Joined on 11/14/03
So Far So Good
Pros: Runs 100% off my laptops USB 3.0 Ports. HD video playback is smooth. Light and compact design. Comes with Carrying case that doubles as a stand.
Cons: The USB 3.0 cables that come with it are a bit short. Not as bright as my native display. Slight lag with mouse movements. Would be nice if they had a built in adjustable stand rather than using the carrying case.
Overall Review: I do most of my work from my workstation, which is a monster full tower computer with 5 LED displays. I do web development and graphics from my main display, and then use the other displays for websites, file browsers, FTP, and my email client. However when I travel it was absolutely killing me to only work off my laptops native display. I desperately need to add multi monitor for on the go. I was skeptical in buying these after reading the other reviews that said they were not bright enough, or lagged. I was also concerned with if I could run two of them at the same time. I bought 2 of these hoping for the best and I was not disappointed. The first thing I noticed was my house cursor didn't seem to be as responsive as on my native display. My native display was instant, but these there was maybe a 10ms lag. It doesn't affect my work, and is not anything that causes me stress, but it is noticeable. The brightness and color were also a bit off. The brightness is just a little less than my Sony Vaio's primary screen, but everything is still very easy to read, and the contrast is good. Color wise, I have my background set to a windows Blue color. The color on these looks more greenish while my native display looks more bluish. I have yet to figure out how to do color correction on these to get them to match up. Not a big deal, unless you are doing graphics which need accurate color representation. The carrying cases are nice, but I really wish the displays had stands built into the back of them. Using the case just seems a little flimsey. A little background on how these work. I was concerned about trying to run video via USB ports, but it seems these displays have their own GPU built in, and this takes much of the workload your CPU would normally have to do for external displays via USB. I was also worried that I wouldn't be able to run 2 of these on my laptop at the same time. My Sony Vaio is a little older running a 3rd generation intel i5. Only one of the USB 3.0 ports is rated for charging. Fortunately both of these displays use the standard 900mA power from the USB 3.0 port, and I was able to use both of them at the same time with no issues. I tested some video playback on them too. running a 1080p60 at 28 Mbits, played relatively smooth with almost no lag. This was with Full screen play back. When reduced to a smaller window it was flawless. The biggest surprise was when I tried the monitor on my USB 2.0 ports, it still worked. It seemed just a tad brighter on USB 3.0, but still very doable on USB 2.0 ports. Is there room for improvement yes. But from a functional standpoint, they are excellent.
Position of the M.2 slots not well though out
Pros: Looks nice. Sturdy Construction.
Cons: After installing 2 x GTX1080 video cards in a SLI setup. I now can not access either one of the remaining 16 lane slots, or single lane slots. The design of this board was not well though out. The shorter M.2 slots with the single lane PCI-E slots end up sitting under the video cards. While the longer M.2 slot is exposed. They should have put the shorter slot in the middle which would have allowed access to at least one of the Single lane PCI-E slots. So basically if you plan on running 2 larger video cards in SLI You can forget adding any additional cards like WIFI or RAID.
Overall Review: I am in the middle of building this system right now, haven't even powered it up yet, so I can't comment on the performance. Not happy as I was planning on setting up a RAID 5 Array using a PCI-E card, might have to settle for the onboard raid 10. Just wanted to bring this to everyone's attention. I might update this review later once i get the system built.
Tempered Glass mounted to an aluminum can
Pros: The tempered glass front and side panels looks great Power Supply and most cabling is hidden from view Light weight
Cons: Most joints are riveted together Sheet metal is very thin causing it to easily get damaged in shipping Power Supply and cabling is very tight fit ( Too Tight ) Top and bottom mounted fans are not possible with most ATX motherboards Not enough
Overall Review: The designers didn't think this case out very well. First they used some of the thinnest sheet metal, which causes the case to get damaged in shipping like an aluminum can. If you install an ATX motherboard there is not enough room to fit the top mounted and bottom mounted fans. The connectors get in the way. I installed an smaller 750w EVGA power supply. Even with the smaller size, it barely fits. You have to install all the cables to the power supply before installing it as there is no way to access those once its inside the case. When you go to install the power supply you will have to bend the cables pretty hard just to get it to fit. The 3.5" hard drive cage is riveted in place, this could have been mounted with screws, which would allow you to remove it to install the power supply without risking damaging your cables. There is no enough room on the backside to fit all your cabling. You will end up crashing your cabling just to get the back panel installed. If you are tempted to buy this because it has the glass and is cheap... DON"T! Buy something with better build quality. Does it look nice once its all together. Yes, but with what I went through I wouldn't select this case again.
Don't bother, Will Fail
Pros: Clean Design, easy to install, quiet
Cons: Does not fully cover tr4 sockets ( threadripper ) Pump will fail in 2 years or less
Overall Review: Bought this back in 2017 for my new build. Threadripper 1950X. The install was easy, and never had any issues with it. However it never did cool all that well. A few days ago I was doing a little CPU mining, and decided to check my temps, as I was not hitting the hash rates other reported. My CPU was at 95C. I stopped the miner, and temps slowly dropped back down to 68C. The system will Idle at about 65C. Obviously the pump is done. I took apart the Pump to see if I could diagnose it, and it seemed fine. It would even spin when I had it apart with power. However the thermal design is terrible. No Micro Channels, and small contact area with the CPU. I am now going to do a custom loop with a real Water Block. Don't waste your time with this system. Do it right with a custom loop, or just stick with air cooling. After reading dozens of online reviews and posts, the consensus is that all these closed loop systems will fail. They use cheap components and will not last.
Highest Air Flow for the least amount of Noise
Pros: Extremely Quiet Easily controllable with your Motherboard fan headers, or a dedicated fan controller Decent airflow
Cons: They lag a bit with any resistance but these fans are not for static pressure Wish they could run a little faster for even more airflow
Overall Review: If you want the maximum amount of airflow for the least amount of noise these are the ones! Unfortunately they don't move enough airflow to offset the heat from my 2 x 1080 at night when I am mining cryto, so I am upgrading to something with more airflow and unfortunately more noise. I wish They made these same fans but with RPMs up to 3000, instead of the 1400 they do.
Powerful, Loud, and Requires Fan Controller
Pros: Lots of airflow, for a relatively low price
Cons: These are loud! Very difficult to control these with your motherboard's fan headers. They are either barely turning or are full blast. I have ordered a fan controller so I can get better control over their RPMs. Update: After getting these fans on a controller. They still are not stable. Almost impossible to keep their RPMs under 3000 without them going into a pulsing mode. Also they are Loud! at 3000 RPM they were making 47 dBA. At full power they were making almost 60 dBA.
Overall Review: I installed 3 of these in my computer case. Trying to move more air when I Cryptomine with my GPUs. These move air, but unfortunately the motherboard doesn't give you very precise control over the voltage to these. The result was the fans at full blast would constantly spin up and then down over and over. Very annoying. Noise was also too much. It could be due to the ball bearing design, but for this price point there is nothing else that can move this much air. If you don't mind the the sound and just want to move a don of air, you will love them. But if you want more control over their sound and speed, forget it. I was hoping to have these running at low speed during the day when I work, and then high speed at night when I am mining Crypto. won't work for that purpose. I dropped 2 eggs due to the lack of control with the RPMs.