Some firmware versions seem to be buggy3/3/2021 1:27:36 PM

Pros: - The board I received had the necessary firmware updates to run Ryzen 5000 series processors - UEFI settings UI is useful and intuitive - especially the fan control feature - The RGB lights are neat - and they can be turned off in the UEFI settings - Runs my NVME SSD nice and fast

Cons: - Stability issues if you don't have the latest firmware - No USB BIOS Flashback feature so if you get a board that does not have the necessary firmware version to run your CPU you might be stuck

Overall Review: I think this is a good board once I got everything working. But I had a scare when first setting it up due to buggy firmware. (The latest firmware version seems to be OK.) When I first tried to boot with this board and a Ryzen 5800x CPU the computer would not POST, and I could not get into the UEFI settings. The yellow DRAM light came on, and stayed on. At first I thought I would need to install a firmware update to support my CPU. At that point I was disappointed to learn that this board's firmware cannot be updated without a working CPU. But it turns out that was not the problem. After swapping lots of components around to try to isolate the problem the computer finally booted after I switched power supplies - but the DRAM light remained on. I don't think this was a PSU issue as everything worked when I switched back to my original PSU; but it's possible one of the cables was not fully seated the first time around. Based on my research I think the problem was RAM instability that resulted in a situation where the computer would only boot one out of every several attempts. (I'm using CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600), and yes I did try booting with one stick, and swapping the sticks while debugging.) I installed firmware version 3405 which lists "stability improvements" among its changes - since then everything has worked smoothly even with DOCP enabled.

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Great for liquid cooling in intake position3/3/2021 12:57:53 PM

Pros: - Nice cable management options - Side, top, and front panels come off for easy access from every angle - Can't hear a thing with the case closed up (using third-party fans, I didn't do a sound check with the stock fans) - Lots of space in front for an AIO radiator

Cons: - Stock fans don't support PWM - Power supply cabling would be a bit of a tight fit if the hard drive cage were left in - but there are 2 other 2.5" drive mount points available if you choose to remove the cage

Overall Review: I'm very happy with this case! I swapped out the stock case fans for a 280 mm Arctic Liquid Freezer II AIO cooler mounted on the front as my intake, and a Noctua NF-S12A for exhaust. I chose to put the AIO radiator in the intake position so that I can use 140 mm fans, and because there is lots of space in the front. The setup is very quiet to begin with; with the case closed I can't hear anything over my ambient room noise even when running a game. And the temps look good too. The Arctic radiator is a big one so I'm limited to about 300 mm for the graphics card. There are plenty of options that fit that space so I'm happy with that trade-off.

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Works well in Linux7/19/2014 2:59:39 AM

Pros: Works in Linux without problems. I tried both the Nouveau open source driver and the proprietary driver from Nvidia - both went smoothly, but acceleration is faster with the proprietary driver. I use Debian Testing.

Cons: Not super fast. I'm hoping it will work well with indie games and older titles.

Overall Review: Goes much much faster with the proprietary driver from Nvidia. In Minecraft with lots of mods loaded I get 20-30 FPS with Nouveau, and 60-70 FPS with the proprietary driver (vanilla textures, ~20 FPS with shaders).

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