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Cooler Master Elite 130 - Mini-ITX Computer Case with Mesh Front Panel and Water Cooling Support
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Rocks with Core i7-4790K Devil's Canyon 01/03/2015

This review is from: Cooler Master Elite 130 - Mini-ITX Computer Case with Mesh Front Panel and Water Cooling Support

Pros: Great chassis for a fully equipped Mini ITX build. I put in an AsRock Z97 board Z97E-ITX/ac, along with an Intel Devil's Canyon Core i7 4790K. Intel 530 240GB SSD, Asus full size DVD burner/reader. Intel closed-loop CPU water cooler from Aztec, and a MSI double wide nVidia full power graphics card, along with a RX-535AP modular PSU from RAIDMAX. It all works great, and there's space inside for additional HDD's or SSD's if you needed more.

Cons: Power and reset button are a little odd. They share the same elongated plastic switch - with two different mechanical switches behind the single plastic button, so pressing one end of the button is power, the other end is reset. It works fine and they are labeled, but if you're trying to press the button without looking at the label, i.e. tucked under a table, it's not intuitive.

Other Thoughts: Great chassis, my second Cooler Master case.

Dell UltraSharp U2412M Black IPS Panel 24
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Beautiful monitor, zero dead or bright pixels. Good menu control. Great image on DVI and even VGA.

Fairly lightweight (less than my other 24" monitors) and also thinner too, also thinner bezel than other 24's I have.

Cons: The display port is much less value than I expected. Most digital ports (e.g. DVI and HDMI) can be connected to from any other digital PC output - e.g. if your PC has DVI, HDMI, or DP you can simply get a cable converter and connect it to the DVI or HDMI port on the monitor.

However, not DP. You can connect a PC with a DP socket to any monitor socket. However, not the other way around! The DP socket on the monitor DOES NOT work with a DVI based graphics card. So beware. The port is effectively useless unless you have Displayport on your PC.

To be fair and complete, I haven't tested HDMI to DP as I don't have that cable, it's just DVI (on the PC) to DP on the Monitor that I've tested and doesn't work.

I also called Dell before buying the cable, and they were completely uncertain, ultimately making a guess and telling me it would work, although it doesn't.

Other Thoughts: Also lacks sound. I knew this coming in, but am already missing it for my kids computer. (I have both mine for multi monitor computing, and their computer attached for them)

XIGMATEK AOS (Aeronautical Oil System Bearing) XAF-F1452 140mm Case Fan Ultra Quiet Copper Bushing Axis Aeronautical Oil System Bearing
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Large, stylish, fairly quiet

Cons: At $25 I had expected more. Although the paper specs indicate that it should push huge volumes of air, I think it may only do so if totally unrestricted. Once it's put behind a chassis grille the static pressure is low, and the air flow much less than expected. It is also noiser than I had hoped for too.

Other Thoughts: Good product, but probably not very good value at $25 each.


Roland W.'s Profile

Display Name: Roland W.

Date Joined: 01/11/02

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  • First Review: 01/15/07
  • Last Review: 01/03/15
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