Date Joined: 03/16/10
Pros: Looks good. good dust filter. pretty much the only 90 degree case out there that isn't either a monstrosity you can modify into a 90 degree, or one of the other (much larger) ravens.
Cons: No room behind the motherboard tray at all. And when I say that I mean that if a gnats hair falls behind the right side panel it will bulge. A huge pain to work in. Standard size power cables from your PSU will fill up pretty much all the space in the case, completely negating one of the 120m fans. Also your cables will be in the way of the bottom airflow, and some (like the cpu cable) will rest in slightly concerning ways. The "wall" on the side of the case your supposed to install from is absolutely pointless. I'm considering just dremeling the thing out. You can't install a front fan if you don't want the IO cables to knock into it, or if you have anything in a lower slot (I suppose you could just remove the front LED thing and choke the fan). The fan headers on the included bottom fans are worthless, and way to short to connect to anything other than a fan splitter which also will not fit properly in the case. If you want any kind of decent CPU heatsink good luck because it really only supports short ones, or you can put in a normal sized (a regular 120mm cooler) and just scratch the acrylic putting on the side panel. Larger GPUs do not fit properly either, and mine required that I remove the CPU heatsink, put the card in resting it on the bottom, re-install the heatsink and then try to cram my hands into whatever tiny space was left to wire it, then push it into the CPU slot after trying to bend the stupid bottom panel back.
Overall Review: I'm pretty sure while jumping through the thousands of hoops this case put me though it either shorted or broke my top PCIe lane, which is incredibly annoying as now my GPU has to go in the bottom slot which means the fans sometimes catch on the IO cables. I really wanted to love this case, and I originally gave it a good review, but constant problems and that I pretty much just always have my side panel off just killed it for me.
Pros: It's huge, so placing things into your fancy metal box will be easy. The fancy metal box feels very sturdy. There are two sides to the fancy metal box, which means it is easier to put things into the fancy metal box without it seeming cluttered. The fancy metal box will apparently support fancy metal boxes with water inside that runs through tubes to a small expensive metal rectangle (or circle) that placed on another very expensive metal square or rectangle. It will keep this expensive fancy metal rectangle from becoming very warm extremely effectively. In fact this fancy metal box will generally keep any object placed inside at an acceptable to excellent temperature. The fancy metal box will allow you to install a small plastic and metal box which can hold plastic discs that spin quickly.
Cons: The fancy metal box has a lot of holes. The holes on the front of the fancy metal box has a screen to prevent unwanted things from going into your fancy metal box. There is no screen on the large hole on the side of the fancy metal box, or the top of the fancy metal box. This is disappointing because the fancy metal box costs a lot more than other fancy metal boxes which do have screens on other important holes. The clear plastic rectangle on the side of the fancy metal box makes a creaking noise which indicates it is under stress when you take the side of the fancy metal box off. This noise is mildly disturbing.
Overall Review: I bought this fancy metal box because there was a fancy metal box named after a greek guy who lifted the earth, but that fancy metal box does not exist at this time, and rumor is that fancy metal box will require more pieces of green paper and metal discs than I am willing to part with for a fancy metal box. I had to part with many green pieces of paper and metal discs for this one as well, but the number was acceptable for the quality of the fancy metal box. This fancy metal box is unusually wide for fancy metal boxes, but it is shorter and better than them. You should buy this fancy metal box.
Pros: Seriously this thing is beastly, and overclocks nicely to at least 4.2ghz on a large air cooler (in my experience)
Cons: older i5s and i7s are cheaper, and have similar performance
Overall Review: Be honest with yourself. You want to get into DDR4 boards, but Haswell-Es are a bit ridiculous in price. Just buy this, slap on some thermal paste, take off your sunglasses and shout a synonym of the most commonly used affirmative in the English language.
Pros: This thing is ridiculous. It runs literally everything I throw at it at more than 60fps. It looks absolutely gorgeous in my black and white case with a black and white motherboard.
Cons: It's a little big, a little power hungry, and very expensive. For the average user it's probably way to much. But honestly if you're considering the card, you probably aren't an average user.
Overall Review: If you're debating on upgrading from something older, just buy it, you won't be disappointed.
Pros: They're very fast, high capacity, and they work. They aren't exceptionally tall, but large air coolers might have issues.
Cons: Red only heat spreaders. Sticks out in my black and white build, but they will probably make different colors later (see ripjaws IV), and doesn't matter to me as I know how to paint things (though I haven't attempted yet and I don't see any screws) The heat spreaders are taller in the middle, but really aren't that tall.
Pros: Looks nice, doesn't cost as much as some other options.
Cons: One of the four motherboard mounting screws came with absolutely no threading. This is a really basic quality control thing to get wrong, and now I get to wait another week without access to a computer because of one simple screw. Thanks.
Overall Review: I'll take my business elsewhere from now on. Noctua has never steered me wrong, and can generally have the capacity to make sure they thread their screws. Thought I could save a few bucks, but it's not worth it when I next-day shipped all my parts in time for classes, and now I won't have access to my school files for an entire week.
Pros: I get 3 million fps playing zork. This is seriously the best graphics card ever.
Cons: Not that you would ever need to, but there isn't a way to crossfire this card.
Overall Review: It's 20 dollars, and gives you insane framerates on the best games ever made.
Pros: Sounded AMAZING while it lasted. Software seemed decent enough. ACM was really cool.
Cons: Let me start out by saying I loved this card. It worked really well for a few months, but then...
One day while I was playing a youtube video my speakers started emitting a TERRIBLE noise. It sounded like shrieking combined with static. Anyway, I muted it, and tried to figure out if I had messed up my speakers somehow and after simply restarting the computer it stopped doing that... for a few days.
So when it became much more frequent (doesn't happen all the time, so it's like playing Russian roulette, cringing the whole time), I decided to check the internet, and surprise surprise a lot of people having similar problems with this card. So I did what they said, Uninstalled the drivers, re-installed them, uninstalled ALL parts of my on board audio (which was no easy task) turned off the on board audio in the bios, did everything to remove on board audio except physically rip the chip from my motherboard, tried every single PCI slot, every audio output on the card and every combination possible of the above all while restarting the computer each time (I've troubleshot problems hundreds of times before, I use linux).
And trust me, I tested my speakers on everything from cell phones to guitar amps and even when cranked the speakers did not emit that terrible sound (I even played audio on my laptop for 48 hours strait to make sure). Also, before my on board sound stopped working because I disabled it to a non-working state, they worked perfectly on the on board. So it MUST be a problem with the board (hardware or software I can't really tell, but the board is pristine, and hadn't been touched at all between installation and now, other than to clean dust.
Overall Review: I am absolutely fed up with this card taking up so much of my time. I've tried every suggestion made to fix it to no avail. Nobody should have to work around a piece of equipment they paid hundreds of dollars for. I will never buy anything by or related to creative again if I can help it. Now I just have to drop HUNDREDS MORE DOLLARS on a new motherboard (tried everything to get the on board working again) and a new sound card that hopefully actually works and doesn't take up hours of my time.
I gave this card a 4 or 5 star shining review when I got it, but it isn't even worth 1 egg now.
Pros: Fast keys that have a really good feel to them, whatever color you feel like (with a few exceptions, see cons), and feels really sturdy and is mostly good to type on (see cons).
Cons: First off, the colors seem a little wonky. They never quite seem to turn out what they look like on the screen, and shoving blue to max and the others to min gives a purpleish light, maybe it's just my eyes.
Secondly, the keys are a little oddly placed. When I first started typing I naturally put my hand on the home rows, but it felt kinda cramped in a way. If I take my pinky off and rest it on the shift key, and sort of shift my hands over a little bit, then everything is hunky dory, and I can get my usual wpm.
Lastly, and most importantly, this keyboard doesn't work in Bios or in grub. I've scoured the internet looking for some kind of answer, but couldn't find one. Every time I boot up, I have to plug in another keyboard just to select Windows/Ubuntu. While this might really not seem like much, this keyboard is a hundred dollars, and it is REALLY annoying shifting between keyboards (yeah I know first world problems). That is the only reason I took off one egg. The other qualms aren't even a blip on the radar.
Overall Review: As dissapointing as the keyboard not working in bios/grub is, it's still an amazing keyboard. I would buy it, but beware that it might not work when you boot up, so have a "boot keyboard" just in case.
Pros: Great mouse, amazing scroll wheel, the buttons take some getting used to, but otherwise a good mouse.
Cons: Heavy, it weighs a ton, but that really isn't enough to lower the quality any (keep in mind it is made out of metal)
Overall Review: The interface confused me for a moment, but I got used to it pretty quickly once I figured out how to program the buttons. I would have thought the side buttons just come as numbers 1-9 but it really doesn't make that huge of a difference, and is easily changed.
Pros: It looks nice. I've heard it runs faster than 7, I wouldn't know though, because it keeps crashing.
Cons: Everything. I installed this OS and TRIED to like it. I gave it the best shot with it's new UI and everything. Unfortunately the UI isn't the problem. The problem is that nothing works at all. I was trying to set up a media server with my PS3 for two hours, found a trick to doing it online (without the old PS3 Media server because allegedly it doesn't work in 8) I got it to work and all was good.
The next day, changing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING (didn't even shut down the ps3 or PC) It stopped working. I tried re-doing the whole server, I tried making a homegroup, I tried every stupid option on the internet, then suddenly, magically, the PS3 media server program started to work again. I don't want to spend HOURS trying to get ONE SIMPLE THING to work every time I want to watch one show.
Oh, did I mention I tried to install drivers for my graphics card WHICH CAUSED THE SYSTEM TO CRASH 20 TIMES. Seriously, it would freeze up for hours, then I would have to do a "refresh" which "Isn't going to uninstall everything" except it did exactly that. Uninstalled ALL of my programs, including MS Office, which I only have 3 installs of, and spent a few hours on the phone getting that worked out.
Oh, and you would think that apps MADE for windows 8 would at least be stable? No. I spent 20 minutes trying to figure out what I did wrong to the "messaging" app that it kept saying "Hold on while we sync" eventually I said forget it, and downloaded a real messaging program.
Overall Review: Avoid this with everything you have. I TRIED to love it. I really did. I got used to the goofy UI and kind of found it charming. I dealt with the fact that my desktop was essentially an app (you can "close" it by pulling it to the bottom of the screen like any other app. I used whatever workarounds were required, but honestly, it doesn't even take this many workarounds in LINUX. AND THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE A MAINSTREAM OPERATING SYSTEM? The design is nice, but the execution is terrible.
Pros: Modular, keeps the case cleaner, neater.
Cons: Some of the cords (the 2 4 pins that isn't modular, and the sata power) are RIDICULOUSLY short for the size of my case. I have a NZXT Phantom, and the cords are stretched to the limit. Forget cable management, the cords can be strummed like a guitar.
Overall Review: The length of the cords aside, this is a really great power supply. I've put my hand on the back (exhaust) and it's not hot at all. It does its job, and it does it well, guitar-string-tight cords aside.
Pros: Getting really fast speeds, even being only connected to one frequency
Cons: External antennas are kind of flimsy, get knocked around a lot whenever I move the computer.
Overall Review: It does what it's supposed to, and it's really fast at doing it. Faster downloads than my laptop (2 year old with some intel wireless N chip) at least.
Pros: GREAT sound. Subwoofer with cool lights and bars on it. All in all an awesome package that delivers clear, beautiful audio.
Cons: The build quality is kind of terrible. The speaker boxes are solid enough, but the speakers themselves are made with plastic that bends under almost no pressure. The top silver piece of plastic bent in (and I cannot get it unbent) when I just accidentally picked it up by it. Makes the system look a bit goofy with one of the silver things bent in and crushed at odd angles.
Overall Review: I really wish the build quality was a little better, or at least had something behind the silver things to keep them from denting in so badly. It's kind of an eyesore. If you're super careful with it, it's a beautiful system that sounds amazing.
Pros: Works with the 4.0ghz 8 core AMD perfectly. Nothing went wrong, didn't cook anything and seems well built.
Cons: USB 3.0? Yeah, there's two on the back, but no connectors for it on the actual Motherboard (Or there are and I completely missed them). This is kind of annoying, but not terrible I suppose.
Overall Review: I wish there were some USB 3.0 connectors. I suppose I could always buy a PCIe card. I like the BIOS and it's clickability, and ease of navigation/overclocking. Not that I'll ever have to overclock.
Pros: OUTRAGEOUSLY FAST. Handles anything I've thrown at it, and I tried to mult-task the junk out of it when I first got it. Stock cooler works fine, and I don't have any reason to overclock it. ALSO 8 CORES.
Cons: Nothing so far.
Overall Review: I don't understand why you would really need to overclock this. 4.0ghz isn't enough? Also, the stock cooler works like a charm (Temps at 19C idle, 35C load, but it is winter, and the room I'm in is coolish). I really don't see a reason to spend another 50-100 dollars on something that isn't broke. But I suppose if you have to OC your processor to something ridiculous like 5.5Ghz just to see it go that high, and to burn out your cpu faster, you should probably invest in a better cooler.
Pros: Black looks nice next to my blu-ray burner and the other bay covers
Cons: I don't really like the cords. I know it's a ridiculous thing to say, but they just seem weird. It also doesn't have a plate that goes back far enough to lock into the locking mechanism of my case, but not really a reason to be upset.
Overall Review: It does exactly what it was supposed to, and didn't even need drivers. It looks sleek and gets the job done.
Pros: BLAZING FREAKING FAST. My computer goes from the motherboard splash, instantly to the login screen after I "optimized" the drive in windows 8 once. I don't know exactly how long my boot time is, but it's so insignificant I don't even go do something else while waiting for the computer to boot like I used to.
Cons: It feels REALLY flimsy. I know it isn't, but it's so light it might scare you at first. But so far so good. Price vs capacity is good for an SSD, but I still wish it was lower.
Overall Review: WoW loading screens don't exist anymore, and most maps on portal 2 load in the blink of an eye. Don't let the price deter you at all, yeah it's a few extra bucks, but for the performance increase, it's well worth it.
Pros: Nice lights, even though they're white, not blue, they still work fine. Fast decently priced ram.
Cons: When are the light bars going to come out? I can't find them anywhere, unless I'm just blind. Also windows 8 rates this at 7.9. I thought it would be higher, as it goes up to 9.9.
Overall Review: Even though the windows score is essentially a "C" these things are amazing. And I'm happy with them, so doesn't that matter? But seriously Corsair, when or where can I get those light strips?
Pros: Huge, quiet as hell, and cool the case REALLY well. Also love the LEDs
Cons: Not so fond of the goofy screws. I ordered 2 to max out my Phantom case. The huge screws fit fine into the top, but the side was a different story, I had to reassign some mobo screws that I wasn't using to attach the 2nd one.
Overall Review: I don't know why NZXT loves these wierd screws, but they can keep them. A side bonus, the mobo screws I used were long, maybe too long, so I was able to put the little dust catching screen between the fan and the grill on the side.
Pros: Blue, to go along with the blue/white theme of my Phantom
Cons: Screws that come with it are a wierd size, does not work with the phantom, meaning I had to Zip Tie this thing in.
Overall Review: The zip tie thing is only really worth 1 egg. It works really good a cooling my Hard drives (A Corsair 120gb Force SSD, and a WD 1tb 7200) And I really like the lights, but it still seems kind of lame that the included screws are so huge.
Pros: Absolutely beautiful, fan controller, cools like crazy, big enough for everything I bought. Seriously this thing is amazing.
Cons: Extra case fans for this model do not have the proper screws (but my mobo came with extras that worked perfectly). If the stickers fall of the fan controller ports you have to play a guessing game. I have awesome blue LEDs on everything except the two 120mm stock fans at the bottom front. It may seem like a minor annoyance, but when everything else lights up blue like a Christmas tree, and there's a dark spot right in front, it's a little disheartening.
Overall Review: Overall this thing is better than most of the 100-150 dollar cases out there. To be honest it trumps a 200 dollar case I've seen. It's loaded with features, and it's really worth it if you like the white/blue color scheme. My only issue is the dark spot at the front of the case, I mean I could just buy and LED light bar, but it would have been nice if it was included. Also it may say that I'm not a "certified owner", but that's because this case was bought as a gift.
Pros: LOOOOONG Battery Life
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Awesome touchpad. Hides clicking underneath the track pad!
Cons: Nothing IF YOU BUY THIS FOR WHAT IT ACTUALLY IS.
Overall Review: Let me start by saying this little buddy is awesome. Though nobody cares about boot times, it's less than 8 secs for me. Does EXACTLY what was stated, and what it's supposed to do. I think there's a certain level of mental retardance in some of the other reviewers (yes, I just made retardance a word). They're expecting to get an awesome touch screen 98237498374928374GHz laptop with unlimited storage space.
THIS IS NOT A LAPTOP, IF YOU WANT A LAPTOP, BUY A LAPTOP NOT A CHROMEBOOK.
NO WINDOWS 7 NOT DESIGNED FOR THAT IF YOU ACTUALLY PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT THE DESCRIPTION OF THE PRODUCT SAYS, INSTEAD OF GOING "Oh look, a cheap laptop"
WHY THE HELLO KITTY DID ANYONE EXPECT A TOUCH SCREEN WHEN IT'S LESS THAN PRETTY MUCH EVERY TABLET, AND MAKES ABSOLUTELY NO MENTION OF A TOUCH SCREEN?
Pros: Fast, HUGE capacity
Cons: Eh.. nothing really so far
Overall Review: Was thinking about going with an SSD for my boot drive (latpop w/ 2 drive slots) And after careful consideration of my budget (I'm not bill gates) I decided that a faster RPM hard drive would be better. I'm glad I chose it, lots of space (now to backup all the files I tearfully deleted) and fast enough for my needs. Definitely not worth losing hundreds of GB and dollars for a bit of a speed boost.
Pros: Large Capacity (for a laptop) Fast speed
Cons: None that I've encountered at all.
Overall Review: I can be techno-stupid at times, and I've heard that you have to tinker in the BIOS to get these to work. However I just shoved them in and my computer farted rainbows. Excellent addition to my laptop, and I will be getting one more 4GB module as I have 3 slots.