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Fractal Design Node 304 FD-CA-NODE-304-BL Black Aluminum / Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Great case, excellent design and manufacturing quality.

Cons: The screws on this case are abysmal. I had to use WD40 and a screwdriver to get the outside thumbscrews off. Then when I went to install the PSU, I went to remove the HD cages, and the screws on them are all stripped!

I currently have them soaking in WD40, and I hope I can get them out with a screwdriver + rubber band.

Other Thoughts: The amount of frustration I have had trying to get this case working has been ludicrous. I own an Arc Midi from Fractal and that case was an absolute dream.

Lets hope that Fractal figures out who is over-torquing these screws and fires them.

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SILVERSTONE ST85F-P 850W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: First one lasted around 2.5 years, had it replaced under warranty due to capacitor aging. I was running dual quad-core Opteron 8347s with dual 8800GTs in SLI at the time. The second one lasted over 4 years and has been faithfully powering my computer w/o any issues.

Cons: None, I paid $269.99 for this PSU back in late 2007 would do so again.

Other Thoughts: The reason I am posting this review as I am going to be buying another of these as this morning there was a loud bang in my bedroom, so loud my ears were ringing.

I then realized with apprehension that there was an acrid burning smell coming from the vicinity of my desk.

I stumbled out of bed and walked over and my computer (which I left on), was now off, and was the source of the smell. I checked the surge protector and sure enough the protect light was red.

So, after inspecting the motherboard and GPU for several minutes, I notice the status light on the PSU is still on. After a few minutes of consideration, I tried turning the machine on and to my delight and utter surprise the machine booted, and all of my components are good.

All in all I think my faithful old Silverstone Strider 850w PSU saved my rig from a power surge. Trust me I'll be replacing it with another Silverstone PSU.

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ADATA N005 Pro 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive (Gray) Model AN005P-64G-CGY
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Good drive, not great. 01/06/2013

This review is from: ADATA N005 Pro 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive (Gray) Model AN005P-64G-CGY

Pros: The drive has a really nice casing, the brushed aluminum feels good and has held up well to the abuse I put it through. Having one side of the drive curved allows me to plug it in without fumbling too.

Read/write speeds are good and the capacity is spot on. I used this to replace a 100Gb external drive I was using for work.

Cons: The cap - The only con I can find, and undoubtedly the most annoying one, I'm not sure what the hell Adata was thinking, making a solid brushed aluminum thumb drive and giving it the flimsiest cap I have ever seen.

I can just give it the lightest tap and the cap pops off, it won't stay on when it is in my pocket and it's useless.

I have to use scotch tape to secure the cap to the drive. This is why I took two eggs off on this review.

Other Thoughts: If you don't care about or need the cap to work this is the drive for you, otherwise I would look for a manufacturer that makes the caps on their thumb drives out of the same material as the body of the drive, or at least designs it so that the cap doesn't fall off at the slightest touch/movement.

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Display Name: Alan S.

Date Joined: 01/16/07

  • Reviews: 15
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 12/28/07
  • Last Review: 12/14/13
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