Date Joined: 02/11/02
Pros: Does what it is supposed to do. Cheap.
Overall Review: Bought these because I'm too cheap to replace my 17 year old monitors that have DVI inputs. They work perfectly.
Pros: 6 cores of Zen2. It's not intel. Price/performance value can't be beat right now.
Cons: Stock cooler is junk. Literally any aftermarket cooler is an upgrade. It's not a Threadripper or Ryzen9.
Overall Review: AMD nailed it with the 3000 series. The 3600 is an excellent value. Does advertised boost speed if you can keep it cool. I'm not overclocking this build, and have read that there really isn't much headroom with these. Really happy that AMD is shipping units near their max performance so I don't have to spend the time doing it myself.
Although I would have liked to gotten a higher tier CPU this will fill my needs just fine. In the end, I chose this because the lower TDP for a SFF build. In retrospect, after upgrading the cooling to a 120mm AIO from stock a higher TDP wouldn't have been an issue in the tiny space. No big, I bought an X570 board and will be able to upgrade to a 4000 series CPU in the future.
Pros: Cooling solution is excellent. Fans hardly turn on and are dead silent when they do.
Cons: Not meant for 4K. 1440 is the best you can expect. No ray tracing.
Overall Review: It isn't the best performing video card on the market, but it is exactly what I was looking for. I don't need a high end GPU for gaming, I need a decent one with a reasonable TDP and price that's quiet for a SFF build. I took the money saved here and spent it on better RAM and SSDs.
Pros: Super tight timings. 2x16Gb Samsung B-die A2 revision. No flashy lights. Black heatsink. Good price point.
Overall Review: Booted at JDEC standard and XMP was easily enabled on my x570 board with Ryzen 5 3600. Does advertised frequency/timings (3200MHz/14-14-14-34) at specified voltage (1.35). Also does 3600MHz at specified timings and voltages, Prime stable 12+ hours. 10/10 would buy again.
Pros: Features and price point. Branded ROG quality on a STRIX board. X570 chipset; native PCIe 4.0 16x
Cons: M2 mounting hardware not the best. Be careful with the screws. No USB-C header.
Overall Review: Bought this board without doing my homework. No regrets. All the features you want and need packed onto an AM4 ITX board. VRM is as good as or better than many full size premium ATX boards in the same price range. Could use another PWM header, but getting 3 on an ITX board is a win. Chipset fans are dead silent.
Pros: SFF case for ITX/DTX boards with space for cooling. Choice of glass or not. Carry handle. Thoughtful design.
Cons: No filtration for bottom intake area.
Overall Review: At over 20L volume, it's twice the size of a true ITX case. This gives plenty of room for 120mm case fans and a 165mm tall air cooler. Can fit 120mm radiator in front or rear of case. Use of 240mm radiator limited by GPU clearance. Ball and post anchors for the panels are a nice touch.
If you intend to build a portable LAN box, skip the air cooler and spend the money on a good 120mm AIO. If this is going to be sitting in one place, get a good air cooler.
Fans are not included. This is both a pro and a con. Do yourself a favor and put some Arctic P12 fans in it.
Pros: Lot of power in a small form factor for a low price. Included braided cables are perfect length.
Cons: Corsair SFF PSUs have been recalled. Check your lot code. Mine was not affected.
Overall Review: This is the best value SFF PSU on the market and the 750W model the best you can get. Plenty of power for what I need, included modular cables are braided and the perfect length for the Lian Li Tu150. 12v rail measures 11.998v under load with my Fluke.
Ryzen 5 3600, RX 5500 XT
Pros: Super quiet fan, decent flow. Good price. Value buy.
Cons: Low static pressure fans, don't do well with restrictions.
Overall Review: Good cheap fans for unrestricted case flow. There are better fans (Arctic P12 PWM) for filtered air supply or radiators. Super quiet even at full speed.
Pros: Lighted keyboard, touchpad,. good range, long battery
Cons: Small, charging port is not held very secure in housing as others have noted. Be gentle, it may break.
Overall Review: Good keyboard for what I needed- a browser and basic input for DJ studio computer. Not what I'd use for a daily driver keyboard.
Pros: Really fast with with 2x of these in RAiD0. Windows install took just 5 minutes.
Overall Review: Wow the days of non-volatile storage have come a long, long way. These drives are blazing fast for a JDEC standard drive. Even faster in RAID0 on a full PCIe 4.0 16x lane. These are the fastest 970 series NVMe SSD from Samsung.