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Cooler Master HAF XB EVO - High Air Flow Test Bench and LAN Box Desktop Computer Case with ATX Motherboard Support
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Excellent airflow. Built a fully air cooled system using several high end xigmatek high flow fans, threw in a decent 500 watt corsair (yes, contrary to what people believe, you don't need a 700 watt power supply if you're building a LAN party box.)

Cons: Fairly bad filtering, no side filters, no top filters, no exhaust filter for top, 4 screw holes with rubber shock absorbing washers built in are just asking to take a fan bracket or radiator block, one would assume.

The only other con is that the case does not come with intrusion detection or tamper evident locking mechanisms (kensington slots on any or all of the 3 panels, no lock slots, nothing... kind of a bad idea at a LAN party. Will have to take it into the shop one of these days and machine the proper slots into it.)

Other Thoughts: Pretty good case, pretty fine design, only a few missing things.

Also, the removable hard disk trays are fairly well built. The latches and doors on them are FLIMSY! You won't be using them forever. If you can spare the 3.5" slot, get a hot swap caddy for a backup drive, or get an eSata capable board and a removable eSata drive. Otherwise you'll eventually break the caddies and the case won't look so pretty.

I won't dock an egg, since the case itself has a REMARKABLE bit of airflow, and is roomy and very pleasant to work with, and fits the MSI-Dragon fullsize I built my LAN gaming rig with. Yes, occasionally the OEM dude has to build himself a custom gaming rig.

You know, even with full time gaming, and no window AC in my game room, I've never had the computer overheating issues so many other people's computers seem to have. Maybe I just use good techniques and materials? Maybe I direct the airflow properly and add heat pipes where they are likely to do some good? Ambient temps are 72 to 80 on the average day, so we can't say its just a cold room.

Granted my home gaming system has a high end Noctua heat sink (still on there since the best paste was arctic silver 5) with quiet fans and the lan box has a measly mid to low end thermaltake, which, coincidentally has a bad instruction manual which says to use the wrong screw holes. I wonder how many people broke motherboards trying to tighten on those wrong screw holes?

Fractal Design Silent Series R2 FD-FAN-SSR2-140 140mm 140mm Fan
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Quiet, slow, not the most powerful out there. 05/07/2014

This review is from: Fractal Design Silent Series R2 FD-FAN-SSR2-140 140mm 140mm Fan

Pros: Inserted one of these puppies into a Cooler Master lan party case that takes both 120's and 140's. Wow. Quiet fan. QUIET. You can hear yourself think.

Cons: Not very high cfm. Won't blow your hair back like those colorful Xigmatek bullet shaped and Cougar fluid bearing fans. Those things will blow your hair in the wind heroically... these won't. Then again, if you can mount a pair of these on a case, you won't hear them, either.

Other Thoughts: I'm used to working and gaming with a screaming mini rack of gaming servers next to my bed, though, so maybe inaudible to me is not inaudible to you. I can hear these puppies fine, they just don't bother me at all.

When you've grown used to the screaming Sanyo Denki turbines on a set of rackmount servers... yeah, there isn't much that bothers me except poorly built cases rattling the moment a little vibration moves loose metal against loose metal. (i'm looking at you, Antec Illusion 300. Great construction and design, poor fit.)

HitLights LED Light Strip Easy-Plug Kits with 44 Key Remote and Transformer / RGB Color Changing / Weatherproof / 150 LEDs / 16.4 Ft (5 Meters)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: So I received my set. Put it on the mantlepiece around christmas time of 2013, and used it for mood lighting, not glued to wall or nailed or hooked except with rubber hooks (so the whole ribbon was kept under minimal stress and tension, nothing set on top, no hits, treated with kid gloves.)

Absolutely GORGEOUS.

Cons: About 2 days ago (so january 26 or so of 2014) one trio (they seem to be programmed in sets of 3 LEDs) went out when I had it on red only. When I pressed the center one, it turned back on, so it would seem there is a contact issue.

Then I had the bright idea to try different colors. It turns out the red LED in that segment of 3 went out in the center one. The other two turn on perfectly when this particular one is pressed, but press on it too long and the LED mounting metallic piece cuts through the silicone envelope that keeps the string "weatherproof." So now I have a string that works okay except for those 3 bulbs which only work fine in non red combinations. pink, magenta and violet looks terrible, yellow looks terrible, white looks stained. Blue Green and combinations look fine.

Other Thoughts: I was originally going to offer these as holiday and mood lighting in my shop and buy a significant amount. Given the less than 2 months of durability for just shy of 40 bucks, that seems awfully expensive for these.

And given the price of shipping them back, I'm not sure if its worth it. Another 12 bucks to ship them there and hope they send me a set which won't bork?

Perhaps I'll have to look at a different manufacturer. Fixing these renders them no longer "weather proof. if one takes the string apart to "fix" things... so I'm out 40 bucks. I find that extremely insulting for a product as simple as a LED, and since this appears to be a contact / gluing error, not an actual "failure from use" or "LEDs dying" issue.


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