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Arden C.

Arden C.

Joined on 11/11/18

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Most Favorable Review

Great board with a couple quirks

ASUS ROG STRIX B550-I GAMING AM4 AMD B550 SATA 6Gb/s Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
ASUS ROG STRIX B550-I GAMING AM4 AMD B550 SATA 6Gb/s Mini ITX AMD Motherboard

Pros: -Vrms have no trouble with an enhanced 3900x -Silent vrm fan (I've never heard it turn on) -Easy to use bios -Troubleshooting leds were a LIFESAVER (I'll never buy a board without them) -No memory issues (32GB at 3200MHz cl16)

Cons: -Onboard audio driver conflicts with userbenchmark, so you cant use that for troubleshooting (until realtek works out the issue anyway) -Chonky non-magnetic wifi antenna (works fine, just looks and feels cheap) -TIGHT m.2 screws (only an issue if you try to install m.2 inside the case) -Most included software utilities are pretty useless, but that's news to nobody IMPORTANT WARNING -used the gen3 pcie riser that came with my case (Phanteks shift air) and a 5600xt. The board does not post in this configuration. Needed to use an rx580 to get into bios and change the main pcie slot to gen 3 speed from "auto". Updating the bios brought the no post issue back so I had to grab the rx580 again. This isn't really an issue with the board, but it would be really helpful if future motherboards would try connecting to the gpu at gen3 speed after failing to do so at gen4 speed.

Overall Review: I recommend this board only if you are using a non-sandwich style case (without any PCIe riser cables.) Not everyone has an old gpu lying around, and PCIe4 does not have the same signal integrity that gen3 had. Only use certified gen4 riser cables with this board.

Most Critical Review

Several headaches later...

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv Shift Air mini-ITX Case, Mesh Fabric Side Panels, Aluminum Panels, RGB Controller, Anthracite Grey
Phanteks Enthoo Evolv Shift Air mini-ITX Case, Mesh Fabric Side Panels, Aluminum Panels, RGB Controller, Anthracite Grey

Pros: -Looks snazzy -Feels solid -non-fingerprint materials -all the airflow -good rgb support -Reversible gpu bracket looks great with the gpu fans facing out -easy cable management -you can fit a shadow rock LP into this (it's a tight fit)

Cons: -Power button pcb was dead on arrival but they're sending a new one. -Riser cable causes system not to post when an rx 5000 card is installed. needed an old graphics card to get into bios and set the gpu slot to gen3 speed. -one of the side panels is just a tiny tiny tiny bit taller than the other -my cpu power cable (corsair sf450) barely reaches the plug on the motherboard so i had to run it diagonally behind the motherboard. The riser cable and the cpu power are sandwiched between the motherboard and the graphics card back-plate -you can only mount the gpu facing out if it doesn't overlap with the power supply in length -Included fan is non-pwm

Overall Review: Not the easiest

Does the job

Corsair Force MP510 M.2 2280 240GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.3 3D TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F240GBMP510
Corsair Force MP510 M.2 2280 240GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.3 3D TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F240GBMP510

Pros: -Hit advertised speeds out of box (240GB) -Reliable so far

Cons: -sequential reads drop down to 1000MB/s from 3000MB/s when you start actually filling the drive (past 40% or so) -hwinfo seems to be estimating a roughy 6-year lifespan at the rate I'm using it. Not

Overall Review: Good not great, spend more for Samsung prolly

good not great

GIGABYTE Radeon RX 5600 XT WINDFORCE OC 6G Graphics Card, 2 x WINDFORCE Fans, 6GB 192-Bit GDDR6, GV-R56XTWF2OC-6GD Video Card
GIGABYTE Radeon RX 5600 XT WINDFORCE OC 6G Graphics Card, 2 x WINDFORCE Fans, 6GB 192-Bit GDDR6, GV-R56XTWF2OC-6GD Video Card

Pros: -It works as advertised -good ports -looks nice enough -0rpm mode when idle -compact

Cons: -Had trouble updating to the 14gbs vbios, so I'm getting slightly lower than average performance -Quite hot on default fan profile, quite loud if you want it to run below 75C -fan noise is rather high pitched -Plastic backplate

Overall Review: try to find another rx5600xt if you can