Joined on 06/14/04
Monitor Stand comes apart easily for VESA wall mount
Pros: Still loving this monitor!
Cons: Getting a little nervous about some of the posts where people have had to RMA it back after it failed after just a month or two of use. So far the monitor has been absolutely rock solid, only time will tell.
Overall Review: Just a comment in response to another reviewer who posted on 01/08/2010 "If you want to mount this monitor, it takes immense effort to remove the attached piece meant to fit into the stand. There are 3 phillip head screws that holds it on the monitor, but are blocked from being unscrewed. I had to take a pair of pliers and slowly rotate each screw from the side to remove all of them. Took perhaps a total of 20 minutes." I purchased a wall mount with this monitor and removing the desk stand is easy. The back cover of the desk stand has a slotted tab on each side of it, I just stuck a regular screwdriver into a tab and applied a little pressure and the cover pops right off. Then you have full access to use a screwdriver to remove the three philips screws that hold the stand bracket in place. Once that is off it is a snap to put the VESA wall mount bracket on and then attach it to the wall. This process was covered in Section 2.1 of the user manual.
Very loud in my case
Pros: The price was right and it pulls a lot of fresh cool air in to the front of my case. Red LED looks very cool.
Cons: Fan is a lot louder than I expected given the specs on this fan. Perhaps it is more to do with the case than with the fan, have not had time to take it out of the case and test it. I have it mounted in the front of a CoolerMaster Elite, perhaps all that aluminium mesh is amplifying the fan noise?
Fast RAM great results!
Pros: For gaming after consulting various authorities on the performance of 8GB vs 16GB RAM I decided to go with 8GB G.Skill RAM. I have been using G.Skill for years and I usually go for theDDR3 1600 Ripjaws line but this time out I decide to try the Trident DDR3 2400 RAM. The ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 picked up the RAM right away and a quick BIOS change I had it running at 2400. I have another identical PC in my home office using the DDR3 1600 and a few quick benchmarks show a roughly 4% performance improvement. Not much but since the RAM was well priced it was worth the change from Ripjaws to Trident.
Cons: Potential con is the very tall heat spreader design. Some CPU coolers this may be an issue with the RAM slots closest to the CPU. Fortunately the heat spreaders can be removed.
Overall Review: Very high heat spreaders (But they are removeable) It just slides by the CM EVO 212 CPU cooler I have in the case but I definitely won't be able to put sticks in the other pair of slots without removing the heatspreader on the stick for Slot 1. For my build its a non-issue because ASUS recommends installing to the Slot 2 / Slot 4 pair first anyway.
Super Quiet and Extra Sexy!
Pros: SUPER QUIET. I have 2 PC's the exact same other than I replaced 2 stock 120MM fans with 2 of these 200MM fans and the system with these 200MM fans in it runs noticeably quieter and 4C cooler! Red LED's look awesome especially at night when the lights are down low. I have one in the front of the case pulling cool air in and one on the top of the case pulling hot air out. The RED led is just a bonus perk.
Cons: The front mounted fan in the HAF 912 case needs longer screws than what comes with the fan. Fortunately the screws you need came with the HAF 912 case, otherwise I would have been very unhappy.
Love this CPU Cooler!
Pros: Keeps my AMD FX-8350 nice and cool, even with a moderate OC. Much less expensive and easier to install than a water cooler setup. If you prep the CPU and the copper properly with a quality thermal paste like Arctic Silver this thing will run nice and cool and can be installed in 5 - 10 minutes.
Cons: Not a "fan" of the stock fan that it comes with I have had two in a row where the sleeve bearings wear out quickly and the fan starts making a loud clicking sound. Fortunately I was already planning to upgrade the fan anyway so a few bucks more for a high pressure / quieter / high CFM fan replacement is a good investment.
Overall Review: I recommend for a new build that you put the backplate and install the cooler into the motherboard before you put it in the case. I found this a lot easier to do. It is still very straightforward to add this to an existing CPU / mobo already in the case but with a new build install the cooler into the mobo then put the mobo in the case, its just that much easier.
Awesome case for value
Pros: Very roomy case, plenty of room for most PC builds. With removable drive cage can accommodate some of the larger video cards like my EVGA 980 GTX. Very solid yet lightweight build, no sharp edges or anything to get hung up on during build. Has knockouts for water cooling and everything you need for good cable management.
Cons: The only thing I wish they would change is to put the USB and headphone / mic jacks below all the DVD drive bays. When I have my headphones plugged in to the front the wires hang down in front of the drive bay. It seems most case mfg. are doing this now, seems kind of silly to me that they would design this way.
Overall Review: Great case for a great price. Keeps my systems plenty cool, I have done 3 builds in a row with this case. The first was back in 2009 and this recent one was April 2015. My entire family has this same case now because it works so well!