Joined on 08/18/09
Pros: -Cheap -Dual Core -Supports the latest DDR3 memory with Socket AM3 -Hardware Virtualization and 64-bit support -Cool temps at stock speeds (mid-30s C)
Cons: -Not as fast as Athlon II quads or Phenom II's -For the price, it's best to stick with the slowest of these buggers (the 2.8GHz Athlon II x2) since you're on a budget anyway if you're getting this CPU and the performance gains are negligible -No L3 cache -Aluminum box cooler seems flimsy and inefficient compared to the dual-heapiped, copper monster than comes with the Phenom II quads
Only for use as exhaust fan.
Pros: Affordable, PWM controlled.
Cons: Fan blades wobble outside the frame. What that means is you can only mount this fan by the back, as an exhaust configuration. I tried using this fan as an intake, flush-mounted to my case, and the blades rubbed making a loud noise. Poor manufacturing quality.
Great Value; Loud Fan
Pros: - Huge value when on sale. I picked it up for $40 during Black Friday. Even the normal sale price of $80 is a deal vs competition. - Fully Modular - Black with unobtrusive branding
Cons: - Fan is one of the loudest I've had in a power supply. It's also a 135mm 5v unit, with holes that don't line up with either 120 or 140mm fans. So good luck trying to replace it if you thinking about modding. It uses a 2-pin d-type connector internally, and doesn't seem to have any speed control.
Great Budget Case, Could Use A Revision
Pros: - Fits 2x 240mm radiators in the top and front, while still supporting a 5.25" drive in the lower slot. - Comes in red - Huge acrylic window - Top 140mm fan filters included - Reasonably small mid-tower dimensions
Cons: - Front fans use threaded holes and included long screws, not the standard self-tapping fan screws. That means you have to drill out the fan holes if you are going to mount a radiator in the front with fans on the outside of the bracket. - Top supports dual 140mm fans, but will not support fans or a radiator there with the 5.25" drive cage installed. - Front USB is 1x 3.0 port and 1x 2.0 port. C'mon Fractal Design, you're wasting half of my 3.0 header to save like 5 cents a unit? - Included 120mm fans are white regardless of case color. They are only 1200rpm and low airflow.
Overall Review: - One of the included fans had a dead LED. Thankfully, Fractal Design's US support sent me another in the mail.
Excellent value for a reference card
Pros: - Vega 64 at Vega 56 price ($400) - Near GTX 1080 performance - Cheap way to get a reference board if you plan on doing water cooling.
Cons: - Stock blower cooler is loud (water cooling recommended) - Not as fast as a 1080ti
Overall Review: You might get a better overclock out of a Vega 56, but for the money, it's hard to turn down this deal on Vega 64.
Not good for 8-core overclocking
Pros: - Low Cost X470 chipset - Lots of features for the price
Cons: - The Vcore VRM overheats if you pull more than about 80A through it. The software readings are about half the actual MOSFET temperature. I used a hardware store multimeter with a K-type thermocouple to read the temp of the input trace of the inductor. I was getting 105C+ while stress testing my R7 2700 non-x overclocked to 4.075GHz @ 1.4V. It was pulling around 110A at the time. When the MOSFETs overheat, it pulls the clockspeed down to 550 MEGAhertz and the voltage down to 0.7V for several seconds to let the VRM cool off. It promply overheats again once it goes back to full speed, though. My temp fix was to just wedge an 80mm fan up against the VRM heatsink, which kept it just a couple of degrees below overheating. Do yourself a favor, and if you're getting an 8-core, just get the ASRock Taichi. I contacted ASUS support, but not only were they slow... they never got back to me in over 2-weeks with a solution. I wound up figuring out the problem myself.
Overall Review: No refund or return possible on this particular motherboard with either Newegg or Asus. Bad form, guys. Caveat Emptor, I guess.