Joined on 03/21/07
Another great ASUS board
Pros: Built in IO shield Included ROG M.2 heat sink looks nice and works well VRM's provide good power Lots of fan headers Overclocks well XMP found and set my G-Skill Trident Z 3600 memory kit to 3600Mz stable with ease.
Cons: - Some of the included ROG software didn't play well with Windows 10 Pro. Most isn't needed anyway. - The manual says to install the DDR4 DIMMs in slots A2 and B2 if you're using only one dual channel memory kit. This is pretty standard with many boards I've built on. When I powered on the system for the first time the Q-code LED indicated I had no memory installed. When I switched to A1 and B1 it found the memory. I ended up populating all 4 slots anyway so I know it wasn't a bad memory slot.
Overall Review: I've been using ASUS boards for 20 plus years. I've never had a failure or an RMA. I'm A+ certified and build lots of systems for friends, family, and my small base of longtime customers. I always use ASUS boards unless they don't meet the criteria for my build. This board was easy to build on and set up. It's solid and I like the ASUS BIOS layout. This was a personal build and I'm thrilled with it. I overclocked my 8700K to a very stable 4.8 Gz on all cores in minutes. (Note: I used my own custom settings and didn't let the board do it for me,) 5Gz was stable but ran a little warm in Prime 95 on my Enermax AIO 240 cooler so I backed off to 4.8 for everyday use. I used a Samsung 960 Pro 512Gb NVME in the upper slot with the included ROG heatsink and used it as my boot drive. WOW is it fast. Runs at advertised speeds with Samsung Magician software installed. It also doesn't disable any of the SATA ports when you run it in NVME mode. which is nice. If you use a SATA M.2 in this slot it disables SATA port 1. Quick to install. Just disable CSM in BIOS, have no other drives connected to the board, and install Windows from a USB device. If you only have the disk version of Windows then go to the Windows support site and download the "Media maker" and make a bootable USB with Windows on it. Once Windows is installed you may hook up your other storage options. XMP worked well and setup my GSkill 3600 correctly. Literally two clicks to go from the default 2133Mz to 3600Mz memory speed. The Aura Sync works well with my ASUS ROG 1070ti and my GSkill Trident Z RGB memory. GSkill Trident Z RGB memory supports Aura Sync so all my components (Motherboard, Graphics card, Memory) are controllable with the Aura Sync software. All in all I'm very pleased with the board. I do recommend.
Nice sturdy compact case
Pros: Very small size, yet large enough to fit all components needed for a decent work/play system. Strong enough to set 21 inch monitor on top without sag (don't block air intake) This is why I chose this case Decent ventilation Can hold up to four 2.5 inch SSD's Tiny footprint. 7 liters total volume. Was even smaller than I pictured when I unboxed. Comes with removable stand to orient vertically Only took me 30 minutes to build system out in this case. Everything lines up perfectly.
Cons: Pricey. I got two of them on sale for $74 each which is the high end for what this case is worth. For $100 plus I'd go with the Fractal 202 which can also be oriented either horizontal or vertical. Shiny plastic front panel is dust magnet and scratches easily. Only supports low profile video cards when many small form factor cases support full size cards. GTX 1050ti is the most powerful card you can get for this system. The screws they used to put this case together are poor quality. Even with a brand new correctly sized Phillips screw driver the heads strip out easily. With SFX power supply installed (Corsair SF450 fully modular) It's almost impossible to get the hard drive caddie back in the case. Even with the short flat cables the hard drive caddie must be removed before you can mount the power supply. I ended up just using two sided tape to secure one 2.5 inch SSD instead of cramming cables into a tiny space. Use NVME drives if you can for primary and backup storage and ditch the hard drive caddie. You'll need that space for cable management. Most boards support 2 NVME drives now.
Overall Review: I needed an inexpensive small form factor case that could lie on the top of a very small desk and support the monitor on top. I have a station built for the grandchildren with two computers side by side on a small desk for their activities. The computers couldn't be on the ground and I didn't want wires hanging all over the place. This solution worked perfectly. I choose the ASUS ROG STRIX B360i AC motherboard, I-3 8100 with stock cooler, Corsair Vengeance 2400Mhz LPX low profile memory, Corsair SF450 power supply,j Samsung 970 EVO NVME for boot, 1 TB SSD for storage, and a low profile GTX 1050 ti for gaming. Powerful and fast mini system for under $1k. You won't be overclocking in this case so choose low TDP components.
Good budget case with tinted glass
Pros: Tinted glass side panel One fan included All buttons and connectors on front panel work
Cons: I.O. panel mounting hole too large by 1/8th inch. I.O. panel loose and flopped around. Couldn't snap it in like normal. Once motherboard was mounted it did stay pressed up against the hole and didn't move. Not ideal. One mother board standoff was stripped from factory. Front panel connectors for power, reset, and hard-drive lights were very loose on the pins. The MB was an Asus. Standard size pins but loose connectors.
Overall Review: Good budget case for low end gaming rig. Real glass panel is a plus on case in this price range. This is my second build using this case. The other case also had an IO mounting problem but wasn't as bad as this time. I was able to bend the rolled metal on the last case and it fit fine, but this one was too far out of spec.
Great low budget processor
Pros: Bang for the buck Fast single thread performance Reliable and snappy 300 series motherboards have a larger compatibility range with memory kits than AMD boards Because this is a locked processor, the included cooler is more than sufficient
Overall Review: This is a great low cost CPU for any build. I'm A+ certified and have built several systems this year using the I-3 8100 for customers. I liked it so much I build three additional systems for my home with this CPU. That leaves my 8700K Gaming machine just for me :-) The I-3 8100 isn't an enthusiast processor, but it is perfect for someone on a budget that want's a "do it all" processor for just a little over a hundred bucks. Paired with a B series chipset, this low TDP processor is perfect for HTPC builds, workstations, web surfing machines, Mini ITX PC builds, and even gaming PC's without producing lots of heat. This is the locked version so there's no overclocking. That means you can use the supplied cooler and use the cheaper B series chipset motherboards and cheaper 2400 Mhz memory kits. With the processor locked it doesn't make sense to spend the extra money on a Z series chipset that you can't use. The only benefit would be faster memory speed support. In normal everyday use, you won't notice the difference in performance by going with the cheaper B series chipset and 2400 Mhz memory which is the max speed you can use with most B series chipset motherboards with this processor. For most consumers, this CPU is more than sufficient while leaving a little cash in your pocket. If you're an enthusiast, get a 8700K, 9700K or 9900K.
Powerful card for 1440p and 4k gaming
Pros: Plenty of cooling capacity to help keep card quiet even under load. runs games in 1440p at max settings. Buttery smooth game play with lots of headroom. Works great at 1440p with G-Sync monitor. This card can push the frames out to get you close to 144Hz refresh rate in many games. RGB off switch built in metal brace really makes card stiff. No sag. This thing is a beast.
Cons: A little pricey for an 80 series card I'll update my review if I start having issues as some others have had.
Overall Review: I was hesitant to purchase this card because of the number of card failures associated with the launch of RTX. But I decided I wasn't going to let that stop me from getting one. The ROG STRIX cards are great video cards and are some of the quietest cards out there. This card is replacing a ROG STRIX 1070 ti which is a great card for 1440p, but the RTX 2080 puts that one to shame. As drivers mature and games start including ray tracing, this card should only get better. If you have a 1080 ti then this isn't the card for you. Performance of this card is on par with the 1080 ti so this won't be much of an upgrade unless you just have to have RTX. If you're going to buy an RTX card though, you can't go wrong with the STRIX.
Great so far
Pros: On the lower end of the price point for 1 TB drives.
Cons: None so far
Overall Review: I've bought three of these drives now for my systems. The first one over a year ago as my Game disk for my 8700k build. Been working flawlessly for over a year now. Get them on sale and they're a great deal.
Good item, slow shipping
Item was as described, though shipping took 25 days from the date of order. 95% of the products I order on Newegg are for customers who's computers I'm building or repairing. This item was for myself, but had this been for a customer the slow shipping would have been a problem. I'm only knocking off 1 egg because the seller did send the item from overseas. It was my fault for not reading where the seller was located. I assumed the item was in a warehouse in the US.