ASRock B450M-HDV R4.0

This motherboard is a very good quality motherboard that suits all of your home needs.  This motherboard is on the low end which is perfect for staying at home and just surfing through the internet.  This Motherboard brings a lot of things to the table which is what makes it different from opposing motherboards.

This Motherboard has a Form Factor of:

-Micro ATX

Integrated Components-

-This Motherboard has an Audio Chip set that is a Realtek ALC887

This Motherboard’s Audio Channels are 7.1 channels

LAN Chipset- Realtek ALC887

This Motherboard has very well speeds that would be the perfect match for a Home PC Motherboard.  Its speeds of the Ryzen Series CPU, which this Motherboard pertains can reach speeds of DDR4 3200+ and DDR4 2677 not overclocked.

On this Motherboard the Rear Panel brings a lot of things that many motherboards have, but their are some outliers that are on this one.  

Rear Panel:

1 x PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard Port

1 x D-Sub Port

1 x DVI-D Port

1 x HDMI Port

2 x USB 2.0 Ports (Supports ESD Protection)

4 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Ports (Supports ESD Protection)

1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)

This Motherboard’s Chipset is an AMD Promontory B450.  A chipset  controls external buses, memory cache and some peripherals.  For those of you who do not know.

This part of the Motherboard is also perfect for a low-end system just to use at home.  It has two memory RAM slots and has a Max Memory supported of 32 GB.

Compatible and Max Memory:

Number of Memory Slots:

-2 x 288 Pin

 Max Memory Supported:

32 Gb

This Motherboards CPU is one of the best and fastest that motherboards make.  This Motherboards CPU socket type is AM4, and its CPU type is the Ryzen Series.



When it comes to Expansion Slots this Motherboard has a very simple setup.  It has one PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot, and one PCI Express x1


This Motherboard can be Found on 
https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813157871?Item=N82E16813157871   

for only $60 and with a 4 star review out of 5 and multiple customer Reviews that range anywhere between 3 and 5 Stars.  

Other motherboard reviews over the ASRock B450M-HDV R4.0 AM4 AMD Promontory B450 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX AMD Motherboard can be found at:

@teknobiyotik on his youtube channel as well as 
@Mike’s unboxing, reviews and how to, also found on youtube.

Note: Part of a Classroom project

https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813157871?Item=N82E16813157871

ASUS TUF B450-PLUS GAMING AM4 AMD B450 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard Review

This gaming mother board is a good quality motherboard for your home gamer needs. It is not made specifically for any home or business setting. This is optimal for the average consumer and doesn’t have to be purchased by professional gamers.

 

It is made by Asus and is an AMD compatible. Asus is based in Taipei Taiwan, and was established there in 1989. Asus focuses on electronics from things such as motherboards to full on computers to smartphones and speakers. They focus on a wide range of products that give consumers a familiarity with the brand. Asus has been given the title as #1 motherboard and gaming brand as well as top three consumer.

 

The B450 Plus was released in 2018, and it is compatible with the newest cpus and memory with an ATX form factor. 

CPU: AM4 socket for AMD Ryzen 2nd Generation / Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics / Ryzen 1st Generation Processors

 

Memory:DDR4 3200(O.C)/2666/

 

On board components: 

1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse

1 x DVI-D

1 x HDMI

1 x RJ45 port

1 x 5Gb/s port USB Type-C

2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A

2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A

2 x USB 2.0

3 x Audio jack

 

Expansion slots: 

1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots

3 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots

 

I found it on Newegg.com with an overall reviewed 4 eggs out of five, and 50% of reviewers gave it a 5/5 with their purchase. This is a good and affordable motherboard that should be used for gaming, but can most likely be used as any other type of motherboard, its just not recommended. It is now available on Newegg.com for $118.99. 

 

References:



“About ASUS.” About ASUS – Brand Story – Introduction, www.asus.com/us/About_ASUS/Company-Introduction.

“About ASUS.” About ASUS – Brand Story – Introduction, www.asus.com/us/About_ASUS/Company-Introduction.

“Asus TUF B450-Plus.” Asus TUF B450-Plus, www.newegg.com/asus-tuf-b450-plus-gaming/p/N82E16813119142.



MSI B85-G41 PC Mate

This review is on the MSI B85- G41 PC Mate. The MSI B85-G41 PC Mate motherboard is perfect for any at home activities including surfing the web and more. You would buy this motherboard to put in your Grandma’s PC so she can get on google. This motherboard is on the older side so if you are looking for a good gaming motherboard this motherboard is not the best option out there. This motherboard goes for about $79 on (www.newegg.com) .

Specifications:

  • Intel® B85 Express Chipset
  • DDR3 1066/1333/1600 MHz
  • 32 GB Memory
  • Duel Memory Channel
  • 2 PCI-Ex16 slots
  • 2 PCI-Ex1 slots
  • 2 PCI slots
  • 4xSATAIII
  • 2xSATAII

Rear Panel:

  • 1xRJ-45 Connector
  • 2xUSB 3.0 PORTS
  • 4xUSB 2.0 PORTS
  • 3xAUDIO PORTS
  • 1xVGA
  • 1xHDMI
  • 1xDVI

I personally would not recommend this motherboard to anyone. After reading reviews from Amazon, Newegg ,and a few other sites it seems to have a few problems. Also this motherboard is old it supports 4th Gen Intel CPU’s for a motherboard this old to still be $79 dollars is kind of ridiculous. It also takes DDR3 RAM which is outdated and much slower than DDR4 RAM. So as I stated before I would not recommend this motherboard to anyone.

Note: This review is part of a class project.

GIGABYTE GA-880GMA-USB3 AM3

Motherboards are one of the most important parts of the computer. for the people that don’t know what a motherboard is,  the motherboard connects everything to the CPU so everything may operate properly. The GIGABYTE GA-880GMA-USB3 AM3 is a great option for any at-home users. 

this is the best Motherboard for your at-home needs. this motherboard four RAM slots for a max amount of sixteen GB of RAM for anyone average needs. the motherboard also has a PGA CPU socket for solid connection of the CPU.

ASUS Prime Z390-P LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z390 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard


Motherboards are one of the most important parts of the computer. If you do not know what it is, the motherboard is the piece of the computer where everything is connected so you can operate for the day for your personal use. The ASUS Prime Z390-P is a great option for the user. 

This motherboard is one that a person can use at home. This is a very simple yet very equipped motherboard.  

Some of the things on this motherboard is that it has  very good memory. There are many types of memory that are accepted such as DDR4 4266 all the way to 2133. The max memory on this is 64GB.

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CPU ‘s

Since this CPU has a socket of an LGA 1151, the processors accepted are the Pentium Gold, Celeron, and the Intel Core i8 and i9.

Speed

The speed is very important for a motherboard because no one wants a slow computer. This is a(n) Intel Z390 and has a SATA GB/s for its speed.

The integrated Components are a great thing to look at when you are looking at a motherboard. They are :

Audio, Video, VGA , etc.

Expansion Slots

1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or x8+ x4+ x4)

1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (max at x4 mode)

4 x PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x 1 slots

Back Panel 

1 x PS/2 keyboard

1 x PS/2 mouse

1 x DisplayPort

1 x HDMI

1 x LAN (RJ45) port

2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A

4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A

So?

You have read all this information and are thinking, “So what?” Well, what I am trying to say is that this motherboard is a great motherboard for any user. Also, the company that makes them is very special as well. They are an amazing company that makes amazing products such as this motherboard. To see more about this motherboard, I will have two links to show you how good this motherboard is. One of the links is ASUS.com and the other is Newegg.com.

This is for a class project.

Still Budget Friendly, a Look at the PowerColor Red Devil. Radeon RX 570

So you want to buy a graphics card for your child or friend, but you don’t want to put a large dent in your wallet. AMD’s RX 570, more specifically PowerColor’s famous Red Devil Lineup, has got you covered. The card is cooled by 3 fans, cutting it down from a bulky triple slot to a dual slot card. The card is 310mm long, making it unable to fit in much smaller cases.

The PowerColor Red Devil comes with 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM, plenty to start off any budget gaming PC without needing to rely on the struggle of integrated graphics. The rear ports come with DVI-D, HDMI, and 3 DisplayPorts. The card supports AMD CrossFire, where you get 2 GPUs and connect them with a CrossFire Bridge. This would generally give a boost in performance. However, one would need a CrossFire Supported Motherboard to get the full use of it. It supports both DirectX 12 and OpenGL 4.5. The card has a max resolution up to 4k if you use either the HDMI or DisplayPort, with the DVI only being able to support 2560×1600. More details about this card can be found on PowerColor’s website.

Price/Conclusion

With a price of $139.99 the card is the best choice for getting the best performance for your money. The Card is almost a must-have for wanting to game on a budget.

Note: This post was part of a classroom project.

Reasonable Power for a $250 video card budget. (MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X)

Video Cards are one of the most important components when it comes to a computer. There is a lot of information about it. However you need to think about what you are using it for. Are you just going to surf the web? Are you going to game with constant stress on your PC? What about video editing or audio processing? Think about choosing the right graphics card for the activity you are using it for. When it comes to buying a card, look for which manufacturer it is (either AMD or NVidia) and overall performance. 

For $249.99 on Newegg, The MSI Geforce GTX 1660 Gaming X is a great video card for the mid range gaming. Passmark give this card a score of 10985. Which is above average.

  • 1408 Cuda Cores
  • Core Clocks: 1860 MHz
  • Memory Speed of 8 Gbps
  • 6GB GDDR5 Memory
  • 192-bit Memory Bus
  • 3 DisplayPort v1.4 and 1 HDMI 2.0b outputs
  • Supports GDCP 2.2
  • Power Consumption of 130 Watts
  • 1 8-pin power connectors
  • Dimensions of 247 x 127 x 46 mm
  • 2 Cooling fans
  • Does not support Sli (not needed for a beginner)
  • Weight of 845 grams
  • Supports DirectX 12 and OpenGL 4.5
  • Max Resolution of 7680 x 4320

This Card really shows the power when it comes to the price. Sure it might put a tiny dent in your wallet, but the outcome is worth it. 

 Note: This review is part of a classroom project. 

The Best AMD Video Card for Under $500

When buying a video card there are several things that you should take into account before making a purchase.  One of the most important parts of buying a video card is knowing what you are going to use your computer for. Whether you are an avid gamer or just someone that likes to browse the internet,  or somewhere in between, that might impact how much you spend on a video card. Some other things you should look at before purchasing a new video card is; whether it is AMD or Nvidia, overall performance, memory and bandwidth, and CUDA cores. There are many other things that will impact the performance of the video card, but those are some of the basics you should be looking at. 

If you enjoy gaming, then the Radeon RX Vega 64 is the video card for you. For just $419.99 on Newegg, gamers of all ages will get a video card that meets all of their needs. Passmark gave it a great score of 28.23. It has plenty of memory with 8GB. It also is very fast as the memory clock runs at 945 MHz. It has triple fans so your video card is almost guaranteed to not malfunction. With the performance of this video card, you are almost guaranteed to not regret this purchase of the Radeon RX Vega 64. 

Specifications 

Memory: 

Effective Memory Clock- 945 MHz, 1900 MHz Effective
Memory Size- 8GB
Memory Interface- 2048-Bit
Memory Type- HBM2

Chipset:

Chipset Manufacturer- AMD
GPU Series- AMD Radeon RX VEGA Series
GPU- Radeon RX Vega 64
Core Clock- 1373 MHz
Boost Clock- 1580 MHz
Stream Processors- 4096 Stream Processors

Ports: 

HDMI- 2 x HDMI 2.0b
Multi-Monitor Support- 4
DisplayPort- 2 x DisplayPort 1.4

Details: 

Max Resolution- 5120 x 2880
Eyefinity Support- Yes
Virtual Reality Ready- Yes
Cooler- Triple Fans
Operating Systems Supported- Windows 10 and Windows 7
System Requirements- Power Consumption: 240W

So now you just have to decide if this is the card for you. If you ask me, I would say yes! This is a can’t miss deal. With all that the Radeon RX Vega 64 brings to the table, I don’t know how you could pass up this offer. With a great price and great performance, this video card is a great option.

  Note: This review is part of a classroom project. 

Works Cited:

https://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu_value.html
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202321

More Power With Less Price (Review of the Gigabyte Radeon VII Graphics Card)

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(Picture of Radeon VII Card)

It is very hard to know which graphics card to buy anymore. Every single year there can be as many as 6-7 new cards come out. This can be hard to keep up with, especially as an average consumer who doesn’t know much about these kinds of things. One thing is for sure though, the Radeon VII graphics card is a steal for someone around the $700 budget. 

What makes this card so great? This card almost preformed as well as the Nvidia RTX 2080 and is over $100 less. The Radeon VII is also very good for future proofing, this card will run any game that you throw at it like nothing so you might not even need to replace it for another 5 years. 

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(another picture of Radeon VII)

Now lets look at these specifications

  • Clock Speed- 1750 MHz
  • Memory Speed- 1000 MHz
  • Memory Size- 16 GB 
  • Interface- 4096 Bit
  • Stream Cores- 3840
  • Direct X 12 and open GL 4.5
  • 7680 x 4320
  • 3 Fans
  • 3 Display Ports
  • 1 HDMI 2.0
  • PCIe x16 3.0
  • Supports Crossfire
  • 2 x 8 Pin Power Connectors
  • Max. Memory Bandwidth-1024 GB/s
  • 2 Slot Card

When we get down to it, is this card worth it? My answer would be yes! This card will perform well in all that you throw at it at a decent price. Most cards with this price range will not reach the level of performance that this card will. This card would be a fantastic buy for anyone in this budget and cannot go higher for a 2080 or 2080 TI.

If you are interested in buying it it will cost $699.99 and can buy it here.

Also there are several reviews to say so as well.  

S.N.

“Good temps
quieter than some say it is (or mine at least)
16gb HBM2 (although games may never use it)
Clocks great so far (only had it a day so didn’t do no extensive testing)”

Note:  This review is part of a classroom project.

Work Cited:

“World’s First 7nm Gaming GPU | Radeon™ 7 Graphics Card.” AMD, www.amd.com/en/products/graphics/amd-radeon-vii.

“GIGABYTE Radeon VII.” Newegg, Newegg, www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814932126&Description=radeon%2Bvii&cm_re=radeon_vii-_-14-932-126-_-Product.

Gigabyte Geforce RTX 2070 Windforce 8GB Graphics Card

When it comes to video cards there is a lot of information to understand. The question is not only what does that term mean but what does it do? That is why this will easy to read and informative. The video card that I am talking about costs just a hair less than my $500 budget,  just $499.99 on newegg. That may seem like a large amount of money to a child or a young adult out living by themselves, but that is just part of building computers. Building computers can be built cheap, but not if you want to have a computer to play the latest game at top quality. Don’t stop here and think ” well this guy must have a huge amount of money to work with”. As much as I would love to yes to that, I won’t lie I have to budget just as much as the next person. For this project I had a few hundred dollars to work with, and this is the card that I found, The Gigabyte Geforce RTX 2070 Windforce. Now I know some might say that it is a bit extreme for many games which is true, but doesn’t mean I don’t want to limit myself by wimping out ,and getting a card that is not as good just to save a few dollars. 

Now not to confuse people I am going to try and make the description of the card specifications easy to understand by not throwing out a bunch of confusing terms that some may not know (like those who are reading this just to learn somethings to look for when buying a graphics card or cards for family members like a teenage son or daughter that is a gamer). First is the core clock speed, or how fast the GPU (Graphics Processing unit ) goes. The GPU for those that do not know or do not understand this is like the CPU, it is the brain of the video card the fast it is the better it handles loads of information in big games that have some really high quality graphics. Cards GPU speeds are measured in Hertz, cards now days are upwards of 1400 MHz, but this card comes in at 1620 MHz which to say is not bad for those playing games with high quality graphics. It also has 2304 CUDA cores which is like MHz, the higher the better. 

Along with a good GPU it also has multiple monitor or T.V. ports, while most know what HDMI or USB ports are but, gamers also use what are called “Display ports”. They are like HDMI ports (they look different though) but, they are a little less known if you don’t already own a monitor or T.V. that has a port, connecting wire and something that uses said connecting wire. This card is equipped with one version 2.0 HDMI port, three Display ports, and one USB type C port (looks like a plug in for charging a phone). 

Now the memory, also known as VRAM or video RAM. Its just like RAM except on a video card for processing through video. The faster the memory goes, the more information per cycle (bits), and more VRAM all helps with better performance of your graphics card. This card has a memory speed of 14000 MHz (which is plenty), 256 bits (which also is helps with memory per cycle), and 8 GB of VRAM ( more means generally better processing of information). Finally the newer that version of memory the better, this card comes with GDDR6 which is the latest and greatest. 

The connector for the card itself is a version 3.0 x16 slot which is commonly found on gaming motherboards. If you buy this product please check with you motherboard manufacturer that it will fit in your computer.  Also with this computer is the three cooling fans (this is why its called Windforce). Plus it also uses Directx 12 and OpenGL 4.5 which are programms that help with 3D graphics. This card supports up to 4 monitors at one time for a multi moniter view.

Finally SLI and what it is and does. SLI is NVidia’s version of a connector for two graphics cards. A lot of gamers use this to run more monitors with better graphics. Many will use this to combine two graphics cards to work like one better to a point. Here is the one thing card does not do is support SLI. this means that even if you wanted to you cannot connect two of these cards together.

That is all that I have to say about this card. I hope for those who are looking for a good card find what they are looking for. If  what I told you helps great, if not, well im not sure what to tell you other than to wish you luck or find someone to help you to understand the information above. If you’re trying to find a Graphics card for your family member of friend I would suggest talking to a friend you trust that happens to be a computer repairs person. If you don’t happen to have a friend that knows anything about computers, read a couple more blogs or watch a few educational youtube videos on computer hardware. So good luck and have a nice day.

Be Aware: This is part of a school project.

Citations      – “Robot?” Are You a Human?, www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16814932091.