Linux workstation build, currently running Solus but I distrohop often. Upgraded from an HP netbook with i7-5500U because performance wasn't good enough.
- Heat up your computer UNTIL IT MELTS DOWN before removing the CPU cooler. I learned it the hard way by breaking off a pin. Thankfully it still works.
- Don't cheap out on the case and the power supply. I got a bad case and power supply, which not only reduced the aesthetics but also made it significantly more difficult to work with and manage.
- Don't forget cooling equipment. Good airflow is very important for a healthy PC.
Linux support is phenomenal and I haven't had any issues at all so far.
Definitely not a "fancy" motherboard, but it works fine with Linux.
- Wifi doesn't work out of the box with Debian because the firmware is proprietary. It works out of the box for all other major distros.
- MicroATX form factor means that airflow, performance and I/O are slightly decreased.
- RGB control is available through the BIOS but there is only one RGB header, and it does not support ARGB.
Works fine, no problems. Enable XMP for extra performance.
Works fine, no problems.
You get what you pay for. The instructions are unclear, a lot of amenities found in nicer cases are missing, and it's very cramped and difficult to build in. I also had to replace the stock fan because it was noisy and didn't push any air.
If I could do this over I would build full ATX, because it has so much better airflow, better prices, and it's easier to build in. I don't think the smaller form factor is worth it.
Just one of these makes a big difference in the overall airflow of the case. Quiet, easy to install, very beautiful. The only complaint is the lack of RGB (actual RGB, not colored rubber pads, Noctua!)
Note: To install this fan you have to screw the screws in by pushing them in by force, because the hole in the case is not actually a screw hole (it's just a hole).