Category Archives: Motherboard reviews

MSI X570-A PRO Extended ATX AMD Motherboard

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The MSI X570-A PRO motherboard is a some what basic yet very well off motherboard for its price. 

This motherboard is outfitted mainly for use in a gaming pc.

The specs

CPU

The CPU’s compatible with the AM4 socket of this motherboard are the Ryzen series 2 and 3 processors.

PCIe

It has one PCIe 16x 4.0 slot, one PCIe 16x 3.0 slot, and three PCIe 1x 3.0 slots.  

RAM

For the ram it has dual channel  DDR4  support with overclocked speeds up too 4400 MHz and a highest base speed of 2667 MHz and supports up too 128 Gb of memory.

Storage

This motherboard has 6 SATA 3 ports and 2 M.2 SATA 3 ports

recap

I believe that at the price point of $159 this motherboard is well outfitted yet comes short it the storage department with both the M.2 slots being SATA 3 as apposed to nvme, though with 6 SATA 3 ports there is plenty of room for upgrade ability using an SSD. With RAM speeds of up too 4400 MHz overclocked and PCIe x16 slots that are able to be used with AMD crossfire. The AM4 slot with the latest Ryzen series support makes this a versatile motherboard while not being the absolute best for heavy load can yet be used as a mid range workstation on top of being a gaming forward motherboard. 

Note:  This review is part of a classroom project.

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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 is not anything special, and has a simple setup that would be perfect for a Home PC.  Its CPU is apart of the Ryzen Series CPU, which this Motherboard 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


MY OPINION:

In my opinion, this motherboard is definitely the perfect match for a low end Home PC. Although, this motherboard does not have all the bells and whistles on it. It has a perfect low end set up for a Home PC so I would definitely recommend this Motherboard

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 Motherboard Review


This gaming mother board is a good quality motherboard for your average 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
  • Has

Expansion slots:

1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots

3 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots

The motherboards includes military grade TUF components to maximize the durability and life of the motherboard. It comes with a SafeSlot and Over-voltage protection as well to keep the motherboard stable. It also includes RGB lighting customization. It’s USB 3.1 allows for very speedy data transfer speeds, up to 10 GBPS.

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.

Note: part of class project

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

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.

This motherboard has 

  • 6x USB ports
  • 1x HDMI port
  • 1x Ethernet port
  • 6x sound ports
  • 1x DVI port
  • 1x PSI expansion slot
  • 1x PGA socket
  • 2x PSI Slots
  • 1x universal PS2 port

If your desires are to have two monitors then you have the option with this motherboard. 

this is a project for school.

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ASUS Prime Z390-P Motherboard Review

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.

CPUs

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.

Asus ROG MAXIMUS XI CODE

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The motherboard I tried out is the Asus ROG MAXIMUS XI CODE, AT first I was a little nervous that I would have to spend a little bit to much on this mother board, and all the required parts but that wasn’t the case. The mother board itself was only $349.99, Which is not a bad price for a Gaming mother board. The motherboard itself does come in fact with a great many things, like”

  • 1151 Intel socket for 9th and 8th Gen CPU’s.
  • 2133 DDR4 dual channel architecture memory of up to 64 GB ( 4 sticks of 16 GB).
  • 2 x16 PCIe slots for expansion Cards.
  • Aura Sync (colored leds that can be changed to preference).
  • 8 channel high definition Audio.
  • 2 M2 Slots and 6 sata Ports.

I tried the in my home computer and it was amazing Game play like I have never seen before ( My home computer is old, so game play was SLOW). I used just a couple sticks of Ram and used a little 8th Gen i5-8400, has 9MB of Cache and 2.8-4.0 frequency, It was like a brand new computer (technically it is a new computer). 

THIS IS PART OF A SCHOOL PROJECT 

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Review of the MSI Meg X399 Creation Motherboard

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Of all the gaming motherboards I’ve used over the years, this one stands out. It pushes boundaries in every department, with tons of room for expansion. In this review, we’ll go through the many reasons this is a great option for gamers. 

Well, everyone knows the heart of a computer is the processor. A powerful one is required to play hardware-intensive games as well. With support for 1st and 2nd gen AMD Threadrippers, there’s no lack of power concerning the CPU.

Another important aspect for gaming, or computing in general, is memory. This motherboard has plenty of space there. There aren’t two memory slots; not four, or six; but rather, eight. That’s right; this thing packs eight DDR4 memory slots. With a max capacity of 128 gigabytes, and overclocked speeds of over 3600 mhz; there’s more than enough memory capabilites to go aroujnd. 

One more hugely important thing for a gamer is expansion cards. You want to be able to add graphics cards, right? Well, rest assured; you can here. It’s got one PCIe x1 slot, and four PCIe x16 slots. Yep, you can run two dual-slot GPUs on this sucker if you wanted to. 

Lastly, you’re gonna need lots of space for all those games. Have you seen some of the big games lately? They’re anywhere from fifty to a hundred gigs, for a single game! That takes up some room. There’s no reason to worry with the Meg though. The Creation has three m.2 slots. That’s absolutely unheard of. Along with the 8 SATA III ports, you can hook up hard drive after hard drive to this board; SSD after SSD. Those big games don’t seem so scary after all now do they? 

Now for my experience while using it. I’ve got mine configured with a 2nd-gen threadripper CPU, 64 gigs of ram, GeForce 2080 Ti graphics, and a total of 3 TB of SSD storage. It takes everything I throw at it. I can play any game on the highest settings and hit 120 FPS or more. Boots up in about six seconds, and performs simple task with ease. Of course, I’ve got some good internals hooked up to it, but this just goes as an example. 

In the market for a gaming motherboard? Well definately consider the Meg X399 Creation from MSI. Sure, $600 is a hefty wad of cash, but I consider it money well spent. I bought mine back in August when it came out, and there hasn’t been a day I’ve regretted it. With great spec capabilities, and lots of future proofing, you won’t regret it either!

Specifications List

  • Form factor: Extended ATX
  • CPU socket: AMD TR4
  • Compatible with: 1st and 2nd generation AMD Threadripper CPUs
  • Memory: 8 DDR4 slots with overclocking speeds of over 3600 mhz. Maximum RAM is 128 gigabytes.
  • Storage: 8 SATA IIIs, 3 M.2s
  • Expansion: 4 PCIe x16s, 1 PCie x1
  • Integrated components: 7.1 channel audio and LAN with AC wifi and bluetooth 5.0.

Ports on the rear (from left to right)

  • 9x USB 3 A ports
  • 2x RJ45 ports
  • 1x USB 3 C port
  • 1x optical S/PDIF port
  • 5x audio ports

Others’ Opinions

“The MSI MEG X399 Creation is clearly designed to please more than just content creators and professional users, especially given the tools and features included. The sixteen-phase power delivery and dual 8-pin 12 V CPU power inputs are something extreme overclockers and hardcore enthusiasts will be interested in, and the eight SATA ports in addition to the three M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 slots built-in are something workstation users and video renderers will be keen to take advantage of.” -Gavin Bonshor, anandtech

“Ultra- premium X399 is all about finding ways of making your board a bit different from the rest. Massive M.2 support, over-the-top power delivery and a restrained look mark out the MEG X399 Creation.” -Tarinder Sandhu, hexus

“KitGuru says: MEG X399 Creation is the most impressive motherboard we have ever seen. Nuff said.” Leo Waldock, kitguru

Sources

Note:  This review is part of a classroom project.

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Gigabyte X470 Aorus Gaming 7 Wifi Review

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So imagine that you need a great gaming motherboard for your new Ryzen CPU. Well have no fear as the Gigabyte X470 Aorus Gaming 7 Wifi has got you covered with extensive coverage of both non overclock and overclock speeds for the price. It comes with the specifications provided by Gigabyte.com

  • ATX form factor
  • Support for up to AMD Ryzen  2nd Generation 
    • AMD X470 Chipset
  • 4 DDR4 sockets for up to 64 GB of RAM
    • Dual channel support
    • Non overclock speeds of 2933 / 2667 / 2400 / 2133 MHz
    • Overclock speeds of 3600+ / 3400 / 3333 / 3200 / 3000 MHz
  • Onboard components
    • HD Audio with up to 7.1 channel audio
    • 1 Intel GbE LAN chip for up to 1000 Mb/s 
    • Bluetooth 5
  • Expansion slots
    • 2 PCI Express x16 slots (Running at x16 and x8 respectively)
    • 2 PCI Express x1 slots
    • Support for both NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFire for either 2 or 4 GPUs
  • Storage Devices
    • 1 M.2 connector with both SATA and PCIe 3.0 x4/x2 SSD support
    • 1 M.2 connector supporting PCIe 2.0 x4/x2 SSD
    • 6 SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  • Voltage, Temperature, Fan speed, and Water cooling flow rate detection
  • Overheating and fan failure warning
  • Fan speed control
  • So much RGB lighting.

With a MSRP of $239.99, this motherboard averages around 4 eggs on Newegg. just look at these reviews:


Pros: Amazing VRNs
Amazing VRN cooling ( not even necessary with such high efficiency VRN)
Onboard Wifi is nice and effective
Cons: BIOS layout is definitely subpar
Other Thoughts: Huge upgrade from Asrock AB350 pro

Timothy L.


Pros: After reading all the reviews here it was difficult to decide to get this board or not as half the people here where having problems with this board supposedly…………
But because it was the best looking board in its class with some really interesting features I took a risk.
I installed it in a corsair air 540 case. The board looks great with lighting all around and in the middle with the memory and PCI lanes lite up. it is very fast from boot to desktop, I’m very happy with it and glad I made the decision to get it compared to what’s out there. Also unlike some of my other boards the two M.2 slots do not interfere with closing down certain SATA ports which was convenient
Cons: NA

Joseph C.

This motherboard is a great gaming motherboard given the price point and the versatile overclocking potential. Like all Gigabyte motherboards, Gigabyte has a 4 year warranty if something breaks. I would recommend this motherboard to anybody needing a great gaming motherboard

Note: This review is part of a classroom project.

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