Joined on 07/02/05
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Pros: 1) Quick release back slots for easy access without using screws. 2) hard drives face laterally to allow more room. 3)Nothing interferes with the motherboard, it sits alone without the p/s, cd drives, fans or hardware interfering. 4) The front panel is MAGNETIC, so there's no mechanical failure chance. NOTE: it is magnetically WEAK ENOUGH to allow an ejecting cd rom drive to still overcome the magnetic force and open the door for you to eject the CD 5)Rear fan is a 120mm slot, allowing you to get superior exhaust CFM, and it comes right off the processor heatsink 6)Comes with cable ties and stationary twist clips to allow easy routing of USB and IEEE case mounted slots. 7)screwless attachments for hard-drives, CD drives and floppy drive for quick installation. the floppy one worked for my XION temperature monitor ($60 on newegg). 8) very quiet fans, even at high speed. i didn't say silent, just quiet. 9) front and side fan are both speed-adjustable, built in Overall, great case.
Cons: 1)quick-release PCI securer is a little flimsy, if you are using a 8800GTS or any double-slot card, you maybe have trouble getting it to close entirely, but it's still secure even if you can't get it all the way. 2)the huge side fan only really blows air from the tips of the blades, be prepared for that, not as great a cooling job 3)USB/IEEE connections are NONSTANDARD meaning they are just loose wires, you'll have to find a schematic of a USB cable on google images or something to hook them up right to a 9-pin USB motherboard connection. 4)for the love of g-d, connect the huge fan to the speed adjuster that comes already attached to your pci back covers, or you will effectively short your power supply 5) large fan is very difficult to remove if you want to reverse it to make it an exhaust, or anything like that, making it hard to filter dust, etc 6)accesory case is a joke. it's basically a place to cram the cables to they can ship it to you. it's unsightly, but the side blocks it.
Overall Review: Don't get me wrong, I love this case. I'm coming from a generic full size tower, and this one has some intelligent design. The sides slide on and off with ease, don't listen to anyone else about that. Make sure you buy an exhaust 120mm fan, I recommend a SILVERSTONE FM121-B, sold on this site, or a zalman fan that comes with a fan-mate speed controller, because it will be the loudest fan in your chassis.It doesnt matter what color your exhaust fan is, the bright blue LEDs on the side fan make everything blue anyways. My exhaust fan is white and you can't tell. Get a pci slot exhaust fan too to put in the bottom, there's no normal exhaust path down there, even though the bottom fan blows into there, at least that's my last recommendation. Cheers!
If you like glossy...
Pros: Decent contrast ratio, good specs for the price. The buttons are underneath the monitor and aren't intrusive to gameplay at all.
Cons: The DVI cable that it comes with is fairly cheap, although everything is very well packaged. You'll definitely get some blurriness using it, but for gaming this shouldn't be too much of a problem, Doom 3 and Fable play exceptionally well on it.
Overall Review: The screen is VERY GLOSSY. You can easily see your reflection in it, like a black set of sunglasses almost. Yes, I'm talking about both the borner AND the actual screen. Glare would be a huge issue. I won't buy another one because of this
Overclocks to 110Hz+
Pros: I'm going to skip the pros and cons that are obvious from the specs. -Overclockable. I am simply using nVidia's control panel to change the monitor speed. I have heard some models can overclock to 120Hz, but I can comfortably get 110Hz with virtually no issues. -Great, vibrant colors. I feel like contrast ratio is a bit misleading. This monitor has great contrast.
Cons: -It has only one real input for video: dual-dvi. It would be nice if it had an HDMI in addition. -The blue LED "on" light is way too bright for me. I have 4 pieces of masking tape over it. Also, when it's in standby (and lights are off), tape over the light isn't enough as the blinking light bleeds out of the air slats throughout the lower right of the monitor.
Overall Review: Keep in mind that resolution this high wrecks your video game performance. I have a GTX Titan Black and there's several games I can't play at max settings without serious framerate drop.
SIX AND A HALF YEARS and still going strong
Pros: I bought this right at the beginning of 2008. It has outlasted three computers, each of which used SLI and heavy water cooling and overclocking, I just keep putting it in the new ones. Nothing has rusted, the fan is as silent as the day I installed it, and none of the LEDs have burned out. Just blow out some of the dust every three years and you should be fine.
Cons: There are no cons. It's a perfect power supply.
A more extensive review
Pros: Decently fast and great for the price. Boots up Windows (see cons) in about 1 minute, excluding however long it takes you to enter your password. Keys are intuitive and easy to use. Sleek design (dark blue like others have said) with minimal intrusive bright or blinking lights.
Cons: Since it is a full keyboard, the far-left keys feel awkward to type, since where you would put your hands just isn't there. 3DMark06 score is 3750, which is about half of a desktop with a single-core P4 3.0Ghz and a 7800GT with 256mb of RAM, so the specs on this laptop can be deceiving. Changing the power settings to "Performance" got me another 16 points (negligible), and it loaded just a bit faster. Media buttons aren't immediately compatible with Winamp, and attempt to install Media Player when you press them. There is a huge amount of useless-ware (as others have mentioned) that is installed when you first unpack. Hit the windows key+r, then type in "msconfig" and go to the Startup tab to disable most of them, keep your security and power management stuff. After that, it starts up in 1 min as mentioned in the "pros" section above. USB ports are all very close the front, which is awkward for some components that are big or you don't normally unplug
Overall Review: If you'd call it a con, the keyboard has some give to it, and the arrow keys are quite loud. Pressing a key hard causes the whole keyboard area to depress inward. Using SpeedFan, CPU temps got all the way up to 73C when running 3DMark06 WITH a notebook cooler, which is insanely high. I wonder if the processor life is shortened by those temperatures. Idles around 46-52C. However, despite these high temperatures, the outside of the laptop doesn't get very hot. Overall, happy with my purchase, but it's good to be informed.
Fast, and a quick fix for the cap.
Pros: Very very fast, provided you connect it to a hi-speed USB port. Feels very sturdy/metallic, with the exception of the cap.
Cons: Flimsy cap. Won't directly affix to a key ring, the space you would put a key ring on doesn't have the clearance for it.
Overall Review: If you want the cap to be sturdier, grab some Gorilla Glue, and touch a TINY bit of it the the inner clips on the cap, and let it dry. Voila! Extremely tight fitting cap, problem solved.