Date Joined: 05/07/12
Pros: - quiet
- easy to install
Overall Review: This is my 3rd mini-ATX build with one of these units; I love these things. They're very quiet and reliable. My first is still running on a Phenom 960T (additional cores unlocked and overclocked), which highlights what these compact units are really good for, getting as much thermal headroom for your CPU as you can, without having to install something a lot more complicated (and expensive) for cooling.
Pros: - comfortable
- reasonable weight
Cons: - none so far
Overall Review: My keyboard tray wasn't big enough for my ergonomic keyboard and a mouse. Since I couldn't upsize the tray, I had to keep reaching for the mouse, which meant I was leaning forward much of the time. I've had limited experience with trackballs in the past and always found them clunky. Not the case with this! Ergonomically shaped so your thumb does the driving. Left clicking is easy; I find when I right click I'm sometimes trying to use the wrong finger, but I have the same issue with ergonomic mice (my mouse being of the flat variety). I don't think I could game well with it, but for the work PC I'm very happy with the results.
Pros: - long cables
- quiet (initially)
Cons: - fan became a meat grinder after 45 days
Overall Review: Bought this on sale; an 80+ gold from a name I (used) to trust. Everything initially went well; no install issues, no cable issues, very quiet. Today, during a Teams meeting, my computer becomes very loud. Clearly a fan is failing, says I. I figured it was one of the case fans; nope, it's the power supply! 45 days of use. Removed it and replaced it with a Corsair. 7 year warranty? Not sure I want another one.
Pros: - practical layout and design
- reasonable size
- top dust shield held by magnets
Cons: - construction feels cheap
Overall Review: Needed a cheap case for a secondary machine. My primary always gets a solid (expensive) case; this was my first time working with something in this price range. The design/internal layout is reasonably well thought out; no complaints there. I'm not sure what gauge steel this is, but it feels like I could crush the case like an aluminum can. Until the power supply went in, it had virtually no weight. One of the rivets for the motherboard tray was cockeyed, had to correct that. I opted for an Antec because it's a name I trust. Thermaltake has a very similar looking case; I'd wager they come out of the same factory with a different front face.
Pros: - light weight
- look good
- USB powered
Cons: - could use longer cords
Overall Review: If you're looking for sound for games and YouTube music, these aren't the speakers you're looking for. If you're tired of wearing head phones for Zoom meetings, these look good and work great; the frequency response is well suited to people talking. The cords connect to the right speaker, so if your computer is to the left of the desk you'll have limited options for positioning. There is a V2 of these speakers with (marginally) longer cords (and a higher price).
Pros: Unlocked to 6 cores easily. Stable at 3.8 GHz with lots of room to push further. This chip, at this price, is a fantastic upgrade for an AM3 board running something of lower caliber (I was using an X3 720 BE). With the extra cores unlocked, I was able to do 3.4 GHz on the stock voltage. I'm using a Corsair H50 for cooling and an old Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P motherboard. If this chip becomes available again don't hesitate, grab one.
Overall Review: This processor is very easy to tinker with if your motherboard allows for such things. Just make sure you have the most current BIOS available for your board.