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Roy I.

Roy I.

Joined on 05/29/08

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Most Favorable Review

Nice case, lots of room. Really poor documentation and front fans are not speed controlled.

Antec Dark League DP502 FLUX, Mid-Tower ATX Gaming Case, FLUX Platform, 5 x 120mm Fans Included, ARGB PWM Fans with Controller, 5.25" ODD Support, Tempered Glass Side Panel, Swing Open Front Panel
Antec Dark League DP502 FLUX, Mid-Tower ATX Gaming Case, FLUX Platform, 5 x 120mm Fans Included, ARGB PWM Fans with Controller, 5.25" ODD Support, Tempered Glass Side Panel, Swing Open Front Panel

Pros: Roomy mid tower case. It looks nice, plenty of room for cable management and expansion. Lots of HDD/SSD mounts. I needed a case with a 5 1/4 drive bay, and this fit the bill. There is plenty of ventilation, and magnetic screens for intake areas for easy cleaning. Includes 5 120mm fans, 3 ARGB, and 2 black, one of which is a reverse flow fan. It has a built in ARGB controller with hookups for several more fans, but see the cons section.

Cons: The information included with the case, is almost non-existant. There is almost no information on what some of the wiring does. I ran into a couple of connections, that were not labeled at all and pretty much had to guess what they went to. Their website has little information about setting up the case connections, other than a blow up of the ARGB controller. Most of the front (top) panel connectors are tiny little wires that were somewhat of a pain to work with. I was afraid the connectors would fall off of a couple of them. Also, the connections at the top of the panel, inside the case, will interfere with a 3.5 HDD installed in the topmost spot. You can make one fit though, if you are careful. The ARGB controller that is built into the case, is rather flimsy, and I am glad you can't see it unless you take the right side off. It's kind of a wiring mess. I had to try and clean it up some, tie up some of the spaghetti mess around it, and be careful while doing it. I really felt like parts of it would break, if I put hardly any pressure on it. Near as I can tell, there is no way to control the speeds of any of the fans connected to this controller. They run full blast, all the time, and aren't the quietest. They aren't annoyingly loud, but I can definitely tell they are running. No PWM fans, was kind of annoying, and if I had done a little more research, might have affected my case choice. The top panel power and connections, start around 3-4 inches back from the front of the case. And run DEPTH wise down the right side of the case. For most people, this might not be an issue. What I have run into, is this puts my USB ports and Mic/Headphone jacks, almost 8-10 inches inside the compartment in my desk, where I can't reach them easily. I completely got this part mixed up with another one of their cases I think, as I could have sworn the connectors ran across the top front of the case. I did not knock an egg off for this, but people considering this case should very much consider where the case is going to sit. Even if this case was not inside a compartment, it would still be a reach to use those connections. Fortunately, I don't need to use them very often.

Overall Review: Overall, I am happy with the way the case looks. The airflow is good, and the extra screens they included will help with keep it cleaner inside. For the price I paid, it more than meets my requirements. A few minor annoyances, but ones that I could deal with. They definitely need some better documentation.

Most Critical Review

Worked great, for just short of a year...

ZALMAN CNPS5X SZ 92mm Hydraulic CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge
ZALMAN CNPS5X SZ 92mm Hydraulic CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge

Pros: Easy to install and worked great.

Cons: Fan got extremely noisy after about 11 months of use.

Overall Review: It did work great, probably just a dud bearing or something. Will order a different model, as it doesn't look like NewEgg carries it any longer.

10/24/2012

Worked great, for the most part.

GIGABYTE Z490 VISION G LGA 1200 Intel Z490 ATX Motherboard with Dual M.2, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.2 Gen 2, 2.5 GbE LAN, SLI Support
GIGABYTE Z490 VISION G LGA 1200 Intel Z490 ATX Motherboard with Dual M.2, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.2 Gen 2, 2.5 GbE LAN, SLI Support

Pros: Lots of expansion room, for cards and SSD's. Looks nice, I already have enough LED lightning, did not need more. BIOS was reasonably easy to work with.

Cons: Minor con. It did not recognize or boot from the M.2 SSD right away. I had to play with the BIOS settings some. Also, had a minor issue with Fast Boot enabled, it would sometimes, fail to recognize the M.2 SSD installed on the motherboard, and cycle to BIOS. I'd then have to exit, and it would boot normally. Still took only a few seconds. Did not knock and egg off, as I am not sure if it was the BIOS setting, or another issue, or even the SSD causing it.

Overall Review: I haven't had any issues with it, and it's been up and running for around 30 days now. It recognized my Corsair RAM (Qualified Vendor), and the Intel I7-10700k without any problems. I had to enable the XMP profile in the bios, and make a couple other tweaks, but nothing major. The BIOS on this isn't nearly as flashy or nicely laid out as my previous ASUS boards, but it's still workable and fairly easy to navigate. I did have to do some searching for the HDD controls though, it was buried in a couple submenu's.

Fast, look nice, and XMP Profile was recognized without issue.

CORSAIR Vengeance RGB Pro (AMD Ryzen Ready) 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) AMD Optimized Desktop Memory Model CMW16GX4M2Z3600C18
CORSAIR Vengeance RGB Pro (AMD Ryzen Ready) 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) AMD Optimized Desktop Memory Model CMW16GX4M2Z3600C18

Pros: They look nice. No annoying fins sticking out of the top. XMP Profile was recognized without issue on a Gigabyte Z490 Vision-G motherboard. It's fast DDR4 RAM, but you already knew that!

Cons: None that I can think of.

Overall Review: These worked out of the package, as mentioned, without issue. They were on the qualified vendor/ram list. Just be sure to go into your BIOS and enable the XMP profile, if it did not do it automatically. Mine did not.

Works great, looks great, lackluster instructions.

Enermax LIQMAX III 120 ARGB, All-in-one CPU Liquid Cooler for AM4 / LGA 1700/1200/1151, 120mm Radiator, Dual-Chamber Water Block, ARGB Fan LGA 1700 Compatible
Enermax LIQMAX III 120 ARGB, All-in-one CPU Liquid Cooler for AM4 / LGA 1700/1200/1151, 120mm Radiator, Dual-Chamber Water Block, ARGB Fan LGA 1700 Compatible

Pros: Looks great, it works great, fan is nice and quiet, and cools an I7-10700k with no issues. Idle temps are around 30 deg, and I haven't had it go over 55 under a load. But, I have not overclocked the CPU, and probably the toughest "load" it's taken is a heavily modded Skyrim SE or Fallout 4. So I can't really say I am stressing it too much.

Cons: The instructions that came with it, are lackluster at best. The images on them aren't that great. I had to go online and look at some pictures of the backplate installed and some videos, just to make sure I had the backplate facing the right direct, because the pictures in the instructions were not really clear. Their website did not contain any better directions or pictures revolving around installing the backplate and heatsink. Someone with lesser experience, could possibly mess this part up. The thermal paste included isn't the greatest, but was serviceable, and did cover the top of the CPU evenly. The hoses are a bit on the stiff side, so don't think you will be getting too creative with how you bend them.

Overall Review: This should be a 4 Egg Review, I accidentally clicked on the 3, and for whatever reason, it would not let me change it. So if someone can change it, please do. Anyway, sketchy instructions aside, it was relatively easy to install, and fit exactly where I needed it to go. The hoses were a bit stiff, but again, fit my needs so it wasn't a real issue. This was installed on a Gigabyte Vision-G board, and an Antec DP-502 case. It was installed as a top mount in the case.

Installed and worked without issue.

WD Black 4TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 256MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD4005FZBX
WD Black 4TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 256MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD4005FZBX

Pros: It's fast for a mechanical HDD. The 4tb model I purchased has plenty of storage room for my needs. I had zero issues installing it, but it was literally plug in 2 cables and slide it into a tool free fixture in my case. It is definitely faster than my 1 and 2 tb Seagates. But those are both about 4-5 years old. Considerably faster than my 2 tb Firecuda Hybrid drive too.

Cons: It's the first hard drive I have owned in a very, very long time, that I could hear over the case fans, and through a wooden desk compartment. It's not annoyingly loud, I can just hear it working at times. Did not knock an egg off, because I was expecting some noise, just judging from reviews here and elsewhere.

Overall Review: Would definitely recommend these drives, if you have the extra cash to spend on them. I had an old 500 gb WD Black several years ago, and it lasted almost 9 years before it died. Time will tell with this one, but I have high hopes.