Best case for airflow and cable management, bar none4/14/2021 3:19:27 PM

Pros: Fractal knocked it out of the park with the Meshify C, there's a reason it's one of the darling cases of the internet, recommended countless times by many many people. High airflow. Complete dust protection on every open portion of the case. Beautiful tinted tempered glass side panel. Easy cable routing and management in the back with ample space for fan and rgb controllers, SSDs, and a shroud that keeps your 3.5 in drives out of the way while hiding your PSU. Just a beautiful case and a pleasure to work in.

Cons: If they made a Snowblind side panel like IBuyPower has, I would give this thing 6 stars. Alas, they do not.

Overall Review: 100% recommend to new and old builders. I've built two PCs with this case over the years and each time was the most hassle free experience I've had with building computers. Looks great, preforms great, and will last for years to come if you're careful with the glass side panel.

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Works with my 5600x, BIOS is user friendly. ASUS is legendary.4/14/2021 3:12:45 PM

Pros: Honestly after lots of looking at motherboards, I came across this one and fell in love with it. Just enough USB and SATA for my storage and peripheral needs. Dedicated USB-C port in the back for charging new devices or using USB-C external drives. Two NVME drive slots. 12+2 VRM phases are actually 6 phases doubled +2, but for mild overclocking it's not a problem. Even the pro reviewers say this board can moderately overclock a 5950x without breaking a sweat. Doesn't have a dumb fan like the x570 boards.

Cons: No cons so far, works brilliantly. Was super worried using the BIOS flashback (never turned a PC on without ram and CPU) before putting things together in the case, but the instructions on the ASUS website helped and it updated no problem.

Overall Review: Highly recommend, this is a board you can rely on.

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Great 3600 RAM, but its Single Rank.4/14/2021 2:59:16 PM

Pros: Fast and large capacity RAM, works out of the box with XMP enabled at the advertised speeds. No RGB to distract you, relatively low profile, simple heatspreader design.

Cons: Not Dual Rank. Most 2x16gb kits are dual rank, and I bought these with that expectation, but ended up getting sticks that are single rank. Oh well. CAS latency could be lower, but 3600 C18 is pretty equivalent to 3200 C16, so not super terrible.

Overall Review: Would recommend, with the caveat that if you need dual rank RAM, you should look elsewhere.

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The fastest drive I've ever seen. Hands down.4/14/2021 2:49:30 PM

Pros: This thing is lightning fast. Out of the box, I was getting 6.5 GB/s seq. reads and writes. After installing a universal Samsung NVME driver (search google for it), those speeds went up to 11 GB/s! And with ASUS RAMcache, those speeds get pushed up to 14 GB/s for the first couple gigs of transfer!

Cons: No Samsung driver for the 980 or 980 Pro yet, which means I had to download an unofficial universal NVME driver from some forum that tinkers with the 970 Pro drivers to get them to work on the 980 Pro. Samsung is shooting themselves in the foot with the drivers here, generic Windows drivers only get you the rated transfer speeds, but a modified Samsung driver is giving me numbers they could use in marketing to blow away their competition. It's also TLC flash, but I literally haven't noticed a performance difference between it and my previous MLC drive.

Overall Review: Highly recommend, but search around for those Universal Samsung NVME drivers, they squeeze out so much more speed than generic Windows drivers.

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Won the silicon lottery with this chip!4/14/2021 2:42:25 PM

Pros: CTR says it's a "Golden" sample. Enabled PBO+AutoOC+CO and it hits 4.75Ghz on an AIO 240 cooler at a max temp of 75c on heavy CPU benchmarks and 40c at idle. AutoOC settings: +150mhz, CO settings: -20, -10, -15, -20, -20, -20, all stable after running OCCT for a day. Overclocked and undervolted and it's running everything I throw at it.

Cons: Nothing bad to say about this chip. It performs like a champ and was a huge upgrade from my 2600k@4.0Ghz OC.

Overall Review: Highly recommend, though with the caveat that I got lucky with the silicon lottery. It may not perform the way mine does, but who knows? You might get lucky too.

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As fast as some lower end DRAM NVME drives, to a point.4/14/2021 2:35:54 PM

Pros: When the drive uses system RAM to cache, the performance is equivalent to a higher end NVME. Even when it starts SLC caching, the performance is close to some DRAM NVME drives. After it fills both, the speeds aren't much different than the WD SN 550, but it takes a lot of data to get to that threshold.

Cons: DRAMless, but it attempts to fix this with various trickery.

Overall Review: Would recommend to anyone who needs a good fast secondary drive.

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Bought 3 and RAID 0ed them for 1.5 GB/s reads/writes!4/14/2021 2:31:12 PM

Pros: Probably the fastest, cheapest, DRAM cache SSDs on the market. Put three in a RAID 0 config for Steam games, AS SSD Bench shows 1.5 GB/s on Seq. reads and writes, which is almost as good as an NVME drive. Windows storage spaces RAID setup even lets Crucial Storage Executive TRIM the drives in RAID 0, so no worries about drive performance degradation even. You gotta play around with Powershell though to set up the proper columns for the RAID to get the speeds right.

Cons: All the cons go to the SATA interface limitations, which isn't the fault of these drives anyway.

Overall Review: Would recommend to anyone looking for fast storage in the SATA interface format.

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RGB Strips that work with ASUS Aura Sync4/14/2021 2:24:39 PM

Pros: No controller to have to hide at the back of the case. Two extenders that allow you to place the strips further away from your motherboard. Works with Aura Sync.

Cons: The yellows and greens are kind of muted, but my case is black so that might affect the color. Doesn't matter for me since I was going for a Blue/White accent lighting scheme.

Overall Review: Would recommend, much more subtle than flashy RGB fans and RAM.

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Non PWM Fan that matches my Meshify C case fans4/14/2021 2:21:22 PM

Pros: Its a fan, the Meshify C coms with two of these, but I wanted two for front intake, and one for rear exhaust, so I bought an additional fan.

Cons: Not PWM

Overall Review: Fan works, helps keep heat out of my case. Temps with the two fans included, this fan I bought, a Coolermaster MasterLiquid Lite 240, and my GTX 1060 never exceed 70 degrees at load, and keep things around 40 at idle.

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Flat but not neutral3/30/2021 11:46:18 PM

Pros: They sound passable. The foam cups don't cause much ear fatigue.Its Sony so it at least beats no name headphones at the same price-point.

Cons: These are cheap in every sense of the word. Comparing them to a pair of Sennheiser or JBL and they'll always lose, hands down.

Overall Review: Functional, but not warm. Comfortable, but flimsy. Beats anything in its low price range.

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Seriously great audio if you take the time to tune it.3/30/2021 11:41:57 PM

Pros: On first glance, you might expect a 30-ish dollar set of 2.1 speakers to sound trashy, and on first setup they will. But if you are using this with a Windows PC, please google "APO Equalizer" and "Logitech Z313 DSP Corrections", the guy over at no audiophile set up a flat, system wide EQ setting you can use to correct for this speaker set's quirks.

Cons: No individual bass knob like the higher end Logitech models, but with the aforementioned DSP corrections, it doesn't really matter.

Overall Review: Highly recommend. Very high quality, higher than I expected for the price-point.

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Samsung OEM battery at full capacity3/30/2021 11:33:48 PM

Pros: Replaced my old phone battery and went from 3 hours to shutoff before replacing to almost where it was when my original battery was brand new. Genuine Samsung too, so you aren't getting some shady battery that may or may not blow up.

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: Yeah if your phone's battery is dying, get this, it's the exact battery you need, from the manufacturer.

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Good SATA SSD3/30/2021 11:29:53 PM

Pros: SATA so it'll work in any PC from the last 20+ years.Transfers speeds are fast, for a DRAMless chip.Put two in RAID and have almost 1Gb/s sequential reads and writes!

Cons: DRAMless. Not NVME. Otherwise flawless.

Overall Review: I'd recommend to anyone who needs zippy SATA storage on the cheap.

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It's a case, but difficult to build around.3/30/2021 11:26:01 PM

Pros: Its mATX, so its smaller than a standard ATX case.There's at least one more screw than needed for everything your case could hold, so if you lose one you'll manage just fine.Acrylic window is nice.Lots of airflow.

Cons: Two front fans don't come with a fan splitter, so if you have an A520 mATX board, you might need to get one if you plan on having more than the two provided.Instructions are so basic (pictures and maybe a few words for each step) that you might as well just start your build the way you normally do and only consult it if you get stuck.Radiator top mounting is difficult if you have a fancy VRM heatsink or an I/O shroud, might have to modify the fans to accommodate them.Difficult cable management, even with pre-planning. Barely shut the back side panel after cable routing.HDD caddy is trash and impedes the pre-installed bottom fan, with no option to mount the caddy anywhere else.

Overall Review: I'm not as impressed as I was building out of a Meshify C, and if the Meshify C Mini were as small as this case, I would've gone with it instead. Still, it's functional and I'll manage. Looks great in pictures. Just think hard about how you want to build in it.

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Great for A520 chipset, but not perfect3/30/2021 11:04:12 PM

Pros: It has a pretty clean look.The BIOS is functional.It worked out of the box with my Ryzen 3 3100 and some random G.Skill RAM.Small form factor for smaller builds.My AIO plugged into one of the 3 fan headers and just works without problems.

Cons: Setting the RAID after installing Windows (rookie mistake, I know) ended up with Windows stuck in an endless "Diagnosing Your PC". Taking out the OS SSD led to a "No Boot Disk Press Any Key" error. For some reason, after removing the OS SSD (an NVME), USB also stopped working, leaving me with no way to continue. Eventually I got the idea to hard shutdown, yank all the drives, and reboot. This fixed it, boots to BIOS and everything is working, except the NVME drive, which I'm gonna wipe and reinstall. Hopefully this will work, but if anyone else can learn from my mistake I hope this helps them.Only 3 fan headers, had to use two fan splitters to hook up three case fans, the AIO pump and the radiator fan.VRM/IO shield prevented me from installing my Cooler Master Masterliquid Lite 120 radiator on the top of my Focus G Mini, so had to modify the radiator fan to accommodate it.

Overall Review: Overall it works and everything is fine, but anticipate some issues with a Focus G Mini (mATX), a CM ML Lite 120 AIO, and this motherboard, if you want to top mount it.

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EVGA is always PSU quality3/30/2021 10:47:40 PM

Pros: EVGA is probably one of three companies with a pretty stellar record for delivering clean power and power efficiency.550w is just right for a 250-400w system, like the one I'm running it in.Bronze rating but at least one pro reviewer said it's closer to Silver efficiency.Fully Modular so no faffing about with unneeded cables.

Cons: No cons here so far.

Overall Review: Would recommend to anyone looking to get a cheap yet efficient PSU for a system draw of 250-400w.

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It's a fast NVME with a DRAM cache3/30/2021 10:42:05 PM

Pros: DRAM CacheNice TBW for its sizeTLC instead of QLC

Cons: I set up Windows before setting RAID in BIOS, which any professional would be facepalming about, but it required wiping the drive and reinstalling Windows. Set your SATA/NVME modes before installing Windows and save a couple hours of headache. Not really a con on this model, but something to think about.

Overall Review: Overall I'd recommend it to anyone who needs a cheap, responsive, small size OS drive but doesn't want to pay big Samsung bucks for the privilege.

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Works at advertised speeds3/30/2021 10:35:44 PM

Pros: It's low profile and doesn't have heat spreaders, but lets be honest: heatspreaders don't really matter unless you plan to overclock, and even then they are marginal at best.It ran at its advertised speed, 3200 Mhz CL16, as soon as I enabled the XMP profile.It doesn't have flashy RGB, which is a pro to me because this PC sits in my bedroom.

Cons: It's not 3200 CL14I prefer Corsair, but brand loyalty isn't really a drawback.

Overall Review: Overall works great, just remember to set the XMP profile in BIOS and you're good to go!

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Runs everything current at 1080p with mainstream GPUs5/11/2017 1:25:52 PM

Pros: -Super cheap -4 threads -Equal to the i5 2500k in most games performance @ similar clockspeed -Low wattage -Can sit and make a PC run until used 6th and 7th Gen i7s are cheap.

Cons: -Not a quad core -Not an i7

Overall Review: Worth it, price/performance ratio is insane.

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It's Black PCB RAM w/o Heat Spreaders5/11/2017 1:14:42 PM

Pros: -It works at the rated 2400MHz -the XMP profile set up automatically with the BIOS -They are black PCBs, and black goes with everything if you are trying to go for case color theme

Cons: -none

Overall Review: For the build, which needed to fit in a microATX tiny case, the RAM just barely fit. I can imagine if these sticks had heat spreaders they wouldn't fit my case at all. Luckily they don't!

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Great PSU5/11/2017 1:03:48 PM

Pros: -Modular -Long warranty -Doesn't explode

Cons: -none

Overall Review: Used for a build for a friend, works like a champ, whisper quiet too!

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