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Brian C.

Brian C.

Joined on 12/21/02

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Flying!

AMD Ryzen 7 5700G - Ryzen 7 5000 G-Series Cezanne (Zen 3) 8-Core 3.8 GHz Socket AM4 65W AMD Radeon Graphics Desktop Processor - 100-100000263BOX
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G - Ryzen 7 5000 G-Series Cezanne (Zen 3) 8-Core 3.8 GHz Socket AM4 65W AMD Radeon Graphics Desktop Processor - 100-100000263BOX

Pros: 8 core/16 thread + low end gaming graphics in a 65W(-ish) envelope? What's not to like? - Runs cool with the included heat sink - Decent graphics at a reasonable price at a time when discrete GPU in-stock supplies are low and prices are off the planet

Overall Review: Great CPU! I built a system around it and I'm very happy with it so far.

12/13/2021

Great board

GIGABYTE B550M AORUS PRO AM4 AMD B550 Micro-ATX Motherboard with Dual M.2, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.2 Gen 2, PCIe 4.0
GIGABYTE B550M AORUS PRO AM4 AMD B550 Micro-ATX Motherboard with Dual M.2, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.2 Gen 2, PCIe 4.0

Pros: - Love that it has two M.2 ports on uATX form factor - Really like that most of the fiddly bits are covered in plastic shields so an errant screw or driver doesn't fry things - With a fast M.2 boot drive in the primary slot, system boots and shuts down extremely fast - Qflash+ enables BIOS flash to support the 5700G processor before any hardware (beyond power supply) is connected

Cons: - Qflash+ how-to documentation was hard to find. This bois-flash feature is required to support the Ryzen 5700G processor *before you can even boot*. Eventually found Gigabyte's own video on Youtube but this should have been clearly linked directly from the product support page. Once found, it went smoothly from there. Key thing is to rename the the bios download file correctly or it won't apply and, with no visible UI beyond blinking lights and no documentation on what different blinky lights/colors/duty cycles mean, that makes it tough to troubleshoot. - If I understand the block diagram correctly, the first M.2 port runs straight to the CPU at PCIe 4.0 x4 speeds and the second runs through the southbridge at 3.0 x4 speeds, sharing the southbridge's x4 interconnect to the CPU with all the other peripherals (non-gfx cards, SATA, USB, & ethernet). That arrangement may be fine for two independent drives where you're not expecting the same performance from the secondary drive. I suspect it would really slow things down if you use the RAID options it supports across two M.2 SSDs, however, where the array performs only as fast as the slowest drive. This wasn't a problem for me but be advised if you plan to use M.2 RAID or a second M.2 drive with lots of peripherals.

Overall Review: Great little board Ryzen ready for future expansion when GPU prices fall back into the atmosphere

12/13/2021

Great PSU for an expandable build

Cooler Master MWE Gold 750 V2 Fully Modular, 750W, 80+ Gold Efficiency, Quiet HDB Fan, 2 EPS Connectors, High Temperature Resilience, 5 Year Warranty
Cooler Master MWE Gold 750 V2 Fully Modular, 750W, 80+ Gold Efficiency, Quiet HDB Fan, 2 EPS Connectors, High Temperature Resilience, 5 Year Warranty

Pros: - Fully modular means you only use the wires you need, making clean routing within the case a snap - Came with all the wires I needed for motherboard, CPU, and a SATA drive with plenty of additional wiring and 4 remaining plugs available for future expansion - Runs super quiet on low load. Given the market, I went with embedded graphics to start and am not drawing anywhere near what this PSU can output. That said, the integrated fan is either really quiet, by default, or is smart enough to run quiet under low load - Came with mounting screws so, even if my case hadn't, mounting was a snap

Overall Review: Recommended

12/13/2021

Great performer despite tough WiFi environment

ASUS USB-N13 300Mpbs Wireless-N USB Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n, USB 2.0
ASUS USB-N13 300Mpbs Wireless-N USB Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n, USB 2.0

Pros: -Double the throughput of my netbook's built-in N adapter in a challenging RF environment (lots of nearby neighbors, no open WiFi channels, router 2 floors down) -More reliable connection that my netbook's built-in N adapter in a challenging RF environment -USB extender cable with some stiffness allows me to position it away from the netbook's body -Well designed driver, quickly uninstalls when I "Safely Remove Hardware" -Cheap -Small

Cons: -Case build quality is low, loose seams feel like they'll come apart -USB extender's fit is loose in the Netbook and tight in the dongle -Single band (2.4 GHz)

Overall Review: Despite the Cons, its hard to complain about such a well-performing product at such a low price: 5 eggs!

11/17/2010