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Wednesday, December 1, 2021
From: Calgary AB
Great quality at $200! Bios flash is easy and works perfect without a cpu for 5000 series bios update compatibility. Easy to access clear cmos bottom for when you mess around to much in with overclock/undervolting. Precision boost overdrive 2! Usb-c front panel compatible.
Not really weaknesses but I want to mention: I have really poor internet so I cannot comment about the wireless (or wired) capabilities of my board, as other reviews have done. The tiny fan for m.2 cooling can be annoying, but that can be fixed with better ventilation, changing the fan curve in bios, or removing the fan entirely which doesn't cause any problems for me the highest I've seen my nvme is 50 C and keep in mind it already has a heatsink.
Great board for great price.
Friday, September 10, 2021
PCIE gen 4 usb c on back, and front usb c support
Poor wifi design limited cooler compatibility
This motherboard has a lot of caveats that you should be careful about before buying. The first is the cooler compatibiility. The board uses a backplate that is not the standard AM4 backplate. There is an extra cutout with exposed tracing, so you can't replace with another backplate (unless you cut a hole through it). If your cooler needs its own backplate, it will not work with this board. I used a stock cooler so it didn't affect me. Another caveat is that if you are using integrated graphics, the Wifi antennas suffer since the HDMI port is so close to the antennas and it seems to be causing interference with all of my cables. You can angle your antennas down or straight to fix this, but a bit annoying. If you have a dedicated gpu, this shouldn't matter. Other than that, I like the m.2 slot on the back of the board, makes for easy access to the drive. The m.2 slot on the front has a little fan for it. Makes it a bit hard to replace, but not a problem. The board works great, and seems solid otherwise. I got it for 200, so it was a no brainer at that price.