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Sunbeam PL-RS-3 Rheosmart 3 Fan Controller 3.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Solid adjustment knobs and mode buttons. Has support for PWM so you can let either the system temp or CPU temp control the speed automatically if you choose. The textured bezel matches the bezel on my Cooler Master Elite 371 case perfectly.

Cons: Only has one set of screw holes and does not fit flush with the bezel on my case. Though part of that blame goes to Cooler Master, they should have made this controller the same depth as a floppy drive with more screw holes! Also, the build quality of the power cables is poor and one of the leads for the monitor cable broke loose. Fortunately, the only cable you are likely to need is the PWM. 3.5" width to allow use of floppy port (if the screws fit). I am debating returning it at this point because I am not crazy about the prospect of having to drill holes to make it fit right.

Other Thoughts: The red led status indicating the fan is in auto mode is extremely annoying. They should have made that blue and put them all behind the buttons or knobs for more subtle lighting or skipped them altogether.

Cooler Master Silent Pro M - 850W Power Supply with 80 PLUS Bronze Certification and Semi-Modular Cables
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Quiet power supply with a single rail and plenty of cables.

Cons: As with other modular power supplies, the cables are stiff and tend to be too long requiring a lot of cable management which seems to be defeating the purpose of being modular. The SATA cables are not designed for a bottom mount requiring you to route all the way to the top drive, twist the cable, and come back down. Considering the excessive number of cables, why not include cables designed for both top and bottom mounting? Also, I really do not like the dual connectors on a single cable and they could have they could have just included different cables for each type of connector. There is about a 20” built in cable that is only useful on dual processor work stations few people have any use for.

Other Thoughts: What is up with the fancy boxes and cable bags modular power supplies come with??? Get rid of them and either pass the savings on or preferably include cables with more of a variety in length and style.

COOLER MASTER Elite 371 (RC-371-KKN1) Black Steel / ABS plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The case is nice looking and very roomy yet small enough to fit in most computer desks. Plenty of drive slots for a raid configuration. Has mounts for 5 more fans in good locations. Though there are no built in ties, there is room on the right side to route cables out of the way.

Cons: The case is very flimsy resulting in a quite a bit of noise which would not be so noticeable in a computer desk. My main complaint is the lack of replaceable slot covers and the back of the case is extremely weak making it easy to bend the bars between slots when removing the pry out covers. Only comes with 1 fan but 2 are best if you put a computer in a desk so you can draw air from the front. Unnecessary AC-97 audio connector dangles off of the HD connector.

Other Thoughts: To safely remove the pry out slot covers you need to remove them before installing the motherboard because they are designed to bend inwards; plan on removing all that could be used with your board and putting your own covers on them. The front panel connectors are a little short and might be an issue on some full size motherboards but I had length to spare on a micro ATX. With a bottom mount power supply, you might have a problem with the length of cables on cheaper power supplies but I had about 8” to spare with the modular model I bought. Overall, not bad for a budget build but would not call this case “Elite” and it is not as good as prior models in this line.


Charles J.'s Profile

Display Name: Charles J.

Date Joined: 11/01/02

  • Reviews: 13
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 02/22/11
  • Last Review: 03/04/12
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