Wife needs a workstation for her home based job and i currently don't have a decent system that could support my "usage" and for entertainment as well. My laptop gave up on me which only last for about a year and a half. Instead of spending money on repairs, buying a console or investing on a new laptop i decided to build this future proof all-in-one solution.
For the first time, I'm moving away from Intel Processors choosing AMD Ryzen 5 for its performance but with a lesser price tag compared to high end i5 series processor. It is my first time to do overclocking so I run multiple stress test to ensure stability. Run cinebench consecutively and if it shutdows, i adjust the voltage. If it passes, I run Aida64 and Prime95.
AMD recommends, for "24/7 overclock use", 1.35v is the sweet spot although Ryzen can withstand anything beyond it up to 1.45v max with a little effect on its lifespan/longevity. I saved two OC config profiles which i could switch whenever i want it. Both proven stable. I am also amazed with its free stock cooler (wraith spire) keeping everything cool (to think its already overclocked).
Idle Temp: 40-45°c (browsing or Msoffice apps
Under heavy load: 75-80°c max (Aida64 >1 hour)
1.318v [update 06/18/2017: 1.275v stable]
37-42°c [update 07/23/2017: cooler temps 30-35°c]
Under load: 58-63°c
Read a lot from forums and guides and it seems not all monitoring apps gets the same reading. Just to be sure i used multiple apps side by side:
Prime95 and Aida64 (minimum 20min to 4hrs)
Under the same price range(or even cheaper) ryzen 1500x can compete with i5 6500(which was my 1st plan to buy). When overclocked? Its very clear already which one wins here. It might even compete with the i5 unlocked cpus...
I might be lucky and could say i have a "golden cpu chip sample" for the temp results i get and was able to OC at very minimal core voltage. I've read others need a min of 1.4v to reach 3.9 -4.0ghz.
PS. Took some time overclocking the RAM but was able to make it work to 2666Mhz. I updated to the latest bios version 0613 dated 05/24/2017. If anyone out there is using the same RAM kit and motherboard, please confirm if you are able to make it work up to 2933Mhz based on this Asus QVL Document.
UPDATE 07/01/2017: With ASUS BIOS 0805 update - AGESA to 22.214.171.124a, my RAM now runs 2933Mhz straight from the DOCP dropdown options of UEFI Bios Utility.
01/25/2018 Added SSD for boot drive. Added Custom Sleeve Cables.
Overclocked to 3.8ghz with no problems and I'm also amazed with the stock coolers performance!
CRYOGENIC...the "cool" cpu aircooler in its price range.
Huge(but RAM tolerance is pretty good), efficient heat sink design and silent.
Idle Temp: 30-35°c
Under load: 58-63°c
Great motherboard with all the basic things you need plus overclocking. Took some time but now with the latest Bios updates, works perfectly with my Ryzen build and runs RAM it its actual rated speed.
For my Asus B350-Ryzen build - Runs 2933MHz straight from DOCP options. Works as expected.
Solid and reliable. No complaints.
1080p smooth and crispy gaming!
Solid Case with a lot of cable management space. Nice finish and the window dont easily scratch. I recommend this as the "budget version" of NXZT S340.
IPS, Nice colors and I don't notice bleeding so far.