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Pros: RMA no questions asked. Brand new unit provided by Newegg.
Please see "Other Comments"
Cons: Had to RMA it.
Please see "Other Comments"
Other Thoughts: In my review from 10/22/2013, I stated that this PSU fried my HDD and DVD drive. It turns out I'm an idiot. This PSU did, in fact, fail, and I had to RMA it, but, when I replaced it with a new ThermalTake PSU, I had left one of the Corsair SATA power cables in my computer, which I used to hook up my HDD and DVD drive.
YOU CANNOT MIX AND MATCH MODULAR PSU CABLES FROM DIFFERENT MODELS OR BRANDS!!! The plastic tips will fit, but the pinouts are different and you will get the wrong voltages going to your components, which will probably destroy them. Only use the cables that came with that specific modular PSU.
Please don't make the same stupid, expensive mistake I did. Something as simple as this cost me about $180 in hardware.
Pros: -Boosted performance and extended the life of my old 2009 desktop.
-Easily installed (No fancy heat spreaders. This was an important
consideration since my case has very little room).
-I've put G.Skills brand memory in three computers now with very satisfactory results. It's a brand you can trust.
Cons: This is a really stupid con, but the DIMMs are actually green, not blue as they appear in the picture. My mobo is blue and so were the original DIMMs, so I was hoping to keep everything matching. But this has absolutely no affect on performance obviously, and it's entirely preference.
It's a little surprising that DDR2 memory still costs this much. You can catch some DDR3 for about the same price on sale sometimes.
Other Thoughts: Obviously this isn't the fastest RAM out there, but, if you have an older computer that can only accept DDR2 memory, this is a rather cheap way to boost performance a bit.
I put this in an E-machines EL1310-02 that I bought in 2009 that I dual boot with 32-bit Win7 and 64-bit Linux Mint. It originally had 2 x 1GB of OEM RAM. After this upgrade, it's maxed out at 2 x 2GB (Mobo and 32-bit Windows will only support up to 4GB).
I've noticed significantly less hanging, especially when I have multiple browser tabs open in Windows 7(opening more than 2 youtube tabs would usually hang the browser for up to 30 seconds). However, for whatever reason, the same does not appear to be true in Linux Mint.
Unfortunately, the extra RAM doesn't help graphics in my case, but this is a limitation of my Mobo. My PC has graphics integrated into the Mobo (not the CPU), and the BIOS is defaulted to dedicate only 256MB to graphics. This can be manually increased to 512MB but no further, and doubling it really doesn't seem to help much anyway. However, this would not necessarily be true for other PCs, depending on your mobo and CPU; it's just something to keep in mind. The speed of the memory would probably be more important for this application anyway.
This review is from: Corsair Obsidian Series 350D CC-9011028-WW Black Aluminum / Steel MicroATX Case
Pros: -Ample space
-Great dust filters
-Excellent cable management even for a non-modular PSU.
-2 x USB 3.0 in front panel.
-Supports 2 x 140mm fans in the top and 2 x 140mm in the front (one included), some caveats.
-Rubber fan washers included to reduce vibration (more on that later).
-Nice clean look.
-Feet are built into the shape of the case, not cheap parts that will break off.
-Metal is fairly sturdy.
-Large cut-out behind mobo for routing CPU power cable or changing fan brackets without removing mobo.
Cons: -Some interference issues with fans due to space. Example: putting anything in the top 5.25" bay will effectively block half of one of your top fans. Similar issue for the front fans; if you use 140mm fans in the front, a large section of them are blocked off by support bars.
-Front panel "clicks" off by pushing the two top corners in. This sounds good, but it comes off inadvertently pretty much any time you touch the case. This isn't something that needs easy access. It should be a latch, not a push mechanism. Even screws would be better.
-Bottom dust filter also comes out a bit too easily. Slides out any time you have to transport the case.
-HDD slots do feel a bit cheap, but they work.
Other Thoughts: -A tad bigger than one would expect for a micro ATX case. This is both good and bad.
-Rubber washers purpose were not immediately apparent. It took me a while to figure out why the fan screws were too small. The washers aren't mentioned in the manual, and they are pre-set in the 120mm slots.
-A lot of reviewers complain about the recessed 5.25" bays being aesthetically unpleasant. While I agree to an extent, I think others are blowing it out of proportion.
-Motherboard hung over the standoffs a bit too much, making it hard to plug in the mobo power connector for fear of breaking the mobo. Not sure if this is the case's, mobo's, or micro ATX specification's fault. Not a big deal, just something to be mindful of.
-Overall, this is probably the nicest case I've assembled in my limited building experience, but it does have some odd quirks since it is basically a full tower design scaled down to micro ATX. Some features don't scale down perfectly.