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be quiet! DARK BASE PRO 900 ATX Mid Tower Computer Chassis - Black/Orange
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2 out of 5 eggs Cool features but poor design for price 07/24/2016

This review is from: be quiet! DARK BASE PRO 900 ATX Mid Tower Computer Chassis - Black/Orange

Pros: - Innovative wireless phone charger
- "Silent Wings 3" fans
- Clean appearance
- Noise insulation on front door

Cons: - The instructions are poorly laid out
- The "removable motherboard tray" is a NIGHTMARE to try to reinstall if you ever decide you want to remove the nine screws holding it in. I saw no way to align the holes except by guessing where the screws attached to the thin sheet metal of the case making them VERY difficult to reinstall and easy to strip.
- The glass window is held on with four female thumbscrews and the glass is flush to the case. This make removal and installation difficult and clumsy.
- The motherboard tray has the fan/led lighting controller and all its cables attached to the back of the tray making the "removable motherboard tray" that much more cumbersome.
- The front door is poorly secured and will flop open if the case is tilted forward when handling.
- Front fan filter is difficult to remove for cleaning

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Thermaltake Core X9 Black E-ATX Stackable Tt LCS Certified Cube Chassis CA-1D8-00F1WN-00
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3 out of 5 eggs HUGE case, better start working out now... 02/09/2016

This review is from: Thermaltake Core X9 Black E-ATX Stackable Tt LCS Certified Cube Chassis CA-1D8-00F1WN-00

Pros: - Plenty of room
- Configurable power/front panel USB connection
- Captive thumbscrews for outer panels
- Nice power switch
- Decent overall completed appearance

Cons: -Extremely heavy and bulky. Empty shipping weight was around 48 pounds. Add hardware and watercooling and you are talking a VERY heavy and cumbersome finished PC.
-Poorly designed drive bays. The drive bay housings would not line up with my Seagate HDD mounting holes so had to install drive without retention. The drive fit snugly in the housing and worked fine. Drive cables were very difficult to attach and required removal of one of the drive enclosures.
-No hotswap capability. Power and data cables are difficult to reach and attach.
-Flimsy top fan/radiator bracket. Used a 420MM radiator with three 140MM fans and had difficulty getting mounting holes to align with bracket. Use of one-inch thick 420MM radiator (with fans) required removal of top front 5.25 drive bay tray.
-Flimsy motherboard tray. Thin, stamped steel mounting tray had fixed mounting standoffs and was missing one standoff when used with ATX motherboard.
- Difficult to build clean installation. Data cables to front mounted drives have no way of being hidden.

Other Thoughts: I have build many computer systems using a wide variety of computer cases ranging in price from $100-$600. Despite significant drawbacks, this case ended up being one of the nicer looking and functional builds I have made.

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SYBA SI-PEX40064 PCI-Express 2.0 Low Profile Ready SATA III (6.0 Gb/s) Controller Card
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3 out of 5 eggs Works fine but not fully PnP under Windows 8.1 x64 01/22/2016

This review is from: SYBA SI-PEX40064 PCI-Express 2.0 Low Profile Ready SATA III (6.0 Gb/s) Controller Card

Pros: Inexpensive, four additional SATA III ports for drives

Cons: Included instructions were poorly written with incorrect paths shown for driver. Not sure who wrote these instructions, but whoever it was definitely was not computer literate. ("Start windows and insert the driver CD into the CD-ROM drive, assume drive A.")
The listed path (A:\2010A2\Mrvell\92XX|Windows Vista_2008_7_8\amd64) was also incorrect. The corrected path is: D:\Marvell\92XX\Windows Vista_2008_7_8\amd64. The device also did not show in ASUS UEFI BIOS or Windows 8.1 device manager properly. The documentation stated that the card would be listed under "Other devices" - it was listed under IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers initially. After installing the driver it moved to "Storage controllers" in the Device Manager tree structure. Once driver was installed, attached drive was recognized. Attached drive is a SATA III drive and CrystalDiskInfo lists drive as SATA II so there still may be things that have to be ironed out with controller.

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Display Name: John M.

Date Joined: 08/10/01

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  • Last Review: 07/24/16
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