-10600K - Core i5 10th Gen Comet Lake 6-Core 4.1 GHz LGA 1200 125W Intel UHD Graphics 630 Desktop Processor - BX8070110600K

Pros: Pros? I plugged it into the socket etc and it works. Performance is nice enough for the price and you can actually buy it.

Cons: Didn't include a pizza? No Cons really.

Overall Review: I could actually buy it, get it delivered and it worked = Happy.

Oh well.

GIGABYTE Z490 AORUS MASTER LGA 1200 Intel Z490 ATX Motherboard with Triple M.2, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.2 Gen 2, WIFI 6, 2.5 GbE LAN
GIGABYTE Z490 AORUS MASTER LGA 1200 Intel Z490 ATX Motherboard with Triple M.2, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.2 Gen 2, WIFI 6, 2.5 GbE LAN

Pros: Most everything worked the one it should.

Cons: Wired NIC constantly drops internet. Have done the Firmware update and driver update. Literally have 100's of disconnects per day. I didn't buy this board to use the wifi which it thankfully has or I would simply have zero use for the board.

Overall Review: I titled the review oh well because that's how I feel. The board works minus the I225 Intel NIC issues. Luckily it includes wifi or the board would literally be useless. I don't feel like sending it in and paying to ship it with no product in hand in between. To most likely just get another board back that doesn't have a working wired NIC either. I gave it 4 EGGs because everything else does in fact work and the NIC is an Intel issue not Gigabyte. Really not happy or excited about it.

No complaints.

HyperX Predator Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2666 Desktop Memory Model KHX26C11T2K2/8X
HyperX Predator Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2666 Desktop Memory Model KHX26C11T2K2/8X

Pros: Plugged them in, set XMP profile and they worked. For my build the color worked very well.

Cons: No cons so far.

Overall Review: When I was looking at Ram these sticks were priced very well compared to others I was looking at. Very pleased with this purchase.