Date Joined: 11/12/04
Pros: My system includes Ryzen 1700, Corsair Vengeance LPX 2400 (2x16GB) 32 GbRam, Samsung Evo 960 1 TB M2 drive, Radeon 7850 graphics card.
- Full featured X370 board at a great price with BIOS Version 0604
- Worked immediately on initial boot - system has been running Ubuntu 16.04 for a couple days with no problems
- BIOS screens work with mouse and are attractive. Lots of nice heat sinks - everything stays cool to the touch.
- System is wicked fast! Installed Ubuntu 16.04 from USB thumb drive - I couldn't believe how fast the install happened. My previous system had spinning disks, this system is light years faster with the m2 x4 drive for operations that used to be disk bound. I upgraded the standard Ubuntu 16.04 kernel to 4.10.10 (easy to do) and it runs Virtualbox with 6 virtual machines running extremely well. This system is a multitasking monster.
- The board looks very nice with the LED lighting on the board and AMD cooler.
- The system runs VERY quiet!! All the fans run slow and quiet by default - even GPU fan. The system is basically inaudible by default.
- Overclocking is VERY EASY. There's a lot of customizable BIOS overclocking settings that are a bit intimidating if you're not an expert, however it only takes watching a short youtube video to see how to overclock your system in just a couple steps. In my case, I'm not looking for absolute maximum overclock, I'm more interested in long term reliability and energy efficiency. I increased my system CPU multiplier from 30 to 36 yielding an increase from 3000 Mhz to 3600 Mhz. I guessed/hoped that only a 0.1 volt increase in cpu voltage would work reliably. I was thrilled to have it work on first try and it barely increased energy use or temperature. At idle my system only increased from 72 to 74 watts, at full load on 16 threads of sysbench it only went up from 105 to 113 watts. The time the benchmark took decreased from 7.2 seconds to 6.4 seconds - very impressive energy efficient performance increase of 13%. The system fan noise did not get any louder at all. :)
Cons: - Given the newness of the chip and motherboard architecture, it's not too surprising the system was a bit buggy at initial release. However, it took AMD and ASUS 5 weeks to produce BIOS version 0604 which is very stable and reliable. The first thing you should do when you get your board is immediately upgrade to at least Version 0604. It's very easy: just download the compressed bios file form the ASUS support site, uncompress it to a thumbdrive and install using the built in BIOS tool.
- As of BIOS 0604 the system still does not automatically detect my full rated RAM speed.
My Corsair memory is 15-15-15-15-36 2400 Mhz but the system auto-detects it at 2133 Mhz. To fix: change Ai Tweker/Ai Overclock Tuner from 'Auto' to 'D.O.C.P' and THEN change the Memory timing settings under Ai Tweaker/Dram Timing Control to to 15-15-15-36 and then select 2400Mhz as the speed. Only takes 30 seconds once you know what to do. I have not yet tried to overclock my memory.
Overall Review: It took a little patience for the stability issues to get worked out, but going forward the combination of quality, performance, and power efficiency of the Ryzen 1700 + Asus X370 Prime is FANTASTIC. Awesome stuff AMD and Asus!!
Pros: - Performance is good. Laptop boots quickly and runs everyday apps quickly and without lag. Graphics are quick and wlthout lag. I haven't tried it with games - but I don't intend to use it as a gaming machine. 8 gig RAM and Quad core CPU is very nice.
- Battery life is excellent. I was installing a lot of software and doing web browsing for 3 hours and it used about half the battery. I believe it would get 8-10 hours doing normal duty work.
- Keyboard has a decent feel to it.
- extremely quiet for desktop use. Don't notice the fan at all.
- Screen is very sharp and legible. It's not an IPS screen, so it's just OK on the colors/contrast/viewing angles - but certainly works fine for normal everyday work. Text is sharp and extremely legible at 125% viewing size.
- Sound output is pretty good for a laptop - fuller range and clearer than almost all laptops.
- tons of space to store data with dual disk drives 120 GB SSD and 1 TB hard drive. SSD seems big enough and is quick to hold boot up OS/Apps. TB drive leaves tons of space to hold whatever.
- Wifi works great 5 G and 2.4 G compatible. Has bluetooth - though I haven't used it yet.
- seems pretty sturdy. I already dropped it a couple feet onto a hardwood floor (oops) with no ill effects.
Cons: - Case is a little bigger and heavier than I expected for a laptop without an optical drive. There's room for an optical drive that isn't installed. I would prefer to make the case a little thinner and lighter - seems about 8-12 ounces heavier than other similar sized laptops without an optical drive. Who needs a built in Optical drive these days, and why have space for one in the case when it's not installed? Curious design decision.
Overall Review: You're not paying an arm and a leg for this laptop, so it's well worth the price. I'm very pleased with it. Definitely a very good buy in a budget laptop. It does a lot of things very well. It's very close to being an awesome deal...
Pros: Good specs and price.
Cons: Does not work with laptops using HDMI to DVI cable.
There is only a single DVI input. No other inputs.
Overall Review: Beware of the input limitations of this monitor before you buy.
Pros: I've bought 3 of boards. 2 of them still work fine. They work well while they work.
Cons: One of the boards failed after 3 weeks. I contacted Biostar using their online support form, and I've heard nothing back from them in 5 days.
Overall Review: 2 out of 3 boards that I purchased work fine. 1 failed and so far their support has not responded to the problem.
Pros: This is a really nice machine. It's Nice looking. It's SUPER light and thin - almost as light and thin as a tablet. 1080P bright hi res screen. The touchscreen is really great. 8 gigs of RAM.
Cons: Main shortcoming of this computer is the battery life. Only 2:40 with the screen bright. Dimming the screen a lot gets the battery life up to 3 hours.
Other things you should be aware of: Battery is not user replaceable and VGA connections require a dongle.
Overall Review: In almost all respects this is a better machine than a MacBook Air. But for a machine as thin and light as this one, it's likely to be used on the move a lot when you're not plugged in and the battery life is not close to the battery life of a tablet or Macbook Air.
Pros: If you like dongles this will work for you.
Cons: - No VGA port
- No HDMI port
- No wired network port
Overall Review: If you don't want to deal with dongles, there's other similar size, weight options that do have all the normal ports built in.
Pros: Looks pretty good and has a good feature set, EXCEPT...
Cons: I bought this motherboard to use as a Virtualbox host machine. All was great until I needed to get some hardward working which requires the BIOS IOMMU option to be enabled. Unfortunately, there is no BIOS support for IOMMU on this motherboard. In this day and age, unbelievable. severely disappointed in ASUS and this motherboard!!
Pros: This processor is a multitasking BEAST!!! Combined FX-6300 with ASRock 970 Extreme3 and 16 gigs of DDR3-1600, with a Radeon HD-6450 graphics card. I'm running Ubuntu 12.4 with VirtualBox as a VM host. I'm running 4 guest VMs each of which thinks it's a dual CPU machine. I'm running one Windows 7 VM which processes dual HD video surveillance streams. Just processing the HD video streams would use 60-70% of the cycles on my old Athlon II 245. On the FX6300 it uses 10-12%. I've run large system builds on the 3 linux VMs simultaneously with the HD video processing, and it still only consumes around 70% of the cpu cycles. The AMD architecture scales VERY well when running many VMs at once. At work I'm paying $500 a month to AWS to run our server systems in the cloud. My $500 home system build based on the FX-6300 could run all my work VMs at much, much higher performance than I get out of AWS VMs (high compute Medium instances) ...
This CPU provides an amazing amount of computing power for the price!!
Power consumption is also very low. The system uses about 65 watts (measured at the plug) when processing the two HD video streams only. When I get all the VMs cranking full blast the power consumption goes up to 110-130 watts. (I'm using a very high efficiency power supply)
Cons: Only if it bothers you to get so much computing power for cheap!!
Pros: This product looks good, is very quiet, and cools well. The power connector is 4 pins (not 3 pins as the product description says), so the speed can vary from the BIOS settings and temperature. The radial design sends cooling air over surrounding components. It's a good size, not too big for a small case - but big enough to cool well for normal use. Overall, a great deal for the price.
Cons: If you're looking to do maximum overclocking, then I would look for a more heavy duty cooling solution.