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Pros: 12 hot-swap bays for $199 (at least when I bought it), there's really no competition. Tons of space inside, includes 12 SATA cables for connecting to the drive bays and they all are long enough to stretch across the case. Fans are extremely quiet and move a decent amount of air.The drive caddies, while a little flimsy lock solidly into place in the drive bays.
Cons: Sharp edges!
Also, a minor nitpick, but I hate when the front panel cables don't follow any sort of color coding. JUST MAKE ALL THE NEGATIVE CONNECTIONS ONE COLOR. Granted, this points out that I obviously never bothered to read the manual but it seems like an obvious design choice, the less that someone has to read the manual the better.
Either way, neither of these issues are significant enough to remove a star, this case is awesome and the best deal out right now.
Other Thoughts: Special note, I ordered this using the regular Newegg 4-7 business day shipping and received it the very next day. Thanks Newegg!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It looked pretty?
Cons: 3 years and several thousands of dollars spent at Newegg and I got my first DOA part! Sad part being it was the part from the order I was most excited about getting.
First attempt to load W7, locked up at 75% expanding files, second attempt fully installed but froze on "setting up Internet Explorer," after reboot had all sorts of errors; libraries wouldn't work, errors in IE, etc., etc...
3 more install attempts and locking up at various stages of install.
Ran some diagnostic tools, all sorts of bad sectors and errors.
My second OCZ product ever, first was a power supply that blew out around the 1 year mark and now this. Waiting on a replacement (stupidly?), not terribly confident.
Pros: Cheap quad core. Works.
Cons: I've been doing a lot of AMD HTPC builds lately using a variety of different CPUs depending on what the customer's budget is. Most setups I've been using the APU setups that have an integrated graphics processor.
Picked this up to rebuild an HTPC for a customer who already had a Radeon HD 5670 so I figured it wouldn't do any good to install an APU, might as well try out a quad core black edition FX line CPU. Seems like a good idea right?
Nope, my last build used an A6-3650 and despite it being clocked nearly 1 GHz slower than this processor, I would say I was substantially more impressed with the APU. Brand new build using a 64GB SSD and this just felt sluggish, even minor things like loading bar animations stuttered and install times on programs seemed to take a lot longer than they should.
I'm not a bench-marking guy since I don't think most benchmarks attribute well to daily drive-ability, I build enough systems (10-15 per year) to know what snappiness is and this doesn't have it.
Even on the WEI it barely surpassed the A6-3650 in CPU and GPU scores with a pretty decent (IMO) HD5670 add-on video card.
If you're starting a new HTP build and don't already have a graphics card, get a quad-core APU, save yourself some money and still be impressed
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