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Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 (CC-9011030-WW) Black Steel / Plastic ATX High Airflow Cube Case
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Nice to see some cube form factor cases and alternate spacial arrangements.

Cons: This could have been a great server for those with lots of HDDs or wanting to setup some kind of NAS. Widen the drive side layout to accept 8-10 3.5" disks (6 at least putting 3+3 vertical) and really just one 5.25 optical drive. It's just very disappointing to see the wasted space on the other side.

Orico W8PH4-BK Portable 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub (Black)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs Constant Reconnects 01/17/2014

This review is from: Orico W8PH4-BK Portable 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub (Black)

Pros: Nice casing, good connectors, 4-ports.

Cons: Constant reconnects with various brands of USB 3.0 drives, both bus power 2.5" and externally powered 3.5". Firmware updates make the problem worse. Take the hub out of the loop and the drives work perfectly. Also, on some attachment actions, it's spotty connection causes Windows to prompt to format the disk.

Other Thoughts: Updated from firmware REV_0701 to REV_8581 and things only got worse, faster disconnect / reconnect cycles. I have another USB hub with a similar Renesas / NEC chipset which works fine. Must be poor quality manufacturing on the inside. Other devices have similar reconnection issues, but might be masked if you have sound off.

Cooler Master Elite Power - 460W Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Garbage quality 12/07/2013

This review is from: Cooler Master Elite Power - 460W Power Supply

Pros: None.

Cons: MTBF of 100,000 means on average this power supply should last 11 years. Didn't even make it 11 months (bought March 2013, failed at my fathers house in November). It would be a surprise if the system it was in ever used more than 150 W (e8400, 1 HDD, geforce 5200, Blu-ray drive).

The point about it being a 377 W max PSU says a lot about the poor quality. Wish I had noticed / known before I purchased.

Other Thoughts: Poor business practice to put "Elite" on a PSU that out of the box felt cheap. Should have returned on the spot when I noticed how thin the wire gauge and other construction bits were.

It's going to cost me more $$ in the time to get an RMA and to pay shipping and to swap the part out. Unacceptable, when I would rather have a refund and take my money to someone who produces a product that works the first time. Maybe Cooler Master should stick to fans and heatsinks (though I've never had one of their fans make it to the MTBF either).

Sad that I have a 550W OCZ PSU that is 5 years old, trucking strong and gets wailed on with an overclocked i7 + GTX 460 and LOTS of HDDs and peripherals... and that is the company going out of business.


Aaron B.'s Profile

Display Name: Aaron B.

Date Joined: 01/11/03

  • Reviews: 19
  • Helpfulness: 9
  • First Review: 11/02/10
  • Last Review: 03/27/14
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