Date Joined: 05/23/17
Pros: Love the minimal RGB. Works with or without an RGB 5v addressable motherboard
Surprisingly solid construction for the price point ($59 when I bought it)
Amazing cable management. LOTS of room behind the motherboard tray
Love the basement for hiding your "work."
TG is clear, not tinted, so you can actually see inside.
Magnetic dust filter on top
Cons: You can only connect SATA cables to HDD's from front, which is odd, but not a big deal.
No reset button...but I really don't care.
Overall Review: If this case is under $70, buy it...like now. You won't regret it.
Pros: Exceptional thermal performance, for the price. Triple the amount of TIM as TG Kryo, for same price, with equal performance.
Spreader comes in handy
Not electrically conductive, so you can squirt this stuff anywhere without worrying if you used too much
Thin enough to spread, and doesn't crack or dry out like most pastes
Overall Review: This is literally the only thermal paste (compound) I buy now. Best bang for your buck on the market.
Pros: Solid power delivery
3 yr warranty
All black cabling
Silent operation. Can't hear the fan at all.
Higher power ratings than previous version (450BT)
Small footprint for standard PSU
Overall Review: Got on sale for $29 & also got a $10 rebate from EVGA = Only $20 for a great 80+ certified PSU, from a trusted company!
Pros: It's a great SSD for the price. It's not as fast as something like a Samsung Evo, but it's plenty fast as a boot drive.
Overall Review: I would highly recommend this, if it's still selling for $20. If it cost any more than that, you may as well get a 240gb SSD.
Pros: They were cheap
Cons: You get what you pay for.
Overall Review: Would not recommend
Pros: - Out of the box runs stock at faster than the best OC you could imagine from a first gen Ryzen 7 (1700/1700X/1800X)
- Memory compatibility is night and day difference from Ryzen 1. MUCH improved stability compatibility and speeds.
- The stock cooler is a monster, for a stock cooler and while most ppl will use aftermarket cooling, this thing is so sexy, it's hard to part with it.
- Backwards compatibility is great. You do NOT NEED and X470 board to make this thing into a beast. The Asus Prime X370 Pro has more than enough HP to drive it hard. Easily OC's over 4.3 GHz on all cores, despite what some of these YouTube know-it-alls will tell you. It's all about the finesse. ;)
-Multitasking is just unreal with this thing. I can apparently type reviews while running an AIDA stress test in the background, if that tells you anything.
Overall Review: Couple things, just to think about:
If you already own a Ryzen 7 from the first generation, you really don't NEED this upgrade. It's a refresh and optimization, not a new architecture. While there are certainly some nice improvements, they aren't big enough to make sense to ditch a great CPU that you just bought last year. But if you're in the market to build a new PC, this is simply the best bang for your buck. It does it all, and it does it fast.