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This review is from: ZALMAN MS800 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: Our customer needed a high-end video editing workstation, which meant lots of front-mounted ports and lots of expansion cards. He was also using an FX-9590 CPU, which requires water-cooling.
We were able to install two optical drives, two 3.5" card readers, two 3.5" USB3/1394/eSATA interfaces, an SSD, and a hard drive in the front bays with room to spare.
A fat Corsair H80i 12cm x 12cm radiator/fans fit nicely in the rear grille without interfering with other motherboard components or blocking airflow to the VRM. There is also ample room in the top for a 12x24 or 14x28 if you want an even bigger closed loop, such as the H100i or H110. Be warned; the top panel is a bear to get off, though.
The steel construction was very beefy and rugged, and the fit/finish of the whole thing was as good or better than anything I have ever seen.
The built-in fan controller will comfortably power six fans and adjust them all uniformly, so a user only has one knob that is infinitely variable (not just a two or three way selector) to twiddle and find the right compromise between noise and cooling. We used the three included fans on top of the two on the CPU cooler and they were inaudible even with the control turned all the way up. YMMV depending on how many and what fans you use.
HIGHLY recommended for high-end or complex builds.
Cons: It's a HEAVY booger, but that is to be expected with steel construction. That's the price of quality materials and sturdy construction, so no eggs off.
The box arrived looking like the shipper dragged it behind the truck all the way from California to Texas, and three of the four screws on the bottom panel had their heads broken off. That's a testament to the durability of the case components, since the screws broke and not the case parts themselves. We only had to replace the screws instead of RMA it for a new case. This was the fault of the shipper and not Zalman, so also no eggs off for that.
Other Thoughts: Like my title says: Wow this thing is cool.
This is an outstanding high-end case for the money and should be on the short list for any big build.
This review is from: BYTECC UFE-421 3.5" USB3.0/Firewire 400/POWER e-SATA Combo Internal HUB
Pros: LOTS of ports in a small space for the front of your PC, without the unnecessary ones (why do so many of these types of gadgets include audio ports, anyway? When was the last time you saw a case without audio ports?)
This is the PERFECT device for a professional or hobbyist who frequently needs to connect varying types of external media to their computer. It's a one-stop-shop for connecting external hard drives, no matter what interface they use; USB, 4-pin or 6-pin firewire, or eSATA, and having the eSATA powered simplifies things greatly.
Cons: Although having a USB 3.0 hub instead of a single pass-through port is clever and useful for multiple devices (think copying large files from one external USB 3.0 hard drive to another), it's actually not a very good hub. The hub frequently refuses to acknowledge a device plugged into it without any type of feedback from the OS. In most cases, only a reboot will remedy the mystery.
A Gigabyte 990FXA-UD7 was utterly unable to boot to USB through the hub as well, which is rarely a problem with other hubs.
Truthfully, only two USB 3.0 ports connected directly to an internal header would have made more sense than a hub requiring a pass-through cable to a type-A port. It would function more reliably and made good use of the header, whereas using a header the way it is engineered now would waste 50% of a header's capacity (hence the use of a pass-through cable instead of a header). Using a pass-through cable to the back of the computer is also really hokey.
Benefit of the doubt/full disclosure: Maybe reliability and booting was only a problem because we used two of them in this customer's machine. I don't see why, but anything is possible.
It makes one heck of a darn squid inside of the case, especially if you install two of them, but all of the cables are there for a reason: USB3, 1394, SATA, and power need to be connected. What's the USB2 header for, though?
Other Thoughts: What's with all of the complaining by other users about the 1394 pinout? The header is split up, yes, but every motherboard I have ever encountered with a 1394 header included a pinout diagram in the manual, and the manual was downloadable from the board maker's web site if it wasn't in easy reach. Heck, every 1394 pinout I have ever seen was identical. Google it or look it up in ANY motherboard manual that has firewire on board.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Corsair Vengeance 1400 Dual 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Gaming Headset
Pros: First, there seems to be a lot of conjecture regarding what Eggxpert Reviewers are, as demonstrated by a review just below mine. One does not just "click a button" to become one, nor are we expected to always write positive reviews. It is an invitation only program based on our technical knowledge, writing skills, and ability to review products objectively. Enough said.
The Vengeance 1400 goes a long way to live up to Corsair's reputation. The fit, finish, and durability of the headset is the best I have ever seen, and the fabric cans are comfortable enough to wear for hours on end. The padding in the top of the headset is also a nice touch for people with big heads.
They sounded great on the outputs from my Asus M5A99FX Pro R2.0 motherboard, and even better on the higher-powered output from my Pioneer receiver in my bedroom, so I did most of my sound testing using a Sony streaming media player to play FLAC files stored on my server. A headset of this caliber can not be truly tested using other formats (like wma or mp3) that have been run through compressors and expanders and the like. I also used a few CD's that I still have around that haven't been ripped to FLAC yet.
The sound alone sells this headset and justifies any price, even if it were twice as much. I've never heard such dynamic range, clarity, and spectral balance from a "gaming" headset. The obscure "World Famous" by the equally obscure Zero Zero has what is probably the most intense synthesized bass line ever recorded, and this headset brought back memories of cruising in a pickup with a console full of subwoofers when I was a teenager. I could actually hear fingers sliding across the frets in the slides of White Zombie's "More Human than Human." The Dickies' take on the children's song "Banana Splits" has a complicated mix of lead guitar, drums, and vocals. All were cleanly discernible from one another and easy to pick out instead of running together as the song often does on cheap speakers. Alannah Myles' "Black Velvet" has delicate, breathy vocals that are hard to reproduce true, along with an intoxicating bass guitar. The 1400 delivered. Speaking of bass guitars, Primus' "My Name is Mud" has a pretty intense bass guitar line that was sharp and fun, like it was meant to be. The opening thundercracks in Garth Brooks' "The Thunder Rolls" made me dive for cover, as did an F-18 flyover on one of my test CD's. Even old recordings, like Ram Jam's "Black Betty" and the acoustically psychedelic Jimmi Hendrix came across better than I have heard in years.
These cans are as close to acoustically perfect as you will find without spending ten times as much.
I'm really not a gamer, but I did test the microphone with dictation software and had zero problems, even though I have no teeth. I also made a recording of myself singing a romantic song for my wife, and it played back faithfully enough to earn me the intended result (I would have lost money betting on that).
Cons: While I was very satisfied with the sound quality when these were connected directly to my motherboard, there is a huge improvement when using a higher-powered source. Either get an amp or expect a little compromise.
This is most certainly why a USB sound card was omitted when so many analog sets typically include one, so I am disappointed that one was not in the box (especially for the price) but I understand why.
Other Thoughts: This headset is well-made and comfortable. The sound is almost impossible to beat, no matter how deep your pockets are, and the microphone reproduces true enough for what I believe will meet most people's standards.
Any shortcomings are very likely another link in the chain such as other hardware, software, or media, and not the headset itself.
I can not recommend these enough if you are in the market.