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Jonathan M.

Jonathan M.

Joined on 02/27/17

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Most Favorable Review

Rock solid board

GIGABYTE GA-AB350M-Gaming 3 (rev. 1.0) AM4 AMD B350 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-AB350M-Gaming 3 (rev. 1.0) AM4 AMD B350 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Pros: This is a great mATX board. Probably the best released so far - The BIOS is simple, albeit well designed. Voltage control through offsets is easy. - This board has a 7+1 power phase design. 4 CPU and 3 SoC phases enable good CPU overclocks. - Better RAM support out of the box than larger more expensive ATX boards. - Fast M.2 support (PCI-e 3.0 x4) - 4 SATA ports available while using an M.2 drive. - Fast USB 3.1 Gen2 - CPU Power phase heat sink

Cons: I would like the long-term flexibility of DisplayPort which this board lacks (nitpicking). The audio chipset, while functional, is a low end solution. You get what you pay for.

Overall Review: It took awhile to get the board to post. I narrowed it down to using RAM not on the Gigabyte QVL list. The original combination caused many memory related BSODS. I purchased a new kit on the list and the board posted right away and has been working fine since. Pay attention to RAM compatibility when purchasing as the AM4 ecosystem is new and compatibility is still being worked on. Build: Ryzen 7 1700 @ 3.9ghz 1.375v, GA-AB350M Rev 1.0, 16gb Kingston HyperX Predator @ 2933, Samsung 960 Evo 500gb, Sapphire R9 390 Nitro.

Most Critical Review

Two units failed so far. Bad production run?

CyberPower PFC Sinewave Series OR1500PFCLCD 1500 VA 1050 Watts 8 Outlets UPS
CyberPower PFC Sinewave Series OR1500PFCLCD 1500 VA 1050 Watts 8 Outlets UPS

Pros: None

Cons: - Both units failed after only 2-3 power events. The first reported an error requiring RMA and the second completely fried and went dark (this time I got a refund).

Overall Review: My apartment has extremely unstable power. I've trusted a CyberPower 1000VA unit for the last few years and it's worked great. I recently updated my hardware and was looking for a higher VA unit. The OR1500PFCLCD seemed to fit the bill. I was really disappointed when my first unit failed after only 2 power events to an E01 fault (charger fault). Cyberpower support was frankly very understanding and I'm only giving the second egg due to their assistance. I tried again with a unit directly from NewEgg and this unit failed completely after only 1 power event. This time the unit didn't even report an error. It was just completely dead. These units are a gamble I'd rather not deal with again. There must have been a bad production run.

11/20/2018

Clean Power

Tripp Lite SMART1500LCDT 1500 VA 900 W UPS Back Up Smart Tower LCD AVR 120V USB Coax RJ45
Tripp Lite SMART1500LCDT 1500 VA 900 W UPS Back Up Smart Tower LCD AVR 120V USB Coax RJ45

Pros: - Solid AVR (Automatic Voltage Regulation) - it actually works as advertised. I consistently get 140V-160V (yikes) voltage spikes and dips to 90v at my apartment (the wiring is terrible and the landlord doesn't care). This unit protects my computer and other electronics from those spikes. -Switches to battery without any of my electronics flickering when the AVR range is exceeded. -Long battery run time. The front panel reports over 2 hours on idle at desktop and up to 7 minutes under a 400w load (running BOINC).

Cons: - There's an audible hum from the rear of the unit even when it's idling (not bucking or boosting). - Not a true sine-wave output when on battery (you really need to dig into the specifications to verify this). If this matters to you then you should buy a different unit. - The fan is loud and, while fine for my use case, would bother anyone in a space where noise is an issue (such as a bedroom). - The software is basically useless. Avoid it until Tripp Lite decides to hire a real software team. Windows will report battery level just fine and the front panel provides any voltage information you might need.

Overall Review: Tripp lite makes great hardware and I would absolutely recommend this unit to anyone that's a power user (powerful PC's) who doesn't care as much about noise. There are quieter UPS's out there for less demanding scenarios where silence is a must.

11/20/2018

Love it

AMD Ryzen 7 1st Gen - RYZEN 7 1700 Summit Ridge (Zen) 8-Core 3.0 GHz (3.7 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 65W YD1700BBAEBOX Desktop Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 1st Gen - RYZEN 7 1700 Summit Ridge (Zen) 8-Core 3.0 GHz (3.7 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 65W YD1700BBAEBOX Desktop Processor

Pros: Blazes through games and general computation alike. I have a stable overclock at 3.9ghz at 1.375v (also motherboard dependent). Extremely efficient. Perfect for a combination gaming and BOINC machine. Indium solder under the heat spreader. The stock cooler was fantastic all the way to 3.7ghz before things started to heat up. It's probably fine for most peoples use, including light overclocking.

Cons: None

Overall Review: I'm really excited to be using AMD's next generation architecture. It blows my old A10-7870k out of the water all while using less power and, by extension, less heat.

Works great with Ryzen 7

HyperX Predator 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 RAM (Desktop Memory) CL16 XMP Black DIMM (288-Pin) HX432C16PB3K2/16
HyperX Predator 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 RAM (Desktop Memory) CL16 XMP Black DIMM (288-Pin) HX432C16PB3K2/16

Pros: Works great with my Ryzen 7 1700. XMP profile loaded up the 3200mhz setting and rebooted without issue.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: If using AM4 - Be aware of the supported DIMM's list on your motherboard manufacturers website as compatibility is still being worked out on the new platform. I'm running these at 2933mhz temporarily to be safe. Ryzen 7 1700 Gigabyte GA-AB350M Rev 1 Micro-ATX 16gb HyperX Predator DDR4 3200 RAM Samsung 960 Evo 500gb Sapphire R9 390 Nitro 8gb GDDR5 Silverstone ST75F-PT 750W