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Andrew J.

Andrew J.

Joined on 08/01/05

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Most Favorable Review

It coulda been a contendah!

Intel Core i5-10400 - Core i5 10th Gen Comet Lake 6-Core 2.9 GHz LGA 1200 65W Intel UHD Graphics 630 Desktop Processor - BX8070110400
Intel Core i5-10400 - Core i5 10th Gen Comet Lake 6-Core 2.9 GHz LGA 1200 65W Intel UHD Graphics 630 Desktop Processor - BX8070110400

Pros: Great budget gaming processor. With a Z490 board and faster memory you can make a decent 1440p machine when paired with a good GPU.

Cons: Intel still locks CPU's. I know this is just a throttled 10600 and they didn't want it to be on par with it's big (more expensive) brother, but still silly in a market where AMD releases all of its line-up unlocked.

Overall Review: Even paired with a non-Z board and lower latency memory, I think it is a great budget GAMING USE ONLY chip (3600 is the no brainer if you do any creator processing functions). That's why I bought it. I got it with a Z-board and 3200mhz CL16 memory (for future upgrade on RL unlocked i5 or i7) so it makes use of the faster memory clock and beats a R5 3600 in gaming capability.

10/21/2020
Most Critical Review

First Asrock to disappoint me.

ASRock Z690M-ITX/ax LGA 1700 Intel Z690 SATA 6Gb/s DDR4 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
ASRock Z690M-ITX/ax LGA 1700 Intel Z690 SATA 6Gb/s DDR4 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Looks great. Price is amazing for options on board UEFI is pretty good navigational wise

Cons: Buggy BIOS Mine would not post consistently Not guaranteed Windows 11 ready out of box. Had to update bios.

Overall Review: I normally use Asrock for budget friendly builds, this is the first to disappoint. RMA'd and went with an MSI replacement. I will try Asrock again possibly, but will be more cautious from now on.