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Nadim T.

Nadim T.

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Most Favorable Review

After updating Gen 1 Asrock A320M-HDV ; simple CPU swap

AMD Ryzen 5 5600 - Ryzen 5 5000 Series Vermeer (Zen 3) 6-Core 3.5 GHz Socket AM4 65W None Desktop Processor - 100-100000927BOX
AMD Ryzen 5 5600 - Ryzen 5 5000 Series Vermeer (Zen 3) 6-Core 3.5 GHz Socket AM4 65W None Desktop Processor - 100-100000927BOX

Pros: Just as fast as 5600x. Doubled cpu speeds v 2200g. Able to drop into Asrock A320M-HDV (almost 5 years old).

Overall Review: Will update this review if there's any problems. But $160.00 drop in upgrade to double cpu speeds is pretty cost effective upgrade.

Most Critical Review

Very Disappointed

DELL Inspiron i7559-5012GRY Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 6700HQ (2.60 GHz) 8 GB Memory 1 TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4 GB GDDR5 15.6" 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 Touchscreen Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
DELL Inspiron i7559-5012GRY Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 6700HQ (2.60 GHz) 8 GB Memory 1 TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4 GB GDDR5 15.6" 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 Touchscreen Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

Pros: Speakers sound good when working Good specs / $

Cons: Many, many cons. Display - I bought 4k display. This 4k display is uglier than many 1080p screens. Colors are way off and not in a fixable way. Graphics - I immediately got 'display driver' bugs and flashing black screens. Construction - Feels very cheap for what looked like a high end laptop. Stick with something metal. Speakers - Sound was making an explosion sound every 30 seconds or so after little use. Bugged up. HHD - Very slow harddrive. Entire computer has slowed to a crawl while doing little more than online browsing + a system scan. Memory - Does not come with DDR 4 as most other new Skylake Laptops Weight - This laptop is a dinosaur in the era of XPS / Apple. Which is fine - but not for $1000.00 Network - Wireless adapter randomly turned off? One or two of these problems I would try to fix myself. But if a brand new laptop comes with 8 problems, better RMA it. I want to RMA. I will give it one more day since it is Saturday anyway.

Overall Review: I wanted to like this laptop because XPS 15 by DELL isn't shipping anytime soon. I will change my review if my opinion changes. But my first thought is that this is a $500.00 laptop. DO NOT upgrade the internals because it will still feel like a $500.00 laptop. If you're stuck at $500.00 it's a reasonable choice. At $1,000.00 get a XPS.

11/28/2015

Great value

ASRock A320M-HDV AM4 AMD Promontory A320 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
ASRock A320M-HDV AM4 AMD Promontory A320 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Working out of the box with Ryzen 3 2200g. This motherboard is working perfectly and running the latest CPU (AMD 2200g) / and latest format SSD (NVMe) UPDATE 08/08/2022 - Updated to BETA bios and swapped in Ryzen 5600. No problems so far.

Cons: Make sure to update Bios.

Overall Review: Office Build. I would use this motherboard and cpu for all work stations that need replacement.

Better than CAS 18 4000mhz for AMD

G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model F4-3600C16D-16GVK
G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model F4-3600C16D-16GVK

Pros: Xmp / Samsung B Die / 4 sticks Compatible with MSI tomahawk

Cons: None yet . I

Overall Review: A+ so far. Ran 4 sticks immediately at xmp with 5600x . Still trying to tighten or overclock but need to research further. My 5600x could not do 2000 infinity clock without audio problems so I don’t advise biting 4000mh DDR4 for 5000 series . UPDATE: Able to tighten to CL 14 at 3600mhz with 5900x. 4 Sticks are Solid. 138-140% on Userbenchmark.

Superb

ASUS 27" 1440P Gaming Monitor (MG279Q) - QHD (2560 x 1440), 178° Viewing, FreeSync
ASUS 27" 1440P Gaming Monitor (MG279Q) - QHD (2560 x 1440), 178° Viewing, FreeSync

Pros: IPS, Freesync, 144hz, 1440p

Cons: 35hz-90hz for Freesync

Overall Review: I upgraded from 1080p 120hz. Worth it. Exceeded expectations. NO dead pixels.

Bought 2 - Both Solid

MSI A88XM-E35 FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI A88XM-E35 FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Solid boards. Bought with two older APU's (Trinity) No problems what so ever. Easy and Solid.

Cons: None - these are micro. Make sure you do not need more than 2 ram slots.

Overall Review: I did not try to over clock processor and ram I ran at rated speeds.