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Thomas Z.

Thomas Z.

Joined on 03/03/15

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Most Favorable Review

So many threads I could nit a sweater

AMD Ryzen 9 3rd Gen - RYZEN 9 3900X Matisse (Zen 2) 12-Core 3.8 GHz (4.6 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 105W 100-100000023BOX Desktop Processor
AMD Ryzen 9 3rd Gen - RYZEN 9 3900X Matisse (Zen 2) 12-Core 3.8 GHz (4.6 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 105W 100-100000023BOX Desktop Processor

Pros: Ridiculous multi-threaded speed Decent single thread speed Surprisingly low watt draw Very solid gaming performance

Cons: Ryzen master was broken- had to RegEdit to fix

Overall Review: Coming from a 1700X this thing is snappy as all get-out- scary fast at rendering and 3D slicing. Game mode which cuts half cores is still faster than my OC'd 1700X in multithreading workloads- however, not all games see a bump in performance depending on the engine. Overall, no matter what you need, it delivers.

Most Critical Review

Why?

Thermaltake SMART Series SP-650PCBUS 650 W ATX 12V 2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Thermaltake SMART Series SP-650PCBUS 650 W ATX 12V 2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Great looking unit. Flat cables are nice. Good connectors.

Cons: PCIE cables short. Defective out of the box. Gave up the ghost.

Overall Review: I'm not a name dropper by means, but seeing that I already had a water 3.0 CPU cooler and thermaltake keyboard/mouse I figured, hey, I'll get a thermaltake PSU. What a mistake. I had a perfectly working EVGA 500W PSU but needed more umph for the new R9 290 I ordered, So I got this one in advance. Right after installation I noticed very low 12v voltage of 11.80 doing nothing (yes it's software voltage but EVGA had 12.09) during load running prime95 I could hear the fans slow down, the voltage was 11.4V! The next day the computer would constantly have problems booting, it wouldn't POST, Thinking it was my OC settings once it finally booted I went to stock, still nothing, random reboots, failure to boot, BSOD, programs stopped working ect. This was with my feeble R7 240 GPU that doesn't even need PCIE to power. Like an idiot, I put the new R9 290 GPU in, during a furmark test, voltage dropped to 11.10v and shortly after BSOD. I promptly ripped out the PSU. I then got a Corsair CX750M (good supply except for the defective connector) Voltage was back up to 12.09 idle and 11.88 under full load, however I had problems booting. Remembering with the old PSU It failed to POST after I rest BIOS, once I jumpered the CMOS (lots of abbreviations eh?) hard resetting the BIOS, now everything is running great and rock solid -with my CORSAIR- psu. So in short, why do companies sell garbage? how hard is it to test your product before you shove it in a pretty box to let someone go through this nightmare? I shouldn't have to RMA anything right out of the box, and I won't, I just drop the product and never look back.

Big white brick

In Win 303 White Case with One Box of Aurora Fan Starter Kit Inside (3 x Aurora Fan, 2 x LED Strips, 1 x Control Box, 1 x Remote)
In Win 303 White Case with One Box of Aurora Fan Starter Kit Inside (3 x Aurora Fan, 2 x LED Strips, 1 x Control Box, 1 x Remote)

Pros: Heavy metal, built like a brick house. Front panel is far more useful than you would think Air flow is great, even through the PSU Hardline open loop is a breeze Cable management is the easiest I've ever dealt with. Aurora fans/strips are mesmerizing and fan performance is good. Glass panel is sweet White is tight

Cons: Lower fans on a full ATX is a PITA, requiring carefully bending USB wires Front glass is a little thin and is barely smoked when illuminated Front panel LED's are a little too bright Aurora programming is VERY limited, forget about choosing specific colors or patterns. Moving this pig around is a chore.

Overall Review: For the money, you feel like you are stealing it, tempered glass, removable panel, HEAVY gauge steel, it lends itself to hardline water cooling without having to spend $300 in 90 degree swivels (only took 2) but using a smoke test, flow is perfect, you can actually see the smoke split smoothly from the GPU, to the upper fans and to the rear exhaust, I feel it would do great air cooling too. I can't get my GTX 1070 past 61C and my OC Ryzen 1700X stays below 67C heat soaked for 2 hours running P95 I would recommend a mATX board as a full size gets tight by the lower fans. The Aurora kit was a mixture of amazing and disappointing as software allows no custom setup, only presets, speeds and brightness, that said it is perfect for this case. Overall I am glad I went with it, and I'm sure you will be too.

Bright little fan, however....

Rosewill RFA-80-BL - 80mm Computer Case Cooling Fan with LP4 Adapter - Transparent Frame & 4 Blue LED Lights, Sleeve Bearing, Silent
Rosewill RFA-80-BL - 80mm Computer Case Cooling Fan with LP4 Adapter - Transparent Frame & 4 Blue LED Lights, Sleeve Bearing, Silent

Pros: SUPER bright (don't even need my CCFL anymore) Lots of air flow Quiet Well made (minus the stickers)

Cons: Stickers fall off!!

Overall Review: Great fans to go into my old Lian Li case, I bought 4 of them, they push lots of air and are very quiet, however, after the first day the front sticker flew off, no big deal right? WRONG! A couple days later I noticed one of my fans stopped spinning, panicked, I shut down the computer to inspect, it's sticker flew off and got jammed in the blades, not good... left unchecked this could kill the motor or if it was attached to a MB, possibly burn up the fan port. So if you get these, remove the Rosewill sticker right away. (the one on the spinning blade hub) Really ridiculous reason to lose an "egg" but jammed up motors are bad news.

GameCube

DIYPC Cuboid-R Black / Red USB 3.0 Gaming Micro-ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ 1 x 140mm LED Red Fan x Front, 1 x 120mm LED Red Fan x Rear
DIYPC Cuboid-R Black / Red USB 3.0 Gaming Micro-ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ 1 x 140mm LED Red Fan x Front, 1 x 120mm LED Red Fan x Rear

Pros: Eye catching styling. Lots of room for everything Well made Comes with extra screws and such Very low temps with good fans/ CP cooler Its red (all AMD setup approved :D)

Cons: Junk fans Front intake mounted wrong! Cable management is odd.

Overall Review: Great case, for what I paid it's worth every penny, I have yet so see another case I liked better. This case is not without some flaws however- the front intake is mounted wrong! if you mount a more powerful fan (which you should) it WILL whine in this configuration, mount the fan just behind the front cover. The top cover effects airflow if using fans, I propped them up with plastic drywall anchors. Cable management is "fun" since the MB lays flat and you have two open windows, my suggestion is just work with what you have and make the wires look neat by zipping them together and zipping the bundles to the CPU tray... lots of wires, exposed circuitry and LED's blow the minds of non computer enthusiasts anyway :P Also, thermaltake has the smart series PSU that has all black flat wire, looks sweet in this case! This case seems to run cooler with the top fans blowing down on the MB, right now I'm 3°F over room temp (470 total CFM helps too)

Siren whine no more

BitFenix Spectre Pro LED Red 200mm Case Fan
BitFenix Spectre Pro LED Red 200mm Case Fan

Pros: LOTS of airflow. Quiet, you can hear it, but what you are hearing is airflow. Solid build, well made plastics, connectors and motor. Comes with a low speed molex adapter. perfect amount of LED bling.

Cons: Slightly thicker than some other 200mm's Fan blades at front are very close to mounting surface. Not PWM No instructions

Overall Review: When I first installed this thing as a front intake I HATED the noise it made, it sounded just like a tornado siren, I noted the miniscule distance between the blades and the grate, I put 2 and 2 together, the noise was caused by the grate harmonizing with the blades (just like a real siren) I put the fan in front of the mounting plate but still behind the front mesh, it JUST fit, flipped it on and no more tornado siren. I think DIY cases flubbed initial setup as I can see this happening with other fans. In short, if you mount it as an intake make sure the back sits on the mounting surface or shim the heck out of it.