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This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Blackout with Window Silent ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: Quiet, Quiet, Quiet!!!
My last case was pretty bad. This case has excellent airflow, and great cable management, especially if you get a modular PSU.
I bought one more of the Fractal 140mm fans to put on the front, and I have to really stop and listen to even hear the slightest noise!
I also love that it has such a clean, professional design.
Cons: The fan I bought as an extra was white, and the case fans where black...
Totally my fault. I grabbed the blackout window one because it was $79.99, and didnt notice that it doesn't have any of that awesome white accenting on the case parts/fans.
Pros: So far so good!
Price: $99.99 (USD) after rebate. Pretty hard to beat that.
Noise level: Its SO quiet. I don't personally own a meter for checking the DB specifically, but I cant hear it at in my case.
Heat: It's platinum efficiency which directly correlates to less heat waste! Not to mention power savings over the years!
Its fuller modular: As someone coming from semi/non modular PSU's, it was a breath of fresh air in terms of cable management.
They supply you with a plethora of cables with varying numbers of connectors on them to match your needs.
Cons: Nothing so far!
If anything ever changes I'll be sure to come back.
Other Thoughts: I see people complaining about it being dead out of the box. I did note for some odd reason that the power cable I was using for my last PSU wouldn't work with this.
As soon as I plugged in the one shipped with it, it worked just fine.
I'm inclined to think it was a PEBCAK error, but I didn't really feel the need to investigate to figure out exactly what happened.
Pros: Price was pretty fair, and it looks pretty cool in my case.
Cons: This motherboard has been an endless source of frustration for me.
My old motherboard, which lasted me about 5years was great, but it had finally started to die on me. So, since I'm in school and I don't have lots of cash to throw around, this board looked pretty good.
I ended up getting this MOBO for about $100 ("Returned").
This is where the adventure begins. I got the board put in, and slapped in a new AMD 8350 FX CPU to go with it. Immediately the system was crashing every 20minutes or so, so after almost a week of trial and error I found a bios power setting ( CPU6 or something) and turned it off.
That problem was now solved, and I decided that there was no reason to return this MOBO, BIG mistake.
My system had been a bit sluggish at times, but I wasn't quite sure why. Finally I found that for some reason my 2x2GB ddr3 memory was only being half used. I took out one stick and the system wouldn't boot. I checked windows max memory, no problem there.
By this point the return policy was up (I had only 30 days). I spent hours, upon hours searching the web for why, and found people that said this board didn't like 2Gb sticks.
So, I decided it was time to buy some new memory, 2x8GB. But again, I boot up and there is only 7.98GB of 16GB available. 8.2GB "hardware reserved". So I decided to sink more time into looking stuff up. People say I might need to tweak voltages, but this BIOS doesn't seem to let you change voltages at all (Yes I did update bios, maybe my hardware is why?).
Other Thoughts: So all in all, this board has been nothing but a pain in the neck for me. I feel completely and utterly scammed by buying this board.
I'm never going to buy a GB board again, ever.
I've built a lot of computers by hand, and I have never had such a problem getting it to work. I also have never seen such a bad BIOS before. It's odd to navigate compared to many, and almost every option is always grayed out and unable to change.
The only reason I didn't give it one egg was that it seems "stable" (Ignoring the earlier crashing).