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Charles S.

Charles S.

Joined on 08/29/05

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Excellent motherboard

ASRock Z590 PRO4 LGA 1200 Intel Z590 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock Z590 PRO4 LGA 1200 Intel Z590 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Relatively easy to work with. Nice lights. Three m.2 slots. Windows 11 drivers readily available online. Plenty of fan connections.

Overall Review: This is my second review of this motherboard. My first review was only two stars, but I submitted it too soon and have since greatly changed my opinion. Unable to edit my first review, I simply chose to delete it and compose this one instead. My current build is this motherboard with a 10th generation Intel i5 processor and 16 gb of ram. For several months I have been using the machine and have encountered no issues whatsoever. The lights are very nice, and they can be turned off in the bios. The three m.2 slots were an immediate attraction for me but the first requires an 11th generation processor and a 4th generation drive, so that slot will need to wait until it is time to upgrade. The other two m.2 slots are functioning fine. For those who need multiple fan connections, this motherboard certainly has them. Overall, this has been a reliable motherboard for me and has shown me that ASRock makes a pretty good product for those of us who choose to assemble our own desktops. In fact, this purchase led me to purchase a Steel Legend ASRock motherboard for my other build. My review of that one is five stars as well. May your computing remain enjoyable.

Excellent product so far

ASRock Z590 STEEL LEGEND LGA 1200 Intel Z590 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock Z590 STEEL LEGEND LGA 1200 Intel Z590 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Easy to work with. Nice lights. Plenty of fan ports (for those fans of fans).

Cons: Windows 11 is not included as a bonus. It's not available as "Buy One Get One."

Overall Review: This motherboard is a replacement for a motherboard (from another manufacturer) that stubbornly refused to update to Windows 11. This motherboard has far more power and capability than I currently need, but you never know what you might get interested in down the line. It currently runs a Pentium Gold processor with 16 gb of ram, and the machine runs smoothly and reliably. With Windows 11 on a usb drive, getting everything set up was smooth and painless. The motherboard has three m.2 slots, which was part of the reason for my purchase. The first such slot requires a 4th generation drive and an 11th generation processor, neither of which I have currently, but that allows for updating down the road. The motherboard also has plenty of fan ports for those who need such access. If this motherboard is any indication, ASRock makes a nice product that is reasonably priced and that feeds our need to assemble our own machines. For years I have used motherboards of only one other manufacturer, but now I appreciate having branched off and found another reliable source. Choice is good.

Excellent product

GLOTRENDS M.2 PCIe NVMe 4.0/3.0 Adapter with 0.12 Inch Thick M.2 Heatsink for M.2 PCIe SSD (NVMe and AHCI), PCI-E GEN4 Full Speed, Desktop PC Installation (PA09-HS)
GLOTRENDS M.2 PCIe NVMe 4.0/3.0 Adapter with 0.12 Inch Thick M.2 Heatsink for M.2 PCIe SSD (NVMe and AHCI), PCI-E GEN4 Full Speed, Desktop PC Installation (PA09-HS)

Pros: Simple ti install. Works immediately without installing any extra drivers.

Cons: Could we change the red light to blue?

Overall Review: If you would like to install an extra m.2 drive but have no extra slot on the motherboard, this card is your answer. Simply install your m.2 drive on the card (screw included), install the card in the computer, plug the power cord back in, and turn on your machine. Away you go with extra m.2 storage that Windows recognizes without a hitch. The process could not be simpler and the card has a reasonable price.

Quietly illuminating

JONSBO CR1400 WHITE CPU Cooler H126mm , Air Cooling Tower Radiator , Desktop PC AM4/AM5 heatsink, 4 Copper Heatpipes for AMD /Intel LGA1200/115X , 92mm RGB Fan, Auto RGB Lighting on Top, White
JONSBO CR1400 WHITE CPU Cooler H126mm , Air Cooling Tower Radiator , Desktop PC AM4/AM5 heatsink, 4 Copper Heatpipes for AMD /Intel LGA1200/115X , 92mm RGB Fan, Auto RGB Lighting on Top, White

Pros: Fits the socket 1200 motherboard perfectly. Provides nice illumination while cooling the operation of the processor.

Cons: Does not install itself.

Overall Review: This cpu cooler fits nicely over a socket 1200 processor (Intel i5 10400) and provides excellent cooling according to Core Temp. Installation was simple and straightforward with no push pins involved. Instead the cooler is held in place by four screws, which is the only cooler configuration that I wish to deal with. It quietly and competently fulfills its duties and looks great in the process. It also comes with an adapter to use with AMD motherboards. The cooler looks nice in white with the colorful lights.

Quietly competent

AUKEY Mouse Pad, Gaming Mouse Mat with Smooth Surface, Non-Slip Rubber Base and Anti-Fraying Stitched Edges 13.7” x 9.8”-KM-P1
AUKEY Mouse Pad, Gaming Mouse Mat with Smooth Surface, Non-Slip Rubber Base and Anti-Fraying Stitched Edges 13.7” x 9.8”-KM-P1

Pros: The size enhances its usefulness. It stays where you put it. It comforts my mouse.

Cons: Searching for something to put under the mouse is no longer necessary. Wasn't that part of the normal routine?

Overall Review: No one wants a mouse pad that moves easily or one that is so small that the mouse constantly rides over the edge. This mouse pad overcomes both of these irregularities by providing adequate space to maneuver a mouse and by staying where you put it. This mouse pad also provides a nice surface for the mouse to do its thing and move smoothly, quietly, and reliably. It was such a practical purchase that I bought two of them, one for each of my desktops. This mouse pad is another useful Aukey product.

Excellent keyboard

AUKEY Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Customizable RGB Backlight, Tactile & Clicky Red Switches, 104-Key Anti-Ghosting Wired Keyboard with Surround Lighting, Steel Body for PC and Laptop KM-G12
AUKEY Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Customizable RGB Backlight, Tactile & Clicky Red Switches, 104-Key Anti-Ghosting Wired Keyboard with Surround Lighting, Steel Body for PC and Laptop KM-G12

Pros: The keys have a nice feel. The sound the keys make is nice to my ears, somewhat to my surprise. The lighting of the keyboard is outstanding. The keyboard feels spacious yet compact. The keyboard also has some weight to it.

Cons: It is not available as "Buy One Get One."

Overall Review: As a non-gamer, I purchased this keyboard for its lighting as an illuminated keyboard is often necessary. It provides more than adequate illumination and its keys make a welcome clicking sound after the soft and squishy ones of much more expensive keyboards. I have keyboards that cost nearly twice what this one did and they are not nearly as enjoyable to use. In addition, the keyboard has some weight to it. As a result it does not slide around with the least little bump as much lighter keyboards do. Overall, this was a good purchase for me and I appreciate its finer qualities.