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Pros: Unique. Suprisingly good cooling performance for a slim case. Good compatibility with AIOs, snap-on side panels, aluminum exterior. Happy overall with mine - considering it's a slim case, there are some pitfalls but nothing out of line with the form factor.
Cons: You need to know what you're getting into with the Pandora. It is a micro-ATX SLIM case. If you're expecting to be able to just toss some components in and call it a day, you'll probably be a bit frustrated. Cable management will require a bit of dedication. Routing cables behind the motherboard tray will take a bit of experience and thought.
Other Thoughts: Just wanted to comment on the Core vs. ICON versions of the Pandora. The "Core" versions DO NOT have the LCD display, the "ICON" versions do. It isn't clear in the titles which one you are ordering (hint: the LCD display versions are more expensive, which *should* be obvious...) - to assist, take a look at the model names. If the model name/# has an "L" anywhere, it has the LCD display (L for LCD). If it has an "N", it does not have the display (N for No LCD).
For example, the item BFC-PAN-300-KKWN1-RP is the PANdora, BlacK, with Window, No LCD.
The item BFC-PAN-300-KKWL1-RP is the PANdora, BlacK, Window, 'L'CD.
Therefore, the Silver / Nonwindow / LCD version would be the BFC-PAN-300-KSXL1-RP, etc. (PAN, S=Silver, X=no window, L=LCD).
For what it's worth, both the Core and ICON versions include an aluminum Bitfenix casew badge.
This review is from: MSI 970 Gaming AM3+ AMD 970 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: It turns out that I needn't have worried about overclocking with "surprise" voltage - the higher-than-expected voltage I found upon checking with CPU-Z was merely an error with that version of the software (fixed with the latest version, 1.70+), not the board itself. I wanted to make sure to adjust my review! My FX-8320 is still running just fine at 4.6 GHz, and seems to run better at 4.7 on this board than on a 990FX board that it is normally in.
The board itself has performed flawlessly. The upgraded sound is a really nice feature...it makes it difficult to use boards without it!
For the curious, I tested the 970 Gaming with a Phenom II x2 555 I had sitting around. This board unlocked the x2 555 to a full quad core, overclocked and stable at 3.9 GHz. The VRMs on this board are great!
Cons: Would still love to be able to manually enter a static voltage :)
Other Thoughts: I'm beginning to prefer this board over a M5A99FX Pro R2 that I have - while some of the power controls of the other board are nice, the MSI 970 Gaming strikes a nice balance between outright overclocking performance and features like enhanced audio. This is quickly becoming my favorite AM3+ board, and definitely the best in its price range for someone like me.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: FUNC MS-3 Revision 2 FUNC-MS-3-R2 USB Wired 5670 dpi Gaming Mouse
Pros: This is the mouse that singlehandedly switched me from a claw grip to a palm grip, especially for general computer use. I had the rev 1 version, and loved it - it's still working, but I've had to clean out the primary switches to keep it from double clicking after 6+ months. Anyway, glad they made the revisions they did for this model - the new switches are noticeably better, along with the scroll wheel.
It's an amazingly comfortable mouse - but it's definitely for palm grip users only! Not to mention those with larger hands. The sensor in both revisions worked flawlessly for me, on multiple surfaces (it's an Avago I think, similar to the sensor used in the SteelSeries Sensai, Mionix's, some Roccat's - the Kone+ used one I think). Anyway, no skips or jitters on a Func Surface 1030 r2, but it works fine on a Razer Goliathus and Destructor 2 as well.
Software is clean, simple, and easy to use. The entire product just seems more...sophisticated than most products in this category. I feel like I can set it on my desk in my office and not feel like I have to explain myself. Love the soft-touch finish and the overall shape, along with the customizable lighting and unique, subdued method of showing profile/DPI status (the three orange/white LEDs on the "seam").
Oh, and it stores profiles LOCALLY - as in, on the device itself. No silly cloud drivers to get in the way, no internet connection needed to restore your settings. *This is the way it SHOULD be!*
Cons: The only downside to the settings software that I've found is when bringing your Func MS-3 r2 to a new machine. If you want to change the already customized settings (stored in mouse memory), you'll need to install the settings software - no big deal, but it doesn't detect the customized settings on the mouse, so you'll need to start over. NOTE - your customized settings ARE stored on the mouse, if you don't want to change anything when moving to a new computer you're fine, but if you just want to change one profile's button assignment you have to redo all of them. Not that big of a con - there's a backup and restore function in the software, so you can just import your profile again on a new machine to get around that issue.
Personally, for gaming, I feel the palm grip is inherently inferior for precision.... (braces for flurry of angry responses...) I just can't get the same minute movements from my wrist and palm like I can my fingertips. Still, it's so comfortable... Anyway, that's pretty much personal preference, and with practice it's nothing to worry about.
Other Thoughts: I like what Func is doing with their peripherals. I like their no-nonsense approach to the software and design of their products. I like that they get out of their own way to just let YOU use your computer and are content to blend into the background - that's how peripherals should work, in my opinion. Doesn't hurt that they look great sitting on a desk though, I suppose :) Oh, and the price is better than anything else with these features - especially if you like customizable LEDs. Well done Func!READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Thomas J.
Date Joined: 04/08/06
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