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This review is from: DEEPCOOL TESSERACT BF Mid Tower Computer Case SGCC+PLASTIC+RUBBER COATING
Pros: The case is relatively low cost. It offers plenty of expandability, a decently well thought out selection of cable routing holes, and it's pretty reasonably to state that all you'll need for the entire build is a Phillips screw driver.
Cons: So, the compromises for lower cost are pretty apparent. The case side panels provide part of the structure, so there's vibrational noise when you run the system without the case fans being properly affixed.
The fan mounts aren't properly sized. I had to open up the two fan mounting points over the 3.5" drive bays with a 3/16" drill bit to get the fans to screw in. The top and back fans did not share this issue for some reason.
There's not enough room for an AIO water cooler. Between the recession for the rear 120 mm fan being surprisingly shallow, and the the top mount being incapable of fitting anything thicker than a standard 120 mm fan, your liquid cooling options are custom case only. That is made up for with the knock-outs for tubing in the back of the case, but if you're spending a couple of hundred dollars on a custom water loop why would you buy a low cost case.
Other Thoughts: The real question is whether I'd buy the case again. Right now it's sitting in a closet, and acting as my home media server. For that particular usage, the case is great. I'd rate it even high than 3 eggs, but that's an insanely niche situation.
If you want a no frills case, this isn't bad. If the case is on display anywhere, I'd suggest something slightly more...aesthetically oriented. Honestly, 4/5 for functionality, 2/5 for aesthetics, 2/5 for construction, and 5/5 for value. I came to a 3 egg value because the extra effort to mount fans demanded I round down as a penalty.
Overall, not a bad case for utilitarians.
This review is from: Tt eSPORTS Poseidon ZX Illuminated Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Blue Switches
Pros: The keys are properly responsive, the backlight can be set anywhere between dull and blinding, and the board itself is substantially built.
Cons: There's one LED per key, which means that the lower half of the key is only lit by bled light from the top. Not a deal breaker, but not good design.
The bottom row of keys is recessed farther than the others. This is probably meant to allow you to feel the bottom, but I find it disconcerting because my pinky hangs between the ctrl and shift key often, making the recession too substantial for my comfort.
Key response seems hit and miss. If you're quickly typing a letter, there's little issue. If you want to scroll through a document via the arrow keys you either move bit by bit, or scroll through a line in two seconds. It's not a deal breaker, but the difference between a single depression and holding a key down is pretty wonky.
Other Thoughts: The big question is would I recommend it. Put simply, at the 50 dollar price point I'd recommend it to anyone. At the 80 dollar price point this board is too minimalist for those looking for features, but doesn't make up for the minimalist design with precision controls and a good feel. It's not a bad product, it just doesn't seem to hit that sweet spot between performance and price.
All of this being said, the keyboard is a good product. We're not dealing with cherry switches here, so lifespan is going to be a factor in the eventual adoption of this board. Thermaltake seems to be confident in a 5 year life, and if so this keyboard is reasonable at the 80 dollar price point.
I can say that I'm reasonably happy with this board.
This review is from: ASUS X79 DELUXE LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: The feature set is good, the board doesn't get too hot, and it generally looks good.
Cons: One RAM channel was borked from the word go. Neither DIMM in channel B registered, but sticks themselves worked fine when switched between the B and C channels. That's a disappointing lack of QC.
I've opened a request for RMA with ASUS, so we'll see how this goes. Honestly, at this price point I'm expect cross shipping.
Another substantial point, the software installers are bad. I tried to install the AI suite III, and had to search the internet to figure it out. Apparently, you have to kill the initial process to get the thing to work. Seems like every other installer worked, but the much touted AI suite doesn't. That's a bit of a black mark in my book.
Other Thoughts: On the whole, it's good. Most everything worked, the advanced overclocking eventually worked (though it sets voltages dangerously close to acceptable limits), the BIOS is rather easy to mess around with, and everything is here. Assuming the RAM channels worked this would be a four or five egg board. Without that quad-channel RAM I'm rather disappointed.
Assuming that ASUS comes through with reasonable replacement I'll post a more glowing review. For now, two eggs is all I can offer. Not having access to one of the key features of the 2011 platform is pretty depressing.
Display Name: Robert S.
Date Joined: 11/17/06
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