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Pros: + Awesome packaging.
+ Awesome-looking heat spreaders..
+ Work great right out of the box.
Cons: - No LED controls.
- They're not free.
Other Thoughts: I normally don't like purchasing super gaudy hardware full of leds and crazy designs on the side, but I've seen these Avexir ram sticks in DDR3 before and though they looked kind of cool. When upgrading from my completely blacked-out AMD rig to Skylake, I ended up purchasing a Gigabyte board with lots of red accents, and an MSI 390, which also has lots of red on it. So naturally, I went looking for red ram, because why not?
I purchased this ram with that same "why not?" attitude, but I was very surprised when they arrived. They come in this little black box... not the usual blister-packaging that most other companies use. Inside the box is a layer of foam with 4 slots cut out of it for the ram sticks.
Then I installed them. The lights on them aren't too incredibly bright, which is a good thing, in my opinion. You're definitely able to see them in a dark room, but they're not bright enough to be distracting in any way. The only part of the LEDs I don't like is the fact that you can't control them in any way. They pulse... and that's it. There's no option to just turn them on or off, and there are no other effects. They just gently pulse. Not enough to subtract an egg.
As far as performance, my motherboard recognized them right away and set them to 2800 by default. I still need to run memtest to check for any defects, but I'm not worried about that at all. I'm sure they'll do their job well.
This review is from: NZXT S340 Matte Black/Red Steel ATX Mid Tower Case
Front USB 3.0
Gorgeous Matte Finish
Easy to Remove Colored Bits (in case you want to paint them)
Plenty of Room for CPU coolers as Large as Hyper 212 Evo
Cons: Finish is easy to damage with screws.
Cable Management holes under motherboard are inadequately sized for the USB 3.0 plug and SATA power cables for SSDs.
Other Thoughts: I bought this case to replace my NZXT Source 210. I bought the Source 210 because it was cheap and had good reviews for the price. It's a really good case for the price point, but it also lacked a lot of features that I found myself needing.
Then came the S340. Absolutely beautiful case. I love the simple design focusing on cable management and the simplification of the inside of a standard case. Removing the 5.25" bays and the usual 8+ slot hard drive cage opens the case up for better airflow and/or radiators and reservoirs for liquid cooling options.
As someone who enjoys cable management and a clean aesthetic for the inside of a custom PC, working with this case was a joy.There's plenty of room behind the motherboard try and tons of hooks for cable ties to route your cables to where you need them. And all of the excess is easily tucked away between the PSU and HDD cage under the shroud. Out of sight and out of mind.
There are only two real issues with this case. The first being the fact that the otherwise beautiful matte finish (the only reason I purchased the black/red model and didn't get the all black one), is easily damaged by things such as fan screws. Overtightening the screws will lead to crumpled/torn paint around the edges of them. I found the best way to combat this was to use some small nylon washers. This isn't a huge issue though. I'm just a bit of a perfectionist.
The other issue is the poor design of the cable routing holes below the motherboard. These are obviously meant to be used for routing your various I/O cables, internal USB cables, front panel audio, as well as connecting your SSDs. The problem with these is two fold. They're too close to the motherboard and too small to comfortably fit the front panel USB 3.0 connector on full size ATX motherboards without either taking up more room in the case than it needs to, or without applying a LOT of pressure on the USB 3.0 header on the board. The other issue is that the holes are positioned about an inch away from where you will be plugging your SATA power cables into your SSDs. Unfortunately, most SATA power connectors are right-angle connectors, which means the wire comes out of the bottom of the plastic connector, once again applying unnecessary pressure to the drive. If the holes placed in the lower shroud were moved forward about an inch, it would solve both of these problems.
Neither of these issues are large enough to overshadow just how awesome this case is in general, however. So I still give it a 5 egg rating.
Pros: It Works
Cons: It's Slow
Other Thoughts: For an "average" performance HDD, I find the performance lacking. I wasn't expecting Velociraptor performance, to be sure... but I at least expected it to beat the 5200 rpm Seagate drive I had in my laptop.
I'll always buy WD, but I won't be buying Blue drives again. If I wanted mediocre performance, I'd have bought Green.