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so the board was good till first boot up lol had a dead ram slot RMA to Asus and they sent me back a brand new board so it all worked out. great board love it, my 3900x running great and runs nice and cool with the little chipset fan even if the GPU covers up the fan doesn't seem to be a problem in fact I like it so much I bought another one for my HTPC with a 3600x
The location of the chipset cooling fan is bad. When you install a sizable video card in the main PCIE slot, it can easily end up blocking the air inlet of the chipset cooling fan. ASUS could not have chosen a worse spot than this.
Some Cons First: No USB 3.1 Gen 2 front panel support/headers. Their marking materials are wrong. I have a H510 Elite and can't use the included front panel USB-C port as a result. Looks like I'll need to buy a PCIE addon card with the appropriate connector as the board only has USB 3.1 Gen 1 headers.
A longish GPU will directly cover the chipset fan exhaust. I installed my GPU in the bottom X16 slot as a result which I don't like as it has less room to breathe.
Their software suite is a bit of a mess and made me feel like it waned to install anti-virus and other bloat-ware.
Otherwise solid, just misleading marketing and strange chipset fan placement.
After watching several reviews of this MB on YouTube decided to pull the trigger. It did have some haft to it, and it did feel well made. Unfortunately it would not POST. Changed RAM, changed CPUs, no love. Call ASUS and instead of attempting to help me, they were quick to offer a RMA for repair. I returned it to the vendor, and bought another one. That one did POST, and BOOT, but sadly only with one channel of RAM. Regardless of what I did. Called ASUS again, same story. Returned the second one and went with a MSI MEG X570 UNIFY, worked like it had a star on Hollywood Boulevard. I do 2-3 builds a month. Sadly after my one/two shot with ASUS I will not be giving them a go.
This is an excellent board but it does not come with a BIOS flashback feature, this means if you buy this item with a Ryzen 5000 series CPU and do not have an older Zen CPU you cannot update the BIOS to make it compatible with your new CPU. There is a sticker on the board that tells you what version of the BIOS is installed (2607 or higher supports Ryzen 5000) mine came in with 2407. Local PC shop wanted to charge me $160 for a BIOS update, I could RMA it but you have to pay for shipping and it could take awhile, or spend $160 on the cheapest compatible CPU on eBay. AMD offers loaner CPU's but they need evidence that you cannot RMA the board, but ASUS will RMA it so probable won't help. Easiest thing to do is return the board and find another that has the flashback feature, at around this price point MSI and GIGABYTE do. Not worth the risk to get an older BIOS, if you wait probably several months the risk is lower but not zero (I imagine different vendors deliver the board with varying manufacture dates, or could get a restock from someone like me)
I have no complaints with the functionality of the board. I have ram running great at 4000Mhz with 1 click in the BIOS and I've had no crashes or stability issues. There's tons of SATA ports and a few M.2 slots so you shouldn't ever run out of storage. My one problem comes from the PCH fan, the little built in fan cooling the chipset on the motherboard. After about 6 months I'm noticing a pretty loud fan noise and after some digging it's coming from the PCH fan running at 3000+ RPM constantly and there's no way to adjust it, that I've found at least. I'm not sure if the PCH fan has always been this loud because I've been next to an air conditioner since I got the motherboard and now that it's cooling down and no AC running I can hear it through a pair of Logitech 533 headphones that block out a lot of noise. Hopefully they fix this with a BIOS update soon. The chipset temps are fine and the fan still spins between 3000-4000 RPM and would be fine turned down a bit.
The board itself seems to work fine and has enough juice to power my system with a 3900x, 2x nvme drives and a 1080ti, however I got a case with a usb c front output and there is no header connection for this! The box and specs are misleading. It’s not enough bad to return the board as it functions as intended, but the misleading spec in regard to the front case header left me very disappointed.
The feature set on the motherboard is great. Unfortunately, I will never see them. My motherboard was DOA. I put it in my build and when finished it would not post. I had an unused B 450 board that I used in its place and that board worked perfectly. I spoke with tech support and they told me that the problem was the Ram I used. The Ram I used was not on the list of supported Ram. I tod work with my new board however. Maybe it was my technique. I am not sure. Specs on the board seemed great though.