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Rosewill Armer RX308 USB 3.0 Full Aluminum 25mm 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Does what it is supposed to 08/31/2015

This review is from: Rosewill Armer RX308 USB 3.0 Full Aluminum 25mm 3.5" Enclosure with LED indication

Pros: It works with my 3gb Toshiba HDD without issue. Some of the reviews of HDD enclosures here on the egg have said that the SATA-USB3 bridge didn't recognize drives of that size.

The aluminum case helps to reduce HDD temps compared to plastic.

I got 175mb/s peak transfer speed with this enclosure, using the Renesas USB3 chip on my P8P67 Deluxe motherboard, measured with HDTune. The same drive gets about 195 mb/sec on the motherboard's native SATA3 port.

Cons: Even with the aluminum case, the drive does get a bit toasty with my 3gb Toshiba 7200 RPM drive. I've seen a peak of 46C (SMART reported, 78F ambient), though right now it's at 40C, halfway through a backup with True Image 2014. I would not be happy with temps in the 40s for day-to-day operation, but on a backup device that won't be seeing a huge number of power-on hours, it's acceptable. It still runs cooler than my WD Passport 2gb (2.5 inc h drive, in a plastic case), and is far faster.

One of the "green" type drives may be better on temps if that is important to you, but they're slower, and the aggressive spin-down has been reported to wear the drive out sooner too. I've never had any experience with the "green" 3.5" drives, so YMMV.

Other Thoughts: Keep in mind that this review is based only on a week of ownership, and is based on the "initial" product quality.

Corsair  Graphite Series 760T Black Full Tower Windowed Case
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Gorgeous case, but your HDD might buzz 08/20/2015

This review is from: Corsair Graphite Series 760T Black Full Tower Windowed Case

Pros: Great looks, nice fit and finish, plenty of room for extended ATX motherboard/longer GPU/taller CPU cooler/large PSU, great cable routing, easy to open and remove side panels,140mm fans x2 front and x1 rear, easy to clean front and PSU filters (no having to open or lift the case), the tallish feet/legs give plenty of room underneath for airflow to the PSU/bottom fan, modular HDD cages allow several positioning options, plenty of room for watercooling, and an attractive top cover if you don't wish to use the top vents.

That last one is huge for me. My setup is air-cooled, and I get plenty of airflow (and good CPU/GPU temps) with one 140mm exhaust fan (positive pressure with 2 identical fans up front). The ventilated case backs on most higher-end cases always seemed like magnets for spills, and while it has never happened to me, it's always a possibility. Corsair's got several cases now that have an attractive top cover for those who don't want to use the top vents, and that was probably what put the case "over the top" with me with regard to the purchase.

Cons: Expensive. You can get a lot of really nice cases for what this one sets you back-- but if you like the panoramic view of your pc's innards as I do, this one will probably make you happy.

The motherboard plate is surprisingly flimsy and flexible for a high-end case. It doesn't really make any difference that I can see-- just a little surprising in a case of this caliber.

The hard drive cages could also use a little work. I''ve been building PCs since the i386 days, so maybe I am a bit of a dinosaur... but I've always had and preferred the "old school" cases (like my Antec 300) with front-to-back hard drives and regular "screw it in" mounting setups, and I have never had any issues with HDD vibration. When I put my same HDD in this one, it vibrated and buzzed all over the place.

The HDD sled fits quite loosely in the cage (all the sleds in all the cage positions share this trait), and can move back and forth a couple of millimeters laterally and longitudinally. I corrected that with some stick-on rubber pads, but I was still getting vibration throughout the case I'd never had with my other cases and the same HDD. The top cover I like so much was resonating and making a low buzz or hum if the side panels were closed... but if I placed a single finger gently on top (hardly applying any pressure), it was quiet.

I moved the HDD to the other cage (the one attached with four screws to the bottom fan spot, closest to the PSU, rather than the one by the front fans, which is held in place with two screws and two plastic tabs) and it damped the resonance enough to quiet the top cover, though it did result in a slight increase in the HDD temp (4-5C). That allowed me to remove the front HDD cage, which gives the incoming air a relatively unobstructed path into the case.

With a conventional, screw-in hard drive cage, the hard drive itself effectively becomes part of the structure, adding rigidity and mass to limit the vibrations. That is not the case with the plastic sled type cages found in most new cases. The silicone rubber inserts in the 760T's sleds do nothing to decouple an installed HDD, as the drive will still contact the sides and bottom of the sled in several places.

The fans that came with the case are pretty weak. Quiet, but they don't move a lot of air or build a lot of static pressure. I always end up replacing the fans... it would be nice to get cases without them so I don't end up paying for parts I don't use.

Even with these negatives, I like this case enough to give it four eggs.

Other Thoughts: I know it is the norm now, but as you can tell, I still don't care for the side-saddle, plastic-sled HDD mount setup. This is an expensive case, and every one of my numerous conventional cases (including a couple that cost less than 40 dollars shipped) has done a better job at preventing HDD vibration noise than this case.

The sideways HDD cages also don't help cool the HDD as well (both from the reduced airflow across the drive and the lack of the heat-sink effect of the metal panels in contact with the sides of the drive), and are more restrictive to cool air for all of the components within, if you happen to have the cages mounted close to the fans Yes, they're ostensibly tool-free (though I put screws in mine), but I question this: are there really a cadre of builders out there who manage to lose the phillips-head screwdriver exactly after mounting the motherboard and PSU (and fans, maybe), and who need tool-free for all of the drives? Or are they switching drives around so much that it is a big hassle to use screws?

XFX XTR Series P1-550B-BEFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC With Full Modular Cables
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Seasonic OEM, constructed with all high-quality Japanese caps, tests show tight voltage regulation and extremely low ripple, FDB fan, gold efficiency rating, fully modular, switchable partial fanless (hybrid) mode, XFX's reputation for customer service, all cables included are blacked out, supports 2-way SLI/CF with cards having two 6/8 pin PCIE power connectors each (four total PCIE power connectors), multiple lengths of modular power cables included, good looks with neutral colors that should not conflict with any color scheme, 5 year warranty, lower price than its semi-modular Seasonic "twin."

The fan on this unit has a maximum RPM of 2300 or so, and some of the reviews said the unit could become noisy at higher loads as a result. I was concerned about that, but at the maximum load (460w AC power, as measured by my UPS) I could muster from my single GTX760 system (i5-2500k OC to 4.7ghz), with Furmark and P95 going at the same time, the PSU fan was inaudible over the subtle noise of the rest of the fans in the system. The GPU, in particular, is nearly silent with the Arctic Twin Turbo II cooler; with Furmark going, the GPU would otherwise be by far the loudest noise in the system.

I did not hear any coil whine at all.

I've only had the PSU a short time, so I can't remark on its reliability, but I have confidence in Seasonic as an OEM.

Cons: I can't really think of any. Some people may prefer the sleeved cable look instead of the flat black unsleeved cables (other than the 20/24-pin motherboard cable) of this PSU, but that is a matter of preference. The X-series Seasonic GPUs have a 7 year warranty, which would be nice to have, but they cost about twice as much as this unit too.

Other Thoughts: There is a lot of focus on high-wattage units these days, but not everyone has a system that needs 1000 watts of power. 550w is great for most single-GPU systems like mine (or dual-GPU systems with low to midrange GPUs). PSUs are most efficient at around 50% of total capacity, so using a PSU with capacity far beyond what you will need only puts the typical load in a less-efficient part of the power curve. 550w puts the typical gaming load of a system like mine close to the efficiency sweet spot, while still having more than enough capacity for the maximum power my system can pull for years to come.


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