Date Joined: 08/27/13
Pros: The board's bios must be upgraded to 3501 dated 4/8/21 to be usable. Failing that it frequently reboots on its own even if just sitting there and you must start your project from scratch. With the new bios it some times fails to start a program and then reboots saying wrongly it is overheated and you must go to bios and use F8 Key to reboot. I have another old Intel Asus that does this and if you check the net it is a common Asus problem. You have NOT overheated.
Aside from that works well in mild overclock. But no better than three cheaper AMD Asus Boards.
Cons: My other AMD Asus Boards have NEVER crashed at all unlike this one. ....i.e. TUF B450M-Plus Gaming and TUF GAMING X570-Plus and for a Threadripper CPU Prime TRX40-Pro with similar advanced features like the Crosshair VIII. You can load a lot of items onto the Crosshair 8 but they share so your speed goes down unlike with the TRX40-Pro but you know this.
Yes the several special features are nice but crashing when my $100 Asus board same 5850x CPU does not crash does not make me a happy camper.
Overall Review: I would buy one of the cheaper AMD Asus Boards that does not crash. I would consider a TRX40-Pro with same upmarket features the Crosshair 8 but sure you need a Threadripper CPU not a Ryzen 9.
Pros: I received in good order as a package 4 sticks of DDR 3600 at 16GB per stick. I had intended to receive F4-3600C16-16GTZNZ the operative being GTZNZ which I previously purchased for a new AMD motherboard.
The new memory performed poorly on another new AMD motherboard. I soon realized I had received F43600 C18-16GVK which was not as intended. This was an unintentional error!
In the short run an AMD program has allowed me to change timings so it sort of works.
I will need to return in due course for the correct memory.
( This memory went onto a mission critical Threadripper 3970X ).
Cons: None except I received by unintentional error memory with the wrong timing.
Overall Review: Newegg and G.Skill need to pay more attention to advising on the assorted timings of otherwise identical memory. On smaller batches they both do just that and I have had no problems with smaller size sticks in packages of two not four.
Pros: Solid and reliable product. Works well out of the box and can be hot swapped. Reasonable size.
( we try to only but these drives when we have hot swap SATA space available on a server ).
Been using Seagate almost exclusively for years. We love their new SSD Fire Cuda 520 twice the speed of Samsung and WD similar products.
Cons: Slow and short life compared to our Seagate SAS 3 12g/s drives used utilizing Raid. Warranty seems to be gibberish. But we all understand the rule. If they last a reasonable period thrown them away. Otherwise take up with Seagate. Transfer speed is slow. In fact I am moving data to this drive from an older drive same machine and it is taking 24 hours. this is not a complaint.
The following incident speaks volumes. I went to register this drive over the net. I keyed in the serial number when asked and was told there was no VALID drive and that New Egg had connned me.
New Egg gave me a number to call and we straightened it out.
Turns out you cannnot enter code as you see it...… i.e. cap letter using shift key space where the code has space and no shift key when there is a number. You are supposed to know that instead you put on the caplock so it is on as you enter any number and do NOT type a space where the serial number has a space. Would you have confidence in this hard drive manufacturer?
Overall Review: This is a great drive with many purposes. Bear in mind there are now fast Seagate SSD's and for massive storage there is Seagate SAS3 12 gb/s faster cheaper space more reliable used in hardware raid. Recommended.
Pros: Attractive Gold plated look and lights up. Top end ( for me ) at DDR 4000.
It is a pleasure to use my Asrock Z390 Pro4 with two sets of these babies.
Great performance and smooth as silk.
Cons: not every MB takes it. not every MB gives better performance than DDR 3600 or 3200. My Ryzen 9 MB takes it but superior performance with Skill's DDR 3600. My Q370M MB does not work with this memory. I ended up with only 32gbs instead of 64gbs. To get good performance you need two sets. One set gives disappointing results.
Overall Review: For some of the MB's that take it this is great memory but you need two sets!
For many MB's one set of 16 X 2 DDR 3200 or even DDR 3600 gives better results.
Where it does work it is spectacular.
Pros: This MB sells at a bargain price! Bought as I needed VPRO. Swapped CPU and hard drive to it from a Z370 Azrock board and it was immediately operational giving better performance than the old board. I then added VPro using the Control - P MEBX method as outlined by Intel. I can now start when turned off & also reprogram the VPro computer from another machine.
Cons: Intel needs to update its instruction sheet on installing VPro using MEBX &r Asrock should give instructions in its manual.
Overall Review: Will buy again when VPro needed.
Pros: Worked really well giving high performance for 5 hours and then totally died. Used in business setting. Returned it to Newegg.
New one worked really well for 2 months and then died but this time I had to return it to Asus. Never had to do that before with an Asus Board or for that matter any board other than once a working Server Board for a faulty header.
Cons: Asus warrantee staff wanted $130 for bent pins but I had immediately covered the CPU holder because I had already sent a server back with no cover and they wanted $35 to fix the bent pins so I knew all about that. Also $130 instead of a fair $35 set by another MB maker to end up with a used board not worth anything like $130 means that effectively you have no warranty. Instead of throwing away another $20 to send it back I should have just thrown it in the garbage and will do so next time an Asus MB I own fails. Time is money. I offered this Z370-G for free to my staff and no one wanted it as you do not want to build a rig with an unreliable MB. Instead of suing in small claims court under the lemon law I just wrote off the $200 against the many Asus boards that I have that are reliable. But I am certainly not going to buy any more expensive MB's from Asus as I see that their warrantee dept. and their warrantee are both useless and I would not want to write off $500 or $600 dollars by throwing an expensive Asus MB into the garbage. Time is money!
Overall Review: The Z370-G is unreliable and not in effect warranted. Do not purchase despite superior performance. There are other great Asus MB's out there. I am now using a $120 Asrock from Newegg and while performance is less it is RELIABLE.
Pros: I have 4 Asrock boards all performing well in a business environment. This new one is no exception. As long as you have in front of you a DVI to HDMI converter, a cheap video card, and a USB wireless device installation with Win 10 is a piece of cake. If you needed any of these items to complete leave machine on internet and in a few days it will self correct. On one piece of memory you will not achieve high CPU and MEM scores. I get with mild OC Passmark Scores of CPU 18,000 and Mem of 3500 and no heat issues. It is the high mem score that impresses me. It works well not only with the normal SSD but with large slow Hard Drive with / sans Optane with the Intel Rapid Storage System. Try it! Some more info: If you put in a WORKING gen 7 drive it will probably not give you a CPU score over 9,000 but will still be fast and snappy. To get 18,000 reformat. It is dangerous to put a drive you create with this MB onto another brand Z370 chipset MB and vice versa. Do not try UNLESS you did full back up and know how to purge the bios. I have ordered another Asrock MB and a I7-8700K cpu. No one paid me a penny for this write up! My Asrock MB comes out with scores as good as the more expensive boards on Passmark.
Cons: Slightly noisy even though using Asrock's A Tuning with an $8 fan unlike my Q270 i7-7700 installs which are noise free same fan.
You MUST download their A Tuning but Asrock makes it hard to find. It should be listed with the other utilities.
Overall Review: Try out your Optane or other M2 installations first with "go to" Administrative Prompt, then Diskpart then the command "list disk" to learn if the MB sees it. Will save a lot of time! This tip compliments of Intel.
Pros: For high level office use at a price and non Xeon I thought the best was i7-7700 with VPro which we heavily use. The best part of this new i7-8700K with VPRO! CPU is the superior yet again memory score. You can run this CPU all day long stressing it heavily at Passmark Scores of 18,000 CPU and memory score of 3500. No heat issues. Slightly noisy with $8.00 Intel fan.
On new install you can also besides the normal M2 drive try the Rapid Storage Technology with or sans Optane. You will be impressed if you need massive data storage! The built in graphics are also impressive.
I learned the hard way the following and pass it on: Have handy and sure you might not need them a USB Wireless Device, a device to convert your DVI to HDMI, and a cheap vid card. Leave the end product internet connected all the time for a day or two and it will self correct any of the above exceptions. If you install a working drive from another older CPU machine it might not give a high score but will run say at 9,000 instead of 18,000 until you reformat. It is dangerous to put the drive you create from scratch into another brand 370 chip machine and vice versa. Be warned, back up first and know how to purge the bios before you try that.
This CPU is a revolution and outperforms my two $1,000 chips that also run at 18,000! And gives my Xeon CPUs a hard time!
Cons: I am annoyed I have to wait for the Q370 chipset to use the built in VPro.
Overall Review: Fine as is. . I have already bought a second one. The I7-7700 is still ok at a deep discount say 50% of the i7-8700K.
Pros: works fine no issues.
Overall Review: Could be smaller.
Pros: You can install Intel's VPro which requires this MB Chip-set (Q270) and a VPro CPU. ( only certain I5's and i7's ).
Then you turn the machine on/off and access/modify the bios from another computer miles away.
Works well no issues. I used i7-7700. I also ran MB with low power G3920 but no VPro. Runs cool, stable wonderful.
Cons: While setting up you have to wait for Video to come on and often it does not and you have to turn machine on /off.
But yes fast and snappy once installation is finished. This is annoying but once set up is finished it not matter.
Super Doctor 5, impressive, stopped working. I gave up and used "SpeedFan". I have this with other SM Xeon Boards. They stop seeing localhost 8181. On my SM E3 board I use all 3 pci slots. On my e5 Board if I used an NVidia normal video card one slot is masked so you have two but I get around this by using a thin NVidia Quadro which does NOT mask but is expensive. On this Q270 machine I need to use regular Video Cd so lose an important slot. SM should be shot for the poor design!
Overall Review: Would recommend ONLY if you need VPro. I used it for testing also with a G3290 low power CPU and it was impressive but you would be better off with a cheaper ASRock H270M-itx/ac with more features and a fan control that works well all the time.
Stop Press! Said to take 3200 memory. I have 2400 but have ordered 3200 from Newegg to test!
Pros: quiet, passes all stress tests, no heat issues. Support was most helpful.
NOTE way too slow on new Kaby Lake H270M-ITX/AC ! Might be too slow all Gen 7. Caution!
We have returned the drive. Thank you Newegg!
Cons: Way too slow only 75. I worked with most helpful support but they could not get it to 150 which they claim is the normal speed.
Overall Review: You are probably better off buying the normal Seagate at 30% cheaper and if you need speed do raid 0 on a pair.
Only buy this very slow baby ( at least on my system ) if you can return it if too slow for your tastes on your system.
Pros: Once installed ( & that's the issue ) was very fast with two new Sata 3.0 drives. A new win 7 64 bit installation went very quickly with this card.
We stressed the installed system and got not one hiccup.
PCPitstop put the Raid 0 array in the top 1%.
Cons: You need a magnifying glass to read pamphlet. The instructions give the wrong paths to the drivers. By trial and error we found the correct paths but neither the raid 0 or the sata 3.0 driver worked. ( they would not install ). 64 bit win told me it had better drivers and was not going to install these garbage drivers!!
Fortunately a link was given to a 3rd party web site along with a download code. On first try these drivers did not work either. However just before putting in our RMA we tried again. They must have just put up new drivers. This time a faultless install and blinding speed.
So that's it! If you are able to get installable drivers it functions very well!
Pros: Unlike others I had no difficulty of any sort. Additionally we tortured the drive and could not even get it to hicup once! It did an original installation of Win 7 32 bit Ultimate very quickly. It certainly got a great score from both PCPitstop and the windows 7 rating system. I got this drive for its great seek times.
Cons: At the same time we installed on the same computer as an alternate boot ( this time win 7 ultimate 64 bit ) two brand new large SATA 3 high performance drives. We had to buy a SATA 3 controller card. This Raid 0 pair was much faster yet again than the single SSD!
Overall Review: To properly evaluate this drive I need to buy a second one and test on my raid controller.
Pros: Great case, lots of fans, lots of cooling, looks awesome. No complaints.
Cons: Antec robbed me on the rebate even though I did it perfectly, no idea why.
Overall Review: I see now that the rebates gone and the price is lower, go ahead and get it.
Pros: It survived going through the washer! Worked great for a while but then suddenly died after I fell on my pocket. Crosnair, honoring their guarantee, send me a brand new shiny one in the case and everything. They've secured me as a customer.
Overall Review: I got the 2GB version which is the same.
Pros: Very quiet, efficient, I love saving energy.
Cons: Price, but I got it with a 30$ rebate.
Pros: Decent bang for buck, a great deal.
Cons: IT DOESN'T COME WITH ANY FAN OR HEATSYNC. It has it written on the box in small writing, I don't see why they couldn't of made it OEM, its just a box with a processor in it. I wish they made it more clear.
Pros: Works great, nice board.
Cons: The default realtek network drivers didn't work right in XP. Installed Vista and they worked.
Pros: G.SKILL is now a trusted name in my book
Pros: Looks awesome, great bang for buck.
Pros: Works great, Western Digital does it again.
Pros: This cooler was easy to install, even had thermal paste on it already. Cool temperatures, much better then stock. Rosewill does it again.
Pros: The freedom of how you commit your hits is the greatest feature of the serious. Each mission is completley non-linear and you have freedom to commit your hit anyway you want. The graphics are excellent. The game is WAY better then most 60$ brand new games, so for $5.99, its now a complete steal. Any gamer should order this.
Cons: Can be beaten start to finish in a couple of hours, but the replay value is excellent.
Overall Review: Order this, now, and get ready for Hitman 5 coming in 2009.
Pros: I can't recommend BFGTech enough, they have given me replacement cards twice over the years, and both times I got a brand new card back within 6 days of sending it in. Their lifetime warranty is real and I can't recommend them enough. When you buy video cards, go BFGTech.
Overall Review: I'll never buy from another video card maker.
Pros: Great product. It makes my comp fly compared to the old 430 coolmaster psu. Seems to be a lot faster like its been lacking the juice it needs.
Cons: None yet
Overall Review: My computer was rendered dead for the majority of the night after hooking this up. The monitor LED would come on, but the machine wouldn't start. Three hours after giving up, I decided to attach the power cord that came with this PSU instead of being and lazy using my old one. The cord did the trick, and it started right up. This was my fault though, so be smart and update the power cord.