Description

Ryzen 5 1400 upgrade from a amd fx-6300, so far so good, i was only able to set the memory to 2666MHz until Asrock updates the bios, i have also applied the latest update. Slightly overclocked the Ryzen 5 1400 to 3.7GHz, running very cool with the zalman cooler (i was able to use with ryzen due to stock clip mounting design). Hovering close to 60 C after 30 minutes of prime95. Firestrike overall was just above 7000, and was getting around 80ish frames in Overwatch on epic. I may further overclock the CPU, more pics and CPU benchmarks to come.

Zalman is Ryzen ready despite compatiability issues listed on PCPP: http://zalman.com/na/contents/support/AM4/AMD_AM4_na.html

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU for the price and if your willing to overclock to match/come close to the frequency of the 1500x it is very close to the same minus the fact that it has half the L3 cache. No frame latency issues in the games that i have tested (pubG, Overwatch, star wars battlefront). I have also tested streaming on twitch with this as well (720p) with no issues. I was debating getting the intel i3 K cpu or an i5, i went with this one though to try out Ryzen.

CPU Cooler

One of the best cpu air coolers i think for the size and compatibility with m-atx cases and some m-itx cases. Since the entire unit is made of pure copper the heat dissipation is insane, running the Ryzen 5 1400 at 3.7/3.8 GHz at 25-26C idle and just under 60C on full load using Prime95/Aida64.

Thermal Compound

Alternative to AS5 and i think preforms better since it is ceramic based, very good TIM. This stuff is very thick, so you may want to wiggle and carefully remove the cooler off of a PGA socket based CPU to reduce the risk of pulling the cpu out of the socket attached to the cooler.

Motherboard

Best micro ATX AB350 chipset based motherboard out there for AM4. ASRock support has been very good and even supplied me beta bios versions to work with the RAM speed issues with the Zen platform, so far so good, lots of features: 4x RAM slots, 2x M.2 slots, sleek look, very sturdy.

Memory

Good memory, looks good with very deep blue led color, Corsair also released Corsair Link version 4.7.0.77 that allows LED config with AM4 support along with Ryzen cpu temp monitoring, also only able to overclock the memory to 2666 hopefully until the Agesa version 1.0.0.6 gets released.

Storage

Budget SSD boot drive, need i say more?

Case

Corsair did well with this m-atx case, has alot of features and looks good, very sturdy, based on their 88R chassis. Cable management could be a little better but understandable in a tight m-atx form factor case. only downside is plastic thumb screws that secure the window and back panel. Plenty of fan ports and radiator support.

Case Fan

Decent fans, they are very loud and move a ton of air, the case has negative air pressure. deep purple color, not very bright, looks good tho. I bought a bunch of the 2 packs from xigmatek, 4 packs total, 2 fans had one led that was out on them.

Comments

  • 30 months ago
  • 4 points

How is the motherboard, Good amount of fan connecters? Is the BIOS easy to use? Thinking of getting it myself. Btw nice upgrade.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice! +1

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!!

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for posting this build! I'm building a new rig later today (waiting for case to arrive) with the same exact motherboard, Ryzen 5 1600, and Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000MHz.

I was concerned about the RAM being compatible, does it boot up without tweaking RAM settings in BIOS? Or will I have to enter BIOS and set memory to 2666MHz for initial boot?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Should boot on the default 2133 on DDR4, any XMP or overclocking will be done in the bios :), you will have to do some tinkering on getting to a stable memory speed for sure though.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

I think you selected the wrong 1060 for your parts list...

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

I had recently just upgraded to that one actually, haven't gotten the chance to update the pictures yet ><

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

The build list says an EVGA GTX 1060, but the photos show an Asus Rog Strix card of some sort. RX 570? 1060?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed, i need to upgrade pictures, the previous card is an Asus Strix GTX 1050 Ti

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

howd u get windows 10 for free

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm tempted to try to get this thing to 4GHz but i think it would be a tad toasty on air.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

You should be fine, I personally would go as high as I can while keeping it under ninety Celsius, which in that case you have plenty of room from your current temperature

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Ill do some testing tonight, i did do a tad at 3.8GHz for a little and got to around 70ish C after 15-20 min on Prime95, should be high 70's/80ish C i would guess. Id prob have to up the voltage to 1.35v as well

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Spent a couple hours tinkering and only got this stable at stock voltage and 3.8GHz, anything higher would boot loop the system, guess ill have to wait for stability bios updates :|

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you think 8GB DDR4 2400 Dual Channel will work with the 1400? Or is the memory to slow?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Should be fine, 2400 is pretty much the standard and the norm, you wont see much difference performance wise between 2400 and 2800 imo

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Mind showing your BIOS settings? I have same mobo and ram, but can't seem to get it past the default 2133

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey Snoopy! sure, ill post a picture when i get home, i also have a beta bios version that ASRock sent me, version 2.31 (i can send to you possibly or you can work with ASRock to get the update), I'm guessing you updated to 2.10? Try 2400 first, make sure you load the XMP profile first and change the overclock to 2400 to see if that's stable on the 2.10 version, i was getting post loops on anything higher until the 2.31 bios update from ASRock, i'm now using 2666 speed. It is also recommended if you have only 2 memory sticks, place them in ports A2 and B2.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey! I finally got around to playing around with my BIOS and I managed to get it to 2666mhz. As you said, setting the XMP first, then just adjusting the speed worked vs manually setting the timings myself.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

What did you set the timings to? just curious, glad u were able to get it stable!!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

The XMP settings set it at

15-17-17-17-35

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply. You are correct I am using 2.10 already and have my memory in A2/B2. As you suggested, I just contacted Asrock, see what else they can do .

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the card light up

+1

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Just the ROG logo on the side of the card is the only thing that lights up and is controlled by their RGB AURA software.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you managed to get your RAM speeds close-ish to 3000Mhz?

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

With this most current revision 3.00 bios version i was able to get 2800Mhz Yesterday, i was able to get 2933Mhz on this version but was boot looping with the CPU overclock, i'm currently running at 3.8GHz on the Ryzen 5 1400 and 2800MHz memory.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Good to hear! Thank you for the reply :)

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

How's AsRock b350m pro4? How far did you overclock the chip? at what voltage? and your temps as well. Thank you!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

See my updated build to this here https://pcpartpicker.com/b/cmNQzy :)

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Wish I could get that graphics card for 300$

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed, the prices are ridiculous right now, I feel bad for anyone building a pc for the first time or doing a required upgrade. I bought it just after the first crypro craze when the prices normalized for a couple of weeks.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya I’m only 14 and I got a job and I’m trying to get into the pc community but house prices are so high and my budget is only 1k

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Do u have any gpu’s I can get from ya for cheap

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish i still had the asus strix 1050 ti for you, sadly i sold it to a friend sorry.

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  • 30 months ago
  • 6 points

Was a bundle deal at microcenter, $50 dollars off, which i bought 2 days prior to the launch due to stock reasons on mATX boards, and they still allowed me to get the bundle discount :)

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  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

indeed, only place to buy cpus/motherboards at least if you have one near you.

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  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

It's probably a mistake. Or he got a really good combo deal.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't know what deal he got, but my local hardware store had a $199.99 Ryzen combo deal for the first 20 or so customers to celebrate release day.. Maybe something similar..

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  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol not yet, we get to play Overwatch together? ;)