Date Joined: 06/17/20
Pros: Enough RGB headers to light up a circus tent.
Enough fan headers for my uses.
Cons: Does not accommodate to RAM speed with manual adjustment even if on AMD list
No USB C header
No USB 3 header
Chipset fan sits millimeters under back of full length GPU
Misleadingly labelled as 8 channel audio
Overall Review: I revised this review after living with the motherboard now for a few weeks.
The mobo is strictly meh, ok for what it is but lacking a lot. Except for RAM issues its been stable enough.
It gets you the 570 chipset but not much else.
Like many things Ryzen getting "approved" RAM to run at its rated speed can be a no go with ASUS and the RAM vendor pointing fingers at each other. This is really an inherent AMD/Ryzen problem so not all on ASUS.
Mobo headers are limited, the lack of USB 3 and C is annoying.
The motherboard is not capable of 8 channel audio because there is no way to get 8 channel audio out of the thing. The audio ports are fixed at stereo/line out and mic in. ASUS says that 8 channel audio can gotten out of the motherboard header but admits there is no case or accessory device with this feature. So unless you are going to use an accessory audio processor, USB or PCIe, no surround sound from this thing.
Cons: Slow write times even for mechanical, read times are ok--obviously slow compared to 7200 rpm drives without having to run any benchmarks.
Overall Review: If you need to store/hoard large amounts of data without much ongoing I/O hopefully this thing will be reliable for enough years. Otherwise works about as expected.
Pros: Very clean appearance with all parts assembled
RGB is not at all garish
Accommodates tall air cooler
Seems like a 240mm AIO would not be any problem (don't have one)
Really quiet with 3 case fans, Wraith cooler and GPU at idle, not bad at full tilt either
Cons: Instruction manual competes with Ikea for obscurity
Best cable routing mandates modular power supply (but you can cram in the other kind)
There is a reason why most reviews show a setup without hard drives or the hard drive cage--not suited for those with big internal storage needs.
Overall Review: I've built a bunch of computers, usually in larger and more expensive cases but reviews of this BeQuiet intrigued me. The instruction manual is nearly useless, common to many cases, so once you start putting it together pause and think about efficient cable routing or you will never get the side panel back on; a modular power supply would be easiest to use. The case will accommodate two mechanical drives but the price is that you lose an area for wadding up excess cable. Although technically there are additional SSD mounts besides the two seen through the glass window (be careful taking it off and storing it) running cables there will be challenging.
When I pulled the case shell out of the carton I thought it would be a reverberating loud monster. I was wrong. With the three case fans, PSU, Wraith cooler and GPU at idle its quieter than a Fractal R5 sitting next to it. Of course that Fractal also has gobs of room for storage devices of every ilk.
I also thought I would probably end up disconnecting the RGB but so far I find it unobtrusive if not downright tasteful.
For the price I think this is a very good value but there are hard limits to how much storage you can realistically cram into this case.