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Pros: Spacious interior. HDD location options are far more customizable than any other case on the market at this time. Durable hardened metal frame. plenty of cableing and accessory options internally. Cable management problems from the cosmos chassis have been completely resolved.
there are standard mount posts for fans, radiators, and all sorts of cooling peripherals, you will NEVER have to mod this case to add ANY kind of cooling... unless you are a crazy person that needs a very specific kind of cooler configuration...
Cons: The only real problem with this chassis is the hot-swap HDD bays... they suck... hard. First the bays do not have removable trays, so your HDD is going in raw, this wouldn't be a problem if the eject mechanism wasn't dependent on leverage applied from the PLASTIC doors. first attempt to remove a HDD I had popped in, BROKE THE DOOR. I literally was not able to apply enough pressure to the drive to release it from the port without breaking the door. I removed the entire bay before I even tried because I suspected this would happen. I tried and tried to figure out the proper removal method to get the drives in and out without breaking it... not possible. I do this kind of thing for a living people, I promise. there is NO WAY this is NOT a design flaw!!! I literally can not believe at least 80% of the users that bought this case are NOT having this issue. this leads me to my last complaint... the hot-swap bays are NOT standard dimensions. the component is actually one and a half height 2.25" bay. In other words, not only is this thing junk, there is no device out there I can use to replace it with... seeing as how this chassis only has three 2.25" bays to begin with, this SERIOUSLY hampers the usability of the case. In my case, I have 2 optical drives, a media card reader, and a raid controller bay interface, and a 6x2.5 drive back-plane... I literally cant use all my hardware. and if you are a water cooler nut, forget about using your multi-bay water cooling control peripherals if you plan to use any optical drives or audio bay peripherals. right now, I am looking to getting a pair of slimline optical drives and a dual slimline to 5.25" bay adapter. that and modding the chassis a bit (drill some mounting holes, grind down a pair of existing mounting stand-offs that are in the way, and build a custom half height 2.25" bay cover) I'll be able to stuff my 6 drive back-plane into the space used for that worthless hot-swap kit and still use my regular peripherals...
Cooler-master, I'm not removing an egg for that hot-swap bay... in return, do you think your designers could come up with a peripheral alternative to that location? I'm thinking a 6 to 8 bay 2.5" drive back-plane device (similar to this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817999023) heck you could even make your own control panel for water cooling, media controls, or even a media card reader to fit into that bay. something--ANYTHING would be better than that lump of plastic you call a "Hot-swap HDD Bay"
Other Thoughts: After dealing with the Hot swap bay problem, this case is pretty good. the only real complaint some people may have (barring they aren't tweenagers who have no concept of elegant design---I'm reminded of those kids who drive around in those modded ford escorts with the whale fin...) the case is wider in the front than the back giving it a bloated whale look... not very symmetrical in this regard. I don't care HOW hard cooler-master was trying to model this after the look of a sports car. it's a computer chassis. these devices are APPLIANCES. they need to fit into cubical type spaces like furniture, I'm not parking my Porsche in my bedroom. I can and will forgive them this as frankly I set it next to my desk which is equally large and flamboyant so it actually looks good. however, unless you have six 22" displays racked to a fully height adjustable engineering bench and counted with a 4 U tower racked 3000vA UPS, your computer just will look like a giant tumor next to your pathetically under sized I/O peripherals. Think Moby dick lashed to Ahab.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SIIG JK-US0412-S1 USB Slim Aluminum Keyboard with Hub
Pros: slim. comfortable. reasonably quiet. USB hub. Media Keys. Metal casing. HARD STEEL KEY REFRAIN PANEL!!!
Cons: Has alcoholism (Will drink your unattended Jegermeister if given the opportunity).
Other Thoughts: This was the best keyboard I have ever owned. I have had MANY grand days of typing out my many illicit URLs and keying in 4chan flame comments with this grand master of keyboards...
One day, after a rather fitful respnce to a newf** on /b and in a rage enduced fit of wanted style retrobution on a friend, I successfully recreated the "Wanted" Scene where the protagonist managed to spell out the phrase "F**K YOU" with the broken keys of his smashed keyboard and a tooth. the only difference was the fact this SIIG keyboard defiantly did NOT surrender its keys to flight. Nay, it angrily growled as I slammed it back on my desk and continued rage-fully fisting its manly keys to the tacking roll of hate-mail.
Truely this was the best of my input devices untill that fateful day... I had pored myself a feisty tumbler of Jagermeister and prepared to hammer away at another bile filled retort to human inanity when my bowels demanded my undivided attention... upon returning to my desk, the keyboard had inexplicably DRANK MY JAGER!!!
It was then that I learned of the SIIG keyboards greatest weekness... hard alcohol.
So I did what any good troll would do in my position, reenacted my favorite "Wanted" Scene again on the OTHER side of my friends face and sent the keyboard to a reputable addiction clinic. Last I heard it had escaped the clinic and is now living in a dump with a herd of hobos... tragic...
So in closing, really great keyboard, just remember the rules; keep it out of the light, don't feed it after midnight, and don't get it wet.
I WILL be getting a replacement or 10 of these bad boys!
This review is from: areca ARC-1220 PCI-Express x8 SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card
Pros: good operational performance. functions transparent to the OS.
Cons: no drive encryption support. SLOW TO POST!!!
Other Thoughts: this raid controller, like every other arecca controller I have owned, has one, and ONLY one fatal flaw. the time it takes to post. this controller takes 45 secconds to post and in a workstation that takes less than 10 seconds to post, boot, and launch firefox. this is somewhat off-putting. I know this controller is meant for server environments, and for that function/roll, I'd say this card is borderline OK. the lack of FDE support when most if not all HDDs on the market now support self encryption is ridiculous.
and yet, all this I could forgive if not for the fact that the controller died less than a year into operation.
the controller will post fine, and I can see my drives fine as well, the problem is that it keeps dropping my raid 5 array. I had to rebuild the array every day untill I gave up and changed to an LVM array on the motherboards onboard sata controller. it's bad when software raid outstripes hardware...
for the price, I'd expect more.