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Noah B.

Noah B.

Joined on 12/03/06

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Nice quiet workstation

AMD A6-3500 - A-Series APU (CPU + GPU) Llano Triple-Core 2.1GHz (2.4GHz Max Turbo) Socket FM1 65W AMD Radeon HD 6530D Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic - AD3500OJGXBOX
AMD A6-3500 - A-Series APU (CPU + GPU) Llano Triple-Core 2.1GHz (2.4GHz Max Turbo) Socket FM1 65W AMD Radeon HD 6530D Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic - AD3500OJGXBOX

Pros: Even the stock fan/cooler is quiet. Just needed a quiet low-end workstation, so 3 cores and nice graphics with low max power seemed like a perfect match. Paired it with two 4G DIMMs @1600. System feels very quick for everyday tasks and makes me want to upgrade to gigabit ethernet to get to my extra storage in the basement.

Cons: Disappointed with the linux x11 catalyst driver (supplied by AMD/ATI web site). Not very stable. Most recent (11.11 update) is more stable but I wouldn't expect any crashes at all just starting applications in gnome3. Not enough to make me switch to windows, but still disappointing.

Overall Review: Finally got around to replacing my dead K7-based workstation (that's right, system was older than some reviewers here...). Absolutely incredible compared to the old system.

11/29/2011

In supported memory list for an ASUS Ryzen board

KINGSTON KSM26ED8/16ME Kingston KSM26ED8/16ME DDR4-2666 16GB/ 2Gx72 ECC CL19 Server Memory
KINGSTON KSM26ED8/16ME Kingston KSM26ED8/16ME DDR4-2666 16GB/ 2Gx72 ECC CL19 Server Memory

Overall Review: Was looking for ECC memory for a new Matisse Ryzen build and this was in the supported list for the ASUS board I used. Ran memtest86 on it overnight with no fails so all good in my book.

Great speed

AMD Ryzen 5 3rd Gen - RYZEN 5 3600 Matisse (Zen 2) 6-Core 3.6 GHz (4.2 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 65W 100-100000031BOX Desktop Processor
AMD Ryzen 5 3rd Gen - RYZEN 5 3600 Matisse (Zen 2) 6-Core 3.6 GHz (4.2 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 65W 100-100000031BOX Desktop Processor

Pros: - Noticeably the fastest system in the house - Easy install - Included cooler, with lots of aftermarket cooler options for socket AM4

Cons: - Trying to find a just-good-enough graphics card for regular web browsing, gaming, photo editing is kind of a pain with all the crypto mining taking up cards

Overall Review: I haven't built a system for a number of years, but compared to my wife's recent-ish Macbook Pro, clearly faster (well it's a desktop chip so more power = more speed). Very quick CPU compared to the predecessor it replaced.

12/20/2019

Loving the 3rd gen Ryzen & board

ASUS Prime X570-P Ryzen 3 AM4 with PCIe Gen4, Dual M.2 HDMI, SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.2 Gen 2 ATX Motherboard
ASUS Prime X570-P Ryzen 3 AM4 with PCIe Gen4, Dual M.2 HDMI, SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.2 Gen 2 ATX Motherboard

Pros: - Two M.2 slots, both fitting all the common M.2 drive lengths - 6 SATA ports for when I someday retire this to become my RAID server board - ECC DIMM support for long-term reliability - Plenty of PCIe slots, and all Gen4 at 2x the bandwidth of Gen3 - Hookup for quiet liquid cooling if the standard Ryzen cooler isn't quiet enough

Cons: - fan cooler for the chipset, would have preferred something with no moving parts. Didn't stop me from buying it though.

Overall Review: This is a great board for my needs. Just wanted a stable workstation-type board that runs reliably. My other Asus boards have not let me down over the years, so I expect no problems with this board either. My previous board was non-UEFI and I had enough problems getting the linux boot drive from that system to boot in this UEFI board that I ended up just reinstalling linux and copying the home directories over. Kind of a pain but not the fault of the board; everything is UEFI these days.

12/20/2019

Still going strong

ICY DOCK Removable 3.5" HDD 4 in 3 Module Cooler Cage - Black Vortex MB074SP-B
ICY DOCK Removable 3.5" HDD 4 in 3 Module Cooler Cage - Black Vortex MB074SP-B

Pros: Been using for 4.5 years now in the home file server. Still a nice quiet fan. Have replaced a drive here and there in that time and it's nice and easy to do.

Cons: Not really a fan of the led lighting on the fan, but it does let me confirm the fan is spinning.

Overall Review: Would definitely buy again. Would buy a second one if my case had room for 2 of these, maybe I should get another case...

11/16/2019

perfect mythtv frontend

Zotac ZBOX-CA320NANO-U Barebone Systems - Mini / Booksize
Zotac ZBOX-CA320NANO-U Barebone Systems - Mini / Booksize

Pros: - Small & silent - Easily streams 1080p video encoded in (that I've tried) h.264 level 4 and MPEG-2 to my TV over HDMI (including audio) - The video part of this (Kabini) APU supports AMD's UVD3 which is supported in mythtv with VDPAU, no special driver needed. - Has Gb RJ-45 ethernet for a reliable connection to my mythtv backend. - Has USB on the front to accept a USB dongle for wireless keyboards or mice or combo keyboard/trackpad. - Has a tiny (visible yet not annoying) LED that's red when the device is plugged in but off, and green when it's on. I just leave it on all the time. - There's a similar tiny blue LED for SSD access, which is almost always off when running just mythtv frontend. - Has a built-in IR (infrared) receiver that linux supported out of the box, and with some configuring that works great with an existing Happauge remote I had lying around. - Has bluetooth which I though I'd want for keyboard/mouse but ended up using a USB dongle instead

Cons: Has built-in wifi which I didn't need so would have preferred not to pay for. Oh well.

Overall Review: I ordered the barebones version plus a Crucial 8GB SODIMM plus a Kingston 120GB SSD. I didn't care about the SSD size but I wanted the maximum 8GB memory which was not available preinstalled. Installed Fedora 22 (like my other linux systems in the house) and turned off the swap file to reduce SSD writes.