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post #11 of 41
I paired this board with a 1600 for the wife's build. It overclocked nicely to 3.8 Ghz and was stable. However we noticed it still had plenty of headroom left at stock and ran substantially cooler (used stock cooler in both cases), so we just backed it down to stock. Good to know that if we ever want to- we can crank it back up to 3.8 Ghz without issues. Paired it with Corsair LPX 3200 2 x 8Gb and have them running 2933 Mhz without any problems.

The board has a nice layout, and for those into the RGB LED thing, there is a header for that. Wife wanted the fancy colors- so we spent 14$ on a magnetically attached pair of LED strips and now it goes through a rainbow of color when its being used and its completely dark and quiet when in sleep-mode.

I would definitely recommend this board.
post #12 of 41
I just got the AB350M a few days ago along with a r7 1700.

Pretty nice board, but there is one thing that needs to be fixed, or added I should say.. Load Line Calibration in the bios.
The vdroop under load is insane. I set 1.375vcore and idle it reads 1.41v, then when I put load on it, it drops to 1.31v! mad.gif

That is fu*kin ridiculous! To get 1.375v load , or even 1.35v I probably have to set over 1.4vcore and that means it will idle waaay above that, probably close to 1.5v.
Of course, this is only problematic when overclocking the cpu to its potential.. on lower speeds most runs fine well under 1.3v.

Ram I haven't tested much yet, only have a 2400mhz kit for now anyway.

Other than this it isn't much bad to say, board has a great layout. thumb.gif

Pcie 1x on top, then 16x, then a 4x full slot with an extra exp slot in between the 16x, this is perfect for me.
It has both m2 ultra and m2 slots, 4 sata ports and lots of usb3 ports.

Lets hope they're adding a load line option in the bios soon, so we can make our cpu's and vrm's sweat a little biggrin.gif
post #13 of 41
Hi. first time posting

Just wanted to chime in on this board
I have it paired with a R7 1700 and it's running great so far.
OC to 3.65 with 1.225 Volts. Maximum temp (IBT, Prime95) is pretty low at about 55 with my old Scythe Kama Angle cooler mounted on the AM2/3 Clips with AC MX-2 paste.
32 Gb (2x16) DR Vengeance LPX 2400 14-16-16-32 1.2v overclocked to 2666 16.16.16.38 1.25V (1.28V in HWiNFO)
Had trouble booting with XMP, dont use that. Always set the timings manually
I read about the alleged substandard power delivery, so i'm keeping the CPU volts down - 1.35V max

Latest BIOS 2.50
The BIOS is great, some OC related options are hidden in the "Advanced" menu (eg. RAM termination Ohms). Love the custom Fan speed curve setting - it reacts to the MB socket temp. probe, not the one in the CPU. That is good because it does not spike and avoids distubing fan spin-ups. The temperature delta is constant (lower with 5-6 degrees), so adjust with that in mind.
The only setting i'm missing is the SOC voltage, its stuck at 0.9. Hope the next update adds that.

a solid 8/10, recommended smile.gif
post #14 of 41
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Originally Posted by tamw View Post

I just got the AB350M a few days ago along with a r7 1700.

Pretty nice board, but there is one thing that needs to be fixed, or added I should say.. Load Line Calibration in the bios.
The vdroop under load is insane. I set 1.375vcore and idle it reads 1.41v, then when I put load on it, it drops to 1.31v! mad.gif

That is fu*kin ridiculous! To get 1.375v load , or even 1.35v I probably have to set over 1.4vcore and that means it will idle waaay above that, probably close to 1.5v.
Of course, this is only problematic when overclocking the cpu to its potential.. on lower speeds most runs fine well under 1.3v.

Ram I haven't tested much yet, only have a 2400mhz kit for now anyway.

Other than this it isn't much bad to say, board has a great layout. thumb.gif

Pcie 1x on top, then 16x, then a 4x full slot with an extra exp slot in between the 16x, this is perfect for me.
It has both m2 ultra and m2 slots, 4 sata ports and lots of usb3 ports.

Lets hope they're adding a load line option in the bios soon, so we can make our cpu's and vrm's sweat a little biggrin.gif

not sure what the issue is there, but I did not have any such Vdroop issues on my 1600.
post #15 of 41
What voltage did you use?
post #16 of 41
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Originally Posted by tamw View Post

I just got the AB350M a few days ago along with a r7 1700.

Pretty nice board, but there is one thing that needs to be fixed, or added I should say.. Load Line Calibration in the bios.
The vdroop under load is insane. I set 1.375vcore and idle it reads 1.41v, then when I put load on it, it drops to 1.31v! mad.gif

That is fu*kin ridiculous! To get 1.375v load , or even 1.35v I probably have to set over 1.4vcore and that means it will idle waaay above that, probably close to 1.5v.
Of course, this is only problematic when overclocking the cpu to its potential.. on lower speeds most runs fine well under 1.3v.

Ram I haven't tested much yet, only have a 2400mhz kit for now anyway.

Other than this it isn't much bad to say, board has a great layout. thumb.gif

Pcie 1x on top, then 16x, then a 4x full slot with an extra exp slot in between the 16x, this is perfect for me.
It has both m2 ultra and m2 slots, 4 sata ports and lots of usb3 ports.

Lets hope they're adding a load line option in the bios soon, so we can make our cpu's and vrm's sweat a little biggrin.gif

I am having even worse vdroop with my 1700x. Currently the voltage is set to 1.35v by default, but running a x.265 encode with handbrake it is dropping into the into 1.17~v territory without any overclock. When the chip is idle the vcore will hit 1.5v, thankfully it does not stay there. It is frustrating since I was hoping to overclock the 1700x to 3.8 or 3.9 and I have had good luck with Asrock boards in the past mad.gif

LLC cannot come soon enough!
post #17 of 41
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Originally Posted by Zatarra09 View Post

not sure what the issue is there, but I did not have any such Vdroop issues on my 1600.

Keep in mind current and power demand for a hexcore is about 20% less.




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post #18 of 41
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I am having even worse vdroop with my 1700x. Currently the voltage is set to 1.35v by default, but running a x.265 encode with handbrake it is dropping into the into 1.17~v territory without any overclock. When the chip is idle the vcore will hit 1.5v, thankfully it does not stay there. It is frustrating since I was hoping to overclock the 1700x to 3.8 or 3.9 and I have had good luck with Asrock boards in the past mad.gif

LLC cannot come soon enough!

Well the agesa 1006 bios update is hopefully right around the corner, hopefully it solves the memory issues and adds LLC smile.gif
post #19 of 41
I just got this board. It's pretty simple, but seems to work fine. Windows 7, Ryzen 5 1600 (currently working on 3.85Ghz stability). Used Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000 2x8GB and it runs 2933Mhz w/o issue. I can't get this MyDigitalSSD BPX 240GB NVMe drive to work properly... board keeps dropping it seemingly at random. It's not on the approved list, of course, but not many current drives are! Anybody have a decent NVMe on theirs that works well?

I do wish it had just 1 more fan header, that would have made a difference for me, but I'll get by. Only using this board as a stepping stone until the next Ryzen comes out and hopefully more boards.
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post #20 of 41
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Hey

I have this board with a R5 1600X. I run my G.Skill memory at 3200MT. It works, I haven't done any overclocking on the cpu yet but from what I can see it is pretty limited. You can change the frequency and voltage, that's it.
No offset, just manual voltage control.

Happy enough with the layout of the board, I like that the graphics card is at slot nr 2 so that there is more space between it and the cpucooler.

/Jakob

 

Just wondering what G.Skill memory you have specifically that is running at 3200? And did it work with the XMP profile?

 

I took a gamble on some 3200 EVGA RAM from Microcenter and I can't get it past 2666 even with the AGESA update.  Thinking about returning it entirely, or exchanging for some Corsair. 

 


 

I would also like to say that my initial impression after owning for a day, and playing around with OC for around 6 hours, via Ryzen Master, is definitely positive.  The board layout is well planned, it has RGB headers if you're into that, dual m.2 slots, heatsinks on the VRMs, feels solid, and I agree it is nice to have the GPU down a space with that pCI slot there, and I was able to update BIOS before even booting into Windows....can't really complain about too much even at retail of $80.

 

Then take into consideration that the board only cost $30 with a CPU bundle deal at Microcenter...and the value really shines.  If I had one gripe it would be fan headers...just one more, even if it was another 3-pin, would have been nice. 

 

I've got my 1700 running at 3.7GHz with a mere 1.1875V on the stock cooler without any hassles whatsoever so far.  Super impressed with the utter lack of noise the Spire emits chugging away under full load.  While temperatures certainly aren't the best, it is still impressive to apply a slight voltage bump, ~0.1V, and get a 15% overclock on the stock cooler.  I have a Cryorig M9 coming to compliment the CPU, which should be more than enough to bring temps down to a more reasonable level without any noise...despite its minute stature and 92mm fan, this little bugger performs about as well as a CM 212 EVO...If that holds true it should work out quite well. 

 

I'm about to play around with the BIOS for overclock and will see how that goes.

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