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Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Solid, Inexpensive Case 06/27/2013

This review is from: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: I've bought and used more than 20 of these cases to build PC, and they are a great low cost case. Especially when you can find it on sale with a rebate. It's a very sturdy steel case, with plenty of locations to add fans for aggressive cooling solutions. They come with all the fasteners you may need, and the ones for the 3.5 inch bays are thumb screws, so you don't need any tools to install/remove. Overall I've found quality to be good, but occasionally UPS has gotten the better of one due to rough handling.

Cons: There are no external 3.5 inch bays, so if you want to install a media card reader or something like that, you need to purchase an adapter kit for one of the 5.25 inch bays. Antec makes one that matches the case for around $10 that I found on @mazon. The front USB ports are USB 2 only. When I first starting using this case, that is all there was, but today those ports should really be USB 3 or have a couple of each.

Other Thoughts: The box of fasteners (MB risers/screws, drive bay screws), is generally tucked in behind the side panel without the 120mm fan mounting location. If you remove that side panel, the box should be easily found. This case does not use rails to mount things in the drive bays; they just mount directly without the need for rails. The fasteners, however, are included. If those are missing, I'd recommend contacting Antec, and I'm sure they'd send you a set.

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G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C9D-16GZH
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The sets that worked, work very well. Fast, work at specified settings. Able to withstand days of torture testing at rated speed.

Cons: I bought 5 sets for identical systems. One set was defective and consistently had errors at the exact same memory location during the same test. The error followed the memory set from on motherboard to the next. I sent it back for replacement, but unfortunately NewEgg refunded my money instead because they said the memory had been discontinued. I ordered a different model as a replacement, and a day later this memory was listed as available again. The whole discontinued fiasco is the most disappointing thing about my experience, and that's Newegg’s fault. I still felt I needed to deduct one egg due to a defective set.

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EVGA 012-P3-2078-RX GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 448 Cores (Fermi) 1280MB 320-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Note: I purchased the non-refurbished version of this unit, which has been discontinued on NewEgg, so you can't find the reviews on it.

Pros: EVGA has friendly US based technical support that speaks excellent English. For non-refurbished purchases, within first 30 days RMAs are for a new unit (rather than refurbished) and shipping is paid for in both directions. I don’t know how they handle RMAs on refurbished units.

Cons: The card failed to work properly when placed under full load. It would constantly switch between full and half clock speeds making the performance poor and video not fluid. After several calls with tech support they decided to do an RMA. The replacement card behaved exactly the same way. They could do nothing for me other than offer another RMA. Obviously this card has a design flaw, see other thoughts to find out what it is.

In the reviews for the non-RMA model, there were other people that complained of the card making a loud pop, and then completely failing to operate. My guess would be that their problem was caused by what I found with mine.

Other Thoughts: This model of card is overclocked from the factory, and it appears that EVGA got a bit too aggressive with their settings (in particular, the voltages). Using their EVGA Precision software I was able to drop the voltages until the card finally started running well. Once the voltage was at a stable level, I was able to safely get another 50MHz out of the GPU and 100MHz out of the Memory. I would have much rather had a card I could just plug in and work right out of the box rather than having to mess with the settings and tweak it. To keep these custom settings, I must run EVGA Precision in the background constantly, which also means I must run Windows, since that is what EVGA Precision is written to run on. In the end I have a card that runs well on Windows and was a good price for the performance ($150 after rebate), but I had to deduct two eggs for the hassles of multiple calls to tech support, the hassle of an RMA for no good reason, and needing to run a utility in the background to make the card perform correctly.

I guess the question is, has EVGA reduced the voltage on these refurbished models, or is it the same as what I purchased?

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Chad W.'s Profile

Display Name: Chad W.

Date Joined: 06/25/04

  • Reviews: 10
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  • First Review: 12/30/06
  • Last Review: 06/27/13
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