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Pros: Affordable and easy to install.
Cons: Bought this several months ago to replace a Zotac GT420 that was failing. I ran the Windows Experience test with it & it scored significantly lower than what it replaced. I only use it for simple graphics tasks, no gaming or any hard gruntwork. After upgrading to a new MSI motherboard & Samsung SSD this past weekend, I'm getting display errors with it, have removed/reinstalled most current drivers, but it is still flickering & even when on standby it pops up display error message when brought out. Guess I'll chuck it in the bin & get another GT420...READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
Pros: Good form factor, narrow enough to fit my audio rack with enough clearance for good ventilation on each side. Seems sturdy enough for it's intended use (sitting on a shelf) Top & bottom pieces add stiffness & strength when fastened. Rear fans supplied are quiet . All needed hardware to mount my MATX were included. Instruction booklet was well written & clear in explanations. Case arrived well packed inside it's carton, no damage to report
Cons: Two things:
The front LED is INSANELY too bright. Why would Apevia think that having this bright blue eye staring into your media room as a good thing? And yes I put a piece of black tape over it , but why should we have to do it at all? An easy fix, if they are listening to their customers (since I see this reported over & over in reviews).
The second - do away with the supplied PSU altogether & charge less for it. I never used it, because it felt so light & flimsy I just did not trust it. I had a Thermatake 500watt PSU that I used instead.
Other Thoughts: I would HIGHLY recommend getting a modular type PSU to use with this case. I have an IDE dvd drive, one 80 GB SATA hdd, and a low power Athlon II sitting on a low end MSI mobo, and I had TONS of unused power connections I had to find room somehow inside the case. Also the front panel power & USB wires seem quite a bit too long & stiff, so again something else to have to find room for.
The front panel came off easily ,once you read the manual & learn how to do it correctly. I added a 120mm Silenx fan on one side for a bit more airflow
Very happy with the end results!
Pros: Worked flawlessly at first, was excited with faster DVD+R write speeds
Cons: As of this past weekend, the drive no longer can maintain adequate device buffer, so write speed has dropped to 1.4 X. Using it with Imgburn, I can watch the buffer flip wildly up & down. Checked the cable, settings in Device Manager, etc. all normal. This is the 2nd Optiarc drive I have owned that did this, although the other one lasted 6 months.
Other Thoughts: I guess you get what you pay for, but it would have been nice to have it at least last the year...think I will stay away from Optiarc products in the future.READ FULL REVIEW