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Pros: Small Flexible hoses fit well in a tight Micro ATX situation.
Secure mounting on an AMD board
Pretty quiet fan
Cons: Pump was noisy
Need access to the rear of the motherboard for mounting
(Just an advisory)
Other Thoughts: I was very pleased with the installation and the cooling of the CM Seidon 120V. I was able to bend the hose around to fit in a relatively tight spot. I think the cooling is on par with any single fan 120mm closed loop cooler.
This was an HTPC and silence was the whole reason I went with a water cooler. Unfortunately the pump on this unit made a buzzing sound that was amplified by the motherboard and was the loudest thing in the PC.. I asked on line and other people were not having this issue so I have no reason to believe it is a universal problem but it was an issue in my case.
I contacted Cooler Master and there support was was excellent. They resolved the issue beyond my expectations which puts them in a rare category. Because of CM's exceptional customer service and the fact that the pump noise is not widely reported I still gave a four star rating.
Pros: Less than 13" deep
Less than 6" tall
Fits standard PC components
Fits mITX or mATX motherboards
Adequate case cooling
Steel and aluminum, good fit and finish
ir receiver mounting location
Well laid out
Cons: Drive mounting is week.
Drive location 2 is where you store extra cable so is of questionable use.
The optical drive mount interferes with the ir receiver mounting location.
Front LED display is of questionable value.
Other Thoughts: There aren’t many choices when looking for an HTPC case that looks like a piece of home theater equipment (not a cube or a breadbox) and fit standard sized components. This is a good solution at a competitive price. The build quality is good with sturdy materials and it looks nice sitting on the entertainment stand.
Three HDDs is not realistic with cable storage but 2 HDDs and an SSD are no problem. Some of the hard drive mounts and the optical dive mount are a little flimsy and only supported on one side or at two or three points. I would secure or remove the drives before moving this case any distance. Otherwise the case is nicely laid out with nothing encroaching over the motherboard.
An HD7850 video card fit without a problem.
The case has good cooling and the fans aren’t bad but are not silent. I replaced them with quieter fans and all I hear now are the hard drives spinning.
The standard LCD display is of little value so I opted for the optional programmable LCD display which I won’t review here but In my opinion is an overpriced novelty only visible at close range. The option should be no display or a good display not a useless display or an expensive unreadable programmable display. I would have preferred no display and a lighted power button instead.
Other than these few issues I am quite happy with this case and would recommend it.
Pros: Competitive price for the specified features.
Looks good hanging on the wall
Has been running 24/7 as a wired router for about 5 months without so much as a hiccup.
Cons: Non so far
Other Thoughts: The one star off is not for the product but because I have not used it as a wireless router so I cannot review it's wireless capabilities
I have had good luck with TP-Link. network equipment and the prices are usually quite competitive. There is a TP-Link older dual band wireless router as an access point and a TP-link 5port switch on the same network and none have had any real issues.
I have found the TP-Link Tech Support responsive if not always quite effective.
A quirk that tech support was not able to resolve is that with multiple TP-Link routers on the network with PNP enabled Windows has difficulty identifying each . I just disabled PNP as it is a security issue anyway.
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