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Pros: None

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I didn't buy this expecting anything more than advertised. Unlocking all 4 cores was just an added bonus. Even if I was unsuccessful in unlocking the extra cores, I'd still give this 5 stars...

SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum front panel, 0.8 mm SECC body Lascala Series LC20-B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Looks great in my entertainment center. PERFECT size! (any bigger, and it wouldn't fit in most entertainment centers or component racks.) Sturdy, high quality construction. Plenty of room for expansion. Space for THREE 80mm exhaust fans (a MUST, if you ask me), and two 120mm fans in the front. Space for LCD/VFD screen on the front panel.

Cons: Okay, so the PSU is on the "wrong" side, which poses two problems. 1) the PSU fan doesn't exhaust any hot air from the case, and 2) some PSU/mobo combinations won't work without some extensions. Also, it doesn't come with the VFD display, but I was able to buy that separately.

Other Thoughts: There are some complaints about this case being cramped, but come on people! This is a HTPC case! It's the exact same dimensions as my Denon 3805 receiver, and looks right at home sitting underneath it. To all those people who think the case should be bigger: YOU SHOULDN'T BE BUYING AN HTPC CASE! Given the exterior dimensions (which are PERFECT), it's amazing that there's as much space as there is. Sure it's tight, but there's plenty of room for my three hard drives, DVD drive, monster CPU cooler, 3 PCI cards, and video card. Also, having space for 3 80mm exhaust fans allows for the use of quiet, low CFM fans. Three quiet fans are much quieter than one loud one. I have three exhaust fans running on 5V. Almost silent, but still provides sufficient airflow.

Oh, and I thought this came with the VFD display, which it doesn't. I ordered it directly from SilverStone. It's a MUST HAVE! It looks great, and works beautifully with MythTV (and I'm sure others as well).

COOLMAX CX-400B 400W ATX v2.01 Power Supply
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Good while it lasted 06/07/2008

This review is from: COOLMAX CX-400B 400W ATX v2.01 Power Supply

Pros: Quiet, especially on the low setting

Cons: Quit working after about 3 years. It was relatively inexpensive, but I'd still expect it to work for more than three years. It definitely wasn't overloaded.


Darren R.'s Profile

Display Name: Darren R.

Date Joined: 02/02/04

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 11/02/07
  • Last Review: 05/01/11
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