Date Joined: 08/18/09
Pros: - Huge value when on sale. I picked it up for $40 during Black Friday. Even the normal sale price of $80 is a deal vs competition.
- Fully Modular
- Black with unobtrusive branding
Cons: - Fan is one of the loudest I've had in a power supply. It's also a 135mm 5v unit, with holes that don't line up with either 120 or 140mm fans. So good luck trying to replace it if you thinking about modding. It uses a 2-pin d-type connector internally, and doesn't seem to have any speed control.
Pros: - Fits 2x 240mm radiators in the top and front, while still supporting a 5.25" drive in the lower slot.
- Comes in red
- Huge acrylic window
- Top 140mm fan filters included
- Reasonably small mid-tower dimensions
Cons: - Front fans use threaded holes and included long screws, not the standard self-tapping fan screws. That means you have to drill out the fan holes if you are going to mount a radiator in the front with fans on the outside of the bracket.
- Top supports dual 140mm fans, but will not support fans or a radiator there with the 5.25" drive cage installed.
- Front USB is 1x 3.0 port and 1x 2.0 port. C'mon Fractal Design, you're wasting half of my 3.0 header to save like 5 cents a unit?
- Included 120mm fans are white regardless of case color. They are only 1200rpm and low airflow.
Overall Review: - One of the included fans had a dead LED. Thankfully, Fractal Design's US support sent me another in the mail.
Pros: - Vega 64 at Vega 56 price ($400)
- Near GTX 1080 performance
- Cheap way to get a reference board if you plan on doing water cooling.
Cons: - Stock blower cooler is loud (water cooling recommended)
- Not as fast as a 1080ti
Overall Review: You might get a better overclock out of a Vega 56, but for the money, it's hard to turn down this deal on Vega 64.
Pros: - Low Cost X470 chipset
- Lots of features for the price
Cons: - The Vcore VRM overheats if you pull more than about 80A through it. The software readings are about half the actual MOSFET temperature. I used a hardware store multimeter with a K-type thermocouple to read the temp of the input trace of the inductor. I was getting 105C+ while stress testing my R7 2700 non-x overclocked to 4.075GHz @ 1.4V. It was pulling around 110A at the time. When the MOSFETs overheat, it pulls the clockspeed down to 550 MEGAhertz and the voltage down to 0.7V for several seconds to let the VRM cool off. It promply overheats again once it goes back to full speed, though.
My temp fix was to just wedge an 80mm fan up against the VRM heatsink, which kept it just a couple of degrees below overheating. Do yourself a favor, and if you're getting an 8-core, just get the ASRock Taichi.
I contacted ASUS support, but not only were they slow... they never got back to me in over 2-weeks with a solution. I wound up figuring out the problem myself.
Overall Review: No refund or return possible on this particular motherboard with either Newegg or Asus. Bad form, guys.
Caveat Emptor, I guess.
Pros: Does it's job for a very low price
Cons: Isn't sleeved, but for the money, it doesn't matter.
Pros: Does what it is supposed to do. High is 12v, med around 9v, and low roughly 7v based on the resulting rpm of a known fan.
Cons: Has Chinese embossed into it.
Pros: Tiny volume at 10.2L. This is comparable to an gaming console (typ. 6.5L)
Excellent GPU cooling if two 120x15mm fans are used.
Minimalist design. No RGB LEDs or TG here.
Good value for money, especially with included 80+ bronze SFX PSU.
Cons: Thermal issues in horizonal orientation.
Highly restrictive CPU cooler height requirement.
No 3.5" drive support
No ODD support either, especially frustrating for HTPC use.
Non-modular PSU, though it only incudes the necessary cables. Some of those cables could be shorter to ease cable clutter.
Incuded PSU's fan is a tad loud.
Dust filters require removing both sides of the outer shell to clean.
Overall Review: I would only recommend 65W TDP CPUs or lower in this box. I used a AMD Ryzen 1600X under a Noctua L9-AM4, and I had problems throttling in AVX workloads like Handbrake at stock speeds. A mild undervolt of -0.10v took care of the issue, but the thermal headroom for CPUs in this case is minimal without some modding.
Pros: Most cost-optimized heatsink-focused fan from Noctua.
You get the SSO bearing, long lifespan, and precision manufacturing.
The 1700rpm PWM version gives the most flexibility in setting your own rpms in BIOS.
Not poop brown.
Cons: Not black.
No anti-vibration mounts on the corners. Only basic screws included.
Not the latest noise-to-performance design.
Overall Review: Which it was even cheaper.
Pros: Highest thermal conductivity (12.5 W/mk) this side of liquid metal. Typical thermal paste is 4-5W/mK.
Very low viscosity and easy to spread.
Cons: Cost, but you get what you pay for.
Overall Review: Buy the biggest tube you can afford, as their cost-per-gram gets better the larger the tube you buy.
Pros: You get high-end 120mm tower cooler like performance, but the case compatibility of water.
Much easier to squeeze into thin ITX builds than decent air coolers.
Reduce the fans in your system by reusing the rad fan as a case exhaust.
Cons: Included fan is utter garbage. It's 1700rpm, only 3-pin, and loud as heck. There's lots of obvious plastic flash on the blades from poor manufacturing, and there's already noticeable play on the fan hub.
Pump's a bit slow at 1400rpm
You need to re-use your AMD/AM4 backplate.
Overall Review: Manual hasn't been updated for AM4 installation. There are separate AM4 standoffs to use, but they are not black like the regular AMD standoffs, and are not in the same bag as those normal AMD standoffs, so it's very easy to use the wrong ones. Which results in VERY loose contact between the pump and block, and almost instant 90C and throttling.
Pros: Extremely well constructed. The previous 15mm fan had issues with the impeller wobbling and rubbing the fan grille when flush-mounted. No such issues here.
Doesn't move as much air as the 25mm version.
Pros: Affordable, PWM controlled.
Cons: Fan blades wobble outside the frame. What that means is you can only mount this fan by the back, as an exhaust configuration.
I tried using this fan as an intake, flush-mounted to my case, and the blades rubbed making a loud noise.
Poor manufacturing quality.
-A/C wifi and bluetooth built-in
-Detected RAM timings right out of the box, no fiddling to post/boot
-Layout is good for a mini-ITX board
Cons: The M.2 standoff twisted off at the slightest amount of pressure. Literally two fingers was enough to do it. Had to superglue the standoff back into place, as no spare was provided.
Wifi antenna is a cheap imitation of Intel's diversity antenna. Wires are thin and separated all the way up to the puck, very unsightly.
Overall Review: More USB ports and different monitor ports (no DP, really?) would've been nice.
Pros: Fast, high capacity, and affordable.
Overall Review: Got it on a sale.
Pros: Nicely sleeved.
One-to-one adapter. No two 6-pin or two Molex nonsense.
Cons: A little pricey for what it is.
Pros: Fans quieter than a reference R9 290X while loaded
Lower Powertune throttling than reference due to better cooling
Cons: Physically longer than necessary
Physically thicker than necessary
Fans audible at idle
No adapters whatsoever included
Overall Review: I only picked up this particular R9 290X due to a sale, and while it did fit in my case, I wouldn't have chosen this particular model had it not been for the discount. I needed to order a PCIe 6-to-8 pin power adapter.
Pros: Cherry MX Blue switches
No-nonsense 104 key layout; normal Enter and Backspace keys and two Windows keys
No extra gaming/media keys getting in the way
Compact size and good heft. Keyboard is stable and fits well on smaller desks.
The MX Blue switches essentially emulate the venerable and much loved buckling spring switches that the IBM Model M used. They are ideal for touch typing, and for those who like the noise.
Cons: No extra gaming/media keys for those who want them
MX Blues are not the end-all, be-all switch
Cost: catch this one on sale (like I did)
The interchangeable PS2 or USB cable means that it can be accidentally detached from the keyboard.
Pros: Plug and play for Windows 8; no driver download required! (Not even from Windows Update).
No bloatware wifi manager software.
Cons: 2dBi antennas.
No 5GHz band.
Only 2 antennas instead of three.
High base price. (Get it on sale)
Overall Review: I bought this on Black Friday (for $10) because when I upgraded to Windows 8 I discovered that my off-brand Wifi's Win7 64-bit driver caused one CPU core to run at 100% all the time. (Disable the adapter in device manager and it quits) With no idea when I'd get an update, I went with a known brand so I'd be sure they'd release a driver, and low and behold the one that shipped with Windows 8 "just worked."
integrated touchpad (until it dies...)
Cons: Wouldn't stay connected to bluetooth between reboots. Hard to reconnect when only keyboard and pointing device not functioning. (catch-22)
Shoddy construction, keyboard slid downward inside the casing after only a few weeks of use with an HTPC. this caused all the lower keys to start snapping off and breaking. It was repaired once with super-glue, but this failed to alleviate the issue, until finally the touchpad totally failed. Threw it in the trash.
Overall Review: Bought IOGEAR GKM561R (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823176018) as a replacement, and it's a million times better than this model. It's also comparably priced. Do yourself a favor and stay away from this one.
Pros: A GT540M in a 15" form-factor with sandy bridge, it's basically the best graphics card possible in this size laptop
Dual-core with high turbo, this is cheap gaming on the go at its finest.
Great ~5 hours of battery life in 'balanced' due to Optimus
chiclet keyboard with 10key, normal layout
Cons: Screen is trash! has no 'sweet spot' basically any angle you choose it looks terrible and washed out. Has a noticeable 'screen door' effect due to low 1366x768 resolution, retina-burning brightness, terrible contrast, glossy over-reflective finish. Basically couldn't be more wrong.
only 4GB of ram, 5400rpm drive, 6-cell battery
Enter and backslash key are flush, I personally hate it, some won't even notice
Miss the esata on my old laptop, usb 3 hasn't got the same traction yet
Overall Review: It's currently (11/21/11) $20 cheaper than when I got it. =(
Wish it had two windows keys, it makes the dual monitor shortcuts with the arrow keys easier.
Pros: Tiny and Antec brand and styling. Nothing needs to be removed to install the motherboard, though it is much easier after removing the drive mounts. Fits only mini-ITX boards and so can realize the space savings.
No internal flex-atx power supply time bomb with whiny fan.
Dual 2.5" SSD mounts and a single low-profile PCI slot.
Nearly silent case fan.
Cons: Only uses 2.5" HDDs/SSDs, no 3.5" HDD mounts. Uses slimline DVD drives, so blu-ray support will cost a small fortune.
A little deeper than I'd liked (12"), however, this is due to the DC-DC converter board inside that allows the use of a laptop-style brick instead of an internal power supply.
The outer panel didn't quite line up on one side, however, I'm sure that was just my particular unit.
It uses 80mm fans, instead of quieter and more efficient 120mm ones, and is designed to sit on it's skinny side like all the current game consoles.
Overall Review: I used:
ASRock E350M1 mini-ITX mobo
WD Scorpio Black 160GiB 7200rpm
Samsung slimline CD/DVD burner
Total draw wound up being 40w peak at the wall socket with only a .5 PFC measured with a Kill-A-Watt.
-eSATA, cable included!
Cons: -Cheap (construction)
-external power brick is bulky to transport/use
-sound of drive is appearant
Overall Review: I had it delivered with 1 thumbscrew already stripped, though a little locktite fixed that. I used this to house a HD from my MyBook after the power supply in it died.
Pros: Idle temps of 40-37-37-37 C with an ambient temp of 32 after hours of Prime95 load tems stay under ~65C using Arctic Silver 5 on my Q8400 overclocked at 3.2GHz (stock voltage/1600MHz FSB)
On top of that it looks sharp too!
Cons: Little play in the clip and installation was not as appearant as I'd like. (tried to use the AMD clip the first time, lol) Universal AMD/Intel bracket conflicted with my motherboard heatsinks (an ASUS P5E Deluxe)...had to take a dremmel and the wire clippers to get clearance, but it did fit eventually.
Overall Review: This isn't a 120mm tower cooler, so don't expect similar performance. I wound up not using the silly fanmate, instead using PWM and my motherboard. As to claims of "loud as an airport" my only responce is "NUH UH!" Perhaps that customer's model was defective? In my Antec 300, the GTX260 is louder than all my case fans and this...and it's supposedly <45dB.
Pros: Looks like it'd cool very well, huge copper monster with 4 heat-pipes and a mirror finish on the contact surface. Seems like a decent mounting system with the four screws and springs. Zalman has a reputation for quiet coolers...
Cons: Okay, so I did my homework before shelling out hard-earned dollars for a cooler and shopped around for quite awhile before deciding on this cooler. I read the reviews that it fit the latest Radeon HD4870's and furthermore Zalman states compatibility with the latest GeForce GTS 250. So I figured what the heck it should fit my Asus GTX 260, right? Wrong. I needed mounting holes right between holes 4 and 5. I tried mounting it with holes 4 (the closest ones, the 5's wouldn't line up at all) and broke one of the mounting pins in the attempt. No damage to the card, luckily. This one when right back in the box, but due to my idiocy no RMA for me...
Overall Review: At least I did get to put some Arctic Silver 5 between my stock cooler and the GT200b chip, and since I couldn't return it (cause I broke it like a fool -.-) I used the nice included, stick-on heatsinks on my Vram.
BE WARNED! it won't fit anything bigger than a GTX260! So no 270,275,280,285, or 290s! Don't buy this...Zalman currently doesn't seem to offer a product to fit these GPU's yet.
Pros: It's a dual channel 4 gig DDR2-800 kit, works in any motherboard that says it takes 4 gig of DDR2-800.
Cons: I couldn't make it do email@example.com like the other 2x2 gig kit I bought from GSkill, but then, this stuff's not rated at that and the gskill was. I wasn't really expecting to overclock all that well.
Overall Review: It's good stuff, lived through 12hours (overnight) of Memtest x86 at its stock timings. You need 4gig of DDR2-800 then this is it.