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This review is from: BYTECC SATA-XP118 18" Sata and Slim Sata Power 7+6pin Cable, for Sata Slim OD
Pros: Rescued me from a non-working system
Other Thoughts: It worked exactly as advertised right from the box. No nomex problems as have been mentioned by others and the SATA connections have a nice firm grip.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Smokes everything else I have. Much cooler than what it replaced.
Other Thoughts: I have a desk 'made for' a computer. The desk designer clearly never tried to put a computer in because only the smallest ATX cases would fit and it's old enough to outdate any real use of ITX. Then once you shoehorned something in, it would bake potatoes if you put them in the box due to the poor cooling. I clearly needed a new solution. This chip is the perfect answer, much faster than the (admittedly old) chip that used to reside in the box and significantly lower temp as well.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SilverStone Sugo Series SG05BB-450-USB3.0 ALL Black Plastic / SECC Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case with SFX 450W 80+ Bronze Certified / Single +12V rail Power Supply with 2 x USB3.0 ports (Black)
Pros: Can take a relatively tall cpu cooler, a relatively long card but takes up only a little real estate.
Cons: Squeeze-sided closure, no power connector for the slim optical drive, maybe a smidge of wasted space inside
Other Thoughts: This case has lots of positives and very few negatives. The case is easy to disassemble and the drive bays are easily removed, easy to work with and easy to reassemble. Even screwing in the slim optical drive wasn't too difficult. The case also has room for large expansion cards (it has two slots on the back). I think the manual says will take 9.8 inch long cards. In addition, it will take a CPU cooler up to 82mm tall the box says and I see no reason why it wouldn't.
My only negative comments, and they are all forgivable, are these. First, each side of the case cover has three 'slip over' alignment tabs to get it to seat properly. That system seems to work fine in my larger cases which have it, but it's fiddly on my case; aligning one seems to prevent others from aligning. Hopefully it's just mine and this doesn't happen to others. Also, for a power supply custom built for a mini-itx case with a slim optical drive opening, I was surprised there wasn't a standard slim OD power lead. Lastly, and this may be for cooling, it seems there is some real estate above the slim OP and below the 3.5" drive tray that could seat other drives.
All in all, if the drive spaces fit your need and you can get a slim OD that takes a standard SATA power (or you can buy an adapter) and you don't need the longest card or the tallest CPU cooler, this case will do the job in very little real estate.