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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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EVGA GeForce GTX 950 02G-P4-2956-KR 2GB SC+ GAMING, Silent Cooling Gaming Graphics Card
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5 out of 5 eggs Best Value for the Money! 12/25/2015

This review is from: EVGA GeForce GTX 950 02G-P4-2956-KR 2GB SC+ GAMING, Silent Cooling Gaming Graphics Card

Pros: Runs two instances of World of Warcraft on both a 4k and 1920x1080 monitor simultaneously with no issues. Had watercooled Titan, 6-core Ivy Bridge-E, and 32GB RAM running this setup and video driver would crash repeatedly with World of Warcraft. This little guy, with a i3 Ivy bridge processor and 16GB of RAM runs the same content flawlessly for a fraction of the cost.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Nvidia hit a home run with this little gem and I highly recommend it.

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Date Joined: 08/10/01

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