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Jed S.

Jed S.

Joined on 07/17/18

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Most Favorable Review

Great RAM

G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C16D-16GTZR
G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C16D-16GTZR

Pros: Runs immediately at its rated speed with XMP on an Intel board Wow. Beautiful. Compatible with Aura Sync. Again, wow, really beautiful

Cons: I got nothing

Overall Review: Again, so beautiful. My PC is a $2k lava lamp.

Most Critical Review

Decent board, overclocks well- Aura is terrible

ASUS Prime X470-Pro AM4 AMD X470 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS Prime X470-Pro AM4 AMD X470 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard

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

ASUS Prime Z370-A LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z370 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS Prime Z370-A LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z370 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard

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

Wow.

Intel Core i5 8th Gen - Core i5-8600K Coffee Lake 6-Core 3.6 GHz (4.3 GHz Turbo) LGA 1151 (300 Series) 95W BX80684I58600K Desktop Processor Intel UHD Graphics 630
Intel Core i5 8th Gen - Core i5-8600K Coffee Lake 6-Core 3.6 GHz (4.3 GHz Turbo) LGA 1151 (300 Series) 95W BX80684I58600K Desktop Processor Intel UHD Graphics 630

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.

Great chip

AMD Ryzen 7 2nd Gen - Ryzen 7 2700X Pinnacle Ridge (Zen+) 8-Core 3.7 GHz (4.3 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 105W YD270XBGAFBOX Desktop Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 2nd Gen - Ryzen 7 2700X Pinnacle Ridge (Zen+) 8-Core 3.7 GHz (4.3 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 105W YD270XBGAFBOX Desktop Processor

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

PNY CS900 240GB 2.5" SATA III INTERNAL Solid State Drive (SSD) - SSD7CS900-240-RB
PNY CS900 240GB 2.5" SATA III INTERNAL Solid State Drive (SSD) - SSD7CS900-240-RB

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...