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Steven J.

Steven J.

Joined on 07/01/07

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Most Favorable Review

Works Well with Ryzen 2700x and TridentZ 3600 mhz

ASUS Prime X470-Pro AM4 AMD X470 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS Prime X470-Pro AM4 AMD X470 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: - Posted without hassle after installing. Didn't need to flash BIOS to boot after install as some others have had issues with. - Overclocks my Ryzen 2700x and RAM nicely. The TridentZ RGB sticks (F4-3600C18D-16GTZRX) I installed run at their advertised speed of 3600mhz with no trouble. I was able to get tighter timings than specified, and I can probably squeeze out a higher frequency if I keep tinkering with it. I'm excited to watch this new rig burn through everything I throw at it :) - I really like ASUS bios layouts, and this one is equally impressive the five year old board I just replaced. It seemed a little limited in OC settings at first, but updating the BIOS apparently added the features that I couldn't initially find.

Cons: - The design of the board is a little cramped around the CPU and made installing more annoying than I'm used to. I didn't have a problem getting everything installed, but it did make for interesting cable layouts for the 2700x's heatsink. This was probably more noticeable because the heatsink is a big ol' brick and nearly overlaps one of the chasis fan and rgb pins. Not worth taking an egg off. - For some reason, this mobo came with only two mounting pins and no screws at all. I was lucky enough to be replacing an old mobo so I had both on hand, but if I were building a new system I would have had to go pick some up. Knocking off an egg for this as it could be very annoying (if it's a common issue). - Thought I would be able to use the second 16x PCI-e 3.0 slot for my GTX 1070 ti to space out the system a little more. The manual had "N/A" written in the chart for using a single graphics card in the second slot, so I'm assuming I have to use the first slot for my setup. Admittedly, I haven't tested the second slot yet, and it may still work...

Overall Review: - This mobo seems to be a good compromise for those that want to go x470 but don't want to shell out for the ROG Crosshair VII or other top-end boards. It does what I wanted it to do quite well (so far). Make sure to install drivers and update the BIOS after installing. As expected, I saw an immediate performance increase after doing so. - When installing 2 x 8gb RAM, it needs to go into the second and fourth slots. No complaints, as the first-pair slots would have the first stick almost rubbing against my heatsink. The TridentZ RGB sticks seem a bit wide due to the LEDs, so this may be something to consider if you're looking to install four sticks. - I'm not a huge fan of the LED lighting, but it's easy to turn off in the BIOS. Funnily enough, I just upgraded my mobo, cpu, and ram, and every component I bought glows like rainbow-themed warehouse rave by default. Just how the deals ended up working out, haha.

Duuuude, You're Getting a Ryzen

AMD Ryzen 7 2nd Gen - Ryzen 7 2700X Pinnacle Ridge (Zen+) 8-Core 3.7 GHz (4.3 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 105W YD270XBGAFBOX Desktop Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 2nd Gen - Ryzen 7 2700X Pinnacle Ridge (Zen+) 8-Core 3.7 GHz (4.3 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 105W YD270XBGAFBOX Desktop Processor

Pros: - Posted without issues as some others have mentioned (installed on an ASUS Prime x470-Pro). - Overclocks, and then overclocks some more. For those less inclined to configure your OC settings in the BIOS, it pretty much overclocks itself with very little effort. I still recommend getting a mobo with decent OC support in order to squeeze even more out of this beast. CPUz benchmarks scored above average out of the box, so I'm very happy with the chip I received. - Running 2x 8gb G.Skill TridentZ RGB at 3600mhz and tighter timings than advertised. This says more about the RAM and motherboard, but the 2700x is able to remain stable while overclocked even with my out-of-spec RAM timings.

Cons: - Doesn't float?

Overall Review: - I needed to update my BIOS to get rid of some very slight stuttering I noticed on the first boot. I knew that I needed to update the BIOS to get the best functionality, just mentioning this for others. The platform is still new-ish, and performance will continue to increase as it matures and motherboard manufacturers update their products. If you're purchasing a new motherboard to support this CPU, it would probably be wise to go with a brand that regularly issues BIOS fixes/updates for the near future. - The included heatsink's (AMD Wraith Prism) LED lighting isn't my cup of tea, but it's really just an optional feature. The heatsink is a bit wide vs. tall, and it is worth noting that it might make some setups cramped. No complaints here, as it was awesome to receive an aftermarket-level heatsink along with the CPU.