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NZXT APERTURE M 5.25 Bay Multi-Media Mesh Style Card Reader  w. Dual USB 3.0
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Pretty but misleading... 12/12/2014

This review is from: NZXT APERTURE M 5.25 Bay Multi-Media Mesh Style Card Reader w. Dual USB 3.0

Pros: Looks pretty, has USB 3.0 ports on the front.

Cons: If you're buying this as a card reader, be forewarned, this is not a USB 3.0 card reader! This is a pretty USB 2.0 card reader, with a pair of USB 3.0 ports tacked on. If you're a photographer that shoots a lot, you probably won't be happy with the USB 2.0 speeds. The manufacturer's photos show the big blue USB 3.0 motherboard header predominantly, and the USB 2.0 header is a blurry afterthought. Sadly, this product is a blurry afterthought if you want to use it for anything other than the askew USB 3.0 ports on the side.

Other Thoughts: I'm super sad that I bought this item, and that I'm not going to be able to use it in my case because it would be a complete waste of space and two motherboard headers. It's somewhat poorly constructed - even the manufacturer's photographs show the USB 3.0 ports are misaligned (mine are too - and others have mentioned this defect).

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NZXT APERTURE M 5.25 Bay Multi-Media Mesh Style Card Reader  w. Dual USB 3.0
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs USB 2.0 on the Readers? Really? 12/12/2014

This review is from: NZXT APERTURE M 5.25 Bay Multi-Media Mesh Style Card Reader w. Dual USB 3.0

Pros: Looks pretty, and the mesh front matches my case. The USB 3.0 ports would be a "perk" except for the fact that I'm already using all of my USB 3.0 headers on my motherboard. Uses a 5.25" slot that are generally only used for DVD/Blu-Ray, so most folks have a spare slot wasting space.

Cons: The card reader is exclusively USB 2.0...what? Oh, goodness, no. I bought this months ago, so I can't return it, otherwise I would. When you look at the back of the unit, there's this big thick USB 3.0 cable coming out of the two crooked USB 3.0 connectors. So although the star of the show is the card reader, it's only been designed to use USB 2.0. This is insane. I don't want to be a jerk, but if you've engineered a unit to have USB 3.0, you should (absolutely, positively) make the card reader USB 2.0. This thing is junk, which is now going to sit in a box in my basement until a friend needs a dedicated USB 2.0 card reader. Ick.

Other Thoughts: Honestly, I'm afraid to use this thing. It looks so pretty, but USB 2.0 card reader is dumb. I don't have any USB 3.0 headers left on my motherboard, and sure as heck wouldn't waste one with this device. I want this card reader to be awesome, but it's just dumb. Plain dumb. This is like putting a cheap engine in a race car shell. Avoid like the plague. (Unless you don't mind slow card transfer speeds - this unit may actually be faster than what you're used to, if you're used to pigeons telegraphing your images bit-by-bit in Morse code.)

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Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Wow! That's all I can say... 07/31/2014

This review is from: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler

Pros: This thing is a beast, but it cools so well! I was using the Intel stock cooler on my 4771 and seeing the temps go over 88°C - no overclocking, not a video game, just running Lightroom to process images! Decided to pick this up after reading the reviews and it's a dream to install, and brought my peak CPU temperature down to 55°C. Whew! A six year warranty? Very nice!

Cons: It's huge and may or may not fit in your case. Check first!

Other Thoughts: All I can say is, I had the foresight to purchase an aftermarket-cooler-friendly case, so I had plenty of room behind the motherboard for the mounting bracket, and a perfect amount of space for the (really big!) cooling system above the CPU. It comes with decent thermal paste and all the mounting hardware for the wide array of sockets it supports.

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Display Name: Sean G.

Date Joined: 12/08/02

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 08/09/03
  • Last Review: 12/12/14
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