Joined on 11/19/08
Pros: This is the second one I've bought. Pricey but a very high quality product. Even the box it comes in is high quality. Also the thing is very quiet. The fan only comes on when it has to, and even when it's spinning, you can just barely hear it if you put your ear right next to the thing.
Cons: Cables arn't labeled. Not really a big deal as most are fairly obvious, but would be nice to see a label on the 8 pin connectors.
Overall Review: Would definitely buy again.
What you'd expect
Pros: - Cheap - Easy to assemble - Packed nicely and compact
Cons: - Flimsy - Didn't come with enough bolts
Overall Review: Build quality wise, this is about what you expect for a rack that's about half the cost of most similarly sized racks. Definitely a bit flimsy. Once you put some gear in it though it's not bad. Also be sure to really tighten the all the screws, makes a difference. Overall I basically got what I was expecting. A bare bones rack on the cheap. Decent enough for a home-gamer like myself who want a big boy rack in their basement but doesn't want to pay for it. Biggest gripe is that I ended up with 2 extra black bolts and 1 extra nut, but short a silver nut and bolt. Not a big deal, I have tonnes of nuts and bolts lying around that fit... but even the cheapest of cheap stuff usually at least has the right number of parts in the bag. This seems bad even for budget gear.
Needs better fans
Pros: This is massive. Seriously, ever other reviewer has said this, but it really is a monster. Love the dual fan thing. Cools better and gives you a backup incase one fan dies.
Cons: The included fans are not the best. They work and move enough air, however they make a kind of off tune humming noise which is quite irritating. Additionally one of the fans appears to have a bad tachometer (the dealie which reports fan speed over that third pin). Occassionally it will report 0 for a second or so. Probably not a big deal for most, however this was a server motherboard with a sensitive IPMI/BMC and would detect this as a fan fail every time it happened.. which causes an alert to be sent out and a loud beeping alarm to go off for a few seconds. This seemed to happen a few times a day. Replaced fans with better quality ones and all is good. Only other gripe would be lack of PWM (4 pin connector for speed control).. but advertised as 3 pin so not really a con, just something to be aware.
Overall Review: Don't buy if you even think you might not have enough space for it.. because you probably don't!
Loud but awesome
Pros: Very solid, high quality build. When they say no skew, they mean it. Trays slide in and latch into place with no need to wiggle them as is common in other backplanes. While some complain about the recessed power buttons, they are actually one of my favorite features. Most backplanes either don't have them, or if they do they are very easy to accidently hit, or require a key that inevitably gets lost 3 months after you buy the thing.
Cons: Cooling on this thing is kind of loud. I ended up replacing the fan with a much quieter one (note: if you do this, the 80mm fan it comes with is 20mm deep not 25mm... I ended up going with a 15mm and used a rubber gasket to hold it in place. Also it uses a non-standard fan connector, so a little soldering is required). Instructions are terrible, but these things are fairly straight forward. You don't need to connect up all the provided power connectors... they are just there if you need them (multi-rail PSUs, etc)
Overall Review: Good solid product. Probably wouldn't use if noise will be an issue, unless willing to do a little modding.