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This review is from: BitFenix Prodigy Arctic White Steel / Plastic Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
Pros: Good looks, from the outside, everything looks nice and clean. Ability to mount a full-sized vid card into an ITX motherboard along with an optical drive and a few hard drives is nice.
Cons: It's a little louder than I was expecting. I'll be replacing the included fans with quieter units at my nearest convenience. The "loops" which I would assume are supposed to be carry handles are laughable. Having lifted the unit a few times by them, I wouldn't trust them again. The PSU bay is surprisingly shallow. It strongly limits the PSU that can be installed (though with what you can put in this unit, that's not a huge deal). Cable control is kind of lame. There's spots to route cables through, but no good way to hide anything. If you open the chassis, you're seeing each and every cable. No-way to clean it up. As far as personal issues, I'm not a fan of the button/light/USB port placement. I'd prefer them either on-top or on the front of the unit. On the right side always means I'm hunting for the button with my hand (the unit sits on my right, the buttons facing away from me).
Other Thoughts: For the price, this is a decent ITX chassis. But for this size, I could have easily gone M-ATX and saved myself some $$.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Nicely featured board for the price. Cable control-friendly board layout. Not overly flashy in its colors. Speedy turnaround in their warranty service (once you're actually able to get an RMA - see below).
Cons: Warranty service is iffy (at best). Started having a no-POST issue with the board. Replaced parts with known-good items until I was able to Asrock and Newegg really need to workout their differences. I felt like I was playing with an old See-And-Say toy: "Asrock says, "Handle your warranty through your reseller!"" "Newegg says, "Handle your warranty through your manufacturer!"" Eventually I was able to find a way to issue a customer service tag which led to an RMA through which I was able to get a replacement unit. Here's the problem though: I don't know if I was expecting a new unit or refurbished, but I wasn't expecting a unit that was COATED WITH LITTLE BITS OF SILVER THERMAL PASTE FROM THE PREVIOUS OWNER.
Other Thoughts: Thanks guys! I really wanted to spend a good hour with a q-tip and some iso alcohol removing thermal grease from a new board! That was just a pleasure! </sarcasm>
I have used Asrock boards for the last 3 computer builds I've done for myself (including this one). I've recommended and installed them into friends' computers, citing their great price/features and performance ratio. That stops now. I will install this "new" board and use it, but I can't trust it. And if I can't trust a component in my computer I'll be looking for a replacement in short order. And it won't be from Asrock.
Pros: The price is right. Kinda. Never received the rebate so I could have gone with another company.
Cons: Purchased unit in October as I was more than satisfied with the price. When I received the unit itself, I had some concerns about the cooler, but figured that the design had been tested. I'm no longer convinced of that. After about 6 months (still waiting on that rebate), it started having VRAM corruption. Using the website's RMA system (which I had to google to find), I submitted my RMA....and received no confirmation? Strange, but looking online, I found this to be rather common. So I waited. A week or so later (really?!) a wild email approached! It's my RMA! Huzzah! I get all the documentation I can, and send it out to them.... and wait. This company was not built on communication. Again, I read elsewhere that this was the norm for Palit, so I wait. About three weeks go by and a package ends up on my doorstep (thanks for the heads-up it was coming!). Hey! It's from Palit! It's my replacement! And three hours into a gaming session.. WHADDAYA KNOW?! It's VRAM corruption!
Other Thoughts: Never buying another Palit product again. This is NOT a reputable company.READ FULL REVIEW