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Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 (CC-9011030-WW) Black Steel / Plastic ATX Cube High Airflow Cube Case
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Excellent cooling, excellent for water cooling, excellent air flow, unique design, beats that pants off corsair's other offerings.

Cons: Feels like a beta product, included fans have no pwn, not enough 5.25" bays, existing 5.25" bays can't accomodate a reservoir without modification, a little tight with wider radiators, likely won't be able to fit third fan in a 360 and 240 radiator setup, limited hard drive space for those that need it, power cable for sata drives should be one wire not 4, plastic feels on the cheap side.

Other Thoughts: I moved from a 650D case with 1 radiator to a double radiator setup, and the 650D is absolute crud for water cooling (In general crud compared to this case). Thankfully I'd been eyeing this case for a while and it fits the bill perfectly, there's not much else out that can compete when it comes to water cooling.

First things to note, plan your setup carefully. This case really is ideal for 2 x 280mm radiators. If you have existing hardware then 1 x 240 and 1 x 360 might be a better fit. Be warned though that fitting a top fan on that 360mm radiator might be tough if not impossible as it comes very close to the top radiator. Also be wary of your radiator width. I have a standard height radiator in the front and a double wide one up top and with a single set of fans it does start to encroach over the mobo.

Second thing, if you don't have a water cooling system and are thinking about jumping in with this case, stay away from reservoirs that go in 5.25" bays. My existing 2x5.25" reservoir would not go into the two bays without having to modify the case. There are two large metal flanges that stick inward, clearly designed to ease insertion of single height objects like DVDRom drives, which have to be bent back. Furthermore, they have plenty of room to stick another set of 2x5.25" bays on the bottom side, but declined to do so. Both cages should be easily removable so those that need it can do it and those that don't can get the cages out of there.

The included fans are decent but none of the 3 x 140mm fans are PWM, which is simply unacceptable in this day and age. I ended up replacing all of them and just removed the rear fan entirely.

The setup for the two drive spaces in the bottom is quite nice and convenient. The cable routing for those drives is also great, minus my gripe about using 4 wires for the power cables which just adds to the clutter. If you have more than 2 full size HDD be aware that you're going to have a bad time. This is NOT a file server, look elsewhere if you want massive storage. In this day and age you should probably setup a NAS if you need serious storage.

Overall I'm very happy with this case and I would take it over the 650D any day of the week. Side by side this is wider, but due to the lower height it feels a lot smaller. Even if you don't do water cooling, I think this case has a lot of great features to make it worth your while. My cons are generally nitpicky things which should have been resolved during testing, which is why I pointed out that this feels like a beta product. There isn't a lot out there to compete with this, but I definitely think this is the best design period for desktop systems.

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TP-LINK TL-WDR3600 Dual Band Wireless N600 Router, Gigabit, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5GHz 300Mbps, 2 USB port, IP QoS, Wireless On/Off Switch
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Been running rock solid over a year, 3rd party firmware is amazing, CoDel in OpenWRT does wonders for VoIP and Skype, no issues at all, only rebooted once to move.

Cons: Not the best transmission distance, need to be somewhat of a techy to get 3rd party firmware, OpenWRT was a pain to get OpenVPN working.

Other Thoughts: Really really great router, super fast, third party firmware support, goes on sale often, overall great deal. Only downside is the transmission, if you absolutely must have the best range without using a repeater look elsewhere otherwise get this now.

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Vantec NexStar TX 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Sleek case, easy to use and swap drives. Works just fine while it's still working.

Cons: Too long, adds extra bulk when not needed. Don't like the retaining mechanism, can easily lose screws. Circuit board corroded and failed in dry environment after less than a year.

Other Thoughts: Cheap, seems to work fine, hate how it uses screws to retain the enclosure, went to use it after 6 months and the circuit board was completely corroded. Did not have moisture issues nor was anything spilled on the device. Didn't work at all. Would not buy again.

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Brian S.'s Profile

Display Name: Brian S.

Date Joined: 03/19/02

  • Reviews: 12
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 06/05/11
  • Last Review: 05/16/14
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