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This review is from: ASRock 4CoreDual-SATA2 R2.0 LGA 775 VIA PT880 Pro/PT880 Ultra ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: AGP8x w/775
Relatively flexible in terms of what hardware you can plug into it, may not run great, but it'll usually run.
Cons: The VIA chipset was my main beef, but only when trying to do stupid stuff with it.
ATX header is almost in the middle of the board (this may be useful in some specific application though).
Other Thoughts: I've had this board almost three years with no issues, I got it for what I think it was intended- as a transition board. And for that it does the job.
After purchasing a proper motherboard, this piece was relegated to component testing, which it also has performed well at.
It's recently done time inside in an arcade emulator cabinet, getting banged around, unplugged at random and generally treated poorly. For my abuses I've lost one USB and had to re-seat the battery, not bad for board I got new for $60, or so, three years ago.
Pros: Handles everything I throw at it. Have gotten some decent overclocks. EVGA customer service. Came with all connectors I needed. Flawless installation under Win7 x64.
Cons: Power hungry, can heat my room, and points out bottlenecks in the rest of my system. Oh well.
Other Thoughts: Feed it plenty of cool, clean air. I've had to clean the fan/radiator a couple times, otherwise, runs between 38 and 66 degrees.
I've taken to using MSI's Afterburner software instead of EVGA's as it allows more precise control of the fan.
This review is from: APEVIA X-CRUISER2-AL Silver SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: It's a cheap, flashy case, I like the gauges and the pseudo-50's American car styling. Comes with fan controller, a few big fans (2 are LED, 1 isn't) and plenty of 3.5" drive slots.
The essential aspects of the case work. Can support some tool-less methods.
Can be quiet at idle, with the door closed and fans turned down.
Cons: -Audio VU circuit isn't good.
-Front cover/door creaks. Spend a couple a couple minutes routing the wires coming from this and things improve a bit.
-The cases overall depth is too short to accommodate my EVGA GTX 260 without sacrificing a couple 3.5" slots (by about an inch).
-There's a muffler on the side panel fan, while reducing noise does impact the airflow, easily removed.
-Only comes with screws.
-Temperature probe only reaches about halfway across the case if it's routed alongside the 5.25" bays.
-Inlet port in the door for the front fan is pitiful, open the door or get busy with the dremel.
Other Thoughts: Overall, I like this case. When I bought it, the other cases at this price point were made worse or didn't have as many features (as cheesy as some of them are). Yeah, the fan controller is simple, and the gauges aren't terribly accurate, but I bought it with the intention of modding it a bit anyways, kind of like the 50's cars it's styled after.
-1 Egg for not being 1" deeper for giant video cards.
-1 Egg for cheap electrics, only providing screws and not having a larger aperture in the door.
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