Joined on 02/22/06
More thoughts, half a year later
Pros: Been living with the case for awhile, had some thoughts on it. First and foremost, I'd like to clarify things that people are complaining about. There's a 4-pin molex in the back that needs to be plugged in for the three LED fans. There's also a 3 pin fan header for the black 140mm rear fan. I think some of the "fans don't work" reviewers didn't plug them both in. Secondly, the hard drive rack can be re-oriented in several directions (either parallel to the 5.25" bays, or perpendicular). I like perpendicular with the connectors facing the right side panel because it makes the wiring very clean. The case is a decent size, and is good for a quiet air-cooled rig. The fans are quiet, but don't move much air. The big 200mm fans only move as much as a normal medium speed 120mm fan, about 50cfm. However, they do it very quietly. Don't expect it to be a wind tunnel. It has about average cooling for a case, but is very quiet.
Cons: There are some issues with this case that have become very annoying over time. For one, the LED fan color always resets to blue when the PC is turned off. If you set it to sleep mode to save power, it's a PITA if you want it a color other than blue. The red trim on the side panels is garish and out-of-place. Fan control only adjusts from 800rpm to 1000rpm. Not much of a difference. Fan control doesn't have extra ports for additional fans, so if you want to use a fan controller on your CPU heatsink or the rear 140mm, you can't. Blue power LED is far too bright. Projects a big blue spot onto my ceiling. IMO, they should have ditched the fan speed control entirely, and just had a knob to select color that always stayed on the correct color. Maybe even a RGB LED for power and hdd activity, so it matches. Case ends up looking cheesy with multicolor fans, blue power LED, and red trim. I like having colored lighting, but I'd like if it was all the same co
Overall Review: The 140mm fan doesn't seem very good. The bearings have a lot of resistance (it's the most difficult fan to spin by hand). Somewhat unimpressed with it. Punch-out PCI slot covers are just unacceptable on cases over $50, IMO. I've moved around different expansion cards, so I don't have any left, and now my backpanel is jumble of mismatched PCI slot covers taken from other cases.
1 for 2
Pros: Fast drive. The fastest mechanical hard drive around. Don't get fooled by the high RPM ones. This drive has a high platter density so it's fast.
Cons: I purchased two in July 2010. One has been running strong since then. The other was running fine, but then started the "click of death" and wasn't detected by the BIOS or Windows on several computers. Samsung's RMA policy was a hassle. Newegg sells this as a bare drive. Both drives arrived in a plastic shell inside a box with styrofoam packaging, which is exactly what I expected. However, this made the RMA difficult because when I contacted Samsung initially, they refused and told me to contact the company that I bought my computer from. I had to play a little bit of phone tag to get the number for an office in New Jersey. Once I got that number, those guys were very helpful and I completed the RMA painlessly. This wouldn't discourage me from another Samsung drive at all, now that I have that magic RMA number saved.
Overall Review: Cool little old-school "whoop" at startup. They're fast drives, but don't run too hot or too loud.
Pros: Seems like it would do a decent job cooling
Cons: It has the same plastic push-pins as the stock heatsink, but it's so big that you can't easily use the pins like with the stock heatsink. I had a pin break on me. There's no way to replace it. Left with a fairly pricey paperweight and an odd size fan that doesn't fit in any modern cases. Next time, I'm getting a cooler that has a mounting bracket with screws, as these are far more durable and reliable and easy to use.
FYI: Watts per hour doesn't exist
Pros: picbuck's review is incorrect. There's no such thing as "watts per hour". Watts is a rate of energy transfer, not an amount of energy. It's 1 joule per second. You can't have watts per hour any more than you can drive at 55 mph per hour. The "per unit time" is already built into the Watt unit. By your definition, one Watt would be one joule per second per hour, which is just wrong. He's correct in explaining kWh and how 1 kWh is 1,000 watts for one hour, or 1 watt for 1,000 hours, but the part about watts really being "Watts per hour" is completely incorrect.
Cons: Just ordered mine, interested to see how well it will work. I wanted to clear up some misleading incorrect information in another review.