Joined on 09/27/19
AMD is back again
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!
Died after 2 months of very limited usage
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.
Does what it says on the box
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
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.
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
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.