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Pros: I jumped on this case for the looks, the quality construction, and the open air design. I got the looks and open air design.
Cons: There are serious flaws that have caused major headaches.
First off, Newegg shipped me a rackmount server instead of this case as I ordered, and then was very nonchalant when I requested my real case. I wanted personalized service because of the limited quantity - I didn't want to lose my case. It took a lot of phone calls and time to get my case, and this is the first time I've been really displeased with Newegg. Strike one.
I'm finishing up the build and I toss in an old-fashioned Cooler Master PSU. The cables don't reach far enough to any of my hard drives and many of the cables that do reach are stretched to their limit. I had to borrow a PSU to get my computer started. Also the PSU mount on the case is complete garbage. It looks like they were originally going to mount the PSU in the case because there is a massive space below the MOBO, and then got too lazy. The plastic piece the secures the PSU is garbage, I don't understand why they went with plastic. Strike two.
I get the entire computer build finished and it is sitting horizontal on my antique solid wood desk. I'm always careful turning cases over to avoid damage to my desk, but the case is so large and bulky that I bobble and the corner immediately hangs and blows a big gash into my desk. Pretty much my fault but still Strike three.
Next, I take the USB receiver for my keyboard and mouse that I forget to connect and go to connect it to the motherboard. You can't easily reach any of the ports on the motherboard because there is a separation between the motherboard and the case. The USB receiver is very small, and I drop that, and it falls directly into my CPU cooler fan blowing both bits to shreds. Strike four.
Lastly, I'm finally just looking over the case, and the cast aluminum main frame that the MOBO mounts to looks like it was cast by a blind man. There are massive pores, holes, and all sorts of imperfections. I've cast parts in shop class before, and none ever came out this bad. They must not have invested the time to fill the casting with the right amount of sand. It's not like anyone will notice, but I know it's there. Strike five.
Pros: -Low profile
-Slightly better than my FM1 Llano APU running stock at 3.0ghz
Cons: -Fan is a bit loud
I wanted the fanless edition but it wasn't in stock at Newegg, I don't think they sold very well. HIS also makes the "ice" or whatever, which I think has a quieter fan, but I couldn't justify spending the extra money. If you actually want this model for a HPTC or small box you're in luck - its a solid buy.
Other Thoughts: Sold my flawless Llano system to a friend and used the money to buy an In Win D Frame, as a result I had to resurrect an old Athlon dual core running at 2.7ghz. The only game I play is iRacing, and with this GPU and 4GB system ram I am able to completely max out graphics. Quite impressed, and the best VGA for $50, don't skimp and buy a $25 card you'll be disappointed.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: -Great LED's
-Does what is advertised
Cons: Not a con for me, but simply MASSIVE
Other Thoughts: CPU coolers have grown over the years, I couldn't tell it was huge from the pics. I used to be a Zalman guy but couldn't argue with the reviews. I just got an In Win D Frame so I'll be trying this cooler without a fan shortly, I'm trying to make my system true fanless and noiseless.READ FULL REVIEW
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