Date Joined: 12/28/06
Pros: *Good cooling from the 120mm & 200mm fans.
*Fits larger graphics cards and CPU coolers common in LAN rigs.
*Room and holes to route cables out of the way behind motherboard.
*Fits full size ATX power supplies of either top or bottom mounted design.
*No vibration from components.
*No blue LEDs.
Cons: *Main front door hinge arrived broken. It looks like this could happen easily while moving the case.
*Latches for front dust cover doors arrived non-functional. They are of the "push once to release, push twice to relatch" design, and will not relatch.
*The lower of the two hard drive cages is the better designed one, but also must be removed to accommodate larger graphics cards such as a GTX 280.
*Case fans use two wire molex connectors. They do not have appropriate connectors to let your motherboard manage speed. You can't simply replace the 200mm with a competitor's fan with a three wire connector.
*To mount an SSD you must use a separate adapter bracket AND the included floppy drive bracket. If you use more than 1 SSD, you'll need another floppy mounting bracket.
*Front door blocks intake vents, and covers power & reset buttons, as well as optical drive.
*eSATA cable has bulky adapter which takes up precious space.
Overall Review: I bought this case for a Rampage II Gene and an i7 920 with Xigmatek Dark Knight cooler. I got a C0 version of the 920, but the case's cooling has been good enough to overclock it to 3.8 ghz at 36C idle with HT disabled.
As mentioned in Cons, the plastic vertical hinge component had one of the little hinge nubs broken off when it arrived. The box did not appear damaged, and the interior padding is pretty decent, so I suspect it was broken at the manufacturer. Likewise, the non-functioning filter door latches do not show any signs of damage, and just simply do not work. I considered an RMA but decided to keep the case & use it without the front door. I also ripped out the filter door latches so the doors would fully shut.
Pros: Replaced an old set of 2x2 Crucial Ballistix DDR2 800. Load times were noticeably better in WoW, and average frame rate seemed slightly higher. Mushkin forums had exact timings recommended for optimal clocking for my motherboard.
Cons: After a couple months, I started to experience BSODs every couple hours while playing games. Ran MemTest and found an error on one of the sticks. I attempted to get an RMA through the Mushkin site, but after 2 weeks still had no response. Requested an RMA through Newegg and received it immediately. Since it's been more than 30 days, I have to settle for a replacement. Waiting for replacements to arrive, so no feedback on them yet.
Overall, I'm disappointed that this pricey memory (was $143 at time of purchase) went bad so fast, and that when it did the manufacturer customer service was non-responsive. I know it was Christmas time, but 2+ weeks with no answer???
Overall Review: Waiting to see how the new set does before I make up my mind on whether I'd buy Mushkin again.
Pros: Easy installation. Noticeable improvement in WoW FPS over my old E6750, even without overclocking. (WoW tends to be very processor intensive in raids). Overclocked to 3.6 Ghz without any problems, and I will push it further once I buy a better cooled case & heatsink.
Overall Review: Had to flash my motherboard bios to support the Wolfdale chipset, but someone with a newer board shouldn't need to.
System: E8400, Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L, EVGA 8800 GT, 4 GB Crucial Ballistix, WD7500AAKS 750 GB, Samsung 19" + 22" widescreens
Pros: Did not have any problems installing, other than trying to figure out what software on the disc was necessary, and which was bloatware.
Cons: As usual, lots of bloated Creative software which is completely unnecessary for the typical user. Even after installing all of it, you will be unable to software-configure ports for your own setup. This prevented me from having the same audio setup as I had previously configured using my onboard sound (mic + line in + headphones + speakers). Did not notice any improvement in gaming performance or sound quality. Uninstalled & went back to onboard sound.
Overall Review: System at time of installation: Core 2 Duo E6750, EVGA 8800 GT, 4 GB Crucial Ballistix, Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L motherboard, Klipsch 4.1 speakers, Sennheiser PC-150 headset, Sirius satellite radio receiver