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This review is from: Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Unbeatable Gaming Case
Pros: keeps many drives cool and has a dignified appearance.
Cons: disk mounts
Other Thoughts: We have had 5 of these cases for over a year, with no problems till today.
The SATA standard provides for two holes on each side fo the drive for mounting screws. A third hole has been provided in the past for all the drives I have seen, and this case uses that third hole (the middle one) and the forward one. However, my recent purchase of Seagate 8TB drives suggests that Antec's assumption about drives coming with the extra holes is misplaced. These new drives have 2 holes on each side, per the official standard and only one hole on each side lines up with the screw locations defined by the disk carrieers in this case.. A serious problem if those are the drives you have - or if this practice becomes more widespread. Note that Seagate has the standard on its side.
Pros: Holds 8TB, inexpensive
Cons: Missing middle screw hole.
Other Thoughts: I won't comment on performance since we have only had the drives for 24 hours, but one thing is clear. All the 3.5 inch drives I have ever seen have 3 holes on each side for mounting in a case or tray. These have only 2 on each side - the middle hole is missing. That is allowed by the SATA standard but was a problem for our Antec cases.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Economical, very small, very quiet, draws 8 watts with a 256 GB SSD drive and 8GB of memory. I am deploying it for word processing, web browsing and email and see no problems with that. I also tested to make sure our user with a Stat package would get good performance and could do a 3 variable regression on a million observations in a fraction of a second.
Cons: Like a laptop, not very expandable or repairable although memory, disk and Wifi are plugged in to sockets and can be easily replaced. Don't lose any screws - they will be hard to replace.
Other Thoughts: This comes with a metal plate that you can screw to the back of a VESA compliant monitor. Then the computer slips onto the plate
but can be removed easily.
I noticed some minor problems while setting up.
1) The drivers for LAN, audio and wireless must be loaded from the included disk, they are not in Windows 7. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and FreeBSD10.1 did have LAN drivers in the default install , but I didn't see any WiFi drivers for either one.
2) You need to set a CMOS setup switch to allow Windows 7 to install.
3) The instructions say press "Del" to run setup, but I never got that key to work. The key labeled "Delete" does the trick.
I did order 6 more of these because I like. the size, weight and quiet.