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SilverStone FTZ01B Black Aluminum / Steel Computer Case SFX, SFX-L Power Supply Compatible
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Reviewed to offset the bad one. 09/04/2015

This review is from: SilverStone FTZ01B Black Aluminum / Steel Computer Case SFX, SFX-L Power Supply Compatible

Pros: Slim, and relatively small. A bit larger than a console. About the size of an old VCR. Cooling is perfect for a case of this size. The included fans are decent, but there are better slim fans from scythe or prolimatech. The build was a bit fiddly, but nothing that a seasoned builder hasn't come across before.

Cons: The slot load drive is a turn off for some. Small area to route cables. Suggest a short cable kit if you like a clean interior.

Other Thoughts: The main reason I made this review was to offset the jerk who gave this wonderful design a bad rap because he didn't do any research.

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BitFenix Phenom M BFC-PHM-300-KKXKK-RP Midnight Black Steel / Plastic MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: It looks really nice. A customer wanted this for his build, and when he came to pick it up was disturbed about the lack of optical drive bay. Not an issue for me, but some people still need/use their optical bays.

Cons: The internal layout of this case is a sloppy mess. I'm not sure who designed the cooling layout, but they did it wrong. Blowing hot air down out the bottom of the case is horribly inefficient. The front mounted vertical PSU mount makes it impossible to mount a 200mm front fan unless you find a slim one, and if you try to intake air from the bottom of the case and use the top for exhaust for stack effect cooling, you'll just be pulling in hot air from your PSU. HEAT RISES. Blowing the hot air out the bottom of the case only causes it to be sucked back into the front and into the PSU anyhow. So you have to decide between a hot psu or a hot cpu/mobo/gpu. I would like to see a revision of this case that either rear mounts the power supply, OR bottom mounts it like enthusiast level case. My main gripes are thermal related. Other than that it is a pretty nice case. Also, I had to mount the right side panel on the left side because the power button board was contacting the side of the power supply.

Other Thoughts: It was easy enough to build in, but the fact remains that this isn't really a new case, just a different skin on a prodigy. Would be much better with proper airflow direction.

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CORSAIR Hydro Series H80i High Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Underwhelming isn't a stong enough word. 09/24/2013

This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H80i High Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm

Pros: It looks nice? Quality build on some parts, except for the ultra soft metal for the screws to grab onto. The blue LED on the pump looks cool?

Cons: Another highly rated product that doesn't live up to the hype. I thought I was upgrading when I bought this thing. I used to use the antec kuhler 620 with a push pull setup and I was getting better temps by about 20 degrees. The screws that came with this unit were 1-2 threads too short, so when I was tightening them down, it just pulled the soft metal right out of the holes in the radiator. With such a big radiator, you would think the temps would be at least 1-2 degrees better than the thin radiator on the kuhler 620. I had this setup as an intake and an exhaust, didn't seem to matter. Not running an overclock. idle temps are 40c in a 20c room. With the Antec my idle temps were 30c. I won't even go into the terrible corsair link software that would only detect the unit if I HOT SWAPPED THE USB HEADER ON CORSAIR'S RECOMMENDATION (ramguy on the corsair forums)....this killed my motherboard by the way, DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES HOT PLUG ANYTHING ON A RUNNING MOTHERBOARD YOU DINGUS...

Other Thoughts: I really thought I was getting a killer product based on the rants and raves all over the internet, but what I got was a lighter wallet and a warmer cpu. Also a louder PC overall. I have a Fractal Design Define Mini, which was dead nuts silent until I installed this thing. I can hear the pump over the fans even when the fans are

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Joe F.'s Profile

Display Name: Joe F.

Date Joined: 10/30/10

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 09/23/13
  • Last Review: 09/04/15
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