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NZXT APERTURE M 5.25 Bay Multi-Media Mesh Style Card Reader  w. Dual USB 3.0
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Does What it Should 01/17/2014

This review is from: NZXT APERTURE M 5.25 Bay Multi-Media Mesh Style Card Reader w. Dual USB 3.0

Pros: -Reads SD cards just fine
-USB 3.0 ports
-Other inputs would probably be nice if I actually had a use for them
-The mesh style matched the rest of the front of my case

Cons: -Whenever I pull a USB drive or SD card out, the entire unit pulls out with it. I'm pretty sure I forgot to put in a couple screws, so it's my fault. I should probably get around to fixing that, it's kind of annoying.
-Price. $35 isn't particularly expensive, and I had plenty of space in my budget, but I've since realized I can get something as good or better for around $15-20.

Other Thoughts: -Not sure if this really counts, but all of the ports except for the USB3 connections are hooked up to a single USB2.0 port. I haven't had occasion to try it, but that's slower than the USB3... And also I have the feeling it might struggle reading two different memory sticks at once, but like I said, I can't confirm this.

G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C10D-16GAB
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -Overclocked well (can't remember the exact timings, they all got reset to default but I know we were able to push it pretty far)
-Good price point for 16GB RAM

Cons: -They didn't exactly match the red-themed case that I bought, but it didn't matter. You couldn't see very well inside without a window, and a decent-sized CPU cooler hid them from sight.

Other Thoughts: I bought these for a gaming/video editing rig. They've served me well and I have no complaints.

AZZA Genesis 9000 CSAZ-9000B Black 0.8mm SECC ATX Full Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: So I bought this case because I loved its features and its looks. It was my first build and I thought that having a full-tower behemoth of a case would make the build process easier. I was right.
-Big & spacious
-Easy wire management
-Red LEDs look nice, even better with a few red LED fans
-USB 3.0

Cons: -I don't know if this was a problem with my motherboard (Gigabyte UD5H LGA 1155) or the case, but the motherboard doesn't sit far enough back in the case to reach the cutout. The I/O panel is somewhat inset, so the I/O shield that came with the motherboard would've gotten in the way, and thus was never installed.
-The entire thing feels like it's well-built, with the exception of the front panel. It broke within the first hour of building, and despite trying tape and glue to secure it, it hasn't worked yet. If you put any USB device into it, especially on the right, it was unhook itself and drop down into the case. Sometimes pulling the USB device out will fix this, sometimes it won't.
-My front audio jack stopped working too. Possibly related, not sure, it just suddenly cut out on me in the middle of a game at one point. Still haven't determined the cause.
-It weighs 36lb.
-It's pretty hot in there. My airflow might just be bad, I tried adding a few extra fans, but my GPU runs at >90ºC at full load, and my CPU gets pretty hot even with a Noctua NH D-14 cooling it (IC Diamond thermal paste).
-Definitely not worth the $160 I paid for it.

Other Thoughts: I probably would've RMA'd this case shortly after building, but some of the components were a hassle to install and I just wanted to use the dang thing! I just bought a new case to either replace it or be used with a new build, I have't decided yet. This time a mid tower. Personally I think mid towers are the way to go when building a computer, and would suggest a nice mid tower to anyone looking to build as opposed to the monolith that I currently have.


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Display Name: Kurt W.

Date Joined: 07/10/12

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  • First Review: 01/17/14
  • Last Review: 01/17/14
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