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This review is from: Patriot Blaze PB240GS25SSDR 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Pros: Works =D
Used as a boot drive for a home ITX server and holds one game server currently and is lag free.
Cons: Saw someone post about this thing feeling empty, I have to agree it does feel quite light to the touch and makes me wonder about how it will survive my 5th floor drop testing so we shall see.
Read speeds during bench-marking got well over 500, where the writes were in the mid 300's on Sata III.
Kinda wonder if firmware is to blame for the reads or my super cheap ITX-H81 Biostar board is to blame. Meh.
Other Thoughts: Over all I'm happy with this SSD, hope it lasts 2x as long as it I need it too. Hoping for a PCI-E x4 ssd upgrade and use this guy in my main rig for extra game space, Darn you gta and your file sizes *angry fist*.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Well I'm Loving this case. I took the plunge and bought it and I am happy with it.
There was some minor modifications I needed to make to make me happy but all is well. If I were to buy this again I would defiantly buy a different PSU than the after market one I tried to 'make' fit in there.
More in Other Thoughts*
Cons: With all of my parts on the table, *listed in Other Thoughts*, I managed to get 29c on the cpu, and 25c on the vid card.
Inside the case I got 45c on the cpu, and 35c on the vidcard. And under stress I managed to get cpu to 60c and the vid card to 52c.
ALSO --> I managed to over heat my psu a bit during gaming and had random shut offs. (which I managed to fix) NOT THE factory psu btw.
Other Thoughts: Asrock Z77 e-itx Board
I-3 3220 CPU
8Gb Corsair LP 1600 Ram
Zotac GT 640 2GB LP
Apollo 350w SFX PSU (wouldn't recommend this type)
Crucial m4 64gb SSD + 330gb toshiba 2.5 laptop HDD
I would recommend the (Item#: N82E16817338081) PSU. It has enough power yet it smaller and correctly sized to fit this case. Should only really need zip ties to strap it down behind the front grill.
-ALSO I believe the thermaltake page is a bit misleading on the air flow. The front of the case does not have an intake vent and I believe I saw a picture advertising the air flow with a nice blue arrow pointing towards this grill that is just a solid piece of plastic with a grill on top of it.
-To solve my problem and just as a suggestion on the V2 of this. Give the option to have a 140mm fan mount on that cd tray bracket. I managed to drill some holes in it to achieve this and it has worked wonders. Cpu under load doesn't break 45c now and idles under 30c. =)
Pros: Love the 5x5x5 options, having a virtual hdd on the ram is ver convient. On paper this board was great
Cons: Got a defective board. The Sound would only output to the right speakers. I tried everything I could think of. Then noticed front ports weren't working either. Tried another board, front ports worked fine. Then did new drivers, no change. At that point I RMA'd the board due to the hardware sound chip not working right. Took it apart, all looked good and sent it back. Newegg declined my replacement due to what they say was customer neglect and pin damage. Kinda wish now I took pictures of the thing before sending it back but oh well. Just out the 100 dollars I guess. If the on board audio worked It would have been fine because it worked amazingly otherwise.
Other Thoughts: So yeah, really bummed I cant have my client's build ready till another week and having to absorb the cost of this board. Just going to buy from local dealer to save some time.
Will say the RMA process @ newegg is usualy great. But my main con is the audio not working right on the board. so beware this may be a common issue, reguardless of my experience
Display Name: Joel R.
Date Joined: 03/23/07
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