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Christopher E.

Christopher E.

Joined on 12/19/09

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Most Favorable Review

Great Case; Roomy Enough for a Mining Setup; Nice Airflow

Rosewill Server Chassis, Server Case, Rackmount Case for Bitcoin Mining; 4U Metal Rack Mount Bitcoin Miner for 6 GPU; Solution for Building a Mining Rig (RSV-L4000B)
Rosewill Server Chassis, Server Case, Rackmount Case for Bitcoin Mining; 4U Metal Rack Mount Bitcoin Miner for 6 GPU; Solution for Building a Mining Rig (RSV-L4000B)

Pros: - Case is very much purpose-built for a mining rig. - Middle fan bracket has a small PCB strip that contains 6x fan headers that can run off 1x 4-pin peripheral power line. I didn't notice this prior to purchase but was pleasantly surprised upon discovery. - Middle fan bracket is move-able with three different mounting locations near the midsection of the case (see other). - 6x GPU mounting area has plenty of room with a filtered front panel vent. - This is normal for many server-style rack mount enclosures, but the front panel is protected by lock and key. - Overall build feels solid and high quality.

Cons: - I found the hdd/ssd mounting bracket to be pretty far away from the motherboard. The SATA cable that came with my motherboard (approx. 2.5 ft) was able to make the run but is a little more taut than I would prefer. That being said, it's the only place it could go without hindering the space available for other components so I will not remove a star. - Lack of specs on Newegg. Not taking a star off for this because that's not related to the product.

Overall Review: - Middle fan bracket uses 80mm fans. - In order to make power supply cable setup easier, do yourself a favor and remove the middle fan bracket entirely during your initial setup. For now, I am going to leave the fan bracket as far away from the power supply as the mounting holes allow -- It seemed much too close to the motherboard area directly out of the box. There's just barely enough room for the mess of cables to snake underneath it even in this position... If necessary, I might drill my own mounting holes slightly farther away to allow more room. - Make sure your fans are arranged to blow front-to-back (pull in air through the filtered front side, which pulls fresh air across your GPUs and out the back of the case). - Overall I found this case to have superior thermals compared to an open-air setup that most people have DIY built. While this is going to run you more money than a DIY frame build, it will be able to cool your miners more effectively (assuming you're installing the 5-7 80mm fans). This case fits well into your standard 4U rack slot so it will be trivial to stack with others to keep your multi-rig setup looking clean and organized.

Most Critical Review

'Works' but with very poor soldering -- Buyer Beware

Rosewill RCRC-17001 Mining Card, Riser Card, PCIe (PCI Express) 16x to 1x Riser Adapter, USB 3.0 Extension Cable 60cm, 6 pin PCI-E to SATA Power Cable, GPU Riser Adapter, Ethereum Mining Riser Card
Rosewill RCRC-17001 Mining Card, Riser Card, PCIe (PCI Express) 16x to 1x Riser Adapter, USB 3.0 Extension Cable 60cm, 6 pin PCI-E to SATA Power Cable, GPU Riser Adapter, Ethereum Mining Riser Card

Pros: - The product works out of the box. - Comes packaged with everything necessary to get started with PCIe powered risers.

Cons: - The soldering quality on these boards is quite bad. If you're familiar with soldering and circuitry standards, this board hardly meets IPC-A-610 Class I standards. Class I standards means that the components stay on the board, it can be sloppy, but it 'works'. These are some of the most sloppy solders I've seen from a Rosewill product. I'm going to assume that it wasn't actually Rosewill who manufactured these because I've seen these sold by many resellers (see Other).

Overall Review: I ordered six of these boards. Inspected all of them and found that nearly all of the larger through-hole components appeared to be soldered poorly (cold solder joints, no through-flow, solder balls everywhere), probably by an inexperienced or non IPC-certified technician. Each board has a slight 'hiss' sound which either means a faulty capacitor or poor soldering. I re-soldered each component and successfully removed the 'hiss' that was being produced. I would advise Rosewill to find a new manufacturer for these boards -- this is NOT up to the standards that I have come to know in Rosewill product.

Solid Board -- Works Well* -- Prepare to do Some BIOS Tinkering!

MSI X370 XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM AM4 AMD X370 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI X370 XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM AM4 AMD X370 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: - Solid Construction - Heat Dissipation is Great - Nice IO Back-panel - M.2 is Amazingly Fast

Cons: - Memory Compatibility, Overclocking (See Other) - Lacks Memory BCLK

Overall Review: Overall, this is an excellent piece of work. The build quality is solid and is very feature-rich which is what you'd expect from a top-of-the-line motherboard. The ONLY gripe with this motherboard is the memory compatibility and overclocking ability. DO NOT expect (right away, at least) to attain your memory's rated speeds or subtimings -- it just won't happen. There is an entire community established to help others get things going and they have yet to reach the higher (3333+) timings with any reliability. Most people will get their sticks to either 2866 or 3066 and call it a day until a new bios comes out. This issue is fairly widespread with the Ryzen architecture as a whole and isn't entirely MSI's fault so I will only remove one egg. Other than memory issues, I have had nothing but success with this board and am REALLY looking forward to when AMD/MSI (along with other motherboard manufacturers) improve the memory compatibility and general stability for higher-end memory timings.

10/23/2017

Moves Air, No PWM, Noisy!

Bgears b-Blaster 80 2 Ball Bearing 80mm Case Fan
Bgears b-Blaster 80 2 Ball Bearing 80mm Case Fan

Pros: - Airflow is at or above par for higher RPM 80mm fans.

Cons: - The speed of this fan is controlled via DC voltage levels, no PWM. Placing this on a fan controller that operates only using PWM signals will not work! -1 Egg - This is more-so compounded from the lack of PWM operation -- but these can be very noisy if operating at or near max RPM. -1 Egg