Joined on 05/02/07
Patrick Coombe, Newegg user since 2007
basically same as 970 evo pro
Pros: I install a lot of drives, a hundred or so in the last year. this drive is extremely fast and in my opinion is basically the same as the 970 evo pro but for almost half the price. only a few edge cases where the evo beats this drive. stupid fast boot times and really fast file transfers. most of the time these drives are used on 3rd gen Ryzen systems to move and render files from an external device, to the NVME, then to NAS or HDD. pair this with a mobo with thunderbolt and you'll see some really nice external transfer speeds.
Cons: I can't think of any cons.
Overall Review: be sure to get the right motherboard if you want this to be the default boot. I prefer the Asrock B450 promotory. It plays very nice with this drive and never has any issues. Windows or Ubuntu installs in a few minutes.
-1 for newegg
Pros: Sorry I had to do this: I never received this product. Emailed newegg twice to ask what was going on after UPS said it was delivered, but no response.
Cons: I do not have my external hard drive to backup my data
Overall Review: I hate to leave a negative review for the product, but unfortunately it is the only way for me to be heard. I've bought probably over 100 products from newegg, furnished my business with computers from there, built several customs from there, bought gifts for xmas - I would expect more from them.
Excellent AM4 mini atx board
Pros: it lights up! Boots nicely with NVME and haven't gotten a bad board yet. Can't remember the last bad board I got from Asrock. Prob an h81. Has 4 ram slots which is nice for a mini atx board. The steel PCIe slot isn't just a gimmick, it really does help. RGB headers I haven't used but are nice.
Cons: backplate is a little flimsy, I hope all boards start using the integrated blackplate in 2020. Would like USB ports spaced out better for clunky USB devices, but that is an overall con for most a lot of boards.
Overall Review: stable board great for any AM4 user that doesn't want to go crazy with overclocking and likes RGB :)
Great for low budget rendering machines
Pros: I've always bought "last gen" products. When Ivy Bridge was a thing and everyone was going nuts, I was buying sandy bridge. Now everyone is up in arms about 3rd gen Ryzen. While I have purchased quite a few 3700s and 3700xs the 2700 is just a few steps behind in most of the applications in my environment. Does really well with encoding, archiving, compression, and rendering. Sure a TR would be much more suited for these needs but we aren't working with file sizes that big. AMD 2600 and 2700 are amazing chips for your buck, if you are on a budget or are just budget conscious like me and can sacrifice a few Hz you can't go wrong with this.
Cons: A lot of the neg reviews here are from system builders that don't know how to manage air flow or implement proper cooling. for the non-x version or X version stock, you can get away with the Wraith cooler but if you are going to be pushing the limits, put this under liquid and be very sure you have a lot of air moving through your case.
Overall Review: do your research and get some decent RAM. at least something like Corsair LPX. This board boots from NVME so do yourself a favor and use an NVME as your boot drive. My Go-To Mini-budget rendering machine: 2700x / Corsair LPX 32GB / HP EX 950 1TB / Asrock B450 Promontory / EVGA 1070ti or 1080 SC / Seasonic 750 Platinum
A must have for any PC builder
Pros: hard drives slide right in, 3.5's don't wiggle, nice and sturdy
Cons: doesn't toast bread?
Overall Review: I have a huge pile of old HDD's around, it would be nice to have one of these with the old IDE connectors but I suppose those are so old no one wants those right now