Joined on 02/23/05
Excellent Build Quality--Ideal for Modding
Pros: Unlike many other cases this is thick steel with a nice industrial quality finsh taht resists damage admirably. The removable HDD cages with 3 speed fans are ideal for Storage Freaks or Mad Modderz--with the cages removed the possibilites for Water Cooling or a custom front panel are endless. The 200mm fan really makes this case special--unlike the Aerocool Extreme Engine 3T this large fan is an exhaust--ideal for a number of applications--hot Graphics Cards, WaterCooling, Silent PC...with the fans on low this is a very quiet case. I would say that on high this is one very loud case--but the temps drop immediately--like most well ventilated cases it is a balancing act between noise and perfomance. The location of the PSU keeps the wieght down low making this case stable when fully built up with a massive PSU and 6 HDDs. The 3 additional bays above the HDD bays are just the right number IMO--if you have to mount a zillion ddodads just pull one of the HDD cages and put your stuff there.
Cons: Very Brittle Plastic in the 200mm fan blades--while atempting to adjust the speed of the top fan my knuckle hit the running fan and snapped a blade right off. Not that this is likely to happen to anyone but me (or someone else with Tinkeritus...LOL)but I was sorely annoyed as the main feature of the case was now gone and there are no replacement 200mm fans available. Especially after spending a full day Converting the Case to Water Cooling with a top mounted rad... o_0 And this is not a portable type of case--even empty--when I had it loaded with a pair of SCSI Cheetahs and 4 Raptors and a Silverstone 560watt PSU in there it actually threw my back out trying to get that beast under my desk! So keep your knuckles out of the top fan and don't be moving this thing around and you will be in good shape LOL.
Overall Review: My first build in this case was for a storage freak-2 Cheetah/4Raptor--and it worked out great. Routing all the cables is a little challenging with a non modular supply--not really a con thogh--as there is a space under the lower HDD bay to tuck unused cabling--and the side of the bays is hidden by the panel--so fans and lights cabling/molex can be routed there out of sight. The PSU location does make a good bit of floor space dissapear--but this is made up by the pretty picture the raised Mobo makes in the window on the side panel. The Fanhole on the side panel is ideal for cooling down the graphics cards. Not sure about the mesh being a good thing for positive ventilation as it may cause some cycling from a fan there.Build2: turned the rear fan around to make an intake and put in a 70cfm 120mm on the side and put a PA 160 radiator externally mounted over the top 200mm fan--used 2 bays for the res, one for DVD burner and used one for the WC pump making for a very nice short loop syste
Not ready for prime time
Pros: I checked with the GeIl rep on OverClock.net and he assured me this works in quad on the P5k. I checked the GeIL site and same info. I wanted to review this RAM on the forum--but it started throwing BSOD before I could give it a proper test.
Cons: Doesn't work on the P5k--at least not in Vista 64 Bit--and since you need 64 bit to use this RAM that's a fatal flaw. IMO this is Factory OCed DDR2 667 that is sold as DDR2 800. There is NO headroom to OC this RAM. Anything over about 850 and it's out of spec. Timings are falsely advertised by GeIL on the package and mfr info as 5 5 5 15--SPD according to CPU ID is 6 4 4 18 for my kit.
Overall Review: Looks nice--had high hopes. I bought this to see if I could squeeze a bit more from my highly strung q6600/P5k/2 x 2900XT CF rig. Although I was able to get a few runs from it it soon began throwing the BSOD. It would boot with 2 sticks--not 3 or 4. This RAM is listed compatible and 5 5 5 15--it is neither-- 6 4 4 18 and not working in the P5K with Vista Ultimate 64 bit.
Great Deal No Problems
Pros: Packed extremely well. Antistatic bag wrapped in bubbles in a box wrapped in bubbles in a padded envelope. Drive looked pristine. Installed without issue zero hour zero errors allocated perfectly and fired right up. Price is the deal maker here. Why pay more?
Overall Review: I'll be purchasing at least 4 more of these for my Areca 1210 RAID5 array.
Good Board for the Money
Pros: Smaller than standard mATX. 4 pin power so smaller PSUs and older PSUs will work fine. Runs on a 20 Pin PSU fine. Runs a 45nm Quad fine at stock speeds/auto settings. Works with Geil Black Dragons, Corsair Dominators. PATA and SATA functions worked fine including a brief test of SATA RAID 0 and a Titan SSD. Video Output was better than I expected...on par with a low end video card. Passive chipset a plus for "silent" HTPC builds. Fairly complete BIOS with some basic overclocking functions. PCIE X16 slot worked fine with any single GPU card I tried (ATI 1300, 8800GT 9800GTX) but would not play with the dual PCB Nvidia cards (tried 295GTX and 9800GX2). Audio output is passable. Good enough for typical home use.
Cons: The small form factor means two less DIMMs than you may need. Depends on your system requirements. 4 pin power and no aux power to the board is probably why the dual PCB/GPU cards like the 9800GX2 and 295GTX would not play. Fir whatever reason the board did not like to OC the Quad. No test with a dual core CPU so I cannot comment on the OC ability of the lil Zotac.
Overall Review: Neat looking little board. Passive chipset cooler gets quite warm at idle and smoking hot under 100% sustained load. Active cooling in some form is a must for long term high load (server type) use. RAID on such an inexpensive board is a real plus. The onboard video is a plus..but also was wreaking havoc when I triedto get the dual GPU cards to play. It would over ride the cards for some reason. But how many people want to run a $500 GFX card on a $45 board?
Best one for the price
Pros: Works in Vista64 and XP32. Good signal stength for my application. I have several rigs Crunching World Community Grid projects 24/7 that must have internet connectivity. The furthest rigs are about 150 feet away from the Linksys router and get 4-5 bars.
Cons: Longer lead on antenna? Nitpicking.
Overall Review: I have bought three of these and am buying a fourth today.