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douglas c.

douglas c.

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Most Favorable Review

1 fault

ASUS ROG STRIX Arion Aluminum Alloy M.2 NVMe SSD External Portable Enclosure Case Adapter, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (10 Gbps), USB-C to C and USB-C to A Cables, Fits PCIe 2280/2260/2242/2230 M Key/B+M Key
ASUS ROG STRIX Arion Aluminum Alloy M.2 NVMe SSD External Portable Enclosure Case Adapter, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (10 Gbps), USB-C to C and USB-C to A Cables, Fits PCIe 2280/2260/2242/2230 M Key/B+M Key

Pros: Well made functions well speed as advertised

Cons: opening mechanism

Overall Review: This worked well for me, tried 3 different Samsung Nvme drives and all worked though my PM961 needed to be re-partitioned to work for some reason. Only issue I have is the opening mechanism, you need to use their included pin-like tool to open cover, which can easily be lost and needs to stay with unit which they should of at least made a way to attach tool to unit, better yet they should of used a simple push button mechanism.

Most Critical Review

good board 1 glitch in bios

MSI B150I GAMING PRO AC LGA 1151 Intel B150 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
MSI B150I GAMING PRO AC LGA 1151 Intel B150 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: good price, nice bios, good wifi,

Cons: needs 1 more usb header. bios has glitch for my asus 4k monitor

Overall Review: this board like at least 2 other MSI ITX boards seem to have an issue with The Asus 4k monitor when the adaptive sync option is used. On boot when both items are powered up together, the board seems to have a problem detecting the display, Board will beep 3 long beeps, then continue to post ok, but this adds at least 10 seconds to the boot time. if the monitor is turned on a few seconds prior to the pc, it's ok, but if powered up at same time. the board delays in booting. I know it's the bios because the same monitor works perfectly with the MSI Z170I sli plus atx board.

Fast and expensive

Intel Core i9-12900KS - Core i9 12th Gen Alder Lake 16-Core (8P+8E) 3.4 GHz LGA 1700 150W Intel UHD Graphics 770 Desktop Processor - BX8071512900KS
Intel Core i9-12900KS - Core i9 12th Gen Alder Lake 16-Core (8P+8E) 3.4 GHz LGA 1700 150W Intel UHD Graphics 770 Desktop Processor - BX8071512900KS

Pros: Very fast

Cons: Expensive, however when the 5950x came out, that was $800 so this is still cheaper and faster Can be slightly warm

Overall Review: I had the 12900K and when this came out I had to buy it. It is very fast and fast is money so everyone knows that. Is it worth the extra money compared to the 12900K ? If you want an extra 8-10% performance gain then it is, if you can live with an already very fast cpu, keep the 12900K your not going to notice much of a difference. I also own the AMD 5950X and they only thing I do to challenge these processors is run Handbrake. And Handbrake seems to like the Intel stuff better because all my times are lower using the Intel system, not much but lower. This CPU does run hotter than the 12900K, even hotter than the 5950x which is saying something as the AMD runs quite warm. If your having issues cooling the 12900K, forget about this processor, it runs hotter and if the cpu is throttled down all the time due to temp, what's the point? I really just got this just to have it. Which is kinda dumb, if you have the money to blow, buy it.

20gb, not for me

SIIG JU-SA0X11-S1 Silver USB 3.2 Gen 2 x 2 Type-C 20G NVMe SSD Enclosure
SIIG JU-SA0X11-S1 Silver USB 3.2 Gen 2 x 2 Type-C 20G NVMe SSD Enclosure

Pros: tool-less design thermal pad included

Cons: 10gb speed

Overall Review: I currently use the Asus Rog Strix M.2 case , it runs great but only at 10gb so I tried this case, I could not get the 20gb speed on any of my systems with any of my M.2 Nvme drives, I tested it with multiple software bencmarks, including crystal mark which is usually accurate, I tried several drives all rated at least at 3200mb/sec and 2 systems with USb 3.2 C ports including a TB 4 40gb port, speed never went above 1050 for me, so what's the point?

Just OK

ASUS ROG Strix Z690-G Gaming WiFi 6E LGA 1700 Intel 12th Gen Micro ATX Gaming Motherboard- PCIe 5.0, DDR5, 14+1 Power Stages, 2.5 Gb LAN, Bluetooth v5.2, Thunderbolt 4, 3xM.2/NVMe SSD
ASUS ROG Strix Z690-G Gaming WiFi 6E LGA 1700 Intel 12th Gen Micro ATX Gaming Motherboard- PCIe 5.0, DDR5, 14+1 Power Stages, 2.5 Gb LAN, Bluetooth v5.2, Thunderbolt 4, 3xM.2/NVMe SSD

Pros: High quality Lots of RGB 3 M.2 slots 1200/1700 cooler option

Cons: Slow to post Amory Crate software

Overall Review: I usually use ITX boards but my case also takes M-atx so I tried this board. First thing I notice is post time, Best I could do with this board was 13secs, which for me is quite high, But I did notice that unlike ALL other Intel Z690 boards that I tried, this board powers on right away after a power loss, Unlike the others that have a 2.5-4sec delay, but even with this attribute, it still posted slower than most, and that is with fast boot and no storage devices attached, attach a usb storage device, regardless of speed and it will add several secs to Asus boards, why they take so long to check a non-boot device is way beyond me. Board did see my G.Skill 6000 ram perfectly and XMP worked without issues. Using the one button click with the Amory crate software to Oc the system achieved good results with minimal heat increase. Of course the Amory crate software has around a zillion services running which concerns me. Rgb lights worked well, software worked well, Fan control was good. Unlike the Msi control center the Amory crate software was stable at all times. My benchmarks on this board were comparable to the Other Intel competitors, If this board would post quicker I would of kept it, but my MSI Meg Unify posts quicker and runs just as well.

Perfect

G.SKILL Trident Z5 RGB Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR5 6000 Intel XMP 3.0 Desktop Memory Model F5-6000U3636E16GX2-TZ5RS
G.SKILL Trident Z5 RGB Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR5 6000 Intel XMP 3.0 Desktop Memory Model F5-6000U3636E16GX2-TZ5RS

Pros: Fast

Cons: None

Overall Review: This mem ran perfectly on my MSI MEG Z690I UNIFY ITX board with XMP loaded.