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Matthew B.

Matthew B.

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Most Favorable Review

Not for everyone, but if you need a card reader and a ton of ports on the front of your case...

Rosewill RDCR-11004 - Data Hub for 5.25" Drive Bays - Two USB 3.0 Ports and Main Connector, Four USB 2.0 Ports, eSATA, Internal Multiple Card Reader
Rosewill RDCR-11004 - Data Hub for 5.25" Drive Bays - Two USB 3.0 Ports and Main Connector, Four USB 2.0 Ports, eSATA, Internal Multiple Card Reader

Pros: Brushed metal looks nice. Lots of card reader slots. Plenty of USB 2.0 and a couple of USB 3.0 ports. Especially useful if your motherboard has a header for front panel USB 3.0 but your case does not.

Cons: The Rosewill logo. It's nice looking except for that.

Overall Review: I'm a workstation user and care more about function than form. I've had this for about four years now, and when I built my new Ryzen workstation, I specifically looked for a case with 5.25" front bays just so I could reuse this.

Most Critical Review

Looks nice

hec Black 0.7mm Thickness SECC Steel 7K09BBA30FNRX Micro ATX Media Center 300W Power Supply / HTPC Case
hec Black 0.7mm Thickness SECC Steel 7K09BBA30FNRX Micro ATX Media Center 300W Power Supply / HTPC Case

Pros: Nice looking, inexpensive.

Cons: Tight inside, drive installation can be a chore. First power supply failed and was replaced under warranty. Second power supply also failed. Right now I'm running a scavenged PSU from a HP w/ similar form factor. It's not an exact fit, so It's just sitting inside the case.

Overall Review: Don't trust the PSU. Undervolt the front 80mm fan for a quiet ride. Use some black tape over the lights on the front to avoid distractions while watching TV or movies (or just don't connect them). I probably would not buy this case again based on my experience with the PSUs, but it does look nice next to my receiver, and the power light integrated with the power button is dim enough to be non-intrusive even in a dark room.

Works great on AM1 platform

NEMIX RAM PC GAMING MEMORY 8GB DDR3 1866 (PC3-14900) for AMD FM2+ / FM2 / AM3+/ AM3
NEMIX RAM PC GAMING MEMORY 8GB DDR3 1866 (PC3-14900) for AMD FM2+ / FM2 / AM3+/ AM3

Pros: AM1 is not specifically mentioned as supported but it does work fine.

Cons: None

Great for my MythTV system.

BIOSTAR A68N-5545 AMD A8-5545 (Quad core 1.7G, turbo 2.7G) Processor AMD A70M Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU Combo
BIOSTAR A68N-5545 AMD A8-5545 (Quad core 1.7G, turbo 2.7G) Processor AMD A70M Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU Combo

Pros: Quad core. 4 SATA Ports. Most boards in this range have only 2. Full PCIe slot. Handles a discrete GPU just fine.

Cons: Heatsink / fan combo could be a bit beefier.

Overall Review: Using this as a MythTV frontend/backend combo. 8GB of RAM, 240GB SSD for the OS (way larger than needed), 2TB WD Green for recordings, and a DVD burner. Using a fanless Geforce 610 card rather than the integrated GPU, mostly because I already had it and it is fantastic with VDPAU. Handles 4 simultaneous recordings + local playback + remote playback on 2 other frontends without breaking a sweat.

11/18/2017

Flawless.

AMD Ryzen 7 1st Gen - RYZEN 7 1700 Summit Ridge (Zen) 8-Core 3.0 GHz (3.7 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 65W YD1700BBAEBOX Desktop Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 1st Gen - RYZEN 7 1700 Summit Ridge (Zen) 8-Core 3.0 GHz (3.7 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 65W YD1700BBAEBOX Desktop Processor

Pros: Fast, stable, cool.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Running this in a workstation build with 64GB 2666MHz RAM (currently at 2133 until BIOS updates come down the line), 512GB NVME boot drive, 1TB SSD, 2TB HDD, R9 390X. My main focus is running lots of high-resource VMs simultaneously, and it does this without skipping a beat. 1 Ubuntu VM with 4 cores and 16GB RAM, 1 Fedora VM with 4 cores and 16GB RAM, one Windows 7 VM with 4 cores and 8GB RAM run easily without taxing the system at all; there is plenty of RAM and CPU headroom. I love it. I game at 1440p with a 144Hz Freesync monitor, and this processor gives the 390X all that it can handle. I have no doubt that my CPU is no longer the bottleneck in my system as far as gaming is concerned. BF1 and TW3 are the main games I've played so far and both run butter smooth at 1440p. I have no doubt a graphics upgrade will be in order shortly. Oh, and I haven't even bothered overclocking it yet. Why not? Well, it's just fast already. Handles my workloads just fine and is darn nearly silent on the (gorgeous) stock cooler. Easily the best hardware purchase I've made in years.

Love it. Replaced a pair of 7950s in Crossfire and don't regret it.

SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon R9 390X 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 OC Version w/ backplate (UEFI) Video Card 100381NTOCL
SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon R9 390X 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 OC Version w/ backplate (UEFI) Video Card 100381NTOCL

Pros: I bought this card in January 2016 to replace a pair of Sapphire 7950 boost cards. It benches slightly lower than the pair in 3DMark, but my gaming experience has much improved. Stays cool (under 80C for me), relatively quiet under load, and handles a slight overclock with zero problems. The backplate is a plus; this thing is a tank. I game at 1440p and have since bought a 144Hz freesync panel. Excellent combination. Framerates in DOOM with Vulkan, all settings at max, 1440p, range between 75 and about 100+FPS, and with freesync, the experience is amazing and butter smooth.

Cons: It's huge. I'm running a Cooler Master HAF 192 and had to remove the middle drive cage to fit it. Make sure your power supply is up to the task, and your case is capable of getting rid of hot air quickly. Mine is, so temps and noise are no problem.

Overall Review: The introduction of the RX480 has dropped the price on this card. I wouldn't shy away from it if you have the case size to fit it and the power supply to drive it. It's older technology but holds up well and should for quite a while. I'm considering picking up a second one.