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This review is from: Corsair Graphite Series 600T CC600TM Graphite Grey Mid-Tower Gaming Case
Pros: -Very roomy case allows for simple cable management
-Comes with a simple fan controller with lots of 3 pin connectors.
-The case comes with built in dust filters that are easily removable. Cleaning intake and outake areas are now a breeze. Note the side panel does not have this, but there are plenty of DIY solutions which can easily remedy that.
-Stock fans are large and not too loud at all.
Cons: -The top fan can get in the way of some larger cpu coolers. If you want to run certain close loop liquid cooling systems you will probably ditch it all together.
- In my opinion it is quite large for a mid tower. Significantly bigger than my previous Rosewill case and weighs more. But the quality is much better no doubt about it.
Other Thoughts: Everything in my hardware setup runs cooler and quieter in this rig EXCEPT FOR my GPU (Powercolor AMD 7950). I have yet to figure out why exactly and have fiddled with moving the side fans around a bit and toying with the negative / positive pressure balance. It isn't dangerously hot, but it is hitting the high 70s regularly (not that hot comparatively but it used to be cooler) . I think it has to do with the air around the card not being exhausted fast enough but have yet to isolate the problem.
It would be nice if there was room for an internal fan mount.
This review is from: APEVIA CVT334 Power 3 PIN TO 4 PIN Fan Converter (3pk)
Pros: - Comes in a pack of 3. Unit price cheaper than the individual Apevia Molex to 3 pin converters.
- Has male and female connectors on the molex 4 pin so you can daisy chain these together if your PSU is running out of molex connectors.
Cons: - The pins inside the molex connectors are crooked / bent
This is common among molex connectors in general. You have usually gently force the pins into the connector or take a needle nose plier and carefully straighten them out.
Other Thoughts: The 3 pin connector is actually only 2 pins with a empty slot. Not that having a third pin would make a difference given it is a molex but I feel it is something they should advertise.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Acer TimelineU M5-481TG-6814 14" Ultrabook
Pros: - Thin clean look with the brushed metal finish on the cover and keyboard case
- Impressively fast boot times with the SSD + HDD hyrbid when it works (see cons). I have another laptop with similar specs that has a SSD instead and this one is still very quick and responsive on start and hibernations.
- Pretty good battery life...I would say about 4-5 hours on normal use (internet, media, no serious games)
- Speakers are pretty loud and decently clear on audio
- Comes with strong GPU (haven't really tested it)
- Comes with an optical drive (see below for more comments)
Cons: - Lack of ports 2 USB, a HDMI, LAN, headphone, and MicroSD. These are mostly on the rear of the laptop. The fact it only has 2 USBs is really disappointing. You definitely need a hub if you want to use a mouse and charge an device or access an external drive or anything.
-Optical drive? this is a pro and con in a way. I am happy I have one because it lets me use recovery disks. But I suspect it is the cause of one of the big issues I am having. Also it is a huge waste of space which definitely could have been used for 2 possibly 3 more USB ports or some additional exhaust cooling (I hear complaints this laptop can run hot).
- The keyboard keys are very shallow and I am finding that the shift and space bar keys are harder to press down than others.
- Bloatware. This definitely had more than I have seen on a machine in a while. Lots of Acer software that is pretty useless. This was directly eating into how much memory the machine uses to run normally. I would definitely recommend a clean install of windows 7 with this machine.
- Come stock with only 4gb and apparently 2gb is soldered on. Now you can add ram easy enough but because of all the extra software on the machine this 4 gb gets spread really thin.
- I/O or Bios issues? This might just be my machine but every....6th or 7th restart / boot my machine shows me the "a disk read error occurred" or sometimes I get another message telling me that these is an I/O device error. Still can't figure out the root cause of why. This is something that I will definitely contact Acer though.
Other Thoughts: I am mostly happy with this machine given the price, mine might be a lemon which is disappointing. I am hoping to get my issue resolved. The machine starts it just takes two tries sometimes more.READ FULL REVIEW