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Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 140mm UFB (Updraft Floating Balance) CPU Cooler
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Two huge quiet 140mm fans
Great mounting hardware(You will have to reuse the stock AMD backplate for AMD installs like my ASUS AM3+ board)
Looks nice in my white case
The Y fan cable to connect the two fans into one header is nicely braided in a white braid instead of what is shown in the images.
Keeps my FX-8120 cool

Cons: Potentially bad for travel due to the heavy weight of 2.7 pounds when using both fans. The protective plastic sticker over the contact point to the CPU left some adhesive behind. It took a lot of rubbing alcohol and scratching to remove. Thankfully was able to make the surface look nicer with a microfiber cloth.

Other Thoughts: Screwing the cooler into the mount was a little annoying. As soon as you screw a little bit of one screw, you need to go to the other one and attach that one. Then you can finish tightening down one at a time. I never made use of the included thermal paste but I kept it in it's box if I want to try it out another time.

ADATA S599 AS599S-40GM-C 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Worked for a while being slow.

Cons: Caused problems with windows system files within the first few months and then would only work for only 10 minutes each time you boot into the computer.

SIIG JU-SA0912-S1 2.5
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Copied a 2.2GB archive file over within 30 seconds. I've seen 54MB/s max burst and 25-30MB/s to be a more reasonable constant speed over USB 2.0. I don't own a computer with USB 3.0 so I can't report those speeds. I also copied a 1.4GB video file over and got 25MB/s max and down to 18MB/s transferring the video.

I've noted on other USB 3.0 enclosures that people lose connection due to the wobbly USB connection. Though this enclosure uses the same USB port you would see on your computer and I've not noticed any loss of connection.

Cons: The led light is like a search light? I would not be going around and letting it get damaged since the metal is thin and bends under pressure from my thumb. It could of used rubber feet but I will let it slide since you have to remove the metal piece to get to the screws that hold the hard drive in the enclosure.

Other Thoughts: I would of bought this from the egg but I found a better price on a different store.

Here is how you add a hard drive:
The metal pieces(top and bottom) side off towards the USB port. When you take those metal pieces off you will see a plastic You then have to take the circuit board out, hook the 9mm thick hard drive to it(quite a tight fit), screw four black screws to hard drive and enclosure, side the metal pieces back on, and put in the last four screws.

It's nothing to take an egg off but it's just a lot to go through just to get a hard drive in the enclosure. I don't plan on changing hard drives anytime soon so it does not matter to me right now. I'm just letting any other buyers know.


Nick S.'s Profile

Display Name: Nick S.

Date Joined: 05/06/08

  • Reviews: 20
  • Helpfulness: 10
  • First Review: 11/23/08
  • Last Review: 12/03/13
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