Joined on 10/16/17
Pros: The sweet: 1- Fan is ultra quiet: (4pin): 80mm *dual ball bearing 2- Heatsink is light with wide spaced aluminum fins 3- Copper heatpipes are large diameter 4- AMD OEM style latch 5- Works with up to 125w AMD CPUs 6- Cools better than an AMD OEM 95w Wraith cooler 7- Quick Premier processing & shipping 8- High quality Newegg packaging (cardboard box with lots of styrofoam peanuts cushioning; unlike Amazone's cheeep white plastic bagging with thin bubble wrap liner)
Cons: The sour: 1- No copper base 2- Not free :) 3- Only 2 copper heatpipes
Overall Review: This unit replaced an OEM AMD 95w Wraith cooler that had a loud fan with 2 copper heatpipes, copper base & large heavy heatsink. The Silverstone cooler is keeping my AMD AM3 Athlon II 450 x3 CPU approx. 7C cooler at idle. Also, during heavy loads the CPU does not go over 46C whereas using the 95w Wraith I saw temps as high as 58C.. I did not use the included CPU thermal grease; instead I used Arctic Silver Ceramique2. It is quiet, efficient & well worth the current price !
Not Really For AN ATX Motherboard
Pros: The sweet: 1- I paid under $19.00 2- Bottom mount psu design 3- Two 120mm case fans included (front & rear) 4- Side mount for an additional 120mm case fan (not included) 5- Design allows for adequate cable management 6- Fairly well ventilated 7- All screws/motherboard standoffs included 8- Large power button 9- ASRock 4GB RX 570 Phantom Gaming X GPU easily fit (10.5 inches long)
Cons: The sour: 1- If you are using a full sized ATX motherboard look elsewhere; due to the fact you will not able to install an internal DVD drive. It will hit on your 24 pin motherboard PSU power cable/housing. 2- Only ONE 5.25 inch mount for an internal DVD drive, etc. 3- One rivot was left uncompressed on bottom of the case, luckily I own a rivot gun 4- Lag in processing/shipping & arrived late 5- Of course it is made out of thin gauged metal ALL cheaper cases are 6- No instructions included, or on manufacturer's website for those who'd need them 7- Included PSU bottom mount dust filter is worthless; due to its design. It will not really filter out any dust.
Overall Review: It is an alright case only for an mATX motherboard, unless you are not planning on using an internal DVD drive. I knew this before purchasing & used a mATX board. Furthermore, I knew it has only one 5.25 inch mount for an internal drive too. If you pay over $18.99 for this case you are paying too much. At no more than $18.99 it is an "okay" deal.
Nice Budget Board IF Setup Correctly
Pros: The great: 1- Small footprint 2- Ubuntu 18.04.1 x64 & Linux Mint 19 Tara x64 compatible 3- Ultra quick Premier processing/shipping 4- Two 4pin system fan headers 5- BIOS CPU overclocking 6- CPU 8pin power header 7- AMD FX 8 core compatible 8- BIOS system fan speed control 9- Not DOA 10- Drivers on ASRock's site for Windows 10 x64 11- ASRock stands behind their warranty (see review on ASRock 4GB RX 570 Phantom Gaming X GPU) 12- Larger than normal Northbridge heatsink means cooler temps 13- Supports AMD AM3 & AM3+ CPUs 14- AHCI mode setting in BIOS (for SSDs) 15- No issues using FX-6300 stock OEM heatsink, nor an AMD OEM 125w Wraith cooler that replaced it using the stock ASRock motherboard plastic heatsink mounts 16- I have owned three ASRock entry level AM3/AM3+ motherboards none of them having a CPU metal backplate and I encountered no issues (ending up selling two of them in custom builds) 17- *Supports dual channel memory
Cons: The not so great: 1- If you are using a bottom mount PSU case; due to the location of the CPU 8pin power header you may require a CPU 8pin extension cable 2- Awkward location of the USB 2.0 headers 3- Quick start guide printed in ridiculously small font 4- No USB 3.0 header 5- Both 4pin system fan headers located at front of board far from rear case fan 6- By default in the BIOS HDD S.M.A.R.T. mode is set to disabled 7- By default in the BIOS "Memory Clock" is set to "auto" , which results in ANY speed RAM you use to run only at DDR3 1066 MHz. This can result in your pc not booting (BSOD), or if it boots poor performance 8- By default in the BIOS CPU fan speed is set to 100%, so your CPU fan will sound like a jet engine 9- By default in the BIOS case fans speed are set to 100%, so your case fan(s) will be very loud 10- No AMD Windows 10 driver for the onboard graphics
Overall Review: Some specs: 1- Handles up to 125w AMD FX CPU 2- Supports Windows 10 3- Solid capacitors 4- PCI-E 2.0 (backwards compatible with PCI-E 3.0 GPU) 5- (4) SATA II 6- Audio: up to 7.1 (Realtek ALC887) 7- microATX 8- BIOS AHCI mode settings for SSD Included in box: 1- (2) red SATA cables 2- Quick start guide 3- I/O plate 4- Driver Disk Some setup tips: To enable HDD S.M.A.R.T. mode (lets you know if your HDD is failing): 1- To get into BIOS settings press "Del" keyboard key upon initial bootup/post (maybe labeled "Delete" ) 2- Go to "Advanced" in BIOS menu (use your up/down & left/right keyboard keys to navigate menu) 3- Go to "Storage Configuration" then press "Enter" on your keyboard 4- Select "Hard Disk" then press "Enter" on your keyboard 5- To right side of S.M.A.R.T. it will show "Disabled" , so press "Enter" on keyboard and select "Enable" How to set the BIOS, so your installed RAM runs at its proper speed and avoid bootup issues: 1-While still in BIOS settings go to "OC Tweaker" 2- Under "OC Tweaker" go to "Memory Clock" 3- Change this setting from "Auto" by pressing "Enter" keyboard key and manually selecting the proper speed of your installed RAM How to adjust CPU fan speed: 1- While still in BIOS settings go to "H/W Monitor" 2- Under "H/W" monitor select "CPU Fan Speed" and set it to "Automatic Mode" 3- Set "Target CPU Temperature" to 50C 4- Set "Target Fan Speed" to level 2, or 3 (higher number you select faster CPU fan speed..***requires 4pin CPU fan...3pin auto runs at 100%)...on every *initial bootup fan will run at 100% then cycle down as OS loads Setting case fan(s) speed (**requires use of 4pin case fans..3pin fans will auto run at 100%): 1- While still in BIOS settings under "H/W Monitor" you'll see "Chassis Fan Speed" for fans 1 & 2. Just select one at a time press "Enter" on your keyboard to manually set case fan(s) speed. Use "Esc" keyboard key to toggle back to main menu slide over to "Exit" and under "Exit" select "Save Changes and Exit" It'd been a 5 egger if not for the awkward location of the USB 2.0 headers & system fan headers, small font guide & lack of USB 3.0 support. Remember NEVER install any PC component on carpet; especially during the cold dry season due to static electricity. ASRock entry level motherboards when setup properly are just as good as Gigabyte, MSI etc. I hope the above tips are of some help. **UPDATE: 3/11/19 this board is rock solid. Furthermore, I have owned an ASRock motherboard: N68-GS4 FX R2.0 for over a year without any issues. In addition, I own an ASRock RX 570 4GB Phantom Gaming X along with an ASRock RX 570 4GB Phantom Gaming D and BOTH GPUs have ran flawlessly. I am baffled by all these poor ratings !!
ASRock Does It Again!
Pros: The sweet: 1- Paid $149.99 2- Fans are quiet: double ball bearing design 3- ASRock OEM packaging does provide shipping protection 4- Quick Premier processing & shipping 5- Newegg packaging (cardboard box & plenty of airbags unlike @mazon) 6- Ubuntu 18.04 x64/Windows 7 x64/Windows 10 x64 compatible 7- ASRock warranty/RMA service (see review on ASRock RX 570 4GB Phantom Gaming X card) 8- *Latest AMD Windows 10 x64 drivers are smooth/stable 9- Beefy/heavy heatsink: No issues with thermal throttling 10- No LEDs (if you dislike them)
Cons: The not so sweet: 1- Was not free :) 2- The 6pin PCI-E connector will limit overclocking 3- No back-plate 4- No LEDs (if you like them) 5- PCI-E 6pin connector is mounted facing straight up making cable management challenging
Overall Review: Some specs: 1- Only works on 64 bit operating systems: Ubuntu 18.04.1 (Linux) / Windows 7 x64 & Windows 10 x64 2- Requires at least a 450w power supply 3- PSU needs one 6pin PCI-E connector 4- At least 4GB system RAM (8GB or more recommended) 5- PCI-E 3.0 (backwards compatible with PCI-E 2.0 motherboard) 6- Differences between this card & ASRock RX 570 4GB Phantom Gaming X: a: Gaming X version has an 8pin PCI-E connector, so it is better suited for overclocking b: Gaming X version is factory overclocked higher c: Gaming X version is a lighter card; due to it having a lighter made heatsink d: Gaming X version is a slightly longer card - 10.5 inches I have no regrets over this purchase; thus far. I bought this GPU as a gift. I deducted one egg over it having only a 6pin connector, which will limit overclocking. If you wish to install the latest AMD Ubuntu 18.04 (Linux) driver please see my review on ASRock RX 570 4GB Phantom Gaming X GPU. ***How to stop system crashes/over heating & get better FPS: Attempting to use ASROck Phantom Gaming Tweak software on Windows 10 x64 may result in system crashes/reboots- BSOD: Blue Screen of Death. Apparently there is a software conflict between it and AMD's built in Global WattMan software; thus resulting in system crashes. This happened to me after I tried to use ASRock's software (I removed it) with AMD driver ver. 19.1.2 MANY are posting here on Newegg their ASRock RX series GPU is running hot even at idle. FYI by default ASRock set them to run at zero rpm fan mode, so the fans do not kick in until the card reaches a certain temperature (hot.) Currently, there is no safe way to remove WattMan, but here are some tips to keep your ASRock GPU running cool and perform better too. Using AMD's Global Wattman: 1- To access "Global WattMan" right click on your desktop then left click on "AMD Radeon settings" (on taskbar I like to right click it at this point and select "pin to taskbar" After the Radeon settings window opens in order to get those ASRock fans turning at idle: A- Click on "Gaming" tab...click on "Global Settings" tab...click on "Global WattMan" tab...click "accept" B- Scroll down to "zero RPM" and turn it off/disable...click "apply" in upper right corner of the window C- Turn on "Speed/Temperature Manual" ...click "apply" in upper right corner of the window The AMD default fan curve now allows both fans to run approx. 1176 rpm at idle & will cycle up in speed as temps increase. My 4GB ASRock RX 570 now idles at 27C in a Thermaltake Versa H22 case. Take that Green Team ! Now each time you bootup your pc the fans will run automatically at this rpm; instead of zero RPM mode. For me, I have not seen temps over 46C even under heavy loads during 1080p gaming. For faster FPS: A- After opening the "AMD Radeon Settings" windows click on "Gaming" tab...click on "Global Graphics" tab. One at a time make sure these settings are listed as below (change if necessary): 1- Ant-aliasing Mode: use application settings 2- Anti-aliasing Method: multisampling 3- Morphological filtering: OFF/disabled 4- Anisotropic filtering mode: OFF/disabled 5- Texture filtering quality: PERFORMANCE 6- Surface format optimization: ON 7- Wait for vertical refresh: OFF, unless application specifies 8-OpenGL triple buffering: OFF/disabled 9- Shader cache/AMD optimized: ON 10- Tellessation mode: Override application settings 11- Maximum tellessation level: OFF/disabled 12-GPU workload: Graphics 13-Chill:OFF/disabled 14- Frame rate target control: OFF/disabled As for overclocking yes you can use AMD WattMan; however I have no need to overclock my ASRock RX 570, so I am referring you to YouTube. The bad here is WattMan may conflict with other manufacturer's GPU overclocking software & currently WattMan can not be uninstalled. The good--WattMan is actually some good stuff ! I hope this helps some of you ! My build: AMD FX-8300 oced to 4.9 GHz/core Corsair H60 CPU liquid cooling unit (used (2) 120mm fans for push-pull) Arctic Silver Ceramique2 CPU thermal grease Gigabyte AM3+ motherboard GA-78LMT-USB3 rev.6 12 GB Kingston low profile DDR3 1333 MHz RAM (one 8 GB + one 4 GB modules) oced to 1372 MHz PNY CS900 120GB SSD WD SATA III 250GB secondary hard drive Thermaltake Smart Series 650w 80 Plus Bronze PSU SP-650PCBUS Thermaltake Versa H22 case (2) top mounted 80mm fans pulling air out (zip ties are awesome) ASRock RX 570 4GB Phantom Gaming GPU (AMD driver ver. 19.1.2) Acoustic Research Pro II series HDMI cable Internal SATA LG DVD-RW drive (2) front mounted Thermaltake 120mm fans pulling air in 40" Insignia 1080p LED HDTV as my monitor (wall mounted & connected via HDMI cable to card) Logitech K400r wireless keyboard Windows 10 Home x64 MTX Bass Blaster sealed box wall mounted under TV: (2) Micca 10" woofers/(2) 3.5" Horn Tweeters/Pyle 2x75w amplifier connected to motherboard audio (2) 12" sub woofers in separate sealed boxes Using Novabench-1758: CPU-800 ASRock RX 570- 713 (default settings) RAM-195
Budget Based PSU 3.5 Egger
Pros: The sweet: 1- Quick Premier processing/shipping 2- I paid $29.99 3- Silent 120mm cooling fan 4- Single +12v rail 5- 80 Plus certified 6- Cabling long enough for most builds 7- Newegg packaging (cardboard box with plenty of airbags unlike Amazone uses cheeep white bags with thin liner of bubble wrap)
Cons: The sour: 1- Only three SATA all on one cable 2- PSU has that light cheap quality feel to it 3- Capacitor quality unknown not even listed on Gigabyte's site (could open case, but I shall not void warranty)
Overall Review: It really is a 3.5 egger. It is okay for say a Nvidia GTX 1030/1050/1050ti, or AMD RX 550/560. I would not use this power supply unit on any GPU above that. Currently I have it in a Linux build with an AMD XFX HD 6670 128 bit 2GB DDR3 GPU & an AMD 95w AM3 Athlon II 450 x3 CPU. I always prefer to use "outervision" online power supply calculator (Bing or Google it) to help me determine amperage/wattage PSU I need for a budget project.
It's a 4.5 Egger
Pros: The good stuff: 1- Quick Premier shipping 2- Excellent Newegg packaging with lots of airbags (NO cheap bubble wrap lined white plastic bagging like Amazone uses) 3- ASRock OEM box provides adequate shipping protection 4- ASRock quick install guide & software disk included 5- Unlike others who’ve posted the fans on my card are extremely quiet up to approx. 70% fan speed 6- Meets virtual reality requirements 7- Takes only one 8 pin PCI-E connector 8- Final cost after promo code & mail-in rebate: $151.99 9- Past ASRock warranty/RMA process experience (see other thoughts 10- Linux Mint 19 x64 AMD GPU driver is installed by default in the OS 11- Card is light; thus no backplate needed to prevent warpage 12- So far I have not seen excessive temps even after hours of use (my Thermaltake Versa H22 case is well ventilated)
Cons: What could be better: 1- Linux Mint 19 x64 LTS AMD driver support (AMD's amdgpu-pro driver ver. 18.50 is not compatible with Mint 19) 2-ASRock should use larger diameter cooling fans to further reduce heat buildup 3- The 8 pin PCI-E power socket should be re-positioned, so as to where it faces the back of the card for better cable management 4- Lower TPD 5- ASRock should consider using larger diameter heatpipes to further reduce temps 6- ASRock should use a slightly thicker copper base on the heatsink to further reduce heat 7- The heatsink should be thicker to increase heat dissipation 8- At idle approx. 7C higher temp than a GTX 1060
Overall Review: There is a big reason why I chose ASRock over all the other GPU manufacturers. I had an ASRock AM3+ motherboard and within one day (24 hours) of the warranty expiring its PCI-E 2.0 slot died on me! I used ASRock’s online RMA process, which led to them contacting me via e-mail within 3 hours!! Furthermore, ASRock e-mailed me with a free printable *2 day shipping label . The entire RMA process took FIVE business days, but ASRock went a step further. They upgraded me (free) to a better *new motherboard shipping it *2 day FEDEX at no cost to me. As for other GPU manufacturers like EVGA & Gigabyte based upon my own experiences with them they earned an one egger rating when I required customer/warranty support. This RX 570 card is what I was looking for: no LED lighting, no cheapo molex to PCI-E 8 pin adapter,decent price and a manufacturer who stands behind their products. I give this GPU a solid 4.5 eggs. Thanks ASRock and Newegg for offering this great deal! Final thought: Do NOT pay over $152.00 USD for this card ! A few specs: 1- Overall card length measured to edge of fan shroud: 10.5 inches ( 266.7mm) long 2- Requires one 8pin PCI-E 3- 450 watt or higher power supply 4-Supports only 64 bit operating systems (Linux, Windows 7 & 10) 5- Min. 4GB system RAM (8GB recommended) 6- VR ready Included in the box: 1- GPU 2- ASRock software disk 3- Quick installation guide How to install AMD's driver for Ubuntu 18.04.1 x64: 1- Download latest Ubuntu driver off AMD's site (saved to downloads section) 2- Right click on the download & select "extract here" 3- It creates a new folder 4- Double left click on new folder to open it 5- Right click in an open spot inside that window and select "open in terminal" 6- In terminal type sudo ./amdgpu-pro-install 7- Hit Enter on your keyboard 8- Type in your pc password in terminal (password will be invisible) 9- Hit Enter again on your keyboard and driver installation begins 10- When prompted type y and again hit Enter on keyboard 11- After driver installs leave terminal open and type sudo reboot and hit Enter again 12- Your pc will reboot and you are done To uninstall AMD's driver on Ubuntu 18.04.1 x64: 1- Open a terminal 2- In terminal type sudo amdgpu-pro-uninstall 3- Hit Enter on keyboard 4- In terminal type your pc password (password will be invisible) 5- Hit Enter on keyboard again 6- After it uninstalls leave terminal open 7- In terminal type sudo reboot 8- Hit Enter again and pc will reboot Ubuntu 18.04.1 - how to uninstall a current Nvidia driver: 1- in a terminal type sudo apt-get purge nvidia* 2- Press Enter on keyboard 3- Type your pc password in terminal (be invisible) 4- Hit Enter again 5- After driver is removed leave terminal open & type sudo reboot 6- Hit Enter again & PC will reboot. You are done My build: AMD FX-8300 oced to 4.7 GHz/core Corsair H60 CPU liquid cooling unit (used (2) 120mm fans for push-pull) Arctic Silver Ceramique2 CPU thermal grease Gigabyte AM3+ motherboard GA-78LMT-USB3 rev.6 12 GB Kingston low profile DDR3 1333 MHz RAM (one 8 GB + one 4 GB modules) oced to 1366 MHz PNY CS900 120GB SSD Thermaltake Smart Series 650w 80 Plus Bronze PSU SP-650PCBUS Thermaltake Versa H22 case (2) top mounted 80mm fans pulling air out (zip ties are awesome) ASRock RX 570 4GB Phantom Gaming GPU (AMD- Ubuntu amdgpu-pro ver. 18.40 driver) Acoustic Research Pro II series HDMI cable Internal SATA LG DVD-RW drive (1) front mounted 120mm fan pulling air in 40" Insignia 1080p LED HDTV as my monitor (wall mounted & connected via HDMI cable to card) Logitech K400r wireless keyboard MTX Bass Blaster dual 10" sealed speaker box (wall mounted below HDTV) (2) Micca 10" 8 Ohm woofers in box (2) Nippon 3.5" horn tweeters (cut (2) 3" holes in top of box) Pyle PCA3 amplifier (2x75w @ 4 Ohm load per channel & connected to motherboard audio out) (2) separate 12" Bbox sealed boxes with 12" Optimus 8 Ohm low wattage sub woofers setting on either side of me approx. 3ft. away LOL Ubuntu 18.04.1 x64 LTS (Linux) CyberPower 685AVR battery backup with automatic voltage regulation