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APEX TX-606-U3 Black Steel / Plastic MicroATX Tower Computer Case USB3.0 with USB2.0 Adapter Cable 300W Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Seems like a nice case, but I can't really evaluate it because I can't use it for the purpose I bought it for, as a cheap home file server..

Cons: ... because it has one flaw that's fatal at the moment: the cable for the front panel connector is unusually short and won't reach all the way to the back or towards the bottom of the case.

That would normally be fine, but in the new motherboard I bought specifically for this case, those connectors aren't on the front edge of the board as usual, they're down on its bottom edge towards the back of the case. This means that the front panel cable on the case WON'T REACH, so I can't plug in a few important connectors like, just for example, the power and reset switch!

Other Thoughts: I'm knocking major points off my reviews for both the case and the motherboard. This is a serious design flaw in both, which happened to combine to make the combination completely unusable, and unless you know about the potential problem and are sure of the jumper layout on the mobo you'll use in this case, it could bite you too.

Since shipping cost me almost as much as the case did, there's no point my paying that much again to ship it back for a refund; similarly for the motherboard. Basically I'm hosed and need to replace one or the other and hope for the best.

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MSI H81M-P33 LGA 1150 Intel H81 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs Seems like a nice board, one nasty flaw 02/16/2014

This review is from: MSI H81M-P33 LGA 1150 Intel H81 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Seems like a nice board, especially for the money, but I can't evaluate it as yet...

Cons: ... because it has one flaw that's fatal at the moment: the JFP1 pins for the front panel connectors aren't on the front edge of the board, as usual, they're down on the bottom edge towards the back of the case.

This means that the fairly short front panel cable on my newly bought case WON'T REACH, so I can't plug in a few important connectors like, just for example, the power and reset switch!

Other Thoughts: I have an old case on hand which might possibly still work, but is not at all what I wanted to use with this board and its intended application as a file server. I may have to see if it can be shoe-horned in there, but this counts as a huge design flaw and demerit to both the board and the case.

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SilenX EFX-08-12 80mm Effizio Quiet Case Fan
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Really great 03/17/2013

This review is from: SilenX EFX-08-12 80mm Effizio Quiet Case Fan

Pros: These are the quietest 80mm fans I've tried, and I've tried a bunch. They are much better than I expected them to be, as in really *really* quiet.

One thing I wasn't expecting is a neat thing they've done with the mounts, providing an easy to install silicone rubber mounting peg which you can use in place of the usual screws. It's a little hard to describe but basically you just tug it through the screw holes and it pops into place, for an instant anti-vibration mounting. Looks funky, works great.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Remains to be seen how it'll last, but I love it so far.

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Clifton R.'s Profile

Display Name: Clifton R.

Date Joined: 09/28/01

  • Reviews: 15
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 05/12/03
  • Last Review: 02/16/14
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