Joined on 11/11/02
Very Stable, almost no problems
Pros: Lots of USB ports, integrated video with correct CPU, audio is pretty good, USB3 headers for 4 additional USB 3 ports, USB2 headers (2 Hi Powered) for additional 6 USB 2 ports. Stable without any issues. Visual BIOS is a breeze
Cons: Few small problems - supplied USB 3 front panel cable is too short for my case, have an issue that cannout use USB3 card reader connected to internal USB3 header, doesn't keep boot drive order, and 1600 GSkill memory issues
Overall Review: Overall great board - very stable and lots of connectivity. Tried the built in Intel HD video via HDMI, it's pretty nice, but I missed my 3D viewing. Onboard audio is ok - would be better if it had an EQ. The Realtek ALC 898 chip list EQ as an option - why isn't it included? Only other problem is my G-Skill 1600 Mhz RAM - BIOS reeports it's running at 1600Mhz, but Windows shows it running at 1333. Running Ivy Bridge Core i7 3770S chip 32GB 1600 Mhz memory on Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit. 2 x LG 14x blu-ray writer 2 x Seagate 2TB SATA II HDD 2 X Seagate 3TB SATA III HDD 1 x OCZ 512GB SATA III SDD - boot drive nVidia GeForce GT440 Fermi PCI X16 3.0 3GB (Don't care about gaming, just 3D viewing of photos / vids / Blu-Ray SB Recon 3D Fatal1ity w/front panel All is running very stable, no crashes at all. CPU seems locked at 3.9Ghz - I am not intentionally overclocking anything. As for the rveiwer that can't use the SB X-Fi card - plug it in the PCI X4 slot - my SB work
Was nice, until 3 months in ...
Pros: Adjustable tilt/height adjustment, vibrant color
Cons: White line across the whole screen
Overall Review: I purchased 2 of these for a dual monitor setup, as I wanted a 3D Vision compatible monitor. I bought these when I bought all the parts to build my new PC. I haven't had these monitors 3 months yet, and when I turned them on the other day, there is a thin white line across the entire screen on the first (main) monitor. It is very visible on anything over 60Hz. At 60Hz, it is almost impossible to see the line, but it is there. That makes the monitor unusable at anything over 60Hz, and in 3D. The line is not present until the windows desktop appears. It's not visible when I turn it on with no video feed. This is a real bummer. My previous monitor from another manufacturer lasted me 6 years, and still worked fine in 2D and 3D with never a dead pixel. I just wanted a pair of matching monitors, and that one was no longer manufactured.
Good board with a few issues for me
Pros: Plenty of expansion ports Easy build 2 M2 NVME slots Enough SATA 6 ports Works well with i5 9400 and 64GB 2666 RAM Came with BISO 4.10, which worked with my I5 9th Gen
Cons: No GUI BIOS as stated in SPECS and on their website On Board Graphics has issues with YouTube videos stuttering PCIe X16 Gen 3 card running at PCIe X16 Gen 1.1 in Slot 1 (Gen 3 X16) On Board Sound is not the best as boosting EQ causes clipping, dropouts Ugly Win10 style Audio Interface by forced install from Windows update
Overall Review: The board was easy to put together and everything worked fine with the first build attempt. I have no issues as a whole with system stability. I never overclock, so don't know if that's an option with this board. There are a few things that bug me with this build. Mainly that there is no GUI BIOS. The ASRock website indicates this board has a GUI BIOS, and it's also listed in the specs for the product page here. I don't know if this is due to the processor I am using. I am still waiting for ASRock to respond to my query regarding this. Also, the onboard video is very good, except when it comes to playing YouTube videos, which constantly stutter. The sound plays through fine, but the video stutters, repeating a few frames 3 or 4 times. This happens throughout the videos on everything I have watched. Another Issue is that I switched to a Radeon HD 7750 2GB 2 x DP ports. I don't game, so don't need a high end card. This card suits my needs just fine. However, it is installed in PCIe slot 1 which is supposed to be X16 Gen 3. GPUID reports that the card is rated at X16 Gen3, but is only running at X16 Gen1.1. On board sound was adequate, but I like specific EQ setting for my sound, and music seems to drop out/clip when boosting the higher frequencies. I also hate the interface that Win10 forces installation of. I prefer the little control panel app that Realtek drivers come with. I installed a SoundBlaster X AE5 so I can set my EQ settings to my liking - but that also has a new interface that looks like that ugly Win10 stuff. The Radeon drivers have also switched to that Ugly Win10 interface. Another thing I notice when running CPUID the processor seems to always run at 3.9 GHz, even when doing nothing. The i5 9400 is rated at 2.9 GHz, 4.1GHz turbo, so should not be always running at 3.9GHz. I have not changed anything regarding processor settings in the BIOS. BIOS reports the chip is running at 2.9 GHz. I have set a custom power profile in wIN10, and Min and Max processor is set to 100%. Could that be the issue? Memory is rated 2666 is running fine with 64GB at 2666. System and processor temps are being reported around 35c, never passing 40c, so no issues with heat. I like this board as it has a lot of features, it just seems some things are not working as they should. I have been building PCs for over 25 years, so I am not new to this. My Build: Rosewill MicroATX mini tower Line M case AsRock Q370M Vpro Intel i5 9400 6 core @ 2.9 GHz Corsair SF 450 SFF 450 Watt Modular Power Supply 64 GB Crucial DDR4 2666 MHz RAM 2 X Intel 660p M.2 2280 2TB Nvme PCIe 3.0 x4 3 X Samsung 860 EVO 4 TB SATA III SSD LG 16X BluRay BDXL writer Creative SoundBlaster X AE-5 Creative Pebble V2 USB-C powered speakers VisionTek Radeon HD7750 2GB DP X 2 graphics 1 X 5 1/4" bay drawer Win 10 Pro 64 bit (I was using on-board video and sound options, but decided to get dedicated Video and sound cards)
Forget this if you have RAM and a hard drive.
Pros: I really love the look of this case and was looking forward to my new build of a smaller form factor PC. Along with this case I purchased an mATX Z270 MB, Core i7, 2 10 TB hard drives, 2 NVMe drives, a BD burner and a power supply. I am taking 64GB DDR 4, a 2 1/2 SSD, a 5 1/4 bay drawer and a USB 3 card reader from my old computer. Having gathered all components and ready to build, logically, it will work because there is a place for all this in the case. Boy was I wrong! This is the most difficult and poorly designed case I've ever encountered. I've been building my own PCs since the mid 90's and never had as much trouble. After fitting the CPU and cooler, 2 NVMe drives and my Corsair RAM on the motherboard, I set the motherboard in the case. That went in with no problem. It was nice the standoffs were already installed - one less thing for me to do. Put the BD drive in and realize I can only put one screw in each side. I removed the plastic drive things as I like to secure my components. Put the bay drawer in, again only 1 screw on each side. Why the hell don't the holes line up with the drive holes? This is an industry standard. Why are they different on this case? I put the card reader in, again the holes don't line up and I could only install a single screw at the right front. There are no other holes to place the other three screws. Now come the hard drives. Wait, no way! Where am I gonna put the hard drives? Nowhere! I can't install them because my RAM is in the way! It was my plan to put the 2 HDDs in the bottom of the drive bay and the SSD at the bottom of the case. It wasn't happening. And again, none of the holes line up for the hard drives. I can't even think about the mess that would be produced if I did manage to get all my components in and wire them up. I am so disappointed. I'm at the age now where downsizing makes sense, and I so wanted a smaller form factor PC that takes up less room. So now I sit here, typing this review on my iPhone because I have no computer, and I patiently await arrival of another PC case which is somewhat larger.
Cons: Pros: Nice looking (I mean I REALLY love the look of this case), front USB 2 AND 3, lightweight, front and rear fans, optional side fans. Cons: Very thin metal. Some of the inside metal around the 5 1/4 bays was bent when it arrived, non standard drive mounting holes, no cable management, must have RAM with no heat spreaders.
Overall Review: Final impression: This case is elegant, inexpensive and lightweight. It will work for a basic PC with only 1 hard drive as long as your RAM doesn't have heat spreaders. A huge disappointment to me.
Pros: No bloatware
Cons: Pop, crackle, crackle pop! Can only be used with all settings turned off.
Overall Review: This has to be the WORST soundcard I've ever used. I'm actually looking FORAWARD to trying out the on-board sound of my motherboard. I can use the card if the EQ and all other settings are turned off. Once I set the EQ, I get crackling, depending on how high the EQ sliders are set, the crackling gets worse. But if I try to use the karaoke settings, or the environmental setting, the sound is really unlistenable. I've never experienced this from any other sound card, but I've always used the other big audio card manufacturer previously. I would return the card, but I threw the box out.
Update to My Earlier Review - Nice Case!
Pros: Huge - Very Roomy Large Quiet Fans USB 2 / HD Audio on FRONT of Case 2 x USB3 Ports included in Front Bay Abundance of screws included, plus standoff lug to install case standoffs
Cons: Hard Drive Bays can be Tricky Tool-less design needs improvement (In my opinion) Was somewhat difficult to set up at first Motherboard standoff chart is incorrect Blue LED lights are far too bright
Overall Review: OK, I have updated my original review of this case. While I still feel the tool-less design could stand some improvement, I am able to live with it now. The hard drive trays were my main gripe because I could not get the hard drives installed properly and they got stuck halfway in. I realized that before placing the trays inside the drive bays, you need to make sure the pin/grommet is properly seated and no part is protruding. My problem was that originally, the pins were probably not properly aligned with the hard drive holes and sliding the trays into the bays caused the rubber grommets to catch on to the sides and become dislodged, making removal and insertion virtually impossible. Once I reset all the pins and grommets properly, sliding in and out was much easier, so this is no longer an issue with me. The 5 1/4 drive bays are now really the only issue because the snaps on the left side of the bays did not hold the drives securely, causing my BD burners to vibrate and rattle. I have removed the snaps completely and just securely placed screws in the drives from both sides and no more rattle. Incidentally, someone mentioned that installing optical drives leaves the grey metal exposed on the front sides of the case, showing grey metal in spots with the black case. They did include 6 black pads with the case, which you can press into place on the optical drives so that the metal does not show through. (I wish Newegg allowed us to respond to reviews so that we could comment directly to the original poster. I also wish we were able to update original reviews, instead of having to create new ones. This throws the ratings system out of whack.) The PCI snaps to hold cards in place do work well enough on their own. There is some wiggle room with installed PCI cards, but this should not be an issue as I will not be moving the case. It's just something to be aware of. But this makes adding and removing installed cards very simple. Other than that, the case is huge, quiet, and leaves plenty of room for installation and cables. I was worried when I bought my cooler, because it was huge and I feared that it would not fit because of the internal side fan, but after installation, there is about 1/2 inch clearance between the top of the cooler and the fan. After my initial disappointment, I have learned to appreciate this case for what it is. Now that I know what to expect, I would order this case again if the need arises. It looks very nice sitting on my desk, and thanks to the abundance of 5 1/4 inch bays, I was able to install 2 LG BD burners, 2 bay drawers, and a USB 3 SD card reader, along with the supplied 2 x USB3 bay included. So, contrary to my original review, I like this case very much.