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Ray B.

Ray B.

Joined on 06/19/02

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Most Favorable Review

Good board for a first time builder once issues are resolved

MSI B560M PRO-VDH WIFI LGA 1200 Intel B560 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI B560M PRO-VDH WIFI LGA 1200 Intel B560 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: When I got this board, it was the initial price that drew me in. Because where I'm living I had to have WiFi. Now with this board, I was able to get everything installed without to much hassle. it found my NVME drive, and after going in to and saving the BIOS settings, it rebooted in to the OS 10 with no problems. Comparing this to the ASUS similar board, it was a major hassle to get the NVME drive to work.

Cons: There are several issues with this board that I'd like to point out. Firstly, I am totally blind. I've built computers going way back to the 286 processor days with DOS. So when I called MSI tech support my first asking to send me the links to download just the drivers was met with an email with the correct link to the drivers. The next time I placed a call with Tech support, I asked him to describe some of the layout of the board. This guy was frankly rude, and very impatient, like he really didn't want to be on the phone. I did get most of what I needed as far as what headers were what. I still don't know where the headers are to reset the BIOS. As far as the board working, I ran in to a major problem. If you unplug your speakers or headphones and then plut them back in they might work. In the first board, once I unplugged my headphones no matter how I rebooted the system I had no audio. Thank you Newegg for replacing this board. This one works. If you unplug any audio device, it won't work when you plug it back in. You have to reboot. So then a call to MSI. Well, they blamed it on Windows and the Realtech audio drivers. So I did a clean install of windows. Turns out the current audio driver that comes with win10 (ver 21h1 or 21h2) is the latest one from Realtech. I have had other boards with Realtech drivers installed, and none of this nonsense has occurred with the audio drivers. I suspect this is a bios issue. On both boards if I were to after reaching the desktop plugging in a PS/2 keyboard, it wouldn't work. A reboot was in order, and the keyboard would work. Other than that, the board does what I need it to do. As of 6/16/2021, I had had this replacement board for about a week now. I think this is the latest stable BIOS installed. I will persue MSI for further troubleshooting on this board to resolve the audio issue.

Overall Review: As for getting this board again, probably would do so even with the little issues here. Maybe someone will read this and pay attention enogh on the cons to fix these issues. Here's hoping so.

Most Critical Review

A few minor issues but nothing to stop you from buying this board

ASUS TUF GAMING B560M-PLUS WIFI LGA 1200 Intel B560 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS TUF GAMING B560M-PLUS WIFI LGA 1200 Intel B560 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Well, this is the third time I have purchase an Asus board. Once the BIOS sees your devices, and you save the settings the board is fast. I liked the way Asus designed the screwless header for mounting the NVME drives. I wish other manufacturers would follow the lead here. Then you wouldn't need those darn screws, which you can easily lose.

Cons: I will not ever buy an Asus board again. If you need tech support, you have to call the Canada office. Then you are met with someone who doesn't speak English very well, and basically is a customer service rep on steroids. Another words, they just follow a script, and don't know anything. The product in my opinion is partly as good as the manufacturer who supports it. The San Francisco support office is apparently closed. When you call that office, the number you press just hangs up on you.

Overall Review: I think that if you can just get past the tech support issue, this board is a great board, and you should buy one.

good memory

G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2666 (PC4 21300) Desktop Memory Model F4-2666C15D-32GVR
G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2666 (PC4 21300) Desktop Memory Model F4-2666C15D-32GVR

Pros: Admittedly haven't used it yet. I have in the past used G Skill memory and it was reliable. So I presume this set of memory will be reliable too. This was to go in to a Asrock board, and G Skill techs were happy to make sure this was the right memory before I purchased them.

Overall Review: Yes, buy G skill memory

appears to be good memory

Team T-FORCE ZEUS 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model TTZD416G3200HC20DC01
Team T-FORCE ZEUS 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model TTZD416G3200HC20DC01

Pros: All I know is when I plugged in the memory on the Asus board it worked.

Overall Review: would buy again with no reservations

I love this case.

In-Win IW-BP655.FH300TB3 In-Win Case IW-BP655.FH300TB3 Mini-ITX SFF 1-0-- 2 Bays USB HD Audio Fan 300W Black
In-Win IW-BP655.FH300TB3 In-Win Case IW-BP655.FH300TB3 Mini-ITX SFF 1-0-- 2 Bays USB HD Audio Fan 300W Black

Pros: It's small and sturdy.

Cons: I know I'm dreaming here, but I wish a larger wattage supply could have been used here. Also, I think an adapter should be included to deal with these days the 8 pin 12V line instead of just a four pin cable that is supplied with the supply.

Overall Review: Yes, no doubt about it. Just remember to get an adapter to convert from the 4 pin cable to the 8 pin socket now on most motherboards.

Great board

ASRock Z490M-ITX/ac LGA 1200 Intel Z490 SATA 6Gb/s Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
ASRock Z490M-ITX/ac LGA 1200 Intel Z490 SATA 6Gb/s Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This board has a lot of features.

Cons: Let me give all future Asrock motherboard purchasers some advice. I'm not yelling here. DO NOT PLUG IN A PS2 KEYBOARD IN TO THE PS2 OUTLET. Asrock told me these PS2 ports are supposed to be used only for ps2 mice. You will blow out the ps2 circuit, which is exactly what I did. It's really time for the PS2 port to go away. Abit when they existed, were ahead of their time. In removing the PS2 ports from their boards, Abit said the boards ran faster.

Overall Review: Yes, as a computer user who is totally blind, I received great and complete help in understanding the layout of the board. The tech said he felt like he just taught computer 101. I told him it was actually computer 101.2, because I knew what these items were, just didn't know the layout. From there, it was no issue to connect up the lights--with a pair of eyes, and the on/off and reset switches.