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Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Solid, heavy, very quiet case 06/08/2014

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case

Pros: Solid construction, attractive, quiet design, very roomy inside, removable dust filters on all air intakes. It is good at supressing any noise (fans, drives) inside.

Fitting all the components inside, and making the wiring neat and tidy was a breeze.

Cons: The only issue I encountered was that the screws for (secondarily) securing the drive trays simply won't thread into the drive trays. I think maybe they neglected to thread the hole in the drive trays. The clips hold the trays in place well enough, but I would prefer the solid anchor of a screw driven into the tray.

Only feature I miss is separate power and disk activity LEDs. There is just the one blue one. I hooked it up as disk activity.

Other Thoughts: This is a nice case for the money, with a well thought-out design. I'm very pleased, and would recommend it to a friend.

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ZALMAN CNPS10X OPTIMA 120mm FSB (Fluid Shield Bearing) Shark's Fin Blade CPU Cooler
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs fan vibration and noise - bzzzzzz 06/07/2014

This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS10X OPTIMA 120mm FSB (Fluid Shield Bearing) Shark's Fin Blade CPU Cooler

Pros: - nice, sturdy, effective cooler
- mounting system is acceptably good for socket AM3+

After reading about the difficulty some folks had with mounting this cooler on an AM3+ socket, I decided to leave off the double-sided foam take that sticks the backing plate to the motherboard. Instead I used a soft item underneath the backing plate to hold it in place during installation. I had only a very minor issue getting the last of the screws to engage. A minimum of pressure on teh screw was sufficient to get the threads to engage with the nut in the backing plate.

Cons: lame fan. The fan fails to deliver on its fancy shark fin design. It has apparent balance problems leading to vibration throughout the case at about 1400 RPM. The vibrations are strong enough to make some case panels buzz, and even some loose items on my desk buzz from the vibrations. It is also noisier than it should be when the PWM controller ramps up the speed.

Other Thoughts: A well-known company like Zalman shouldn't be delivering a CPU cooler with a fan that you must immediately discard and replace with a good fan.

Three eggs because it's a nice cooler, but with a lame fan.

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NETGEAR 8 Port Gigabit Unmanged Plus Business-Class Desktop Switch - Lifetime Warranty (GS108E)
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: You pretty much can't get VLAN and QoS support in anything else for this price.

Cons: Windows-only Adobe AIR (yuck!) mgmt app. A pretty serious bug that blocks NFS mount requests from one system on my network - just the mount request, not the NFS traffic itself. Not worth RMA-ing at this price, which is a shame. Firmware updates are few and far between.

Other Thoughts: what the heck does "-100NAS" indicate in the model number?

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Display Name: Andrew P.

Date Joined: 10/27/01

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  • First Review: 10/06/11
  • Last Review: 06/08/14
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