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COUGAR Volant Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great Value 08/15/2015

This review is from: COUGAR Volant Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: What attracted me to this case was the top mounted HDD docking station. It's a SATA setup, not E-SATA. The front panel leaves the switches, audio ports and USB ports attached to the case. The switches are on slides with metal springs. Feel good and appear sturdy. There are many cooling fan mounting options. The back panel is unusual in that the ledge for attaching expansion cards is actually outside the case. This has the effect of putting the IO panel flush with the outside of the case rather than recessed. This makes the attachment of cables far easier than normal.

Cons: The filters at the case bottom of the case are nicely made with a fine metal mesh. The problem is that they do not pull out for cleaning like a toaster crumb tray. The power supply will need to be unbolted and tilted for it's filter removal.

Other Thoughts: The HDD docking station is designed to be a hot swappable SATA configuration. If your system HDD's are not set for RAID or AHCI in BIOS you will need to shut the system down to swap HDD's. I changed mine to a USB docking station.

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CORSAIR CX series CX430 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: First off, I didn't buy this from Newegg. Normally I would have but there is a reason I chose to go to a retail store for it. I needed a power supply to mount in the bottom of the case AND HAVE THE SATA CABLES PROPERLY ORIENTED. I was able to inspect the unit in person. Happily, I can report that the SATA cables for this power supply are properly oriented for mounting in the BOTTOM of the case. Perhaps case maker might consider supplying this information as part of the specifications. DUH

Cons: No cons except maybe the SATA cable orientation information could have been listed on the box so I wouldn't need to upset the store by unboxing right there.

Other Thoughts: Someone needs to start a list of the SATA cable orientation of power supplies.

I'll start , Corsair CX430 - Bottom of case mount

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ADATA Premier SP610 ASP610SS3-128GM-C 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I won't comment on the performance because it's pretty much a given with these sweet little SSD's. There is much confusion concerning A-Data's free Acronis software. Reading the information, one get's the impression that the software includes ONLY a migration package. NOT TRUE. What you get is Acronis lite program much like what you can get free with WD hard drives. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles but it does include the back-up utility that most of us really only want.

Cons: None at this time.

Other Thoughts: A-Data will make you jump through hoops in order to get the software. Be patient, you will eventually get it. If I can get it, anyone should be able to. ( I really mean that). Don't forget to write down the Acronis key code on the backside of the drive before you mount it. Duh

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Display Name: Dan O.

Date Joined: 05/17/06

  • Reviews: 30
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  • First Review: 06/14/06
  • Last Review: 08/15/15
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