Date Joined: 08/12/03
Pros: -Toolless design for 5 panels is a live saver when compared to other cases.
-Only 2 screws to access the side bracket, and 2 more for the power supply cage.
-Aesthetically this thing is amazing. Simple and sleek design, nothing much to be upset about visually.
-Not aluminum, I hate building in aluminum cases so it's a huge plus that this thing is rock solid.
-Massive amounts of ventilation, back in the 2000's this would have been part of their HAF (High-Air-Flow) series I'm sure.
-Temps are great, idles at 28-32c on the CPU with a NZXT X52 on a 9900k and full load is around 56-58c. The GPU stays around 34-36c idle and 55-57c full load on a RTX 3080 Founders Edition in standard configuration (Not vertical). 2 included top fans as exhaust, NZXT radiator on the side bracket with 2 fans as intake, and 2 fans under the GPU as intake on the bottom. Manual fan curves were used, no overclocking.
Cons: -No carrying handle.
-No USB Type-C port on the front.
-Didn't include 92mm fan for the back side like the standard NR200, and like most reviewer copies YouTuber's received did.
-Newegg used UPS for shipping and I ordered on Monday, and didn't get it until the following Monday. UPS said they attempted delivery on Thursday and lied, I have a doorbell camera and they never came. Had to wait until the following Monday for them to deliver it to an "Access Point" and go pick it up myself.
-Can't confirm yet, but it would seem like taking the top panel off will shake loose all the dust that's accumulated and it's going to go everywhere. Unlike the other panels that come off without much guff, the top panel requires enough force to knock loose all the dust in the filter.
-Cable management was a pain, plan it out more than once, test fit parts, pretty standard stuff for an SFF case. Just took awhile to figure out what would work for my particular parts. Being this is a relatively new case, there wasn't much material on the internet to reference to ensure my parts would fit, but they all did.
Overall Review: CPU: 9900k @ Stock
CPU Cooler: NXZT Kraken X52 (Side mounted)
GPU: RTX 3080 Founders Edition @ Stock
PSU: Corsair 600W SFX Gold 80+
MOBO: ASUS ROG STRIX Z390-I
RAM: 32GB (2x16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 CL16
NVMe: 2x Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB
SSD: 3x Samsung 850 EVO 1TB
The PSU works fine at stock speeds for CPU/GPU, but I'd like to overclock. The 600W was pulled out of another rig to get this one up and running and will be replaced ASAP with 750W or 850W depending on availability due to The Rona.
Pros: Tons of space (but not too much), easy to install motherboard, optical drives, harddrives (in front bay or inside case), USB 3.0 on the front, bottom mounted power supply, looks amazing and the build quality is solid!
Cons: I didn't use all the intended pieces/functions of the case. i.e. the plastic cover for your power supply area (keep cables all nice looking?) and the side fan guide.
Overall Review: Highly recommend modular power supply!
Pros: The 5.25 bay, the optical in/out, the sound quality, the options in the Creative Audio Control Panel, the enclosed card makes it easy to handle during the install and the dolby and DTS features.
Cons: Drivers: A few hour long excursion, which resulted in wanting to break something. Working on Windows 7 64bit (SP0), getting the drivers to work was THE #1 reason this is not a 5 egg rating. Beta drivers from 10/21/2009 off the Creative support site was the answer to a smooth install and working 5.25 bay, and all the other goodies... All other drivers (Disc, and official released drivers) wouldn't even install. Version 220.127.116.118 was the only working one.
The front bay DOES NOT surpass the one included with the Audigy 2 ZS Platinum (item N82E16829102163 on Newegg, in/out midi and a remote were the ups over this one). This can be overlooked if you do not care about a remote (I now use a Logitech G700 wireless mouse as a remote for audio/video controls on the couch) or the midi jacks (midi-to-USB converter costs about 10-50 dollars depending where you go).
Overall Review: If I could attach my Audigy 2 front bay to this card I would be ecstatic. Also, do not count on Creative for ANY kind of support with your product. If you can't get new drivers (1+ years old) on their "best" card, do NOT expect anything else, as I did.
My Audigy 2 lasted about 7 years, ordered 7/21/2004. Until it finally took a dive recently and started having issues with the mic port. If I could purchase a brand new ZS Platinum Pro (External unit for hookups, not the 5.25 bay), I would buy that over this unit any day.
As most would say, get this on sale or you're getting robbed, the price is pretty high sadly.
Pros: Awesome design, just the right size for a basic media center for my room, great price, and absolutely rediculously fast shipping!... 26 hours after ordering (with standard 3 day shipping) the package showed up on my door step. 26 hours!!!!.... I can't say much else, I have to wait 2 more days for the rest of the stuff that was ordered.
Cons: None!... Yet.
Overall Review: Pairing it up with:
ASUS AT3N7A-I Intel Atom 330 & NVIDIA ION
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB w/ 32MB Cache
G.SKILL 2GB DDR2 800
Sony DVD Burner
Can't wait to put it together!
Pros: Completely fanless!... Heatpipes do all the work, also looks great under nice lighting. Placement of ports/connectors/screwholes was very good as well! Comes with 2x right-angled SATA cables... very very useful for larger GPUs.
Great board for overclocking, simple layout in the BIOS (coming from a Pheonix AWARD BIOS)... Lots of handy little features build in. Love the bootup screen, tells more than normal about things going on in your computer.
Cons: Didn't come with at least 3x right-angled SATA cables. The placement of the SATA ports will be horrifying to someone with a large GFX card. If at least one more right-angled SATA cable was in the box, I could make use of more of the SATA ports. I have two ports I cannot use and that I need. May have to purchase a PCI SATA card to make use of more HDDs. Not taking an Egg off the rating for this CON because I only have 4 SATA drives at the moment, but for future purchases... I won't have the ability to use the other 2 ports on the MOBO.
Overall Review: Built with a Q9550 2.83ghz Quad-core, eVGA 9800GTX+, 4GB of G-SKILL DDR2 1066 and WD Raptor HDDs... Very stable build so far, have had it up and running for a few days now on Vista Ultimate 64bit. The first few times attempting to boot, settings were not what they should have been in the BIOS to make things seamless. Primarly RAM/HDD and boot priority settings.
Pros: Great price for the power it's offering... Almost bought when it was a lot higher in price, which would have still been worth it!... Load times in Windows Vista are unbelievably fast compared to a 4800+ (socket 939) that I came from. Notably faster even doing simple things like opening a window.
Install of the CPU/Heatsink was a huge plus for me... Last Intel I built was a P4 and the heatsink was the absolute biggest pain to get on. I can say the cpu/hs install took all of about 1 minute. GREAT setup!
Cons: Not 3.0ghz out of the box? =)
Overall Review: Have yet to max out all 4 cores doing anything... Haven't tried anything major yet, but it keeps gaming load times to a minimum. Seemingly cut load times in half coming from a 2.4ghz dual-core. Have two raid0 74GB raptors (16MB cache) for storing games. Coupled together I am always the first into an online game, sometimes by an extreme amount of time!...
Paired this up with a ASUS P5K, eVGA 9800GTX+ and G-SKILL 4GB of DDR2 1066.
Pros: Far speedier than my old DDR OCZ RAM I had in my old AMD build. Coming from DDR this makes the RAM seem fanfreakintastic! Fast fast fast...
Cons: No issues yet!...
Overall Review: Used to be a huge OCZ fan, but was recommended this RAM by multiple people and will definitely recommend it to anybody else.
Had a minor problem booting my system when I first got the RAM. Ended up being from the settings in the BIOS. Looked into it online and was an easy fix.
Goes great with my ASUS P5K and Q9550 2.83ghz Quad-core CPU. Highly recommended!!...
Perhaps I should get another two sticks... Don't know if I need 8GB, yet...
Pros: Best CD/DVD drive I've ever owned... very responsive... very fast as expected... CHEAP!
Cons: NONE!... Well, perhaps it is slightly louder than my previous Sony DVD/CD drive.
Overall Review: Installs stuff fast?
Pros: Extremely affordable for the amount of power in it's class!... Holds it's own against the competition, even to some higher priced cards.
Cons: Huge card, I underestimated it's size... I've got a Thermaltake Shark Full Tower case and it BARELY fit inside it. Not really a con, because it did fit... Simply something to be careful with.
Crysis at 1920x1200 with maximum settings still doesn't run smooth!... Maybe a second card would help?
Overall Review: Just built a new rig with this card, a Q9550 2.83ghz Quad-core Intel Core-2, 4GB of G-SKILL DDR2 1066, and an ASUS P5K. Runs UT3 extremely smooth, R6 Vegas also without any lag... All other U3 engine games are baby smooth... two copies of WoW with 4xAA @ 50+fps... All at 1920x1200 res... As well as Crysis with all maximum settings at 1280x768 with 30+fps.
Pros: I'll be typical and say this drive is very fast, it screams... Great drive for the price if load times are important to you. WD's support/warranty is fantastic... Had to replace one of the 3 I own after about 1.5 years of use about 24/7... The drive rarely idled, so 1.5 years of constant use is pretty darn good IMO.
Cons: Tad bit noisy, like coffee grinding. Beyond the noise (I don't mind it, tells me that my HDD is working without having to visually see something) I have had 3 of these for well over a year and one (my main windows drive) took a dump. Started clicking one day. I was very happy that it was the Windows drive and not either of the other two I have RAIDed.
Overall Review: I had one of these as my Windows Vista drive, coupled with two RAIDed for my gaming drive. In multiplayer games I load first by far mostly. Running an older setup too... AMD 4800+, 2GB OCZ DDR and a eVGA 7900GTX 512MB. The current price of this compared to the 150GB version... It's worth going for double the space for a 4th more of the price.
Pros: Resolution is perfect for gaming on PC and consoles. The picture is perfectly clear for reading text on PC. I am a big PC gamer and 1920x1080 is a great resolution for a screen this size! I primarly use a Dell 2405 as a PC monitor but this thing is the best bang for the buck I've seen in it's size/features.
The contrast ratio is excellent as well as the response time. No ghosting during PC gaming or consoles. 360 looks awesome over a VGA connection on this monitor and I am sure PS3 will look pretty darn slick over HDMI.
It's also HDCP through the two DVI ports and HDMI!
Cons: The remote like everybody has talked about. The lag when it comes to clicking a button on the remote til the time the monitor does the action is horrifyingly long!... The monitor itself has the option to change input forward and back, while the remote only has forward. So if you overshoot while switching inputs using the remote you will have a good 30-60 second wait before you can cycle back around to the input you wanted. It's about 5 seconds or so between each input that you have to wait before you can switch to the next one.
The OSD is also laggy and not as easy to use as you'd expect from a high end monitor like this.
PIP is also slow and annoying at times.
Overall Review: PC gamers looking for a huge display with high quality features should definitely consider this monitor for it's price! I got it for significantly less than list price through a local retailer. Which they are hard to find now that WH has discontinued them.
Pros: Excellent data transfer speeds, write speeds and all! RAID0 produces amazing results. They are significantly more quiet than their 8MB counterpart which sounded like a coffee grinder.
Cons: None! They are only "loud" if you are picky. Dare someone that picky use their 8MB cousin, they'd lose their head.
Overall Review: I went from dual 80gb 7200rpm in raid0 to one of the 8MB cache version of this drive and then bought two more of the 16MB cache and the difference from that was noticable. BF2 never loaded this quick! Pair them with two more 34GB Raptors for the OS drive and you got yourself a screamer.
Pros: Very solid construction, perfect amount of buttons in the right spots so you don't accidently hit them. Good drivers and interface let you customize each button to your liking.
Cons: Doesn't come in red like the MX510, why would they take out the option of blue or red in this version?
Overall Review: Awesome mouse for gaming or anything pretty much. Highly recommend Logitech mice, never failed me.
Pros: Sleek design, great feel to the touch, feels very solid, silent keys, backlit, gaming keys, media keys that don't suck badly, good third party support (g15forums) and goes VERY well with anything that also has blue leds.
Cons: Very long (you need plenty of desk space), not wireless, barely any games support the LCD, media keys do not work while in certain games with winamp. Posibility of key's paint wearing off.
Overall Review: I am very glad that I picked this keyboard up. This is the best pricy keyboard there is. Goes very well with a MX518! If you don't want to pay the price then pickup a 5 dollar lite-on keyboard. They work just as good in general with zero extra features. As always Newegg got my order out FAST!