Date Joined: 03/27/06
Pros: Easy setup.
Comes with thermal paste pre-applicated.
Cons: It's horribly underrated...
Overall Review: Though everyone seems to talk about the Ryzen 5 1600X, I think there is much to be said for the 1500X. 4 cores(8 logical) and a range of 3.5 to 3.7ghz, for the person not looking to drop a fortune on an awesome PC, this is your processor. Thrilled to death with the performance and have yet to run across anything that trips it up.
Pros: Great packaging.
Responsive Customer Service.
Cons: None that I can find.
Overall Review: Wasn't sure if this RAM was going to work with the ASUS Prime B350-Plus MB I was thinking of purchasing, but upon tapping one of the G-Skill Customer Service reps, I was told it would work without issue...and it does! Bought 8GB, will come back for another 8GB!
Pros: Documentation in the manual was more than adequate.
Easy setup, even for someone like myself who hasn't really built many PCs from the ground up.
Seems like a solid build, not sure what these complaints are about "bending" boards and whatnot.
BIOS updates are quick and easy.
Cons: The back panel metal "shield" was a little bit of a hassle, but fit well after a little bit of work.
RAM ports can be potentially a *little* close to the CPU heatsink, depending, of course, on your heatsink(the one that came with my Ryzen 1500X is).
Overall Review: All in all, I just haven't experienced virtually any of the major complaints about this board. No blue-screens in Windows 10, no Ram stick issues, no "flimsy" board, bad SATA ports, freezes, etc. When I purchased the board, I was off about three BIOS updates and everything still worked well...updated to the latest BIOS update just for kicks, and...well, everything still works well. All in all, I am quite satisfied with the board, the Ryzen 5 1500X I put on it and the G-Skill RAM. About the only downside to any of it was that the free gift(Everspace) promotion had ended, so even though it was said I'd get it for free, I didn't(not a big deal, just...you know).
Pros: Incredibly small size, allows for high-speed wired and wireless access, SD Micro port and USB slot...it's the top of the line Roku unit and it shows. I was blown away with the amount of content offered through the unit, and now knowing about adding "private" channels it just keeps getting better. Streaming video from the PC with apps like Plex is super easy and actually better than using the USB port for a lot of formats. The remote is one of my favorite bits, with that headphone jack built in to it. That, to me, is just plain awesome! It doesn't quite beat having a full-fledged HTPC, but if you're just looking for something simple to use, that just plain works...this is it. I highly recommend it in general, but especially for those who have to deal with the non-techie-like types.
Cons: I've bought quite a few refurbs in my day, and for the most part they all look virtually new. Plastic protection stickies, overall condition, batteries, etc, etc. but this is clearly a *USED* item. The Roku 3 unit itself is scratched up, the cleaning agent they used on the remote was never wiped off so it left these spots all over it, the batteries were near-dead and the manuals were all bent up. Now, I don't know who is to blame for it...it's a Roku thing, or New Egg thing, but it's definitely not "refurbished" as the title had stated. Fortunately, unlike a lot of other customers, I seemed to get all of the right pieces(AC adapter and remote were for the Roku 3, not Roku 2 or some other model), and I was able to wipe down the unit and remote to clean them up a small bit. Had I not of received a hefty $30 off the price(due to the sale and promo code) I would definitely have returned the item.