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Cooler Master HAF XB EVO - High Air Flow Test Bench and LAN Box Desktop Computer Case with ATX Motherboard Support
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Very good ventilation, the removable mobo tray makes that part of the installation a breeze, and the 2 tier layout makes cable management much cleaner and easier to work with than traditional towers. The finish seems durable thus far. Overall, a well thought out case

Cons: Lack of 3.5" drive bays (only 2), and the metal is too thin for a true LAN case where you'll be hauling the case around and abusing it. The hotswap drive trays are plastic, and feel very flimsy.

Also, the 2.5" drive retention mechanism is just a pair of plastic rails that have studs to mate into the screw holes of a drive, then you snap the assembly into the drive cage. VERY flimsy, the rails don't really snap into the cage well, do not like.

Other Thoughts: This is a decent case, and I really do like the layout with the motherboard sitting in its own tray above the drives. You have to plan differently when installing in this case, for example run all your cabling ahead of time so you don't end up putting in the motherboard tray without the SATA cables run. The metal is thin, but I haven't had problems with it bending, so I would just caution that I don't see it as being strong enough to act as a true LAN gamer case.

If the metal was a bit thicker and there were more 3.5" drive bays (there's room in the case), this would be 4-4.5 stars, no question.

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RAZER Lycosa Keyboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Lousy Keyboard 09/03/2011

This review is from: RAZER Lycosa Keyboard

Pros: It looks nice, and has backlit keys. I have largely liked the responsiveness and tactile feedback from the keys when typing.

Cons: - Keys stick (not physically, but electronically)
- backlighting switches modes or turn itself off at random
- touch sensitive media and backlight controls sometimes just don't work

Only way to fix these problems is to unplug the keyboard, wait 5-10 secs, then plug back in.

Other Thoughts: If I wanted a piece of junk keyboard, I'd have bought something for a couple bucks. My old G15 Logitech with some bad keys is still a better gaming board, because I don't get stuck keys in the middle of a multiplayer game and have to go AFK while I unplug my keyboard. Razer support has promised an RMA, but still working on that.

I cannot recommend this board at all, there's too much out there for similar money (or less) that'll work better. This was my first Razer brand product and it'll probably be my last.

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Intel BXXTS100H CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent performer 08/28/2011

This review is from: Intel BXXTS100H CPU Cooler

Pros: Excellent cooling capacity, quiet fan, well built. Good performance in a relatively compact size.

Cons: The blue LEDs are a bit much, and I'm not a fan of the wire cage for the fan.

Other Thoughts: I wasn't expecting much from an Intel cooler, past experience has taught me that the heatsinks provided by the manufacturers are mediocre even at stock speeds. This cooler is absolutely the exception to that rule. Maxing all cores at stock speed, the CPU never goes over 135F. Probably not a good hardcore OC heatsink, but stock to moderate OC should be fine with this unit.

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Display Name: Paul M.

Date Joined: 04/23/02

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 08/28/11
  • Last Review: 11/29/12
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