This was basically an educational project for my kids and a way to get all of us into PC gaming to avoid purchasing a game console. Yes, I wanted to play some games as well (Battlefield V, Rainbow Six Siege, etc.) and I'm anti-console given that so much work (and play) can be done on a computer. This initially started with no graphics card and one SSD but now I have already made a few upgrades which the kids were involved with. Obviously, the CPU is the bottleneck in this build (at least as far as I can tell) but my plan is to do another educational upgrade involving a Ryzen 7 2700X and RGB cooler. Can't decide on AIO liquid or fan cooling. My main disappointments with the build were the Thermaltake RGB controller and provided cables to connect to motherboard and the Gigabyte App Center software seems to be nonfunctional. I'd also like the Gigabyte Fusion application to provide more RGB options but its OK. I haven't gotten the Team RGB RAM to sync with this motherboard but it looks good anyway. The GeForce RTX 2070 makes games playable that were not playable with the APU and works very well. After a week of use, I had to disassemble the RTX 2070 to figure out why it was making a clicking noise when fans were running. It ended up being one of the cables hanging ever so slightly in the fan rotation path. I wasn't aware when I purchased the RTX 2070 that it would not sync with motherboard but I've learned. When the kids are not taking over, I'm planning to learn overclocking of CPU, RAM, and graphics card. I installed Windows 10 Professional and I'm very happy with the performance of the overall build. Time Spy score is max of 6793 so I wanted to improve with overclocking and eventually upgrade to the Ryzen 7 2700X. If anyone out there has any suggestions on the best case for RGB fans, let me know since I was disappointed with the Thermaltake RGB controller and cables and wouldn't buy it again if I had better options. Couldn't find the fans to add to parts list: EZDIY RGB 120mm fans that look great - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07N2DQCY2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
This is fine for an entry-level CPU and until I started benchmarking I wasn't able to see some of the limitations. I also wasn't aware that some games would not even let me play with the on-board APU. That being said, I intended to upgrade to a Ryzen 7 2nd or 3rd generation at some point (with dedicated graphics card) to continue down the road of updating components with my kids. I was able to overclock to 3.8GHz with stock cooler and temps were OK for short periods of time.
I'm pleased with this board for the most part and don't have any complaints about the hardware aspects. I'm glad I chose a MB with 2 M.2 slots and heat sinks. I do wish the manual was a little better at explaining certain items since this was my first time using a Gigabyte board. The biggest negatives are probably the Gigabyte App Center and not being able to view some of the applications I've downloaded and installed. The RGB Fusion could use just a few more options for controlling lighting and it would be great (e.g. flow effects for items connected in certain order and multi-color options per fan at any given point in time). As it is, I ended up disabling the sync feature for system fan LEDs to get the ultimate RGB unicorn vomit my kids love. Some have complained about the overclocking ability and voltage limitations but I found it fine for increasing 300MHz with only stock CPU cooler.
These look great and function very well.
Solid product. No complaints.
Solid product. I got this on sale and at the time was the cheapest for the speed of this device.
Overall, I am pleased with this case. I like the tempered glass front and side panels and the design for cable management. My complaint is the pre-installed RGB fan controller which comes with cables to connect to the motherboard that I have had problems with. The cable connector for my MB just does not stay on the header and I ended up taping it together.
Works fine so far. I probably paid too much for the RGB lighting.