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Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Simple, solid, attractive case
Great cable management options
Removeable/multi-directional HDD cages
Stock fans are pretty good

Cons: 2 of the 3 fan controller connectors do not work.
Fans are louder than all other reviews describe
Fractal Support does not respond within 48 hours, after being told I would be contacted within 24 hours.

Other Thoughts: Fan controller does not work properly. I ordered an additional identical case fan to sit over the GPU, and since only one of the fan controller connectors works, this is the one that responds to the 3 different speed settings.

Because of the broken connectors, I receive none of the benefits of this "quiet case". The fans are all spinning at 100% all the time, and so what I thought was going to be a quiet case is actually louder than my old one.

I spent a while deciding between this and the Corsair 500R, and I wish I would have gone with the 500R. However, this case is sleek and the inside is awesome to work on.

It's unfortunate that the fan controller was the reason for me to go from loving this case to only being "okay" with it. Since everything is already put together, i'm going to try and be satisfied with it rather than RMA it and deal with the hassle of shipping/returns.

I would also recommend a different 140mm case fan in the $15 range. This one only dropped my GPU temp 5 degrees (no fan, just heatsink) when it's spinning 100%.

Disclaimer: I never write bad reviews. I never acknowledge bad reviews. I usually assume if someone leaves a bad review, they messed something up. I feel somewhat cheated but it's still a nice case so whatever.

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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggs Good mobo...with problems. 07/13/2009

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Cheap, came in a combo with a Phenom II 940, nice colors, etc.

Cons: Front audio port isn't working, i've double tested, and the front audio panel worked fine before this motherboard came in. It also isn't the best for overclocking. I booted up and running at stock frequencies, idling, my Phenom II 940 is running at 46C with a coolor I KNOW is better than that.

Other Thoughts: I raised the vcore to 1.375 and the temps went down 5, but IMMEDIATELY when I started Prime95, my pc crashed and fell into an endless crashing loop, before windows was even starting up. Continued until I put vcore back to stock and then it was fixed.

Proc is still running hot, mobo is effed up, if I ship it back then i'm stuck without a computer for 3 days...

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition Deneb Quad-Core 3.0 GHz Socket AM2+ 125W HDZ940XCGIBOX Processor
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Quad core, cool box, stickers, fast I guess.

Cons: Runs extremely hot. Too hot to even OC :|

Other Thoughts: My old e6750 would run at 26C stock while idling, with an Arctic Cooling Freezer Pro 64. I decided to buy that cooler again because of my past experience with it. When I upped the fan speed to 100% (2200 or 2300 rpm) and checked my temps while idling, they were sitting at 46-50 no matter what.

BIOS shows 35-36C but every temp checker I've tried (Coretemp, Speedfan) show just under 50C. I've tried overclocking even to 3.3ghz while bumping the vcore up to 1.375. Idle temps stayed the same. I opened up Prime95 and just as I started it, my PC crashed and kept crashing 3-4 times before windows even booted up.

So here I stock frequencies...with no clue of how stable the processor even is. I play plenty of games and can easily go 8 hours straight of gaming. This should


Chad H.'s Profile

Display Name: Chad H.

Date Joined: 03/24/08

  • Reviews: 14
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  • First Review: 03/26/08
  • Last Review: 05/29/14
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