Joined on 07/17/18
Decent board, overclocks well- Aura is terrible
Pros: looks really good PCI-E slot is very strong overclocks well
Cons: Aura Sync frequently has a processor leak that results in 25%+ CPU usage. If you are doing any kind of RGB build and want to control your lighting, this is not the board for you. Kinda ruined my whole build.
Overall Review: for a great overclocking board at a good price, this is reccomended. dont try and use the Aura on it tho. After a lot of troubleshooting and various versions on Aura, I uninstalled. Asus has told me there is no reported issue with Aura. If you believe that, google "aura sync using cpu" lol
Missing a few things
Pros: -Overclocks really well, lots of options in the BIOS to get the most out of your coffee lake -Works fine
Cons: -missing a few things- M.2 screws not in the box, fan mount for VRM not in box -Does not seem to have m.2 heat sink on this model? It is advertised however
Overall Review: Great board. Dont know why mine was missing a few things
Pros: Price is pretty good on this proc for what you can get out of it. was at 5ghz 1/2 hour after the install. Smashes anything i throw at it
Cons: runs a little hot, but nothing over 77c while stress testing and its delidable
Overall Review: This is in my mind the best gaming CPU currently on the market. Its not the best for streaming or encoding, but if you want to just game its better than the 8700k in my mind because without hyperthreading it runs cooler, and its just as overclockable. I am very impressed with this CPU. When overclocking be sure to spend some time dialing in all of your settings. having load line calibration set as high as possible in my BIOS really brought my temps down.
Pros: Ryzen pros should be well known. Its 8 core 16 thread, I don't see CPU usage above 60% in gaming leaving plenty of CPU for streaming, background tasks etc Chip install is a bit less touchy than Intel on the socket- just be REALLY careful with the chip itself. Do. Not. Drop. lol The Wraith Prism cooler is legit beautiful and does a decent job cooling if you cant afford an aftermarket solution right now.
Cons: Maybe I just got a bad chip, but mine runs hot. I idle at around 60c and max at 85-90 on air cooling and 77-80 on an AIO. It idles at 60c no matter what. I may RMA the chip for this reason. On air, my clock speeds also dial WAY back- down to 3.6 or 3.7 under full load. Overclocking is pointless, and confusing. there are so many different ways to do it, the MB, Ryzen master, Asus AI suite 3- I don't know how these different things interact and am not comfortable with it. I just want one way to overclock. Warranty is dumb. Ryzen voids your warranty for just about anything- they give you xfr2 and then tell you it voids your warranty to use it. xfr2 doest do anything for my chip anyway btw.
Overall Review: I am liking the chip in general, but I did seem to have gotten a bad one which is unfortunate.
Pretty bad build quality
Pros: Its an SSD. Its fast.
Cons: One of the screw bases thats embedded in the plastic came loose during install. It was not in there well at all. its not being held in there well at all now. Pretty low build quality. Hopefully that little thing doesnt come loose and start floating around my case...