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VANTEC NexStar HX4R NST-640S3R-BK Aluminum / Plastic 3.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: RAID, JBOD, USB3.0, and eSATA.

Cons: 80mm cooling fan noise and questionable speeds over USB/eSATA.

Other Thoughts: I love it. It looks great and does exactly what I needed it to do although I rarely average more than 45-75MB/sec over any of the included channels. However, from time to time, I get this "bearing" type noise from the cooling fan. It doesn't matter how fast it's running (slow or full)... The noise varies but is always there. A soft tap will usually stop it, but who wants to do that with a box containing HDD's that have numbers files that you are trying to back up? Fix the fan people! I would hate if this fan fails allowing my drives to die early!

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Thermaltake Urban SD1 Black SECC & Aluminum MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case (CA-1A9-00S1NN-00)
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Modular Setup, Removable motherboard tray, limited water cooling support, extended graphics card support, attractive case design, SFF (great for matx/itx setups)...

Cons: Costs more on other sites, limited air cooling support due to power supply height restrictions, included fans are slow and use molex connectors only/ not 3 pin, NO CABLE management to think of so get a fully modular PS!!! See other thoughts. Might seem like a lot but I knew this when going in!

Other Thoughts: First!!! If you use a matx board, make sure that the PCI-X16 slot is the FIRST slot on the board!!! Some boards offer a PCI-x4 as the first slot. If you use a dual slot card and it's in the second slot, you will hit the 3.5 tray inside the case. If you use the water cooling bracket (optional), the fixed 3.5 tray is automatically removed so interference becomes a non-issue. Second!!! If you use the included water cooling bracket for a closed loop CPU water cooler like the H60, you lose the ability to install anything in the 2 5.25 bays (think DVD/BluRay Drives). Overall, this case is nothing more than an updated Lanbox Lite which I welcome considering the updates. Case stays cool when seal up - I have not seen any temps above 55C for my cpu and 65-75C for my graphics card!!!
I built this for my son.
MSI A55M-E33 with A6-6400K (air)
AMD Radeon HD5970 (dual gpu card)
8gigs of 1866 Corsair ram
WDC 500gig 7200/32mb cache HDD
Cooler Master 750watt PS
Generic DVDROM/ Generic Flash Card reader
USB3.0 to 2.0 adapter (for 2 front USB3.0 ports)
Win7 Pro (WEI 6.5/7.1/7.7/7.7/5.9)

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NZXT Phantom 410 Series CA-PH410-B1 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Support that made a difference! 01/24/2014

This review is from: NZXT Phantom 410 Series CA-PH410-B1 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Visually striking (gloss black version) with plenty of expansion space for long video cars (any dual gpu cards). Dust filters, 3 speed fan controller, USB2.0/3.0 ports, and latching door to cover front expansion bays.

Cons: Glossy finish means finger prints and the latch for the front door can fail at random. -See additional comments-

Other Thoughts: As of December 2013 (purchased Nov 2012), my latch failed and completely came apart. I contacted NZXT via their support page. I had to create a profile listing what I had and when I purchased it to submit a question as to how I get another latch without having to buy another case. I uploaded some pictures to explain what happened. I got the standard automated answers to my question that only stated they received my question. 2-3 weeks later, I get a package with a BRAND new front bezel that replaced the entire front of the case completely resolving my issue... Didn’t cost me a dime!!! I am VERY surprised and VERY satisfied... When it comes to building another case, I know who I am going to trust to support me long after the purchase. The 410 is still a classy well put-together case. Great JOB NZXT!!!

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Anthony S.'s Profile

Display Name: Anthony S.

Date Joined: 10/10/05

  • Reviews: 33
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  • First Review: 09/18/06
  • Last Review: 07/27/14
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