Joined on 02/24/17
Amazing, Beautiful Motherboard in every respect.
Pros: Its beautifully built, and it just ooozes High-Quality. This board accepts and will run 64GB of G.Skill's 3200Mhz TridentZ RAM. It even accepts none supported ram from intel X99 platform. Dual Bios is a nice feature, along with a Post code readout and Post Stage LEDs, very nice.
Cons: -currently ram speed profiles like XMP is still a bit limited and may default down to JADEC 2133/4200 depending on the kit. -Ryzen OEM vendor RAM support is still limited at the moment, but updated are coming in almost everyday. -Check GigaBytes Ram Support List (which is better than "some" other OEMs. -If u want to run fastest ram out of the box u may need to wait a couple of months for bios updates.
Overall Review: SUPERB, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! If you are a content creator, and do Rendering/Video Compositing/Transcoding or Run VMs, than this may be your "Diamond in the Rough", this board has amazing Quality everywhere. I originally ordered an Asus Prime x370pro, but it arrived DOA, it would not post, it would not boot, it wouldn't even power on, all that it did was to flash its decorative LED lights on the side, (this is not the first time i had problems with Asus by the way), never having a Gigabyte product before I took a bit of a gamble, but i heard good things from people (i had MSI board before). I love the understated look of this board and the features on it are excellent. It took my High Performance intel X99 64GB TridentZ kit no problem, it set them to default 2133 JADEC spec but that's fine as im not doing much gaming anyway (BIOS updates are coming in fast tho, so this should be temporary). I went over a lot of reviews, but no one ever showed any board with 64GB in it, so i had to do it myself, and Im glad i did. Once i hooked everything up to test it came on, on the first try. I tried a few different SSD and they are all good to go (Samsung 960pro 1TB NVMe, Samsung960evo 500GB, Samsung 840pro 256, kingstone240, OCZ Vertex4 128.) If your apprehensive than wait 2-3 months and check bios update support before buying any AM4 board. But if you want out of the gate great piece of tech, than this should be on the top of your list, along with the other gigabyte board and MSIs offerings.
Asus Prime x370 D.O.A. =(
Pros: * good layout * excellent price *Aura RGB built into the PCB
Cons: * No Post LEDs * No post Readout * No post speaker * iffy quality * poor memory support * fragile
Overall Review: This was my first choice for the new ryZen processor high end build on a budget. However it disappointed greatly from the start. It arrived D.O.A., yap Dead On Arrival. When powered only the RGb aura light strip turned on. Fans failed to turn on, it did not post to BIOS ever no matter what I tried. Cycling Ram through each connector did not do anything. Finally I RMAed it and Ordered a gigabyte Aorus gaming k7 wich worked perfectly on the first try. My Recommendation: Spend an extra $50-100 and save yourself the headaches. (possibly step up to the higher end model)
One of the Best
Pros: * Fast * Highly Compatible ( including AM4 gigabyte) * High Quality materials & construction * OC headroom * Great performance / dollar ratio
Cons: * slightly higher price than other kits ( Quality and OC more than makes up for it )
Overall Review: This is one of the best ram on sale today (along with Ripjaws series). Bought this ram for my new RyZen build and it works like a charm. R7 1700X on Aorus K7 mobo boots perfect (super stable with the right settings) On "F2" BIOS (GB-A K7): 64GB this runs @2133mhz (F2 BIOS limitation) cl11 timings. 64GB this runs @2400mhz (F2 BIOS) cl12 timings. 64GB this runs @2600mhz (F2 BIOS) cl13 timings - 38.7GB/s bandwidth. 32GB (2 sticks) on same bios runs @ 3100mhz (F2 BIOS) cl17 timings - 44.5GB/s. ********************** UPDATED *********************** On "F4" BIOS AGESA 1.006 (GB-A K7): 64GB now runs @3200mhz cl15 timings - 46 to 47GB/s bandwidth. 64GB now runs @3300mhz cl18 timings - 48GB/s bandwidth. 64GB now runs @3333mhz cl19 timings - 48.5GB/s bandwidth. This kit is Dual-Rank based on SK-Hynix ICs. At lower speed the tight timings are really good for such a large kit. I've owned 4 kits now 2 ripjaws and 2 tridents, and they all OC beyond what other kits i've seen are capable of. In some instances if you win the silicon lottery u will be able to OC a kit by 30-35% above its rated specs, though 15-20% appears to be the norm.
An amazing CPU.
Pros: * Fast * Excellent Price for performance (all ryzen models) * Stock on par with i7-6900K at around $1400Can * in OC its at the door of i7-6950X 10core selling for $2100Can+ * runs relatively cool for the amount of cores * performance will get even better with updated chip-set drivers
Cons: * Not a big overclocker ( not that it matters)
Overall Review: This ryzen 8 core series is easily the best CPU to be released in the last 10years+