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Michael H.

Michael H.

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Most Favorable Review

Good Drive for the Price

Team Color Turn 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model TG032GE902C3
Team Color Turn 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model TG032GE902C3

Pros: Decent speeds on the drive. I did just one pass with CrystalDiskMark on USB2 and USB3 and achieved the following results. First number is the read speed in MB/s and second number is write speed in MB/s: USB2 Sequential- 35.34/27.72 USB2 512K Random-34.47/0.508 USB2 4K Random-5.685/0.003 USB2 4K Random QD32- 5.721/0.003 USB3 Sequential- 45.82/32.21 USB3 512K Random- 44.03/0.528 USB3 4K Random- 9.777/0.003 USB3 4KQD32- 9.962/0.003 Backwards compatible with USB2 or USB1.1 so great for people who don't currently have USB3 capability but may get it in the future. Great design- no cap to lose. Lifetime warranty from Team Group.

Cons: Slightly under rated max read speed, which is usually expected (and I only ran each test once with just 1 program). More expensive drives offer higher reads and writes, but I feel this is sufficient especially considering the value.

Most Critical Review

Physically great hardware, terrible BIOS and terrible support

ASRock X370 Taichi AM4 AMD Promontory X370 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard
ASRock X370 Taichi AM4 AMD Promontory X370 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: -12k capacitors -Robust VRM that runs cool even under heavy loads -Nice color scheme -Two m.2 slots (and none of them directly underneath the GPU!) -10 SATA ports

Cons: -Contacting Asrock support is a joke. If your board is dead and need to RMA maybe they can help you, but if you actually have an issue that you need them to look at they will just brush it off with broken English replies -Lack of BIOS updates compared to other X370 motherboards -New versions introduced "AMD CBS mode" vs "Asrock Mode". You need to use AMD CBS mode to use P-State overclocking. And in this mode you have to enter RAM timings in INT 10h instead of just the timings in decimal... yea seriously -General jankiness when it comes to system stability -Asrock loves to push BIOS updates to their bargain bin B350 boards quicker than the flagship X370... what a joke

Overall Review: -Brian "chew*" McLachlan was at one point doing validation testing to help improve this board, but I don't believe he does it anymore. If he was still doing this and Asrock hired some real engineers to work on the BIOS maybe this would be a better board. -I decided to stray from my normal upper mid range / high end Asus or Gigabyte boards and go with this one, and boy was that a mistake. -I wouldn't recommend this board to anyone I held off on writing this review waiting for the BIOS to mature, but here we are in June of 2018 with AGESA 1.0.0.1a on latest stable BIOS (4.70) which has audio stuttering issue in Frostbite engine games when overclocking (Google "Ryzen Frostbite Audio Stutter" or "Ryzen Battlefield Audio Stutter". ) Reported this to Asrock and they brushed it off. I think I'll pay the slight premium for other brands to have a better experience. I hope Asrock reads this review and puts real time into fixing (maybe) this board but at least future products. They draw you in with good build quality and then leave you hanging with poor support and firmware.

Best 2 x 16GB DDR4 Kit on the Market

G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model F4-3600C14D-32GVKA
G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model F4-3600C14D-32GVKA

Pros: - Quality binned dual rank Samsung B Die ICs - No RGB - Overclocks well (if your CPU memory controller can handle it - Lifetime warranty

Cons: - It's a little pricey, but you get what you pay for

Overall Review: Great kit that works at XMP speeds and has headroom to go higher if you're willing to tweak! Pairs well with Ryzen 5xxx where you not only get a performance boost from the incredible RAM, but you'll get a performance boost with running your Infinity Fabric clock high.

Absolute beast of a GPU

XFX SPEEDSTER MERC319 AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT LIMITED BLACK Gaming Graphics Card with 16GB GDDR6, AMD RDNA 2, RX-69XTACSD9
XFX SPEEDSTER MERC319 AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT LIMITED BLACK Gaming Graphics Card with 16GB GDDR6, AMD RDNA 2, RX-69XTACSD9

Pros: - Uses the better binned 6900 XTH chip - Improved PCB over reference models - Awesome heatsink/fan design - AMD Radeon Adrenaline Software is superior to the Nvidia Control Panel / GeForce Experience - 2 year warranty gets bumped to 3 years when you register with XFX

Cons: - Ray tracing doesn't hold up well against Ampere GPUs (I think most people are aware of this) - It's super long so make sure you have a case that can fit it - Ever so slight coil whine under certain loads but your CPU/GPU/case fans will cover it

Overall Review: Mine runs at 2550MHz pretty consistently during gaming. All I did was give it a slight undervolt (95% voltage) and maxed out the power limit to +15% in the AMD software. It crushes pretty much any game at 1440p/1080p and can even handle most games at 4K. Adrenaline 22.5.2 preview drivers give a nice boost in some titles and I expect to see it age well thanks to AMD Fine Wine™

Works great with Ryzen

Crucial 16GB DDR4 SDRAM ECC Unbuffered DDR4 2666 (PC4 21300) Server Memory CT16G4WFD8266
Crucial 16GB DDR4 SDRAM ECC Unbuffered DDR4 2666 (PC4 21300) Server Memory CT16G4WFD8266

Pros: Loaded 4 of these sticks into Ryzen 1700 + Asrock X370 Taichi motherboard. POSTed first time, ECC was enabled and verified, and running at the rated 2666MHz. Using for a server and the server has been running a few weeks no with no hiccups. Asrock/Asus/Gigabyte typically have the best support for ECC on AM4, but always try to double check the motherboard page if it will support ECC or not.

Cons: Seems to go in and out of stock a lot, probably because it's such a good deal and works on Ryzen / Threadripper.

Overall Review: Highly recommend this RAM for new AMD platforms AM4/sTR4. The only CPUs ECC RAM won't work with currently are the 2200G and 2400G. All other Ryzen CPUs will support ECC RAM so long as the motherboard does too.

Gets slightly above rated speeds, very fast in real world usage

Plextor M8Se(G) M.2 2280 1TB PCIe Gen 3 x4 with NVMe Express TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) PX-1TM8SeG
Plextor M8Se(G) M.2 2280 1TB PCIe Gen 3 x4 with NVMe Express TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) PX-1TM8SeG

Pros: Installed easy into my Asrock X370 Taichi motherboard, and installed Windows 10 Pro on it no issues. Came with a screw, which I thought was cool. Updated firmware to latest at time of writing (1.02) using easy WIndows based installer. Faster than Intel 600P, slower than 960 Evo but at the time of purchase it was a much better value. Using CrystalDiskMark 6.0.0 x64 actually got slightly above the rated speeds: Read [MB/s] Write [MB/s] Seq Q32T1 2473.3 1007.6 4KiB Q8T8 820.3 718.6 4KiB Q32T1 180.9 135.3 4KiB Q1T1 43.29 86.85

Cons: Didn't come with any sort of software package? Not a con for me, but some might not like that.

Overall Review: Some people have reported seeing a Plextor splash screen before their computer boots. Using my Asrock motherboard, I did not experience this. I think this is a great value.

12/10/2017