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This review is from: LG 25UM56-P 25” Class 21:9 UltraWide IPS Gaming Monitor 5ms 2560 x 1080 5ms GTG 60Hz 5,000,000:1 Contrast Ratio with Black Stabilizer and Dynamic Action Link, SRGB Over 99% and 4-Screen Split
Pros: Picked up one of these from newegg for $100 open box. I stalked it for about a year and when my price came I pounced on it. Came basically new. no dings, scratches or dead pixels. The colors were great out of the box. No calibration needed. minimal back-light bleed. Its a little hefty and thick but its not a big deal. The bezels are thin and its an all around attractive monitor. I use as an email and social media monitor. I mounted it on a swivel arm vertically. I can fit something like 100 emails in a single screen and a round 6 months of my facebook timeline. This monitor is a scroll killer. It is great for watching movies in native aspect ratio. I just really like this monitor.
Cons: no freesync. no display port. awkward power adapter. they could have just given is a standard internal power supply. the monitor is not thin so there was no need to move the power adapter outside the unit. The external power adapter makes it more difficult to mount on a monitor arm.
Pros: Good layout if you want multiple gpus and other expansion cards.
Nothing interferes which makes this the ideal workstation board.
The cpus are normal 2011 sockets not 2011 narrow, which means you can mount any cpu cooler you want.
Very nice fan control - lots of fan headers
tons of sata ports
received updated bios with ivy bridge support
bmc bios was also updated
Cons: somewhat ugly - would have been better in black
no sound card
sparse usb ports - flaky chipset
no usb 3.0
bad ethernet port layout - they had all that space on the back and put the ipmi and ethernet0 port right next to each other. the ipmi is very difficult to access
no m.2 support
cmos battery is awkwardly positioned
marvell chipset is basically inoperational cannot be accessed from boot screen by any method I know of - tried both uefi and legacy mode
VERY poor instructions and documentation. the manual is for 4-5 different mobos. for a board of this complexity, it needs a dedicated manual. the manual also does not include any documentation on how to get the ipmi operational. ipmi documentation on cd does not mention the lan cable must be plugged into the primary lan port or another terminal. lan cable cannot be plugged into the router.
the included cd does not work as it should
Other Thoughts: specs...
2x e5 2670
32gb of gskill ram - non ecc
2x amd 7990
dual deepcool aio watercooling
evga 1300g2 psu
creative x-fi sound card
inateck usb 3.0
avermedia c502 hdmi capture card
This review is from: Rosewill FBM-02 - Dual-Fan Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case
Pros: Paid $21 on sale. Very mod-friendly case.
Wanted to build a mini editing rig and gaming pc combo to fit into a suitcase or carry on. This was the smallest case available with a single 5.25 and a 3.5 bay for media readers and dvd burner.
the case looks fine enough. It wont win any beauty contests but it wont win any ugly contests wither.
Its not a nice case, but it is nice for the money. Fractal Core 1000 is a far better case for $10 more, but was significantly larger. Every inch counted for me.
The ventilation here is good. Should be more than sufficient even for the monster that is the 7990.
Cons: There were some metal shards. be sure to check the case or else this can short out your mobo.
Very thin metal. Some angles are misaligned.
No usb 3.0
no cable management.
modular psu needed.
Other Thoughts: Fits AMD 7990. The 7990 is a 300mm gpu. It made it in with the fan mounted to the front with no more than a mm to spare. Could not have been tighter.
If you remove the hdd caddy you can probably mod-in a 240mm radiator in the front.
If you get a 5.25 bracket adapter you can put a 3.5 inch hdd above the dvd bay.
There is a mount point for a 2.5 inch drive on the bottom.
You can fit another 2.5 inch drive in the back or under the dvd bay.
You could probably mod-in a window on the side panel where the mesh is pretty ez.
I'll probably install a handle on the top of the case and bolt it in through the top and the top cover of the psu.