Date Joined: 02/07/13
Pros: Fast, very fast. It gets a little warm as you would expect with such performance, but nothing to be concerned about.
Cons: None that I can think of yet. All of these rocket drives whether it be PCIe 3 or PCIe 4 have performed as advertised and zero complaints so far.
Overall Review: I would recommend these drives to anyone whether it be a laptop or desktop. On a laptop do consider a thin aluminum plate heatsink to help with the heat if you have the clearance inside to do so.
Pros: USB 3.1 Type-C up front is a nice touch, make sure your board has the header for it.
Tons of room for expansion
Good build quality
Cons: The 3.5" HDD bay might have to be removed to accommodate larger power supplies.
Mounting a 280MM Rad up top will require some modding work to fit.
Overall Review: This case has a lot going for it. I helped a friend of mine go through the process of building his first PC and he went with this one. I was so happy with how the build turned out that I ended up picking it up myself. To address my "cons" I believe Rosewill will have a rock solid 5/5 star case with a few modifications to this design for many years to come.
1 - The 3.5" HDD Bay should be moved closer to the right near the bottom front fan of the case so that larger power supplies can fit without any issues. The drawback here is that it will obstruct airflow from the bottom fan, but my guess would be that the overall temps inside the case will remain relatively the same. No big deal if you know what you are doing.
2 - The case is big enough to support a 280MM Rad up top, but it will require some mod work by drilling some holes to accommodate. A bit odd since everything else is so spot on.
Overall - I would say a 4.5/5, but could turn into a 5/5 with some tweaks to V2. Sturdy construction, well thought of design for the most part, front usb-c is a nice touch and at a great price, what is there to complain about? No PSU shroud? Who cares about a stinkin' shroud? Build and have fun!
Pros: Impressive to have this much power in an SFX-L PSU
Quality Flat Cables, Fully Modular
Was able to get it at $100 with special promo code
Cons: Only con so far is that the cables are a little short if you are planning to keep a mid tower completely neat. I knew this going forward so I will not knock an egg off as this is meant for smaller builds. Just something to keep in mind.
Overall Review: Lian Li is well known for their hardware, but just recently got into making power supplies. Hope we can continue to see this kind of power in smaller power supplies in the future.
Pros: Small, but wide
Can fit 5.25 Optical drive if desired
Uses standard ATX PSU
Support for 120x120 or 120x240 Liquid Cooler
Easy Installation overall if you know what you are doing.
Cons: At this price? Not much. One thing to worry about is the condition that it arrives in. I have received a few with the front panel chipped.
Overall Review: Here is the heart of this review:
As with all Mini-ITX cases, the more you want to squeeze in there the more creative you have to get. If you don't want to read this entire section, I will sum it up quickly. Buy the case, use the PSU for a lightweight system only, I would not trust a high dollar system with strong dedicated GPU in here (as with most bundled Power Supplies).
Squeeze the most in here:
1 - If you purchased one with the included PSU I would strongly advise going with a fully modular one to save some space if you are adding a dedicated GPU and/or several storage drives.
2 - I would also suggest that those interested in adding several 2.5 drives and an optical drive to look into the SST-FP58B which allows you to mount a slim slot-load optical drive and up to FOUR 2.5 drives in the 5.25 slot. This leaves the 80MM back side open for the 80MM fan. That along with the possibility of adding two 120MM fans up top to provide adequate cooling.
3 - Liquid cooling is a nice option to have if you are a hardcore gamer, but as stated in my previous point. I would strongly suggest the SST-FP58B to open things up a bit. One quick note about cooling, everyone freaks out with temperature, but most of the time things are running just fine. As with every system, I suggest regular dust cleaning to keep things running nice and cool. The enemy is always build-up and as long as you are on top of it and keep things nice and clean...you should have no problems with this case.
The Bottom Line is that this is a steal at $29.99 after MIR. Considering that you are getting a pretty nice looking sturdy Mini-ITX case and a 450W PSU. The PSU is the RX-450SS and while appears to be adequate for starter machines, I do not recommend pushing anywhere near the rated wattage. I would recommend getting a certified 80 Plus PSU from a reputable PSU company.
Pros: Very high end feel
Front light is not piercing blue, subtle...nice touch
Can fit long video cards (Up to 12.5" according to Antec)
Fits regular size PSU's
Cons: None that I can think off, maybe two usb 3.0 slots on the front instead of 1x usb 3.0 and 1x usb 2.0. Not worth taking an egg off.
Overall Review: It's a little larger than standard Mini-ITX cases, but this is what I consider a no compromise Mini-ITX case. Build and have fun.
Pros: None at the moment, supposedly has 4 sata slots...would nice for an ultimate AM1 ITX build
Cons: Board was DOA, no beeps to signify trouble, no video...NADA.
Overall Review: Given all the 1 star reviews here I am starting to think that this might just be a bad board designed by ASRock. I have never had an issue with them before so I will give them one more chance and waiting on a replacement from newegg.