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This review is from: DEEPCOOL TESSERACT BF Mid Tower Computer Case SGCC+PLASTIC+RUBBER COATING
Pros: USB 3 on front panel that includes a USB 2 connector on the USB 3 cable for older systems
Internal 2.5" drive bays
Doesn't have a bunch of LED disco lights
Understated design. Doesn't look like something a kid would design.
Cons: What appears to be the top 5.25" bay from the outside cannot be used. The wiring for the top of case front buttons gets in the way and the case front is made so the face plate for this top bay cannot be removed. Not a big deal, but your optical drive is going to be in the 2nd bay.
The power and hard drive lights are very bright. They face upwards, so when the computer is running in a darkened room, there is a bright blue spot on the ceiling. A little electrical tape will block that.
The sheet metal is thin, but then that is what one would expect from a cheaper case. Don't take it into combat.
Other Thoughts: I'd buy this again. Missing 1 egg because of the drive bay issue.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED
Pros: Very quiet.
Keeps my FX-8350 at 108F with all 8 cores running full bore doing video transcoding.
Using the stock fan for this CPU, the temperature was 150F and the computer sounded like a dust buster.
This fan is a significant improvement in this regard.
Nickle plating helps remove sharp edges on fins, making it less likely that someone will be cut.
The blue color on the LED isn't super bright, but is a nice subdued blue.
Cons: UNABLE TO INSTALL USING INCLUDED BASE PLATE.
I tried for over two hours to install this using the provide base plate and screw sets.
The screws are simply not long enough to reach.
I really have no how they expect anyone to mount this, at least on an AM3+ board, and I don't think things would be better on intel based boards.
It is not possible to mount this fan to the provide base plate. You can get one screw to catch its threading, but that is all. My wife and I were both standing in the kitchen, wrestling to force a second tab down close enough to the board so that a screw would catch its threading.
I eventually found a solution in using the baseplate and screws that came with the motherboard itself, eyeballing the tension on each screw and trying not to put too much torsion on the board itself.
I should not have to mix and match parts from other mounting solutions in order to mount this fan. This is a SEVERE DESIGN FLAW.
I've bought Zalman fans in the past, and have always been very happy with them. This is the first time I've come across this problem. I've never had a problem like this before. This is unprecedented.
To solve this design flaw, in my opinion, the mounting screws need to be made LONGER. The nuts that these are supposed to screw into have a hole that goes all the way through. There is NO REASON why the screws could not be made long enough to catch on those nuts.
Both of these options would bring the nuts and the screws closer together, allowing them to thread up.
Another small problem is that the instructions have an error on page 3.
On this page, the instructions say to mount the fan with the thinner heatsink towards the back of the case. The purpose of this orientation is to push hot air towards the base back, where it can be blow out by the fan that is usually mounted there.
This is a good idea, however there is a critical error in that it is the THICKER heatsink that must be placed towards the back of the case.
Interestingly enough, the actual drawing in the instruction manual shows the correct mounting orientation. It is the text that accompanies that drawing which is in error.
Pros: Inexpensive board.
Includes two full PS/2 ports.
Has run stably, even when the power draw has gone over spec. I would trust this board for lower power CPUs
Cons: Does not adequately support higher wattage FX processors.
I'm running Mint 16 (Linux) on this system.
I attempted to pair it with an FX-8350.
Under normal use, the CPU cores are running at 1.4 Ghz and only pull about 50 watts. The board works great under these conditions.
Under heavy load however, when the clock speed of the cores is maxed out at 4.0 Ghz, they draw over 130 watts.
The problem is that this is beyond the spec of the voltage regulators for this board. The max is 125 watts. I did not know this at the time I bought the board.
Until recently this has not troubled me much since my usage patterns have not resulted in extended periods of heavy load, only short bursts.
However, I've now begun doing transcoding of video files into mp4 format. This can peg the whole CPU for extended periods. The first time I attempted to do a lengthy transcode run, I could smell something becoming too hot on the board.
The system is still running, and still stable, but I'll be replacing this motherboard with one rated for 140W processors.
I would not recommend purchasing this board unless you intend to pair it with a lower wattage processor
Other Thoughts: This board works well with this ram: