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Richard E.

Richard E.

Joined on 09/06/12

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Ran at 3600

CORSAIR Dominator Platinum RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model CMT16GX4M2C3600C18
CORSAIR Dominator Platinum RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model CMT16GX4M2C3600C18

Pros: I have some much less expensive ram made by team that I really like, but it is 3200, but actually the computer with 64GB will run it 2800 comfortable, even a little higher. The Corsair Platinum will run 3600 at 1.35 volts right away. I am memtesting now and I do not expect any errors.

Cons: Really not a complaint, you get what you pay for, the Corsair Platinum was just twice the price as my 3200 team, but the team ram is 16-18-18-38 490 clocks, and the Corsair is 18--19-19-39 with more than 600 clocks. I think Corsair Ram(Platinum) is a luxury.

Overall Review: Recommended buy for a very nice running system.

Most Critical Review

My not understanding no VGA

XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card RX-460P4DFG5
XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card RX-460P4DFG5

Pros: 4 gb but not for a VGA

Cons: The DVI is a later version not what is called an analog, they don't tell you that.

Overall Review: Buy a card for your VGA monitors that does analog ,it could also do digital monitor but it must do analog. There are no adaptors in the box like the 9600GSO. I looked and down in the 2GB cards they are VGA compatable. me wishing for 4 gigs.

Needs some help to activate windows10. USE different LAN card ( i340-T2old lan card) VERY IMPORTANT

ASRock X399 Taichi sTR4 AMD X399 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard
ASRock X399 Taichi sTR4 AMD X399 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: I just bought from NewEgg another one of these that will not allow a review because it was öpen box"" . I got a Lotes socket China board and my first board is Foxcon from Vietnam and no problem. I found a 1950X for less than $200 from USA and the cpu was preety much new. The main problem with this platform is make the cpu and cooler surfaces meet flatley. I am now working on my second build of this platform and I sold my DDR5 setup, this computer is huge, DDR5 is whimpy. UPDATE HERE on Oct 11th, 2022. The motherboard and cpu after running for the months it took to get the silicon to stabilze actually did so. I have NO ERRORS in Prime95 at 3700MHz but I am running Corsair Platinum 3600 4 x 8Gb, the 4 x 16 team Ram might work but I have not tried it. This will probably threadrip the centurlink microsoft edge if I try raising it ti 4200MHz. This thing is rated up to 3600 ram (it might do it) and now that I sanded and properly flatend the cpu(Chinese $161 bucks 1920X) top the contact is being made in the center and with 2400 speed ram 4 x 32 of crucial ram, this computer moves large amounts of files very well. Also this board does MBR and GPT, as I do not like GPT or flash drives and that trendy stuff. I have a caviar Black 750. it is the end of the DDR4 era, may be time for you to buy a dinosaur, huge computer. I have a SuperMike 2 cpu with 128GB ram and this will be a good thing to have along with that, as the supermike is pretty cpu slow on the internet.

Cons: The computer began to fail, it was freezing. I took off the threadripper hestsink/fan thing they make and I saw the termal paste was not making even contact. I sanded the top of the cpu a lot and then just the two edges shortways until my straitedge showed no light coming through the middle where the dip was. Now it works. When you buy and install your cpu, check the levelness of the heatsink contact with the cpu, by looking at where the thermal paste made contact, make sure you have contact in the center where the real chip really is

Overall Review: I recommend as this is an AsRock and they are always cheaper in price but I got this working after a cpu/heatsink problem and it held up. The crucial ram may have played a big part in that , but the cpu top sanding was the main event.

As usual it is snappier than DDR4 platforms

Intel Core i7-12700KF - Core i7 12th Gen Alder Lake 12-Core (8P+4E) 3.6 GHz LGA 1700 125W Desktop Processor - BX8071512700KF
Intel Core i7-12700KF - Core i7 12th Gen Alder Lake 12-Core (8P+4E) 3.6 GHz LGA 1700 125W Desktop Processor - BX8071512700KF

Pros: It was choppy preety quick at first with Patriot DDR5 4800(2 x 8GB), a very basic very good RAM. After memtest my ram and turning this machine off and on for a few weeks and trying different spinning hard drives I bought an almost new 4GB western Digital with a 256mb cache. The new hard drive I think smoothed it out and the feel of the computer, response beats my X299 with Platinum 3600 ram. I will not have the move capacity I am guessing, but I am happy I am tring the new platform and keeping this one simple will help as my first small DDR4 broke part way when I plugged in the wrong vidio adaptor. Gone is the run away clock speeds that happened with new DDR4, the guys got this right. As alway, I notice, the just below the top of the line CPU is the best deal for the money. I did try a 12900K with the graphics chip and sold it to keep this one. Thoses graphics chips that are on cpu die I don't think will ever match a video card and I did not like the faster cpu if I used its onboard graphics chip, it was useless. The debt I incured on that cpu, which I sold, went to ram for picking up some old threadripper set up and another old X299.

Cons: None for quite a while I suspect. This little board will be little for at least a year as Raptor Lake will still fit this socket and in the past going to more channels on a motherboard means a bigger cpu socket too. I am guessing in about two to four years it is going to get huge with how many channels the average PC user can have.

Overall Review: I recommend this 12700KF with no graphics chip for the price over the 12900 , with or without the graphics chip. I have only 16GB (2 x 8GB patriot) of 4800 ram, but now the computer feels like a full enough computer for me to get around the internet on. I can try some inexpensive Oloy 5600 next when my two other boards get populated with some Team 3600. I do buy from NewEgg as they are the most releyable for returns when you get memory errors while performing memtest, quicker turn around.

Works very basicly

Patriot Signature Line 8GB 288-Pin PC RAM DDR5 4800 (PC5 38400) Desktop Memory Model PSD58G480041
Patriot Signature Line 8GB 288-Pin PC RAM DDR5 4800 (PC5 38400) Desktop Memory Model PSD58G480041

Pros: I was able to set the timings at specified, 40-40-40-77-2T and at 1.1 volts

Cons: none

Overall Review: These are a UDIMM and they did not have a kit of two at the time so I bought two seperate modules. They did what they were supposed to do without any problem and the price was a little more than the cheapest out there but I have had patriot bake a motherboard for me back when the X58 DDR3 came out and it was for free and worked excellent. I just decided to buy some of their ram. If there are any advantages , I do not know them as some ram is cheaper than this now. Some say earlier made chips are better.

I am P-Oed at the case makers, not this one

APEX A1 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
APEX A1 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: I will never trust any usb ports for being relyable, ever, usb is a an add on and often breaks down. optical drives are old and good, so I like at least two 5.25 bays, three would be better, but two is good.

Cons: None, this was inexpensive. I suppose I could ask for built in stantion rizers so you don't have to screw in your own, but so what. Thermal take had its own rizers, no brass things needed.

Overall Review: This was 67 bucks total for me and that was a good price, if there were other cheaper cases with 5.25 drives bays I would buy, but they are all trendy and sort of dumb, Jonney-come-lately cases for people with SSD hardrives and the their thumb drive usb sticks.