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Charles N.

Charles N.

Joined on 10/18/13

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Most Favorable Review

Keeps the Ryzen 5 cool

Noctua NH-U12S, Premium CPU Cooler with NF-F12 120mm Fan (Brown)
Noctua NH-U12S, Premium CPU Cooler with NF-F12 120mm Fan (Brown)

Overall Review: Keeps the Ryzen 5 3600 cool. 29°C at idle and 68°C at 100% load in my ancient Antec Nine Hundred case. I don't think the 140mm or the 150mm version would fit in the case.

Most Critical Review

Worked great until the board died

GIGABYTE B450 I AORUS PRO WIFI AM4 AMD B450 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE B450 I AORUS PRO WIFI AM4 AMD B450 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Worked great with RYZEN 3 2200G after a firmware upgrade. Paired with 3200Mhz RAM.

Cons: The board died after a year. The board would not power up.

Overall Review: A great board if it lasted.

Great CPU for gaming

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X - Ryzen 5 5000 Series Vermeer (Zen 3) 6-Core 3.7 GHz Socket AM4 65W Desktop Processor - 100-100000065BOX
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X - Ryzen 5 5000 Series Vermeer (Zen 3) 6-Core 3.7 GHz Socket AM4 65W Desktop Processor - 100-100000065BOX

Overall Review: A great CPU for gaming. No problems keeping up with a RTX 3080. No problems pairing it with DDR4 CL16 3600MHz RAM

2TB drive for my game storage

Intel 660p Series M.2 2280 2TB PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 3D2, QLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDPEKNW020T8X1
Intel 660p Series M.2 2280 2TB PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 3D2, QLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDPEKNW020T8X1

Pros: Great value with good speeds

Cons: None

Overall Review: I replaced a HDD with this for things like my Steam library, media and other cold storage uses. Game load times have much improved over using my HDD. The 2TB version has a TBW of 400. For consumer use cases, it's plenty. For comparison, my 4 year old boot drive has 25TB written so far and it has a TBW of 75.

Great value

AMD Ryzen 5 3rd Gen - RYZEN 5 3600 Matisse (Zen 2) 6-Core 3.6 GHz (4.2 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 65W 100-100000031BOX Desktop Processor
AMD Ryzen 5 3rd Gen - RYZEN 5 3600 Matisse (Zen 2) 6-Core 3.6 GHz (4.2 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 65W 100-100000031BOX Desktop Processor

Overall Review: Incredible performance for the price. Boosts up to 4.1GHz all cores with my setup on a B450 board.

Works fine at 3200 with Ryzen 5 3600

G.SKILL Flare X (for AMD) 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C16D-16GFX
G.SKILL Flare X (for AMD) 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C16D-16GFX

Overall Review: Works fine at 3200 with Ryzen 5 3600 and MSI PERFORMANCE GAMING B450 GAMING PRO CARBON AC. Did not try to overclock the memory.