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Fractal Design Define Mini Black Micro ATX Silent PC Computer Case w/ USB 3.0 support and 2 x 120mm Fractal Design Silent Fans
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Nice, slick design. Sound padding is well thought out and effective. Versatile, can even remove one hard drive block for larger video cards or even to turn it sideways. Room for liquid cooling: I used a Corsair H60 mounted at the rear fan port. Optical drive slot cover mechanisms are very neat, wish every manufacturer used this design.

Cons: Power LED is a super bright blue: distracting for watching HTPC stuff in dark rooms, so I unplugged it. Included fans are ok, but are a bit noisy (more of an audible whoosh than an actual whine, so not that bad) at normal speeds. Included fan controller is very cheap: tiny blobs of glue used to keep it together fell apart, making plugs fall out (plugs are very loose and don't stay in by themselves, so glue is necessary). Nothing worth dinging an Egg for, just observations.

Other Thoughts: Wish it had more than one front USB 3.0, but not a big deal. Fractal makes good stuff.

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CORSAIR Survivor 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFSV3-128GB
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Almost perfect... 11/19/2013

This review is from: CORSAIR Survivor 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFSV3-128GB

Pros: This is the fastest Survivor drive I have seen yet: just a smidgen under 200 Mb/s using HDtune, observed sustained 98mb/sec in large file transfers with Windows 7 64-bit. Throw in the exceptional toughness, and this is just the latest in a long line of Survivor drives I have had on my keychain (16, 32, 64, and now 128 gb) for a few years now. Great for transferring ISO images, system backup images and other assorted stuff. I'd personally recommend formatting this using the exFAT file system, unless you like ejecting the drive every single time you remove it within the OS to avoid the eventual 'do you want to fix/this drive has errors' messages (NTFS), or being limited to >4 gb file sizes (FAT32).

Cons: Corsair? Please add an eyelet hole to both the drive and the case. Give people a choice. Please? You used to do that, way back when...but you stopped. I'm still using the case from my very first Survivor, since you stopped putting eyelets on the cases. Who wants a heavy set of keys dangling from their USB port? Can it be that hard to just...add a hole to both the drive and the case? Come on, guys. Also, I'd make an effort to add some kind of flat spots to the external rubber gasket rings: as it is now, the case is way too willing to roll away from you on a flat surface with the tiniest of inclines. This is a very minor gripe, though.

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SilverStone FP36B Aluminum front panel 2X USB 3.0 ports with 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Just what I was looking for: my motherboard supports everything except the internal USB 3.0 connector, so these pass through cables are wonderful. No more dragging the case out to access the 3.0 ports! As an added bonus, it has spaces for mounting a 2.5" drive or two, in case you are using a laptop or SSD drive, which is a nice thought.

Cons: Cables are rather stiff: passing them through to the back while being mindful of cable management can be a pain.

Other Thoughts: Silverstone makes good stuff.

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Milton G.'s Profile

Display Name: Milton G.

Date Joined: 03/28/04

  • Reviews: 16
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 08/04/06
  • Last Review: 02/01/14
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