It's just regrettable that Ryzen APUs are not more widespread but as AMD slowly gains ground on enterprise machines which are all moving towards thin clients anyway, this will be a relic of the past or something to test and get basic video output for when (Sadly, not if) another crypto coin removes all other GPUs from the market.
I really like AMD APUs. I just built a Ryzen 5 3400G rig this month as a second machine, to replace an aged A6 6400K.I know it's terribly fashionable to be an AMD fanboy, but the plain truth is that Intel HD-530 & HD-630 will outperform this card too.
It was a pretty good upgrade, however I have to admit, I'm a bit disappointed with the integrated graphics performance. I didn't see the big jump in GPU performance I'd expect from the HD8470 on the A6 6400K, to the Vega 11 on the 3400G. Just like the APU it replaced, it's only really suitable for gaming at 720p or at most, 768p (1366x768) - framerates tank at 1080p, even in low settings with AA disabled.
And of course, nearly 20 years later, AMD still hasn't fixed their abysmal OpenGL performance, and at this point it's obvious they never will. I understand OpenGL is being phased out in favor of Vulkan, but there are many games and emulators that still use it.
It's really a shame that the new coming Zen3 APUs still have Vega graphics, and by the time Navi2 APUs arrive they will probably require a new motherboard and DDR5 ram if I plan on upgrading (I probably won't do it since it's not my main rig).
To reiterate, I can't speak to your issues, but........I own a GT-0730 (2 GB) and a GT-710. I can't get either one to run in the systems I had delegated them to.
I had thought all this garbage was, "backwards compatible". But that's not true, or so it would seem.
These cheap low end cards really are hit or miss. They're usually manufactured and put up for sale without any sort of quality control, especially if you purchase them from more generic brands from AliExpress which are widely available. I didn't notice you mentioning the brands of your cards, but we usually have better chances purchasing models from reputable video card makers (EVGA, Zotac, Gigabyte, XFX, etc). Even then, they usually have worse QC than higher end models...
Speaking of external SSD enclosures, I bought a bunch of Samsung 860 & 870s during recent sales. The plan was, to migrate all my Win 7 OS to larger drives, and keep the existing drives as backups.
So, I ordered 2 Wavlink SSD enclosures, and 2 "Orico" enclosures, The Oricos were shipped directly from China, (from the same wonderful people who brought us the "Kung Flu").
First, the Samsung migration software wouldn't acknowledge its own SSD in the enclosures. I had to install them in the board's SATA array..
That completed, I set about formatting all the extra drives (NTFS), to be used as basically USB sticks, since I don't network any of my machines. Well, the Wavlink cases seem to be working as they should, (you plug a drive into the USB, it appears, unplug it goes away).
No so with the Orico enclosures. You plug them in, and they destroy the boot sequence to the point where you have to go into boot manager and reset it, everytime you try and start the machine(s) I finally got my junk working usng BIOS, "load optimized defaults. I guess I can't send these junk enclosures back, since we're past 30 days, and they only cost $8.50 a pop anyway..
USB enclosures really are hit or miss and I've seen many fail. Orico tends to be a pretty good brand, however I've never used their USB enclosures.
The thing with USB is that, in general, it's a terrible, unreliable and unstable technology for storage and file transfers, and seems like every new revision only makes it even less reliable for this purpose.