Tuesday April 11th at 9:06 am I pulled the trigger on a AMD Ryzen 5 1600 CPU, a Asus Prime B350 plus AM4 motherboard, and a 16gb set of Corsair Vengeance DDR4 2666 at a cost of $425.98 less taxes. I know this is LowBuckPC, and we’re all about low budget systems, but in a sense this is low budget as this was just a upgrade and not a complete new build. As a matter of fact, this is the first time since the Athlon XP (oct 01) that I purchased a CPU at or close to it’s introduction. Normally I wait until a new generation comes out before I purchase the previous, but I did just get my first FX a little over a year ago. Until then I was using a Phenom II X6 and after buying the FX I knew I made a mistake, I should have stayed with the Phenom. The FX and it ability to overclock was the only reason I didn’t send it back or sell it. In many applications including rendering, the FX needed a 1.0ghz overclock to do what the Phenom did at stock speeds. But the FX did consume slightly less power.
On Thursday April 13th at 10:33am the package arrived undamaged. It was like Christmas in April. I promptly opened it up, placed the motherboard on my test bench, installed the CPU, RAM and a Video card, connected the 24 pin an 8 pin power and jumped the power button pins, waited a few seconds and then the monitor lit. The Asus logo came up and then a message to press F1. So press F1 I did and entered the mysterious new bios to which I promptly jumped into the hardware monitor to make sure temps were in check. Then I set the ram to 2666 and set the time / date and F10’d the heck out of there. I then connected my win 10 test ssd and let it find the hardware, then I ran AIDA64 extreme for 30 minutes. While that was running I pulled my old (last year) Asus M5A99X motherboard out of it’s Corsair Carbide 330R case in preparation for the swap. The Motherboard, CPU & Ram were the only thing removed excluding the RX 480 as that went back in.
After the stress test completed and I ran a couple benchmarks just to test it out, it was time to put it in the case. I did have to remove the three standoffs closest to the front of the case as this B350 motherboard is about a 1/4 inch narrower that a standard ATX, and those standoffs were just under the edge which could cause a short and a dead motherboard. Come on Asus! a 1/4 inch more PCB and 3 holes. How many are going to come back for RMA because the builder didn’t notice that? And you know at least one rocket surgeon is going to try and drill those holes. I also had to be cautious when connecting the 24 pin due to the lack of support under that area of the board. So hold the board with your finger while inserting the 24 pin. I will mention that this Asus Prime B350-plus motherboard is similar to the Asus 970 Pro Gaming Aura. It has the same black and red color scheme and does have the red LED back light around the audio chipset, but not the RGB southbridge. This is a budget board like the 970-870-770 were, with the X370’s being comparable with the 990-890-790FX boards. However, since I bought the vanilla R5 1600 and not the 1600X or it’s Ryzen 7 counterparts, it should do just fine.
As I mentioned earlier, this was a upgrade. I used the same hard drives, SSD, RX480, EVGA SuperNova 750G, and everything else. All I did was enter a new key for the OS. After the system was up and running I did go into the device manager after making a restore point and chose show hidden devices from the view menu at the top, and uninstalled all the USB and PCI drivers that were grayed out.
So now that I’ve had the system up and running for 24 hours, doing both light and heavy tasks, lots of bench marking and multitasking, It has become clear that this upgrade was a disaster. Not that there is any issue with it. On the contrary, This thing is sweet! The disaster is, every other system and most of the hardware I have are now completely outdated for my use. Not that they weren’t by other anyone else’s standards. My X58 Xeon X5670 system I used for hard tasks that my overclocked FX 8 core couldn’t handle is now just a high powered lump. Both My FX 8 core systems, well they might as well be Athlon XP or Pentium 4 systems. My 4 core 65 watt A8 7600 APU system, although low power and great for light tasks, uses the same amount of power as the Ryzen 5 1600. But the Ryzen could chew it up and spit it out it’s rear case fan. So in one swoop, I made every other system I own obsolete. So what do I do with all the parts my Ryzen 5 rendered useless? I guess I’ll need to open a museum.
Here is a look around in the bios