Joined on 05/10/09
Solid construction, some questionable decisions
Pros: This case is beautiful looking, very nice design that sits between a monolith and an overdone plastic molded case. Definitely looks great. USB 3.0 on the front is nice, lots of room for airflow, PSU fit perfectly, main cable routing holes are spacious, drive bays don't feel too flimsy and snap right into a 3.5" drive, side panels are sturdy, but flexible.
Cons: The two biggest problems I had with this case were that the HD Audio cable was far too short and the hole for the 8 pin CPU connector is poorly positioned. If you stretch the HD Audio header in a straight line from the front ports to where an HD Audio hook up is normally located on a motherboard you have maybe 2 inches of slack. This makes it incredibly difficult to run through any of the holes in the motherboard tray to keep any sort of tidy case. Had to take the cord off it's zip tie and ended up with the cable draped over the motherboard about 2 inches from the bottom. Not pretty and definitely should be at least 2 inches longer. The 8-pin CPU hole was also small, cramped, and awkardly angled. Part of the problem was that I had a PSU with short stiff cables, but the rear fan, top of the case, and angle of the cable hole didn't help.
Overall Review: Great case. I feel like if it were just a smidge larger it would be fanastic as long as they increase the length of the HD Audio header cable, which was the same length as the USB 3.0 header. Computer isn't too loud, sit's nice and quiet. One small quirk of the motherboard tray, that may have been my own error in inserting the motherboard or poor placement of standoffs, but it seemed like none of the stand off screw locations all ever quite lined up, so some screws aren't going straight downard, but not a big deal.
Cannot be used to install Windows 7
Pros: Fast, not terrible to look at, easily installed.
Cons: Loud squeal while reading a disk, somewhat loud.
Overall Review: This drive cannot be used to install Windows 7. I got it and basically was planning on using it just for this purpose. It reads disks fine, nothing wrong with the drive, but it doesn't have proper drivers available on the Windows 7 disk, and Samsung doesn't support the drive anymore. Look elsewhere if this is your primary purpose for an optical drive.