With apple apparently forgetting they ever made macs ("current" mac mini is from 2014 as I write this in 2017!) I decided to finally step into the world of DIY PCs in replacing my well aged 2009 mac mini. This was built to be a general use home PC that can also run newer games at 1080p 60fps.
So far, two days into using this PC, everything is working great! My old steam games run at max setting just fine and the Ryzen 5 1400 is making everything in Windows 10 feel incredibly fast and responsive. Definitely satisfied with my work.
Being my first build, I did run into some problems. The first of which happened during assembly when I plugged all the case headers into the wrong pins on the motherboard... This was just me failing to read the motherboard manual closely and mixing up the COM port header with the system panel header. In my defense, they have the same number of pins so everything seemed to plug in correctly . This mistake of course meant that after getting everything plugged in and ready for a first boot, the power button did absolutely nothing. This was utterly terrifying and I assumed I must've broken the motherboard or something. After triple checking every power connection I finally decided to trouble shoot the front headers and noticed my blunder. Corrected all the connections and it booted! <insert young Anakin Skywalker "it's working, it's working!" here>
So my system boots, Windows 10 installs, and I notice that only one of my RAM sticks is being recognized, and at the wrong speed. These were both minor problems though. I just reinserted the offending RAM stick and manually set their speed and voltage in the motherboard BIOS.
Next on the list was getting my Ryzen overclocked a bit. I initially got it running at 3.6 GHz at stock voltage. However, after updating my motherboard's BIOS to allow me to change core voltage, I was able to safely squeeze another 200 MHz out of my chip, bringing it up to 3.8 GHz at 1.36875 V.
Geek Bench 4: Single core- 4215 Multi core- 14643 Cinebench CPU: 819
GPU Benchmark(s) (may add more, just one for now):
Heaven benchmark on ultra: Average FPS- 64.4 Score- 1621 Lowest FPS- 30.7 Highest FPS- 137.9
Well that about wraps up my thoughts on this build. A HUGE shout out to this site for making it so easy to plan out a build that even this apple guy was able to handle it, you guys do great work. If anyone has questions about this build or specific benchmarks they'd like to see, just let me know and I'll see what I can do.
Fast, cheap, and hopefully upgradable if AMD sticks with the AM4 socket for a few years. My chip is running at 3.8 GHz @ 1.36875 V with stock cooling and only reaches 56 degrees while running AIDA64's stress test. Hovers between 30-40 degrees under normal loads. Runs the games I've thrown at it like a champ and makes Windows 10 an incredibly fast and responsive experience. Well done AMD!
I've had no major issues with this board yet. Was able to get my RAM running at its stated speed, 2666, with a voltage and clock adjustment.
Some things to note before you buy/build:
Ryzen's stealth cooler used with the 1400 bumps right up against the RAM. Check my build photos for an example. Be sure to position the jutting out AMD logo on the fan opposite the RAM slots.
Put your graphics card in last, it covers up much of the board.
This board only has support for two case fans, one 3 pin and one 4 pin. My case came with two 3-pin fans so I just bought a splitter to power them both off the one connection. If you plug a 3 pin fan into a 4 pin connector, the fan will only run full speed.
If you want to change CPU voltage for your overclock, you may have to update the BIOS. The version mine came with didn't allow this.
All that said, if you're on a tight budget, this is still a quality board.
Gets the job done. Was initially read as 2133 but was changed without fuss in the BIOS. A PassMark memory benchmark showed latency to be a weak point on these sticks, but I don't know how much that really hurts performance, everything seems to be running nice and quick.
Fast and reliable. I've been using the same SSD for over 5 years now in two separate computers and it's never given me any trouble.
At the time of writing this review, RX 570 cards have basically vanished online due to their popularity among bit miners. Luckily, no one in my hometown seems to know what cryptocurrencies are and I was able to snag this guy new from a best buy. The card itself is running great, handles all the games I throw at it. Just know that it'll easily run into the 80s Celsius if you really push it, but backing off a few settings will bring right down into the high 60s low 70s. Fans get a bit loud approaching the high 70s.
Heaven Benchmark on ultra preset (with a Ryzen 5 1400):
Average FPS: 64.4
Lowest FPS: 30.7
Highest FPS: 137.9
Beautiful minimalist design, easy to build in, wonderful cable management. Keeps my system running cool and quiet.
Powers my system without any problems. Runs quiet with eco mode on. Cables are a bit thick, wasn't an issue with my setup, but could be a problem for tight fitting case designs.