Date Joined: 02/25/02
Cons: Kind of gaudy. But not really an issue since my computer case is not windowed.
Overall Review: I stuck these in an ASUS Prime B550M-A/CSM and they run at 3600 MHz, no problem.
As I have seen with a few AMD motherboards, you MUST put these in A2/B2 slots, not the A1/B1 slots. If you stick these in A1/B1, they will run at 2133 MHz.
Cons: On day 29 it failed. Downloaded Seagate's SeaTools and it reports "SMART - FAIL". I stuck it in an external drive enclosure, and I was still able to read my data. So I copied it to another drive and submitted a request for refund.
Overall Review: Just a note: Newegg's website would not let me submit a refund because it reported my purchase as more than 30 days ago, even though this was only day 29. I chatted with customer service and they were helpful. Thanks Tylor.
I realize everyone has their own experiences, but literally all my experiences with Seagate drives have been bad. I took a chance on this drive based on sale price, and that the reviews are fairly similar between Seagate drives and WD drives in this size and price range. Sadly, it lived up to expectation. I will be ordering a Western Digital drive as a replacement. Hopefully it works out better. <crosses fingers>
Pros: Was able to overclock using "XMP Profile #2: DDR4-3000 CL15-17-17 @1.35V"
Cons: Was not able to overclock using "XMP Profile #1: DDR4-3200 CL16-18-18 @1.35V"
Overall Review: This RAM was on the QVL for "ASRock Fatal1ty X370 GAMING X". Initially I could not use either XMP profile at all, it would only run at 2400. I updated the BIOS and then I could only get XMP profile #2 to work. #1 fails with F9 error with the factory version of the BIOS (which I believe was 1.something) as well as the latest as of last night (version 3.10). I did no other overclocking or modification to system voltages.
I gave it 4 stars, but am not sure if I should be blaming the motherboard instead. I mostly just wanted to get that information out there about compatibility with the motherboard.
- ASRock Fatal1ty X370 GAMING X
- AMD Ryzen 7 1700
- This RAM (obviously)
- SAMSUNG 960 EVO M.2 500GB NVMe PCI-Express 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V6E500BW
- GIGABYTE Radeon R9 380X
Pros: Inexpensive. Supports Xeon E3 chips.
Cons: Can't think of any. I don't need SLI, or lots of slots, or lots of SATA header, or overclocking...so, no cons. Perfect for my needs.
Overall Review: I put a Xeon E3-1241 V3 chip in this board, with 8GB ram, Samsung 850 SSD, and a GTX970 video card. It screams.
With this board you can't overclock, which is fine with the server processor.
And you can't SLI, obviously, since there is only 1 slot.
Also, the server processor has no built in video, but I was planning to run the GTX970 anyway. No biggie there either.
E3-1241 V3 is essentially an i7 processor that has no onboard video and can't be overclocked. Since neither is desired, it is a cheaper alternative to an i7.
Pros: Tiny little thing.
Streams from Plex server (DLNA)
Cons: Granted this unit was supposed to be refurbished, so a little leniency should be allowed, but mine was DEAD. It even had a sticker with someone's initials on the bottom, which I would assume was the technician who verified it was functional. But he failed at his job.
No power LED. No video output. Not much more to troubleshoot other than making sure the A/C outlet is live, which I did. I even waited in Roku's online chat, and verified it was dead with the representative.
Overall Review: Because I pulled my PC out of the entertainment center, I did not want to go through the hassle of hooking it back up...so I had the wife pickup a Roku 3 at Wally World (she was out Xmas shopping anyway).
Roku 3 works great. Streams from my Plex server just fine.
Pros: Fast. U.S based company.
Cons: Slightly more expensive. A little difficult to get running at 1866 in AMD motherboard (see other thoughts)
Overall Review: This ram will default to 1333 MHz in any AMD motherboard. XMP is an Intel technology, so you have to manually set the memory timings for an AMD board to get it set to 1866 MHz.
I'm overclocking an AMD FX8350 on Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2, and to pass Prime95 tests, I had to bump up CPU/NB to 1.2625v, ram to 1.52v, and ensure HT speed was 2600 MHz. I also had to over-current the CPU/NB and RAM to 110%. Not sure if this is due to overclocking or not, but I don't feel like setting my cpu back to normal just to test RAM settings alone. Hopefully this will help anyone with the same motherboard.
Pros: Inexpensive. I'm overclocking an AMD FX8350 @ 4.5GHz, and running Prime95 right now and the CPU temp is sitting steady at 54 C.
Cons: Defective fan right out of the box. Scared the heck out of me when I fired it up for the first time. Fortunately, I had a couple Rosewill 120mm case fans sitting around. Replaced the fan and all is well now.
Overall Review: This is my first foray into water cooling. Other than the defective fan, it works great. Not sure if it is better than a good air cooler, but it certainly gives you more room inside the case. The biggest plus would be that since the cooling block is relatively small, you won't have any issues with it hitting RAM.
Pros: Stable. Inexpensive. Great budget gamer.
Cons: **not really a "CON" with updated bios**
Up until they released an update to the BIOS, I could not get my RAM to run at 1866. A new BIOS was released a week ago (9/5/2012), and now my Crucial Ballistix 8GB 1866 is recognized properly. I had tried to set the memory timings manually but it would never POST unless set to 1600.
Overall Review: This is a great motherboard for a budget gamer. Fairly easy to overclock also, but I have not pushed the limits @ 4.5GHz. And I only have the desire to run one video card.
Crucial Ballistix 8GB 1866
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120GB SATA III SSD
ASUS GTX 560 (N82E16814121446)
Pros: Upgraded my nephew's computer back around Xmas. It was my first ASRock motherboard purchase, and am quite pleased with it. He had a friend upgrade his computer a year or so ago...and it did not work out so well.
Cons: Can't think of any.
Overall Review: MB ASROCK|Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3 1155 R
CPU INTEL|CORE I5 2500K 3.3G 6M R
MEM 4Gx2|CORSAIR CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R
CPU COOLER CM| RR-B10-212P-G1 RT
VGA EVGA|01G-P3-1460-KR GTX560 1G R
Cons: Old as dirt. We had a bunch of these at work. They were fine during their day as far as performance goes...except for they are known to have bad capacitors. Maybe they are refurbished with new/better caps?
Overall Review: These gotta be like 8 years old. $100 is better spent elsewhere. I bet if you looked around locally, you could find the same/similar for less than $100
Pros: It works...sometimes. Only reason I gave it more than one star is because it did work for a few days in 1 week of ownership.
Cons: Fiddled with it on Xmas morning, could not get it working. Most of the time, the caller could not hear anything. The user can hear everything just fine (key presses, menu navigation, other person on end of call, etc...), but the other person can't hear a thing. Then, all of a sudden it worked! Wife used it for 2 days with no problems. But one day she said she wanted to make a call without using the bluetooth. I showed her how to turn off the bluetooth at the phone. Boy was that a bad move. Back to the original problem of it connecting and it seeming to work fine until you make a call, then the remote user can't hear a thing. Decided I would return it, but...no return on this product. So, I am writing this to warn others not to buy.
Overall Review: Would NOT recommend it. Bought this for my wife, she has a LG env2 with Verizon.
Pros: Works fine on Gigabyte mobo's when using only 2 sticks total.
Cons: A little tricky to get 4 sticks working with Gigabyte mobo's.
Ended up setting the timings manually (5-5-5-15), setting the DDR voltage to +.3V, the MCH voltage to +.2V and the performance enhance to "STANDARD" (not turbo). All the other memory timings are essentially set to "AUTO". They are manually set, but I determined the settings by originally setting to "AUTO", and then running memtest program, and clicking on the SPD button to display what the settings were on AUTO. Wrote them down and then set them manually.
Overall Review: Hopefully this helps others who are having issues getting 2 sets (4 sticks total) of this memory to work.
Essentially, you have to bump up the voltage to get 4 sticks working together. It is that, or maybe I was lucky running on lower voltage settings all this time on just 2 sticks.
Pros: Cheap. Works. Fits low profile case via additional brackets (included).
Cons: Obviously designed for the home-built chassis. I put this in a Dell OptiPlex 360, low profile chassis (work), and the cable for the HD15 video connector was pulled extremely tight.
The difference being that with a home-built chassis, the video card is the furthest to the right (when looking from the front). And in this particular Dell chassis, it was the furthest to the left...which means I had to run the ribbon cable for HD15 connector up and over the card to the back side (solder side).
I also had to put the bracket in the case first, then the connector. When I tightened down the standoffs, the cable was completely tight and under strain.
If the manufacturer would add an additional 1" to the cable, that would be ideal so that the connector could be used on either side of the video card with ease.
Pros: Nice price. Nice picture. Bright. No dead pixels.
Overall Review: I originally had to give this a 1 star review due to the backlight not working on the 1st one I received. Got the replacement over a week ago, and the monitor looks really nice. I had a Acer 22" that this replaced. 24" is a lot of real estate. Go big or go home!
Pros: Can't give a positive review due to monitor backlight being DOA.
Cons: Monitor backlight was DOA. I could barely make out the on-screen-display and the XP login display, so it was getting signal.
Overall Review: I'll write another review to compensate for this initial review.
Pros: It works reliably.
Overall Review: As others have suggested, install Tomato on it. Main reason I installed Tomato was so that I could do DHCP reservations by MAC address. The default router software did not allow me to assign IP addresses to specific MAC addresses. I was using a multiboxing software that would not work if my IP changed...but I wanted the ease of DHCP and not have to configure 4 computers manually.
Pros: Still supports AGP graphics.
Cons: It would not run my 5900XT graphics card, but it did run the 6800GT that I had in my stepson's computer. Sorry stepson...
Overall Review: Best motherboard around still supporting AGP graphics. I am betting that those people with problems do not have the correct processor.