Joined on 07/28/05
Frosty like a Snowman
Pros: Solid Design. Glad I went with this as oppossed to a large air cooler. Great way to dip into water cooling without taking the full plunge. On a stock clocked I7-860, using ceramique thermal paste in a well ventilated thermaltake armor case, i'm seeing temps of 22-24 degrees C at idle and 38-40 under load. Added an extra fan for a push-pull config for a little extra cooling. Running fans at 100%. Still very quiet and cooler has a nice small footprint as opposed to big air coolers. This thing just rocks, plain and simple. Should be great for overclocking. No more air coolers for me!
Cons: The backplate affixes with double sided tape to the mobo, so good luck getting the little bugger off if your mobo ever dies. I mounted the full pieces of tape to either side of the bracket and cut out a small strip in the middle of the protective coating on the side that affixes to the mobo. Was just enough to hold it in place while I lined up the screws and mounted it to the mobo. Should be easy to get off now if I ever need to remove it. Thats pretty much it, great cooling and design otherwise.
Overall Review: Go for an extra fan and a push-pull. Definately worth the extra cooling. Try not to affix all that sticky tape to your motherboard, you dont really need to. Make sure your fan system header is at 100% so the pump is running 1500 rpm or better. Watch the install video on corsairs website, makes installation a breeze. Why are you still even considering an air cooler!
This was a good move to Camp Red and ASROCK!
Pros: Let's start with I'm an Intel guy. I switched camps because I'm sick of buying new boards for new camp blue processors. I like flagship boards, but what's the point if you can't upgrade your CPU to new generations? This board looks like I might actually get a processor upgrade or two and without a doubt the Ryzens are proper processors. I'm running a 2600X on mine. Decided to go for the higher end board and better graphics cards with hopes of going to the 2nd gen Ryzens later on and maybe some more cores. I'm also an MSI guy, but the price I got the ultimate for I figured I'd give ASROCK a chance. Well... I'm pretty happy I changed. Not just camps, but manufactures. I almost went Intel Z370, but why do I have a feeling that will be a dead platform real soon. Way to go Intel. Again. This thing is just flat out ridiculous. I've never seen such a feature rich Bios in all my life. Options for days literally. The layout of the board is awesome and the soldering is so clean and everything is perfectly straight. It's beautiful. All connections are silkscreened and legible. Headers and ports are laid out nice and make sense. The thing is heavy and oozes quality. The M.2 drive is not sitting under your hot graphics card which makes sense to me and the heat sink works well. All your sata ports are available even if using both M.2 slots. The bottom M.2 slot is slower than the top but it smokes a regular 2.5" SSD drive. You'll lose your last PCIE slot if you use both, but really, who cares. I'm running Raid 0 on ports 1 and 2. Single drives on 3 and 4 and a BluRay burner on 5. In my top most M.2 slot a Samsung 970evo NVME drive. The onboard audio is really good. So much that I can't really justify an add in card for the moment. All that and I'm running SLI and the included hardware bridge, which honestly, while not pretty, does what it's supposed to. Yep. it's 8x8 in SLI, but it flies. I'm still tweaking, but auto everything got me up and running right away. The profile for my latest gen VIPER RGB ram was picked up instantly at 3200 and I've got it running at 3466 with no problems as of now. The 2600X is really fast and it's solid on this board. I most likely will overclock or at the very least play with it down the road, but I'm happy for now. Honestly, The Ryzen is handling boosts just fine IMHO. The choices for motherboard lighting are nice and subtle and the polychrome software works fine. I'm hitting about 9.2-9.3 on the 10GB nic and I might change my whole home network to 10GB add in cards for my other PC's. It's fast. Really fast. The speeds between this board, my new 10GB switch, quality cabling and the add in card to my server make you never want to go back to 1GB Ethernet ever again. Prepare to be spoiled. and probably spend more money. LOL
Cons: Intel has AMD beat on ease of raid and modern software. AMD's is kinda clunky and quirky. If you use RAID you lose StoreMI which I really wanted to mess with but I'm running Raid 0 for my game drive, so no love for me there. The installers for the raid drivers threw errors and had to be manually installed under windows 10. Not a big deal, but a learning curve for the Intel guy who had to hunt down a few answers on the interwebz. The software in windows to configure/monitor or edit the RAID in windows kept me stuck at a frustrating grayed out submit button until I manually updated a driver. The RAID 0 is solid and fast once configured, but again Intel is plug, install, go. Not a deal breaker by any means, but that's really my only hardware complaint for this board, which really isn't an ASROCK fault anyway. It's AMD's. The manual leaves a lot to be desired, but gives you the basic info you'll need to get going. You'll be scanning QR codes in the BIOS to get more detailed info of what you're looking at, and the BIOS is ridiculous. Not for the faint of heart. When in doubt, set to auto, but if you're looking at this board, you want all these options.
Overall Review: I've run a lot of Intel high end processors over the years, but I'm not a fanboy. I keep my systems for a while and that was a big part of my reason for jumping camp. This platform has definitely matured since the X370 and the memory problems and VRM problems look to be gone. So I'm on camp Red for a while. I'm also an ASROCK convert now. I'm running this on 3 widescreens in SLI/Surround and even in modern games, I'm turning on most, if not all the eye candy, and any advantage Intel had FPS is marginal at the resolutions I'm running. It's a great board. Beautiful, solid, well thought out and just a monster. You won't be disappointed. What you will be doing is reading and research to take full advantage of it unless you're a godlike overclocker. I've OC'd every Intel CPU I've ever run, but this is a different beast and will require time, patience and education for you to truly exploit the potential of the platform. If your ready to jump camp or brands, this boards a solid start. TaiChi Ultimate X470 Ryzen 2600X 16GB Latest Gen Viper RGB 3200 at 3466 stable 2 Nvidia FE 1070TI's in SLI w/ HW Bridge Samsung 970EVO M.2 NVME 250Gb for Win 10X64 2 Velociraptors in Raid 0 for gaming 4 TB 7200 RPM Storage Drive 1 Tb Restore Drive for Win and Games BluRay Burner Corsair HX850I Power Supply Corsair H80i V2 in Push/Pull Custom Thermaltake Armor Full Tower all blacked out inside and out. Custom front mesh grill with three assignable RGB fans up front, top and back with a custom side panel. I like the case. Just needed to be modernized. Came out Sweeeeet! Thanks for reading. Off to Pwn some N00bz! :)
The Colors, the Colors!!!
Pros: Run at rated speeds no problem. Nice high quality heat spreaders. Solid in MEMTEST. XMP works great. I must admit the LED's are much cooler than I thought they would be. Looks really cool while your computer is crunching away.
Overall Review: My first experience with Crucial, and I couldn’t be happier. Worth every penny. Buying 4 individual 2 Gig sticks saved me cash at the egg. If one ever goes bad I don’t have to rma an entire kit.
Pros: Does what it should. Nice looking face. Display and beep can be turned off. Labeled really well. Nice long wires. 3 pin and molex headers. Individual or all-at-once fan settings. Auto and manual control. Responsive touchscreen. Great product for the money.
Overall Review: Helps keep fan noise down. Better than setting thru the BIOS or OS.