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SILVERSTONE RAVEN Series RV03B-WA Matte Black with Gray Trimming, Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: vertical orientation of GPU means no sagging & no strain on PCIe slots
high quality, thick window
two mega-fans blowing air upward are nearly silent and still very effective on low setting
room for 11 storage devices
USB & audio on top

Cons: power supply at the front
power supply sideways
These two design choices are definitely the worst thing(s) about this, which overall is still a good case.

The wiring from one or more of the top USB, audio, and fan speed switches gets in the way of putting an optical drive in the only available 5 1/4" bay. It will fit, but getting it in there involved friction, so I didn't want to leave it there. Depending on the mood of the assembly line workers on the day yours was made, you could get an RV03 without this problem. And going without an optical bay is not inconvenient enough to try to RMA a case, considering the postage, but it's unimpressive and worth mentioning for anybody who really requires an optical drive.

I think the grommets for water cooling are also a bit far to the front, considering they would have to go all the way to the back then down for any custom loop with any part outside of the case. It gives the impression that the designer just checked "liquid cooling grommets" off a checklist of requirements, putting no thought into any actual liquid cooling. But there is also space more than halfway to the back where you could drill your own holes, which is a pretty minor mod for anybody who's already doing custom liquid cooling.

Other Thoughts: The cons I listed really never bother me. I haven't thought about any of them since assembling the system, but they should still not be left out of a good review. If you agree with the following, this is likely the case for you in spite of the cons. As much as good GPUs weigh, they simply should never be oriented horizontally. So as soon as I began shopping, I had narrowed the candidates down to either a Raven or a large HTPC case, and for gaming I didn't want to deal with the size constraints of HTPC cases, even relatively large ones.

If I could afford the Temjin 11 I would have preferred that but in my price range this was the best choice, or at least close to the best. As good as this looks, I think that due to the cons I would have preferred a Raven RV01, RV02-E, or RV05. It's hard to say which is the best though, they're all close to perfect and probably all have some compromises which will be significant to some users but not all.

Regarding the power supply, in the worst case, if you have trouble routing the extension cord to your PSU's AC input, just undo its twist tie to get enough slack. It WILL reach. And there is lots of room for cable management behind the mainboard. It will take more time than just jamming extra cable into the space next to the PSU, as you can do with more generic ATX case designs, but to me it's worth it to know that my GPU's weight will not damage itself over time, nor the PCIe slot on the motherboard where it's hanging.

Forfex Professional Clippers Hair Trimmer Cordless Groomer Beard Mustache
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs cheap, but also cheap 05/29/2014

This review is from: Forfex Professional Clippers Hair Trimmer Cordless Groomer Beard Mustache

Pros: price
to a lesser extent, quality: the motor is still going, it keeps its charge well enough, only the plastic attachments are flimsy -- but they're also non-standard and irreplaceable, which makes their flimsiness unacceptable.

Cons: cheap plastic guards, non-standard so not replaceable

Other Thoughts: You get what you pay for, and not one bit more! As always.

The guards for easily trimming your hair/whiskers uniformly to a certain length WILL break, and when they do, they are a goofy design that you cannot easily find in your neighborhood hair & beauty store, or drug store, or anywhere that I could find. So for now I'm using this thing with a comb to trim my facial hairs, which requires being more careful and taking more time than I would like, until I pick out a QUALITY trimmer.

TRENDnet TEG-S80G Unmanaged 8-Port Gigabit GREENnet Switch
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs 720+Mb/s file transfers 05/29/2014

This review is from: TRENDnet TEG-S80G Unmanaged 8-Port Gigabit GREENnet Switch

Pros: FAST!

Cons: none yet, will update if it fails or starts acting up

Other Thoughts: I am presently backing up video files from my desktop to my file server over the network, and seeing 720Mb/s sustained transfer speeds, after about 15 minutes. The speeds climbed slowly, from about 60MB/s initially to 90MB/s=720Mb/s, where they have peaked.

The bottleneck is not the source, a WD black hard drive, and it is not the write speed to the destination, which is a RAID5 array of WD black drives. It could be the Cat5 ethernet cables or the onboard "Gigabit" Realtek ethernet controller on the desktop. I don't do such large network file transfers often enough to really care about why I see "only" about 70% of actual Gigabit transfer speeds so I'm just not bothering to pin down the bottleneck.

There is no reason to assume it's this switch but even if it is, 720Mb/s is plenty for any streaming video, or for that matter any application of consumer class hardware. If you needed higher performance than this, you would already know it and not even be shopping in this category, consumer network hardware! So if you ARE considering buying this, just buy it already, you won't regret it!


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