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Cody N.

Cody N.

Joined on 03/18/09

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent Motherboard

ASRock X399 Taichi sTR4 AMD X399 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard
ASRock X399 Taichi sTR4 AMD X399 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: When loaded up with a Threadripper 1950X, high performance memory, and a good NVMe SSD, this thing really rips through rendering and software compilation workloads while staying nice and cool. The motherboard has lots of PCIe and NVMe slots and you can use all of them at the same time without slowing down. There are dual 1 gig Intel ethernet ports which can be bonded together for more speed and plenty of USB ports. Everything except the RGB LEDs work out of the box under Linux. The VRM and chipset runs nice and cool at stock speeds, I haven't tried overclocking yet though. I didn't have any problems with memory support, I selected the 3200MHz XMP profile for my RAM and it booted on the first try. The integrated sound card sounds good, and even drives my high impedance headphones. The gear shaped heatsink over the chipset looks very nice and they haven't gone overboard with RGB LEDs.

Cons: The VRM heatsink is tall and may prevent a top mounted radiator from fitting in a mid tower case. It only cleared the radiator by 1mm in my case. The motherboard only has 5 fan headers, so some fan splitters or a separate fan controller will probably be necessary. A lot of the settings in the UEFI are not well documented even though there is plenty if room to display a good description of what they do. The QR codes displayed by each option only link to a pdf copy of the user manual, not a description of what the option does. There are no Linux drivers for controlling the RGB LEDs yet, so you have to go into the UEFI to control them.

Overall Review: I would like to see more detailed descriptions of the UEFI options in future revisions of the user manual and UEFI. It would be nice if ASRock would release Linux drivers for the RGB LED control, or at least register descriptions so I can write my own. This review for ASRock review rebate program.

Most Critical Review

Dissapointing

Western Digital WD800JD Hard Drive
Western Digital WD800JD Hard Drive

Pros: None

Cons: It ran for 2 days before reporting bad sectors. It is very slow, seems worse than my 10 year old seagate drive. I expected better from western digital.

Overall Review: This was my first recertified drive and it will be my last. It hasn't died yet but it probably won't last long.

Excellent performance, but blocks a RAM slot.

Enermax Liqtech TR4 240 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler, Support 500W+TDP and Overclocking, AMD Socket TR4 Ready, ELC-LTTR240-TBP
Enermax Liqtech TR4 240 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler, Support 500W+TDP and Overclocking, AMD Socket TR4 Ready, ELC-LTTR240-TBP

Pros: The cooler works great. My Threadripper 1950X stays nice and cool. The pump is completely silent and the fans are nearly silent when the CPU is idle. I don't even need to run the fans at half speed when the CPU is under full load at stock speeds. It should work great when I overclock. The waterblock has full coverage of the Threadripper IHS.

Cons: The waterblock covers up the RAM socket closest to the right side of the CPU socket. The hoses are pretty long when the radiator is mounted in the top of a mid tower case.

Overall Review: My CPU temperature is running about 36°C at idle and 47°C at full load with an ambient temperature of 22°C. This is measured by the motherboard socket sensor since AMD still haven't provided a Linux driver to read Ryzen core temperatures. I am running the fans at a low speed to keep everything quiet, it runs a good bit cooler if I speed them up.

Good, low cost discs.

Optical Quantum 25GB 6X BD-R 50 Packs Spindle Blu-ray Media Logo Top Model OQBDR06LT-50
Optical Quantum 25GB 6X BD-R 50 Packs Spindle Blu-ray Media Logo Top Model OQBDR06LT-50

Pros: I bought these to backup all of my movies. I have burned 5 discs using K3B at 8x speed so far with no problems. They will let me burn faster than the rated 6x speed in my WH14NS40 drive.

Cons: They only hold 23.3GiB of data.

Good drive, but slower write speed than advertised

Patriot Memory 16GB Supersonic Boost XT USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 90MB/s Durable Rubber Housing (PEF16GSBUSB)
Patriot Memory 16GB Supersonic Boost XT USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 90MB/s Durable Rubber Housing (PEF16GSBUSB)

Pros: It is very durable with the rubber jacket, it will bounce if you drop it. The read speed is very high, I got 110MB/s while transferring a large file. I had no problems accessing it on any of my Linux computers.

Cons: It blocks the adjacent usb port on some computers. The write speed maxes out at 18MB/s, not the 30MB/s advertised. I got it really cheap on sale though, so I won't complain too much about that.

Overall Review: This is my second drive from patriot, I have had the last one for 5 years and it still works. I hope this one will last that long.

10/17/2014

A Good Network Card

Intel EXPI9301CTBLK Network Adapter 10/100/1000Mbps PCI-Express 1 x RJ45
Intel EXPI9301CTBLK Network Adapter 10/100/1000Mbps PCI-Express 1 x RJ45

Pros: I am getting about 110MB/s nfs file transfers from my server now. I didn't have to install any drivers or change any settings. It's affordable and it's Intel.

Cons: The mounting bracket wasn't quite straight, so I had to bend it a little. It's only 1 gigabit.

Overall Review: This card replaced the failed realtek card on my motherboard. The new intel card gets me slightly faster nfs transfers than the old integrated one.