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Pros: -solid performance
-fan is quiet at <50% and cools very well (have run MGS5, FO4, others without ever putting fan >50%
-very good deal when buying openbox or refurb
-have had over a year and it doesn't feel dated yet, has run MGS5, FO4, GTA5, all at max settings (minus MSAA and few others i don't use) with 1080 resolution and gives me >30fps easy

Cons: -$140? seems a bit high to me, got this end of 2014 and paid less than that
- difficult to clean dust out of

Other Thoughts: buy it if you find one that is a refurb or open box or if sale price is <$110
benchmark is about the same as 270x, wouldn't spend any extra $ for the x, this'll do.

NZXT Phantom 410 Series CA-PH410-G1 Gunmetal Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Black Trim Computer Case
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Case looks very nice aesthetically, case fans are quiet and white LEDs aren't obnoxiously bright, drive bay removes easily, includes plenty of case screws and the switch to control fan speed/brightness is a nice novelty.

Cons: I had my eye on the different NZXT cases for over a year since I really liked the way they looked and the reviews seemed mostly positive. However I was very disappointed with the design of this case. It's almost like when they were designing it they didnt try to see how actual motherboards, hard drives, PSUs would fit.

----First problem was the rear case fan wire runs across the opening for the rear motherboard inputs, not a big deal since I removed fan and managed to slide in mobo and sort of smash wire out of way, a little slack would have been nice instead of zip tying it at a spot nearly inaccessible to scissor, no slack elsewhere.
---Next problem was drive bays, the main drive bay is removable then each bay has a removable clip to slide in and out, looks good until you try to use it. The screws dont align with any 3.5 sata drive (I have seagate, WD and a maxtor all have the same screw hole positions) and the rubber screws fall out easily.
-A little more clearance would have been nice too, the SATA and power plugs have to be smashed in when trying to slide the door back on.
- The lower drive bay is not easily accessible since the clips are reversed, not a huge deal though.
----The bundle of cables was zip tied so tight that I couldnt get thin scissors or a knife in easily to cut it and with how thin the casing/wires are for some I'm lucky I didnt slice any.
----- The 4-pin rail on my PSU doesnt reach since I can only screw my psu in upside down, this isnt exactly NZXT's fault that the rail wire isnt long enough but it's worth mentioning for anyone else considering this case (make sure you have a lot of slack on your 4 pin PSU rail, running it behind the mobo is pointless)

Overall I may have expected to much from NZXT but all the little things like the quality of the included wires---very thin casing and gauge, design that seems untested, power button that gets stuck, were a real let down for a $100 case.

Other Thoughts: For the price I expected something not made in China. Seeing "MADE IN CHINA" engraved on the back was a bit of a bummer. This more than anything was the biggest disappointment given its $100 price. I'm willing to try NZXT again in the future if it's made in America, but this one certainly did notlive up to my expectations.

Coboc Model SC-SATA3-10-LL-SL-90 10
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: snaps in tight
no issues, works as intended

Cons: it is 10 inches

Other Thoughts: it clearly states in the title 10" I dont know why people are surprised that something advertised as 10 inches is in fact 10 inches. Thats like buying a 4gb of RAM and complaining that its only 4gb. Not Coboc or Newegg's fault you dont pay attention to what you buy.


Ryan M.'s Profile

Display Name: Ryan M.

Date Joined: 11/27/04

  • Reviews: 16
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 04/13/07
  • Last Review: 01/21/16
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