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This review is from: TP-LINK TL-SG105 Unmanaged 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch, Metal Case, Power-Saving
Pros: LEDs that give speed/in use information
As fast as it should be
Convenient little rubber feet or mounting holes.
Using this with 3 HP network laser printers and a computer with an internet network connection.
Cons: None really...
Other Thoughts: It would be cool if some of these network switches could enter a standby mode during which the LEDs turn off completely and the units shuts off until "awakened" by a data request from the devices connected when turned on. Just a thought...
Oh, and if you ever have issues with an HP printer and USB and Windows, just get a network cable & switch and do it that way, the drivers work WAY smoother and faster and it only takes seconds to be recognized and installed. I have spent days getting a number of HP printers to work on new Windows operating systems with USB to no complete success for most of them. This comes from someone who owns 11 HP laser business printers old and new with multiple Windows operating systems. Oh, and just a note, this does not apply to Apple, they all work perfectly with USB on Macs...
Pros: One of the most beautiful cases out there. I would put it on par with Lian Li aluminum sheeting quality but for a fraction of the price, and with a few less user friendly touches, and a much better look that is more balanced and centered. The alumnum is very thick, and edges are well rounded where needed. The airflow is FAR superior to many tiny Lian Li cases as well (or any mini itx case for that matter). It actually looks nicer than similar cases since the front ports are centered and have stainless steel inserts. This thing has quality written all over it from the harder to scratch window to the neat little metal case feet. I mean, even the power button has a pretty blue circle light that looks super cool! This holds larger PSUs for someone wanting to cram a 1 kilowatt PSU (like a Seasonic x1050) in it just an FYI (although squeezing a PSU in that size will require not having the motherboard in it beforehand). Also, it is very easy to manage cables around the top edge near the back of the PSU as they tuck out of sight very well and stay put. The motherboard screw holes are actually on risers so you have a full centimeter to squeeze cables behind the motherboard which is GREAT! Everything is neat and perfectly placed for function and beauty. This has 2 pci slots for double wide cards and a little room under for a hard drive. Having a 120mm fan is great since you can remove a lot of air, but keep it on low RPM for ultimate silence. The door also sits on very nicely and instead of sliding on and scratching the edges, you just sort of fold it into place and screw it in, very good design. Also, with a dual 2.5” drive attachment, you can fit a total of 4 2.5” drives which is perfect for dual SSD and dual backup. Also, I removed the front drive/fan holder inside since I only used one drive. It also makes it look neater inside and help with cable management since the bulk of the cables are at the front.
Cons: No cons--the reality is if you want a case this small, this is the best it is going to get and you just need to accept the tediousness and time it takes to build such a compact computer.
Other Thoughts: This case is definitely superior to the Legacy V3. I would only recommend the Legacy V3 for an i5 or lower, a basic motherboard (without a buch of stuff sticking out all over like the higher end ASUS motherboards have) and a compact modular PSU so you do not have to worry about airflow. I had initially got the V3 but I am satisfied with this one even though it takes up more vertical space.
I fit everything listed below beautifully inside the case with excellent cable management. This case could easily handle a 2 fan video card. The three fan ones would probably be pushing it.
Specs for the ultimate non gaming silent small computer: Asus Maximus VII Impact mITX z97 Chipset, 16gb (2x8GB) Patriot DDR3 2133, Intel i7 4790s, Noctua NH-L9-i, Zalman Fanmate controller, Rosewill case fan on low, Rosewill U2-S window case, intel 730 240GB SSD, AMD MultiView 2460 (Fanless), and of course a Rosewill Silentnight 500 (Fanless) (no coil whine).
This review is from: Rosewill SilentNight-500 - 500-Watt Fanless Active PFC Power Supply - Continuous @ 122 Degrees F (50C), 80 PLUS Platinum, ATX 12V v2.31 & EPS 12V v2.92, Intel Haswell, SLI & CrossFire Ready
Pros: NO COIL WHINE!!!!!! NO COIL WHINE!!!!!! NO COIL WHINE!!!!!! For all of you former/current Seasonic users with this issue, you know what I mean. Seasonic makes ultra high quality fully modular PSUs with great electrical management, but about 1/3 of them have a coil whine problem which can drive a person nuts! I tried every single power saving setting in existence in the BIOS and plugged more things in to use more watts or less things in and it just changed the sound of the coil whine, nothing more. Man, now I can day trade in PEACE!
Okay, so to actually review it. It is a good small size for small mini itx cases such as the Rosewill Legacy U2 that I have it in. I kind of like fully modular systems so I can buy custom cables, but Rosewill did a good job with keeping the covering flexible enough to manipulate and tight enough so as not to be big and bulky. Also, I find it unnecessary to have one set of PCI-E cables not modular when they have all those modular ports for putting stuff but that is fine. I guess someone is going to use a bunch of heavy powered video cards with a fanless 500w PSU... Besides that miniscule annoyance, the flat cables are very easy to use and manipulate for cable management.
Make sure you snap the cables in properly as installing it upside down (which some people claimed was possible on the side that connects to the PSU) could fry your SSD. Besides that, as others have noted their review the screw holes do not line up perfectly with standard cases with a side guide rail (they seem to all be shifted to one side a bit) so you really have to push the PSU to one side to get them to line up in cases that have a side guide rail or cut the small side tab off it is not a rail. If there is no side guide rail, you are good to go as all the holes are otherwise spaced correctly. The power supply stays cool and with a fan pulling even a little air out of the case you will likely have no problems as long as you are using low voltage. (My computer uses only 60 watts so it will probably never get hot). For those of you using high powered video cards with it, I would assume better circulation may be necessary but I have no personal experience with that. The power tests done on benchmark sites show this PSU comes in very good only a little lower than Seasonic ss-520 and Silverstone NightJar (which uses the ss-520 from Seasonic anyways). The paint job is very thick and all a simple color which makes it look extra nice and sleek in cases with windows (like mine).
Cons: These are really not deal breakers but to put something here...
-Holes may not line up perfectly in your case, but that is easily solved.
-Tilts down and back instead of sitting flat (because of the slight misalignment of the heatsink panel)
-Not 100% modular
-Has a non modular set of PCI-E cables that are not needed for someone like me... (my personal con I guess)
-Ugly cables that people like me who use modded cables and window cases don't like to look at (I did get them pretty well tucked out of sight I must admit but did we really need to use cheapo looking red and blue plastic ends?) Anyways...
Other Thoughts: Basically, for those of you tired of having the PSU fan be the loudest one in your case and not wanting to break the warranty to switch it out with a Noctua fan (which I have done to those out of warranty), and for those of you who no longer believe the PSU companies when they claim to have "silent fans," and for those of you who have an old very good quality Seasonic x1050w with a Hybrid fan control that you used in a new 60w computer that never turns the fan on under 200w (which is good because the fan is loud) but has a very annoying hissing coil whine that drives you nuts no matter where in the room your computer sits, you need thin flexible cables and a small PSU for a tight fit in a mini itx case, THE ROSEWILL PSU IS PERFECT FOR YOUR NEEDS!
And I will admit, perhaps if I used 500w or 600w there might not be a coil whine, the thing is I did not want to spend another $150 for yet another PSU. Using it in my gaming computer is no big deal since it is full of noisy fans anyways.
Specs for the ultimate non gaming silent small computer: Asus Maximus VII Impact z97 Chipset, 16gb Patriot DDR3 2133, Intel i7 4790s, Noctua NH-L9-i, Zalman Fanmate controller, Rosewill case fan on low, Rosewill U2-S window case, intel 730 240GB SSD, and of course a Rosewill Silentnight 500.