Date Joined: 04/10/18
Pros: -easily overclocked my G.skill flareX ram to 3200
-good quality and easy installation
Cons: -no longer appears to be available
Overall Review: If you find this motherboard available and are in the market for an X370, you cant really go wrong with this board. It doesn't come with wifi, but I don't find that too surprising. When paired with my Ryzen 7, I was able to OC it pretty easily. No stability issues. I did struggle flashing the BIOS at first. It didn't seem to be recognizing the USB the first few times I tried. Could have been user error.
Really happy with this purchase.
Pros: -Very large with plenty of room for anything you want to throw in it
-LEDs on the side window look great and have several different modes.
-Five fans and plenty of ventilation
Cons: -wiring options are a little cramped in this one despite its size
-"instructions" were not great
Overall Review: Firstly, I love this case. It exceeded my expectations. It looks great and even though I mentioned wiring was a bit tricky in this one, I did manage to pull it off and it looks pretty slick. The detachable extra HD drive cage is a nice touch. My current GPU (R9 380) would've cleared it, but just barely. Seeing as the next thing on my list is a 1080 ti (once price comes down), the extra room is very well welcomed.
The one thing I struggled with was removing the top to install my liquid cooling radiator. There are actually two pegs in the back. Just push the outer most one in and apply a little pressure. It will pop right off. Besides that, there is plenty of extra hardware that comes with the product for mounting just about anything you want.
The product description also states that it supports up to a 240mm radiator. I easily mounted a 360mm in mine. Not sure if there was an unlisted update, but I was pleasantly surprised. I even read a review that stated "if you are looking for liquid cooling, look elsewhere." This perplexes me, as I had no problems. I had been expecting to be let down in this regard.
I have no issues with this chassis. All the USB and ports work and nothing is bent. Would buy again.
Pros: -great multithread performance
-compatibility and BIOS issues appear to have been fully resolved
Cons: -second generation Ryzen is available for very marginal cost increase
Overall Review: This processor rips through everything. I ran my Fx8350 Black for almost four years and it is still a very good chip, but it was time to move on. Timing was curious with the new Ryzen 2 coming out weeks after purchase. The new ones do not seem to cost much more and have slightly better numbers, as expected. I don't regret the purchase though. I wasn't really in a position to wait for the new gen to come out (MoBo needed to be replaced and there was no way I was purchasing an outdated socket type). Besides, how could you ever go three weeks without a rig? I would like have to talk to my family and stuff then!
Ryzen master is an easy way to Overclock this beast. I have a few issues with Ryzen Master, but nothing worth ranting about. Overall, unless you are doing some crazy high end enthusiast stuff or using your rig as a 3D modeling work station or something wild, this card will excel for you just fine for a few years.
But I would probably recommend buying the 2700 at this point.
Pros: -easily clocked to 3200
-no compatibility issues
Cons: -Price is still quite inflated
Overall Review: This ram is featured as compatible with Ryzen Processors, but to be more specific, it is pretty much made for Ryzen. As such, it tends to run a little more expensive than similar ram. Price inflation aside, it works as advertised. I easily clocked it to 3200 and away we went. No problems.
If you can wait, I recommend waiting a little while until ram prices come down in general.
Pros: -OC Ryzen 7 1800x doesn't get above 42C with this cooler.
-Looks great, top of the line RGB
Cons: -The instructions that come with this are garbage.
-Mounting screws seem to come loose easily.
Overall Review: This cooler is very efficient. I think the 360mm was a bit overkill for my setup, but I figured since my case fit a 360mm, no reason to save the $15 on a 240mm. The directions for installation are quite bad and very vague. Just look up the wiring directions online. There are quite a few youtube videos that will guide you along. The number switch seems needlessly confusing.
But overall the RBG on the fans looks great. They are down-facing in my rig so you cant really see them through the glass side panel, but they illuminate everything inside. There are over a dozen automated settings for the lights, from shifting colors to solid colors. It is all very easy to adjust using the software you download.
AOI coolers have a bad reputation for failing. But this particular model seems well constructed. I just wish the directions that came along with the product made sense. All in all a great cooler though. Would recommend.
sidenote: as noted, the screws that mount the fans to the radiator seem to come loose if lightly shaken or jarred. Not sure if this is specific to this product only, but it almost feels like the screws supplied are the wrong size??? I'm not sure. I just keep an eye on them. I've only had to tighten one up since installation.