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Michael F.

Michael F.

Joined on 10/01/18

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Most Favorable Review

Great build quality, worked flawlessly out of the box.

ASRock Fatal1ty X470 Gaming K4 AM4 AMD Ryzen 3000 Series CPU Ready ATX AMD Motherboard
ASRock Fatal1ty X470 Gaming K4 AM4 AMD Ryzen 3000 Series CPU Ready ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: -Has worked perfect since first installed -Picked up my 3200mhz G.Skill RipJaw V memory as soon as x.m.p profile was selected, even though they weren't on the QVL list. -Lighting on board is classy and not overly obtrusive, as well as easy to use. For anyone tired of the disco party that is RGB these days, this board is fantastic looking. Black PCB doesn't hurt either -LED readout for CPU temp. is completely accurate if set properly in bios. -So far seems to be a very stable motherboard, handling a 4.2Ghz all core overclock on my ryzen 7 2700 with no issues -8+4 CPU power connection is welcome -Water pump connection on board with bios control is very helpful -Price/Performance is pretty good, especially if you can find it on sale and/or with free "gifts" of some kind.

Cons: -Bios is not the easiest to use, and lacking a few features -Would be great if it had a bios flashback button and/or power button on motherboard -CPU power connectors are a little hard to get to with the heat sinks where they are. Although this could also be caused by the builders rather large fingers.

Overall Review: Having read some of the reviews for this board I was a little hesitant to purchase. After receiving it however, it is obviously a very well made board. Review(s) stating slow boot times, at least for me have been no problem. At time of purchase, a free HP 120GB SSD was included and as my boot drive, is able to cold boot to windows in as little as 10 sec, so no problems there. One area that I mentioned in cons however, is the bios. Although relatively capable, it is def not the most user friendly. The manual really doesn't explain much either. I know if your messing with bios options you should be knowledgeable, but this is a little extreme. Its certainly serviceable though. All in all, after about 3 weeks of use and overclocking shenanigans, I am very satisfied. If your looking for a well made 2nd gen Ryzen board with good amount of options, stability and compatibility, I would def recommend this board. Also, as a side note, I have been dealing with Newegg for almost 15 years. Everything came packaged well, everything worked and everything came on time. I know some people have had bad experiences, but for me they have always been very reliable...I hope they are able to stay that way. All of these products were ordered at the same time from them....first new build for me in almost 8 years. Feels good to be back on pc again. System Specs Ryzen 7 2700 @ 4.2Ghz, 1.3v, all core overclock Sapphire Radeon Pulse Vega 56 HP 120GB SSD (came free with the ASRock board, will upgrade :-p) Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200 game drive Corsair RM850x power supply Corsair H60 Water Cooling Kit for CPU ( 28c idle, 65c under full load, aida 64 for 20 minutes) G.Skill RipJaws V 16GB 3200Mhz kit Corsair H60 Water Cooling Kit for CPU ( 28c idle, 65c under full load, aida 64 for 20 minutes) Phantek P400s Case

Most Critical Review

Good case but....

Phanteks Eclipse P400 PH-EC416PTG_AG Anthracite Grey Tempered Glass/Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Phanteks Eclipse P400 PH-EC416PTG_AG Anthracite Grey Tempered Glass/Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: -relatively well made -price is fair -looks really good -cable management is decent enough to create a rather clean install

Cons: Now, I've owned this case for about a month. Built my first PC in about years in it and when I first got it I thought it was pretty nice. I don't want to be too hard on it because in all fairness it is a decent case...and it looks great. However, after building in it there are there are a few things to be conscious of at the start...if these don't bother you, then I say go for it. There is very little room between the top of the motherboard and the top of the case. I had to be a little rough with my corsair cables to make the turn to plug them in. You would have less of a problem with custom sleeved cables, but even then it would be tough. Installing a fan, much less a radiator,is all but impossible. So if your thinking top mounted fans and/or radiator, you may want to look elsewhere. The basement has only a few slots next to the motherboard for cables, which makes running larger power cables like video card 8 and 6 pins, especially in SLI/Crossfire a little messy and troublesome. Now, here is my biggest problem with this case and could be a deal breaker for anyone, this is my opinion only, so take it for what you will. The cooling on this case is horrible. There is just no way that the two small openings at the top and bottom can be expected to pull in enough air to adequately cool your internal components, especially with todays video cards (I have a Vega 56, water cooled 2700). With the front panel on and the TG side panel on, I could make it about 3-5 min in a game, let alone stress testing. As soon as you take the front panel off, things cool down immediately by at least 10c. I had to modify my front panel to get this thing operable. Other than a few other little personal quibbles, that's about it, so in closing....

Overall Review: I would recommend this product for smaller, lower TDP builds, but with some caveats. I'm sorry for the rambling but when building a pc, on a particular budget and without a place to actually look at these things a review is sometimes all you have. Build quality is pretty good for a sub $100 case, and if you can forgive these issues or get around them, you prob will be ok. Maybe take a look at the Fractal Meshify C for the same price or even Phanteks own Enthoo Pro M at just $10-$20 more and you may be a little more satisfied with what you get. Oh and one more small detail, although the included (2)fans are serviceable, theyre not the best, even Phanteks makes better, much better, so keep that in mind when building your pc and again forget about top mounted fans and especially a radiator. Just cant happen..at least as far as I can gather... and then again I just maybe wrong about all of this and I suck at building a PC... thats certainly always a possibility.