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This review is from: Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker
Pros: This has great sound quality for it's size.
Tiny and very portable
tiny and very portable charging dock and plug
heavy high quality construction
Cons: - Very overpriced for it's output
- sound falls off rapidly as you distance yourself from the speaker.
- narrow cone of sound.
Other Thoughts: Here's the thing. If you're someone traveling with only a cell phone, tablet or laptop. This device is meant for you. If you're looking for compact computer speakers for your desk you'll be disappointed.
While this one little speaker puts out great sound for it's compact size any mid quality range 2 speaker computer system or a low end system with a sub woofer will out perform this speaker.
If you have this guy a foot away from you with the volume cranked it sounds pretty darn good. But as soon as you walk away from the speaker it becomes painfully obvious its still just 1 little speaker sitting there in front of you.
It has a narrow cone of sound so if you're 2 feet away it you only have to lean to the right to move outside the sound cone. If you are more than 6 feet away the speaker you notice the sound quality start to fade and it becomes obvious that it's a small little speaker trying it's hardest to pretend to be a bigger one lol.
While good for a traveller I have to say that there are cheaper portable blue tooth 2 speaker systems that out perform this speaker. Maybe not in fine sound detail or the base but certainly in "room filling" volume.
This review is from: COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: 1) Fan mount behind motherboard to cool underside of mobo - HIGHLY EFFECTIVE.
2) Sleek elegant lines
3) Tooless drive mounts
4) great cable management holes
5) Nice included fans (note you need to fish out the power cable for the front fan and plug it in for it to work)
6) Very inexpensive for what you get.
7) top mounted drive plugin for easy mass data transfer
8) sata 3 connectors
9) Excellent ventillation & good fan placement.
10) Very quiet for the 10 fans I have running in the thing. Surprisingly quiet really... I'm used to loud machines and this thing is eerily quiet and I have no idea why lol.
Cons: 1) not enough space between motherboard mounts and top of case for proper "push-pull" liquid cooling - I tried mounting my corsair h100 with 2 fans below and 2 fans above and I couldn't pull it off. Need about a centimeter more space above motherboard and it would have been perfect.
2) Needs to be a little wider to accommodate both side intake fans + a large CPU air cooler.
3) no grip points for grabbing or moving around the case.
Other Thoughts: So my basic impression of this case is very high. You get a lot for your money at a $50-$80 price point.
As stated above it has great ventilation and ergonomics for such an inexpensive straightforward case.
I am currently using this case for an Asus x79 Sabertooth mother board and a core i7 3920k processor with 32 gigs of ram (every slot full) and a GTX 660ti FTW graphics card.
The main gripe I have with this case is that it's a mid tower trying reeeeaaally hard to be a full sized tower but just falling slightly short.... literally. The end result of this is that there is juuuust not enough room to pull off everything you want to do.
Case and point: I WAS going to use a Corsair H100 liquid cooling rig for a CPU cooler but the case wouldn't fit the radiator + fans within the inside of the case. The bottom mounted fans were literally butting up against the heatsink/heat pipe behind the CPU of my motherboard, preventing it from lining up with the mounting holes. To get it to work I would have had to mount the radiator directly to the top underside of the case and mount the fans in a "pull" configuration on the top outside of the case which is not a very efficient way to cool the radiator. (and when I say top outside of the case there is a space underneath the top mesh for you to mount 2 more fans.)
So Unfortunately I nixed the H100 for a Coolermaster EVO 212 for $35.00. Then I ran into another space issue. The Coolermaster EVO is so tall that it literally took up all the space to the end of the sidewall of the case. The downside to this is that you can't have the top side intake fan + a large CPU air cooler.
Bottom line. This case is too large to be a mid tower and too small to be a full tower. I recommend that Coolermaster just bumps this model up to a smaller sized full tower and add a centimeter or two to accommodate Liquid cooling and Large air coolers a bit better.
With the EVO installed I am able to get 32 - 33 degrees for a stable idle temp. HOWEVER, once I installed the rear CPU fan (the little 80mm mounts on the side of the case behind your motherboard) My idle temp dropped to 27 Degrees Celcius... That's a HUGE idle temp drop for just adding an 80mm fan. So if nothing else I recommend this case for that fan mount behind the motherboard.
If I was going to make this case perfect I'd add a centimeter or 2 of height.
Add a multi-sd card reader to the top panel to be incorporated with the usb 3.0 plug
Add subtle handles so that there are grip points to lift up the case.
Add bowed out side panels similar to the Coolermaster Storm Scout so that there is better cable management and room for both side intake fans as well as a large CPU air cooler.
Pros: Very fast, works on older Motherboards with only PCI Express 2.0. FTW model is definitely worth it. Have it running a modded Skyrim (not using emb though) at max settings and I get 40-60 frames/second in MOST areas.
Cons: While this card is darn good. I bought it mainly to work with my older motherboard which has a first gen core i7. I do a lot of skyrim modding and with maxed out settings and ultra res HD textures with longest viewing distance I get a little bit of frame chug when there is a ridiculous amount of stuff on screen.
For those of you familiar with skyrim I built up the hearthfire "Lakeview Manor" outside falkreath and I have 4 followers milling about outside. If I stand on the hill to the west of the house and look back at the house/down the river the ridiculous amount of trees + the house + the water ends up giving me a bit of frame lag. That being said I can run around a modded Whiterun with loads of trees at 60 frames/second. So lag is rare on ultra but it's still there.
Other Thoughts: If you have a motherboard with PCIe 3.0 then spring for the 660ti FTW or higher. If you are like me with an older mobo this is a great card that will give you good performance in most games. Think of it as a "High performance" card vs an "Ultra Performance" card.
Also one thing to note is that make sure you use Nvidia's 3d rendering options in order to enhance anti-aliasing and other various render performance in game. Without doing that you will only get high performance before lag. Tweaking the rendering with the Nvidia 3d rendering controls allowed me to push the card to ultra settings... It also renders Anti-Aliasing much better than the in game engine.
As for noise and heat... I really can't tell you much about that because I have a beast rig that when you turn it on it sounds like a jet taking off... soooo yeah... can't tell you much about that. You should be using razor headphones anyway so it shouldn't matter ;)