Joined on 09/24/08
Pros: Very comfortable keyboard to use for typing as well as gaming. Red backlighting is very nice, a welcome change from the blue LEDs you see everywhere. Wrist rest attaches to the keyboard and can be pulled out a bit if you like. Feels sturdy enough.
Cons: This keyboard has no extra buttons that a standard 104-key keyboard doesn't have, except volume control and a key that controls the backlighting. Not a concern for me at all since I never use them anyway (hence the 5 egg rating) but it might be a con for some people who like media keys.
Overall Review: Bought this because I just wanted a basic keyboard that is backlit, and this fits my needs perfectly.
It WAS good, until the USB 2.0 ports fried themselves
Pros: The USB 3.0 ports and the card reader works
Cons: The USB 2.0 ports do not
Overall Review: Everything worked great until the USB 2.0 ports just no longer worked. No warning of failure, nothing. Working one day, and not the next. I tried plugging it into different headers on my motherboard to no avail, and verified that the header this was originally plugged into is still working. Judging by the other reviews, this is not an uncommon thing to happen to this device. The e-SATA port worked the last time I tried it but I don't have any e-SATA devices now so I don't know if it still works or not.
Didn't fit, not worth shipping to return
Pros: Shipped fast
Cons: Didn't fit properly (LGA 1151) Mounting screws got cross threaded and i had to break the backplate to unscrew them so I could take it off the motherboard, rendering it useless Can't even re-use the fan for something else because the fan mounting holes are not standard. This went in the trash and bought a Ventroo V5 instead which I should have got in the first place
Overall Review: Don't be cheap like I was, buy something worth your dollars
Pros: Just what I needed for my home server: an inexpensive board with six SATA ports. Bought this with a Ryzen 5600G. It did not boot with this chip until I updated the BIOS. I'm really impressed that I was able to flash the BIOS using the USB Flashing feature without having to even take the CPU out of the socket. Of course this does require you to prepare a USB with the updated BIOS file, so you will have to have a spare USB and access to another computer. But that's much easier than swapping in an older CPU just to update the BIOS.
Cons: Nothing - the board started right up and was very stable once I updated the BIOS.
Overall Review: In 2021 I would probably not recommend a B450 chipset board for most people unless you do not need PCI-E 4.0 and don't care that you'll probably have to update the BIOS to use it with a 5000 series Ryzen. But for my use case, it fit the bill perfectly as an inexpensive alternative to a B550 or X570 board with features that will go unused anyway.
It's a RTX 3080
Pros: It works, it runs my games great paired with a Ryzen 9 5900X. Fans turn off when idle and when they do spin up during a game, I can't hear them over my case fans. Includes an anti-sag bracket - which I suggest you install if you don't mount this vertically. It is huge and kinda heavy. My temps are between 70-75C during gaming.
Cons: No dual BIOS feature. Huge, may be too big for some cases. Power and feature limited compared to "more expensive" variants like the MSI Gaming X - "more expensive" in quotes because pricing is all over the map for video cards right now. Using the anti-sag bracket means that this thing occupies 4 expansion slots. Power hungry like all high end video cards these days.
Overall Review: If you are looking for a RTX 3080 and don't need to OC it to high heavens, this is as good a choice as any. Just be aware there is NO RGB or LED lighting of ANY kind anywhere on this card so if that's important to you, keep looking. I did not list this fact as a PRO or a CON because it could be either depending on how you feel about RGB.