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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 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 for $118.99. 


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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 ( .


  • 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
  • 2xSATAII

Rear Panel:

  • 1xRJ-45 Connector
  • 2xUSB 3.0 PORTS
  • 4xUSB 2.0 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.


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. 

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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.


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.


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


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 and the other is

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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). 



Review of the MSI Meg X399 Creation Motherboard


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


Note:  This review is part of a classroom project.


Gigabyte X470 Aorus Gaming 7 Wifi Review


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

  • 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.


ASRock Z370 Gaming K6 Motherboard Review

ASRock Fatal1ty Z370 Gaming K6 Motherboard

When it comes to performance from a gaming motherboard, the Z370 Gaming K6 Motherboard from ASRock is the way to go. This motherboard has a lot of room when it comes to choosing memory speed and storage. It also comes with these specifications.

  • Supports 8th Generation Intel Core Processors (Socket 1151)
  • Digital PWM, 12 Power Phase
  • Supports DDR4 4333+(OC)
  • 3 PCIe 3.0 x16, 3 PCIe 3.0 x2, 1 M.2 (Key E)
  • Nvidia Quad SLI, AMD 3-Way CrossFireX
  • Graphics Outputs: HDMI, DVI-D, D-Sub (VGA)
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec)
  • Supports Purity Sound 4 and Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 3
  • 8 SATA3, 2 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3)
  • 2 USB 3.1 Gen2 10Gb/s (1 Type-A and 1 Type-C), 9 USB 3.1 Gen1 (1 Front Type-C, 4 Front Type-A, 3 Rear, 1 Fatal1ty Mouse Port)
  • Dual Intel Gigabit LAN
  • ASRock RGB LED
  • Intel Optane Memory Ready

This motherboard is very solid when it comes to overclocking and it is easy to set up. Since my voice is not enough support, take a look at all of these reviews (via Amazon).

“One of the best Z370 MoBos available for overclocking (12 phase V-regs, what more can you ask for?) Tons of features, easy to set up BIOS, good stock cooling/heat sinks, nice to look at, just a great motherboard.”

~Jarred V.

“I upgraded from a Asus Gene V. Paired this with an 8700k. Overclocked to 4.8 with a Noctua heat sinks. Voltages running about 1.3. The 12 phase VRM is a nice feature. I could probably get to 5 with an AIO water cooler. Only complaint is that it doesn’t offer as much flexibility as the Asus board in offset mode.”

~John H.

It also comes with all the necessities straight out of the box.

What’s included with the motherboard

Even though the Z370 Socket 1151 does not support previous generation Intels, I highly recommend this because of its overclocking potential, memory support when overclocked, and overall storage.

Check out these reviews from Eteknixs and Hardware Secrets for more information about the Gaming K6 from ASRock.

Note:  This review is part of a classroom project.

BIOSTAR X370GT5 Motherboard Review

<![CDATA[This is a review on the BIOSTAR X370GT5-NF motherboard. The BIOSTAR X370GT5 is a high-end gaming motherboard available at newegg for $59.99. I believe this is a great gaming motherboard option as well as business option. This motherboard is made by BIOStar, which is a very well respected motherboard manufacturing company. BIOStar was rewarded top 20 Global Brand as of 2008, and has an estimated brand value of $46 million (Wikipedia).
The BIOSTAR X370GT5-NF motherboard is apart of the second generation racing series. This motherboard is built with excellent components and many advanced features for optimal performance.  

  • Chipset- AMD X370
  • DDR4 3200(OC)/ 2933(OC)/ 2667/ 2400/ 2133/ 1866
  • * DDR4 2667 for AMD Ryzen CPU
  • 64 GB memory
  • Dual Channel
  • 1 x PCI-E x16 3.0 Slot (x16 for Ryzen CPU only, NPU/APU run at x8 speed)
  • 1 x PCI-E x16 2.0 Slot (x4) (share bandwidth w/ PCI-E x1 slot, when PCI-E x1 is occupied, PCI-E x16 (x4) will run at x1 speed)
  • 2 x PCI-E 2.0 x1 Slots
  • 2 x PCI Slots
  • 6 x SATA 6Gb/s
  • 8 channels of audio

I highly recommend this motherboard for multiple reasons. One of the biggest reasons is the price. Not very often will you find a high-end gaming motherboard for a price of only $59.99. It has plenty of memory available with 64GB of memory. This motherboard also has very good speed ranges for a gaming PC as it ranges from 3200 (OC) to 2933 (OC). If you are an interested gamer or even just a normal business owner, I highly suggest getting this motherboard. At such a low price the BIOSTAR X370GT5-NF is second to none and is probably one of the best deals available on the market right now.
Note:  This review is part of a classroom project.

GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170X-Gaming 3 Motherboard Review

<![CDATA[High-quality PC building is a very pricey thing to do.  Some of the best builds can cost up to 3,000 dollars and much higher.  This can cause builders to skimp on some products like the motherboard. The GA-Z170X-Gaming Motherboard is full of performance for its price. It also was not the worst experience for the $335 price tag.
GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170X-Gaming 3 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
This motherboard has many expansions slots for gaming and video editing. It also has amazing specifications

  • Intel Z170 Chipset
  • LGA 1150 Socket Type
  • Supports 6th and 7th generation Intel Processors (I7, I5, I3, Pentium, and Celeron)
  • Supports 4 sticks of DDR4 RAM duel channel
    • running at 2133 and overclocked speeds
    • maxing out at 64 GB
  • 3 PCI E x16 3.0 Slots (Shielded to support the weight of heavy graphics cards)
  • 3 PCI E x1 3.0 Slots
  • 9 SATA III connectors and 2 M.2 slots
  • 6 SATA 6 Gb/s connectors
  • 3 SATA Express Connectors
  • 2 M.2 Socket 3 Connectors
  • Support for 3-Way/2-Way AMD CrossFire and 2-Way NVIDIA SLI Technology
  • Supports On-board Video, Audio and LAN
    • Integrated Graphics Processor-Intel HD Graphics support
    • Realtek ALC1150
      • 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
    • Killer E2201 LAN chip
      • 10/100/1000Mbps

These specifications are pretty hefty for a board this price. This motherboard is in theory a great choice for high end gaming or editing. There are also many drawbacks for this board. Its flimsy when it came to plugging the power connector in. Even after the board had a decent start and work fine for a while, it had died just a few months after installing it into my PC.
There are also many review one Newegg of people who had the same problem as me.
Donald V stated;
Pros: Performed well for 8 months. Installation and operation were as expected. Nice layout and features.
Cons: Died after 8 months. First board to die on me but I am not a heavy hitter. Just a gamer who updates for some added performance every 2 years or so. Minor OC. ”
Also an anonymous user stated;
“Pros: Works well easy uefi and easy board software
Cons: Width is slightly shorter than a normal atx board. I wouldn’t have bought it if I new that because the 24 pin power hangs on the end and the amount of force to insert the 24 pin is scary sometimes afraid of cracking the board. Also had 2 USB ports stop working on the motherboard.”
There were also many other reviews of people who had problems that had issues with it working after just a few months and had components short out.
In conclusion, this is a solid board to buy and use, but the long term of the board is not good at all due to it dying very shortly. Though it is a solid board, I personally would not recommend it due to the lifespan.

Note:  This review is part of a classroom project.

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