Date Joined: 03/08/17
Pros: - Awesome switches, very tactile and feel great.
- Sounds great!
- Build quality seems really good. Feels solid and well made.
- Textured spacebar is a really nice touch.
- Extra buttons are nice.
Cons: - The iCUE software is really, really bad. Fortunately, you don't need to run it if you don't care about not having the keys lit.
Overall Review: Overall, this is a great keyboard. Feels and sounds fantastic, great tactile MX-blue keys. It's well made, the layout is good, the extra buttons are minimal and useful (and of good quality), and I love the textured spacebar key (it's a new thing for me, and I like the feel of it).
The only downside is the horrible config software (iCUE). Every single manufacturer out there forces users to use terrible config software, so it's nothing new. It's better than the Logitech horrorfest, and the keyboard is better than the Logitech MX-blue alternative I had for 3 months before the switches started breaking down. But it's still pretty awful.
Pros: - Great features and functionality
- Great layout, looks good.
- I actually have enough USB slots in the back now.
- And USB-C as well!
- Great software, the automatic driver/support software install is really good.
- BIOS software is responsive, intuitive, and really solid.
- BIOS update process was amazingly easy.
- Asus support is phenomenally good.
Cons: - None yet.
Overall Review: I was thrilled to get my new Threadripper up and running (3970X). It took a while (first AIO was DOA) but I finally got it working. And it’s a beast!
However, the journey to beast-ness was a bumpy ride, mostly caused by the AIO which decided the coolant temp was -7 degrees Celsius when the CPU was at 100% load, and promptly shut off the fans and pumps and let the CPU shut itself down at 95 degrees.
I replaced that with a Noctua air cooler, which is astoundingly good, and keeps things nice at cool with almost no audible noise, and also fit really well on this board. With that in place I got everything set up, moved my good GPU over from my soon-to-be-retired old desktop, and... it was dead. Lights on the MB, but no post, no errors, nothing.
Naturally, I assumed the MB was dead, and reached out to Asus support for assistance. They responded within 24 hours (impressive in these covid times), and the response was amazingly detailed, covered every base, and actually directed me to the real problem very quickly (a bad PSU cable connected to one of the drives).
All in all, this motherboard was an excellent investment - great drivers, software, the instructions were solid, and their tech support was pretty much the best I've experienced in this space to date.
I can't recommend this hardware, and this manufacturer, enough. Asus (and Yannick E. in Asus support), you've earned yourselves a lifetime customer.
Pros: - Worked flawlessly first time.
- Looks nice.
- Customize the colors! I have it switching colors to reflect CPU temp. Pretty darned cool.
- So. Much. Memory.
Cons: - iCUE is absolutely awful. Fortunately I don't ever have to interact with it now things are set up, but wow. Dropped one star because of the awful, awful software.
Overall Review: I bought 2 sets of these, for a grand total of 128GB of RAM on my Threadripper 3970x. Easily set up at 3200, super stable, keeps cool, and I have more memory than I could possibly need.
Pros: - I can't think of any. Looks nice?
Cons: - Doesn't function, at all.
Overall Review: Just doesn't work. Idle CPU temps on my 3970X are 75C within a few minutes, eventually shutting down due to CPU overheat. I can't get their software to work or see any of the devices despite hours trying, and the pump and fans are all at minimum speeds as far as I can see.
Update: I managed to force-update the firmware (it was stuck in a firmware update cycle), which almost helped. It managed to keep the 3970x at around 80C package temp for 10 minutes at full load, before the LEDs started flashing red, it decided the cooler temp was -7 degrees C, and switched off the pump and fans. The CPU then rapidly hit 95C, and the system shut down.
I suspect this might be because the unit shipped only half-full of fluid, and air bubbles messed with its censors - or a bad connection for the thermal sensor, or maybe the software driving it is as utterly awful as the iCUE UI.
I RMA'd this unit, bought a Noctua air cooler, and now I'm seeing consistent 65C package temps under full load, with absolutely zero noise. Literally the *only* downside of the Noctua is the fan overlaps the closest RAM slot, so I can only use 4 of the 8 available, but I have no plans to use the second 8 anyway. The big upside is I'm not going to be worrying about bad software frying my spendy CPU, or liquid leaking all over my case. Definitely not doing another Corsair AIO any time soon.
Pros: - Lightweight.
Cons: - Terrible build quality. I've spent the best part of an hour trying to get the motherboard I/O shield installed (you know, the easy part that usually takes 30 seconds). It won't fit, because the case isn't built with any level of precision.
- Poor cable management - fitting the power supply + cables was a nightmare.
Overall Review: You get what you pay for. Don't buy this. Save up and spend a little extra, and get something that is not awful.
Pros: - Gorgeous layout. Made it a breeze to make a clean and tidy setup inside without cables hindering airflow.
- Nice looking, solid case. Not over-the-top, looks like a solid, quality PC.
- Plenty of room for everything.
- Really nice cable management on the backside of the case (lots of anchor-points for cables, etc)
Cons: - The hard-drive cage is flimsy and was slightly warped in mine. Not a huge deal - everything still fit, it's just a bit curved. Not really noticeable when the cover's on.
- The SSD mounts are a bit cramped and not super-practical when you're running cables around the back. They're also cheap plastic and flimsy.
Overall Review: Love this case - up until now I've been using Antec cases but I found the layout and quality of this case to be superior.