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This review is from: LIAN LI PC-A79B Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Pros: Lots of interior room
Nice cable management features
Drive cages include rubber isolators and a retaining lock for easy install and removal
Bottom grill/dust filter for mounting PSU fan-down
Cons: Top I/O panel ports are fit very poorly, lots of movement and play in the USB 3.0 and eSATA ports
Unable to get RPM reading from side fans
Reset button is too small and too recessed to be useful
Top cover does not fit after installing radiator, not enough clearance between bracket and the clip-on grill.
Other Thoughts: I've owned a number of Lian-Li cases and always found them to be of the highest quality...until now. The top I/O panel is awful and I don't expect the USB and eSATA ports to work for the life of this build. They're just that bad...worse fit/finish/quality than I've found on the cheapest no-name steel cases. Very disappointed with this case, and will not be considering Lian-Li for my next build, especially while other case manufacturers have really stepped up their offerings for the enthusiast market.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Does the job and looks good. Fan doesn't seem all that noisy and keeps the drives sufficiently cool even during heavy IO. Flexible power options, between 3 Molex and 2 SATA power connectors.
Cons: Extremely poor documentation, almost nonexistent support. Locks are pretty flimsy and it seems that a drive could still be popped out with enough force even when locked. One bay on mine is faulty, still waiting for response from manufacturer.
Other Thoughts: To the reviewer complaining about one drive having a different idle LED than other drives, I emailed support and received this response:
Our engineer replied:
1)This is because the new HDD you bought has different access definition. This kind of LED is for both link and access. When the power is on, the signal of this HDD is on. This kind of LED definition makes the LED color looks different. This kind of HDD is few.
2)If you want to have the HDD with all the same LED signal colors, we can only suggest he buy the same brand/model to avoid this kind of difference.
This makes sense, as I'm using 3 ST31000340AS drives and 2 ST31000340NS drives. My idle LED on the AS drives is green, and is amber for the NS drives.
This review is from: Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Pros: Lots of expansion, high airflow, fans are quiet on low to medium speeds
Cons: Overall case depth is not enough. I found that cabling was very difficult as the motherboard ends right at the back of the 5.25" bays, making for some very tight connections. My previous case, a Lian-Li, was about 2" deeper and this made a world of difference in providing ample room for SATA and power cables.READ FULL REVIEW