Date Joined: 06/25/04
Pros: Works just fine. Have not overclocked. Don't care about RGB.
Cons: Not really sure why these are not listed on MSI mobo compatibility table but is on G.Skill.
Overall Review: MSI MPG X570 Gaming PRO Carbon WiFi
AMD Ryzen 3700X
I installed in the correct slots, turned on XMP in bios 1.30, and all is working well so far.
Pros: It's cheap. It works. It's fairly quiet at max speed. Super easy to install, i.e. no mobo removal. In fact, I prefer the install over the stock Intel fan. Not nearly as rough on the mobo.
Dropped my CPU temps from 70C on stock Intel fan to 55C while using Handbrake @ 20C ambient. Used a dab of Arctic MX2 on both stock and this fan.
No matter how you cut it, a 15C drop for <$20, <5 min install, and virtually no difference in noise = winner.
Cons: Not sure Asus Fan Expert is working perfectly.
Overall Review: Running Core i7-3770K at stock settings.
Pros: Fast, good value.
Cons: Not specifically about the card, but I had to buy a new reader for $36 to fully take advantage of the card.
Overall Review: Be sure you have the right hardware and software to use this card (or other high capacity SDXC cards).
Using in my 'old' Lexar CF/SD dual slot reader (USB 2.0, not-SDXC compatible), only 32gb of the card was detected. Before I thought it through, I thought I received a 32gb card wearing a 64gb label.
Using my subsequently purchased Lexar CF/SD dual slot reader (LRW307URBNA: USB 3.0, SDXC compatible) and re-formatting using SDFormatter, it now reads the full 64gb. (Ok, well 60.3gb after format.)
Go to your favorite search engine and type in "sdformatter" to get the latest formatting software from the SDcard org. Where you find info about the download, there's also a link to an SDXC driver in case your PC has missed an update or 50 since SDXC came about.
Plan to eventually use in a Nikon D800 (when I get it), so hoping it works.
Pros: No problem with Asus P8Z77-V Pro. Worked without BIOS update and after BIOS update to v1206.
While not listed on the QVL for mobo, the GSkill forum admin recommended to several requests for the P8Z77-Pro, so I bought with confidence.
Cons: Bit pricey, but not a lot of options for 32gb kits for mobo.
Shoddy packaging by Newegg
Overall Review: Haven't pushed these. Don't intend to overclock - don't need to, anyway. Everything runs fine at stock / default settings.
What to do with 32gb? Oh, right, Photoshop while encoding video...and not think about adding RAM ever again with this build.
I'm rating the product, not Newegg's shipping. If I gave that a separate rating, I'd give it zero eggs. Newegg shipped in a standard padded manila envelope with no other padding (unless you count the packing slip). The plastic packaging the memory came in was actually cracked about an inch into the packaging (though the manila envelope was not ripped, making me suspect that this damage to the packaging happened pre-shippig).
My notes to Newegg about the poor packaging was responded to, but with equally poor grammar. (That does't instill a lot of confidence.) I'm considering myself lucky that the memory works fine. I haven't run memtest on them, but so far, so good at stock settings.
Pros: Zero problems with (low complexity) build. Everything just ran. (Knock wood)
Even though not listed on QVL, takes G.Skill Ripjaw 32gb kit (details in 'other'), as recommended by G.Skill forum admin.
Haven't overclocked (no need to), but toyed around with various Asus utilities, such as Fan Expert and EPU. Really like the tools so far. Very simple to use. BIOS update options are great. Used the simple ASUS Update and worked flawlessly to upgrade to v1206.
Cons: Due to multiple 3.5" drives, I had to hook up the SATA cables before seating the mobo, otherwise angle is impossible without robots and mirrors. Definitely would be a challenge to hookup more, so I just hooked up an extra cable and left unattached without a problem.
Start-up beep is a little piercing. You definitely know it's starting up.
Overall Review: Using primarily for Photoshop and video encoding.
Android remote app is a bit gimmicky, but can see how it can be really useful if on a tablet, not my G-Nex. (Read it's not compatible yet with Asus Transformer, ironically.)
As others have recommended, install the Wi-Fi Go! card before installing mobo. Will save you having to unscrew your mobo like me.
Core i7 3770k
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) F3-1600C9Q-32GXM
Sandisk Extreme 240gb SSD
PNY VCGGT4301XPB GeForce GT 430
4x SATA/eSATA II hard drive (Various)
2x SATA II DVD/Blu-ray (Various)
Pros: Quiet as a mouse fart. I can hear my CPU fan, not the PSU fan.
Great semi-modular setup (not fully modular) making install a breeze.
Plenty of power for my Photoshop & video encoding machine (i.e. slot-powered vid card only).
Fit into my Cooler Master rig no problem.
Cons: A tad pricey, but expect payback in silence and savings over time, so worth the investment. Thus, 'con' in the upfront only, so won't take away an egg, and I got on sale for a great price.
Pros: Solid construction, quality feel, screw holes aligned for my Sandisk Extreme 240gb SSD, room for another SSD
Cons: Price seems a bit high vs. another nearly identical item that seems quite similar at 60-70% lower price. Not sure what the real difference is.
Overall Review: To fit into the 3.5" bay in my Cooler Master case (sorry, no model off the top of my head), it took a bit more force than I thought it would. Didn't think it was going to fit at first given the all metal construction of both the converter and the bay, but it did get in there.
Pros: Compared to a couple other enclosures I have, this one wins in looks. Beyond the superficial, it's sturdy and the fan is a nice feature, though I tend to use the drive for back-up, and so it's not running constantly, so I don't use it much. It is a bit loud for it's size.
Overall Review: Great deal on Black Friday, but at the regular price, I probably wouldn't have bit. I just regret not getting 2. Minus 1 egg for high "regular" price.