Date Joined: 02/10/05
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.
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.
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).