Joined on 10/12/12
TS 550 - Another Win!
Pros: Made with some of the finest quality, branded by one of the most well known and reputable companies. These are made to last, and do so efficiently.
Cons: Not always on sale.
Overall Review: Although I order an XFX Core Edition PRO550W, I received a TS 550W model instead. Really no need to worry, since the TS is just the new model to replace the Core Edition. Same specs, and yet another excellent choice by XFX to reference a SeaSonic unit (the S12G).
It Made It!
Pros: It has a pretty good picture. Plenty of inputs, fairly thin bezel, and doesn't weigh a ton. No real complaints, having it survive shipment...
Cons: It would seem the people at Proscan are pretty confident in the durability of these thing, which is displayed with the most pathetic packaging attempt I could ever imagine. I assumed I was just an unfortunate individual, but reviews are confirming otherwise. I was so worried when I opened the box. Most of the chunks of bunched up paper were off to one side of the box. These chunks were all previously conformed to the shape of the unit. Clearly, these people ran out of styrofoam, and good ideas. It may have worked better if they just would've filled the box more. Too much void space to avoid displacement in the box. Simple as that.
Overall Review: Mine has a detachable power cord. Thanks for the tip on what that indicates, Russell T.
Good Refurbish OCZs
Pros: I ordered two of these and they've worked without a glitch to this day. These would be the 4th and 5th refurbished OCZ SSDs so far, and the only issue was one DOA that was replaced rather quickly.
Cons: Perhaps there is a higher DOA rate with refurbished...?
Overall Review: OCZ definitely hasn't disappointed me at this rate.
mATX With Style and Flow
Pros: A very appealing case in person. Fairly light-weight, until you start filling all the options. Can mount two drives in the trays, 3.5" or 2.5". Can mount another two 2.5" drive, one vertical and one horizontal. Comes with front and rear 120mm fans. Can mount COUNTLESS fans all over the case. 4x80mm or a 200mm on the side, an 80mm under the drive carriage, and a 120mm on the top. Water cooling support, too. Cable management is tight, but enough for meshed cables. Over-all, it's cable routing is very workable. The finish on the case is glossy, but actually not a total finger-print magnet. USB 3.0 on the front, and the 2.0 adapter is very thoughtful. Larger aftermarket CPU coolers stand a fair chance at fitting this mATX case, especially thanks to the bowed out side. Don't forget that adding the side-panel fan(s) will affect this. I'm using a Xigmatek 200mm Crystal Series fans that's 20mm thick, and a 92mm Xigmatek Loki CPU cooler fits just fine.
Cons: Some typical set-backs with cheaper cases come with this one. Like most cheaper cases, the expansion slot covers are pop-outs. The case material is a particularly solid one, but is far from the cheapest. The SSD plank could've be easier to attach firmly, but the screw can be tightened enough to keep it from wobbling at all. I'm also not that excited about the threaded end of a screw protruding out the back of the case for the expansion slot brace, but it's nothing more than a hard-to-notice cosmetic thing in reality. The biggest flaw in my opinion is the poor 200mm fan support on the side panel. First of all, these side fans need to be thinner than 25mm to not collide with the PSU. And even more importantly, THIS WILL NOT WORK WITH A 220mm FAN.!!! Even my 200mm fan gets pressed against the expansion bay's side panel. I have to nudge my side panel on with the 200mm fan attached, but it does squeeze tight enough for it to fully close. The 80mm fan under the drives must also be thinner, or the bottom tray won't clear it.
Overall Review: I really like this case in the end, though. Quite cool looking, and very well ventilated for a mATX. Fitting in all these features, fan mounts and cable management into a smaller case is awesome.