Joined on 02/21/10
Good case for price
Pros: The cheapest SFF case out there with front USB3 ports, decent number of HDD/DVD slots, and the potential to expand to two graphic cards, if one were to want it (though that would not be a great idea for a mATX build). Has enough clearance for a CM hyper 212 plus, if anyone wants to know, as I did. Looks are not bad at all - unless you are one of those that live and die by how your PC case looks...!
Cons: Well - maybe I made a wrong choice with my PSU, but boy what a tight fit. With two optical drives and a 3.5" HDD I was hard pressed to get my semi-modular OCZ PSU in without having the optical drive connectors get crushed against the PSU cords. That said, everything did work well in the end, though I had to sacrifice my hyper 212 for stock cooling, even though the 212 did fit, to get cable management like I wanted.
Overall Review: If you are like me and put function over form and want a case under $40, this is it, my friend..!
Failed in 3 days
Pros: Price was good. Good for those looking for a budget 5.1 HT or their first HT system. If you don't know what an AV receiver is then this is a good way to start.
Cons: Sound is not very impressive, even for the price. Woofer sounds weak.
Overall Review: This is the biggest con - it failed in 2 days. Would not turn on, only a blinking red light that says HDMI. Returned it for RMA, but that was another hassle in itself. UPS lost my package and took 10 more days to locate it. Finally Newegg has approved my RMA.
Not very modular
Pros: Seems to run quieter than my OCZ from 2 years ago. Otherwise does what is expected out of a PSU. Cord lengths are adequate for my mATX build.
Cons: Not really modular. Let's see - my understanding is - modular implies nothing is attached. Semi-modular - 8 and 24 pin attached, and maybe 1 other connector for a discrete graphics card. This one has more connectors attached, and on top of that, I had to use two SATA rails just to be able to power my 2 HDDs and 2 SSDs, leaving almost all cords in the case in the end. Before someone jumps up and says that its probably me not knowing how to minimize connections, let me just say that I worked at it for 3 hrs, and I could not find any other way.
Overall Review: Rebate was fast, and easy.
Pros: Nice layout. Good mATX board for the money. Plenty of SATA connectors/USB3 ports (anyone that needs more should probably go with a full ATX board...!). I had to remove it twice after installing due to space constraints in my case with all the components I wanted to put in. But that was a problem with the case, not the board itself. Have to say that the mobo stood up well to all that handling - no blown capacitators..!
Cons: Location of the HD audio port is bad, have to agree with other reviewers here. After I installed my discrete XFX 6770 graphics card, I cannot make out if its is crushing the audio connector or not..! Well, audio is working, so its probably Ok, but bad position for the connector,all the same.
Overall Review: Got it with some free G-Skill RAM. Worth its price. Depending on how long it lasts, it would be worth even more. Time will tell..! My last build was an ASUS board - I always had niggling issues with it. thankfully, I have had zero issues with this solid board.