Joined on 02/03/08
Small and powerful but loud
Pros: cheap, small, fits nicely on a shelf
Cons: - the fan is very very loud and runs frequently
Overall Review: I had hoped to use this as a small HTPC running ubuntu 19.10. I slapped in 16gb of ram and a 500GB m.2 drive. Installing the parts was easy, setting it up and installing the OS went smooth as could be. But the fan is so loud and runs frequently. Even firing up a web browser causes the fan to kick into high gear and it sounds like a jet engine. Not good at all for a HTPC.
Incredibly quiet & keeps my case cool
Pros: - quiet - classic Noctua ugly brown
Cons: Maybe the color, to some
Overall Review: I have 2 of these in an NZXT h210. It's so quiet now, a nice addition to a great case. Personally, I really like the look. It's brown-on-brown color scheme is pretty much the antithesis of the blackout & RGB color schemes you see on most PCs.
Such a great motherboard
Pros: - USB-C & 3.2 front headers - 2 m.2 slots - So many bells & whistles! And the software seems decent to me so far. The ASUS AI noise cancelling is great
Cons: - Difficult to reach front audio header
Overall Review: This is my first gaming pc build and so far it's exceeded my expectations. I believe the B550 chipset will last me for years to come. I'm very impressed with the AI noise cancelling function, my computer is very close to a TV and very little background noise makes it through. It looks nice & doesn't have any built in RGB, but does have a header if that's something you want to add (pro to me)