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John N.

John N.

Joined on 09/27/19

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Most Favorable Review

AMD is back again

AMD Ryzen 7 3rd Gen - RYZEN 7 3700X Matisse (Zen 2) 8-Core 3.6 GHz (4.4 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 65W 100-100000071BOX Desktop Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 3rd Gen - RYZEN 7 3700X Matisse (Zen 2) 8-Core 3.6 GHz (4.4 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 65W 100-100000071BOX Desktop Processor

Pros: Price Speed Familiarity

Cons: none yet

Overall Review: About every 10 years I get the itch to build a desktop from parts. From 1Ghz AMD Thunderbirds to my last build using an AMD Phenom II black edition, I have been using AMD CPU's for my desktop builds. They just work and have so far each lasted 10 years of overclocked 24/7 ontime usage. This new Ryzen 7 3700X is almost on par with my Intel I9 9900 that I have in an Area51 Laptop. It actually beats it in Cinebench R20. This thing is flying through my video encoding and staying quite cool with a Corsair 115I AIO liquid cooler. I was going to use the included wraith prism cooler as it gets good reviews, but my ram is too tall and too close to it. I am glad to see AMD back competitively with Intel. This is good for all of us!

Most Critical Review

Died after 2 months of very limited usage

Seasonic S12III 650 SSR-650GB3 650W 80+ Bronze, ATX12V & EPS12V, Direct Output, Smart & Silent Fan Control, 5 yr Warranty Power Supply
Seasonic S12III 650 SSR-650GB3 650W 80+ Bronze, ATX12V & EPS12V, Direct Output, Smart & Silent Fan Control, 5 yr Warranty Power Supply

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Cheap

Overall Review: I left a favorable review at first but not now. Now to deal with RMA headaches and hope this thing didn't take out anything else. Seasonic is supposed to be a good brand, but I can not recommend any longer.

12/11/2019

Does what it says on the box

ASUS AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi) ATX Motherboard with PCIe 4.0, Dual M.2, 12+2 with Dr. MOS Power Stage, HDMI, DP, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.2 Gen 2 and Aura Sync RGB Lighting
ASUS AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi) ATX Motherboard with PCIe 4.0, Dual M.2, 12+2 with Dr. MOS Power Stage, HDMI, DP, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.2 Gen 2 and Aura Sync RGB Lighting

Pros: X570 at a good price Built in WIFI is plenty fast looks cool

Cons: Only the ones I already knew about from research (no USB C header, PCB fan being covered by graphics card)

Overall Review: If you can live with Realtek networking and dont care about a bunch of RGB disco lights everywhere. this is a sweet spot for X570 price/performance. Supports my Ryzen 7 3700X right out of the box. The BIOS works well and mouse support within it works. It has an AIO Pump header which is a bonus. The WIFI has great signal strength and connects at full speeds for me, something my old PCI WIFI cards did not usually do. I initially couldn't find the standoffs for the M.2 drives, but they were in a separate bag in the box. I chose ASUS again because so far they have lasted me many years. my 10 year old ASUS board running a phenom II is still going but some of the caps are probably failing and it fails to post sometimes. Hoping this board makes it that long even though I know the PCB fan wont.

Fast and priced right

OLOy WarHawk RGB  DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin Intel/AMD Ready Desktop Memory Model MD4U083618BCDA
OLOy WarHawk RGB DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin Intel/AMD Ready Desktop Memory Model MD4U083618BCDA

Pros: Fast as advertised Neat looking heatsinks and RGB

Cons: a bit tall depending on your build

Overall Review: These are priced well for the speed and amount of ram. They are working as advertised in my Ryzen 7 3700X build on a Tuf Gaming X570 Mobo. I am using an AIO water cooler, but depending on your build you could have an issue with interfering with a larger air CPU cooler due to the height of these things. The RGB is not a selling point for me, but it does sync the sticks together and is able to be controlled/synced easily. Hoping they last a long time.

Fast!

SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS M.2 2280 500GB PCIe Gen 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.3 V-NAND 3-bit MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V7S500B/AM
SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS M.2 2280 500GB PCIe Gen 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.3 V-NAND 3-bit MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V7S500B/AM

Pros: This thing is FAST! A name I usually can trust with SSD storage

Cons: did not come with a little screw like the cheaper SSD based M.2 drives I bought, but this is a minor con

Overall Review: I have only had experience with standard SSD's, MSATA and other such storages that top out at around 500mbps. But this NVME drive is a whole new world of fast. FWIW, I am using it under the heatsink plate on an ASUS Tuf X570 board and it formatted and installed windows faster than anything I have ever seen. Hopefully this lasts as long as some of my older SLC SSD's

Works well on my Ryzen 7 3700X

Corsair Hydro Series, H115i PRO RGB, 280mm. Dual 140mm ML PWM Fans, Advanced RGB Lighting & Fan Control w/ Software. Liquid CPU Cooler. CW-9060032-WW. Support: Intel LGA 1200, 2066, AMD AM4.
Corsair Hydro Series, H115i PRO RGB, 280mm. Dual 140mm ML PWM Fans, Advanced RGB Lighting & Fan Control w/ Software. Liquid CPU Cooler. CW-9060032-WW. Support: Intel LGA 1200, 2066, AMD AM4.

Pros: Came with super quiet mag Lev fans Had all parts needed for AMD mount Quiet pump Cold CPU temps!

Cons: Fans are a bit thicker in the shroud than other 280 fans I have had. No big deal really.

Overall Review: This is my first AIO. I have been building and playing with computers for over 20 years and just never went with water. However with this build I wanted maximum quiet and with this cooler I have it. It did require grinding some plastic off a few tabs on my cheap SAMA case front panel so it would fit over the giant fans, but that's what you get with some DIY PC builds. The software is much improved over what my old Corsair Strafe keyboard came with. My Ryzen 7 3700X under mixed use has stayed between 36 to 45c and been inaudible.