Joined on 01/08/13
Solid 2U case at a great price
Pros: This is a very solid case. I am using a number of these for a small renderfarm. Once I figured them out, I found them easy to work with. Airflow is good.
Cons: a bit ugly, if that matters to you. The drive bays are awkward. I'm using M.2 drives so this is not an issue for me.
Overall Review: You need a PSU with front to back airflow (IE Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W). Swap out the cheap fans for nice quiet ones like the Noctua 80mm fans. The most difficult thing about building in this form factor is cooling. I went through a number of options and settled on the BeQuiet Shadowrock LP and swapped out the for a slim 15mm deep fan.
Perfect case for my use
Pros: - Spacious - easy to work with all the bays are easily removable - good airflow - looks great - I dig it
Cons: - Honestly, the only thing I can complain about is that it tool longer than expected to arrive. Ultimatley not a big dead. - I would love it if there were space for another front mounted fan.
Overall Review: I have been using Norco cases up to this point. They're not available any longer, so I ordered this case. It was very easy to work with, has tons of room in it and looks great. All the standoffs fit well. I will order again when I do my next build.
Fast, very good value drive
Pros: - its fast - its very reasonably priced - i understand that this drive is best with shorter queues, but looking a this m.2 drive vs my 1tb Intel 750 on a u.2 interface, the HP is about 10-40% faster using CrystalDiskMark 6.
Cons: - none at this point. I cannot vouch for the longevity of this drive but, a few days in, I am impressed.
Overall Review: - I would recommend this drive. I'm using it as a system drive and plan on purchasing another for fast media storage. I work in video and use NVMe to house conformed media for colour correction - usually as DPX files so speed is important.
Good cooler, needs slim fan to fit in low profile case
Pros: Nice cooler, easy to install, keeps things cool.
Cons: The supplied fan is 25mm thick. In order to fit in a slim case (IE 2U rack case), you need a 15mm fan. REVISION: I have actually found that, when push comes to shove, this cooler does not work well in a low profile case. I have replaced these with the big shunkens.
Long shipping period.
It took quite some time for the item to arrive - over three weeks. I ended up buying another one from another vendor and it shipped in a day. Small quibble, but the color of the hub was not black as ordered, it was aluminum.