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Fractal Design Define R4 with Window Black Pearl Silent ATX Mid Tower Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs <--- BLOWN AWAY IMPRESSED 09/07/2012

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 with Window Black Pearl Silent ATX Mid Tower Case

Pros: -Fits an H100 up top and/or in the front (if removeable drive cages are removed) with no modification!
-Sound Deadening material rocks! Drastic improvement over my Lian Li A05B with double the 120mm fans.
-Mount SSDs behind the mobo tray? AWESOME Idea! Innovative thinking.
-Loads of fan mounts, filters over all intake fans (Including PSU fan) = easy cleaning!
-Compact and light compared to similar cases
-Well thought out cable management options
-*Feels* quality. Sound deadening material gives the case and panels a solid feel. Painted interior w/ rounded edges is always a plus!
-Blanks for unused fan slots = a great idea for anyone building a quiet or silent PC!
-No stock LED fans - I don't do the gawdy thing, the clear side panel was a stretch for me but I wanted the fan controller/pump of the H100 to be visible from the outside so I went for it :P
-Plenty of room left behind the motherboard tray = more room for cable management

Cons: -The Front Panel HD Audio connector BARELY reaches the connector on my motherboard. An inch or two to spare on that would be nice!
-Front fan filter removal panel is made of cheap plastic, feels like it wouldn't stand up to a frustrated user going all Hulk on it!
-I love aluminum. Obviously I can't hold this against it, but it sure is nice to save a little weight since this computer goes to LANs often enough to make it a pain!

Other Thoughts: -H100 may not fit up top for all motherboards. Myself I have an ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 and was able to fit the H100 without any issue. I was also able to fit 2x Antec Kuhler 620 radiators in the front of the case (1 for each video card).
- I mounted a 300GB Velociraptor and a 64 GB SSD on the back of the mobo tray. Looks very clean to have no storage visible!

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Sans Digital 4 Bay eSATA Port Multiplier JBOD Tower Storage Enclosure (no eSATA Card bundle) TR4M+BNC
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: -HIGHLY expandable. I started with one of these on a RocketRaid 622, and am now running 4 of these on a RocketRaid 2314. I simply expanded my existing arrays to include all 16 2TB drives.
-Great throughput - my 16 Hitachi 5400RPM HDDs can consistently read and write at 150MBps, can't complain about that!
-I have had 2 of these units running 24/7 for about a year and a half the other 2 running 24/7 for about 6 months. No reboots, even to expand the volumes.
-No rebuilt required when switching from RR622 and RR2314!

Cons: -LED Fans? What a poor choice in an otherwise professional looking product. I have the 4 of these in a 4 post server rack; the blue aura is a little ridiculous. Some people may enjoy this if they havent outgrown their clear side panel case phase.
-Screwless drive cages would be nice, but honestly I have only removed a drive once so its no big deal.
-Stupid high hard drive prices, I really hope those come back down soon!

Other Thoughts: Make sure to select the largest sector size to allow for large volumes!

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Rosewill RNX-MiniN1 (RWLD-110001) Wireless-N 2.0 Dongle (1T1R) IEEE 802.11b/g/n, USB2.0 Up to 150Mbps Data Rates, WEP 64/128, WPA/WPA2, and IEEE 802.1x
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Works with 0 configuration in Windows 7 (x86 and x64), Ubuntu, and Backtrack 5
-Can enter monitor / promiscous mode without issue
-Supports Packet Injection
-Sits close enough to flush in my laptop USB port that it can live in there.
-Works great for attaching to a Backtrack VM while leaving existing wireless unaffected

Cons: -Limited range? Expected this since it was so small though with no exposed antena
None yet!

Other Thoughts: I have yet to use this for anything other then pentesting, so I can not speak for its use as a day to day wireless card.

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Display Name: Alex M.

Date Joined: 07/14/03

  • Reviews: 8
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  • First Review: 10/23/10
  • Last Review: 09/07/12
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