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Christopher M.

Christopher M.

Joined on 07/20/09

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Most Favorable Review

AZZA has stolen my heart

AZZA Genesis 9000 CSAZ-9000W White 0.8mm SECC ATX Full Tower Computer Case
AZZA Genesis 9000 CSAZ-9000W White 0.8mm SECC ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: -Massive possiblities for expansion -Comes with 7 quality fans(room for 5 more) -Rock solid and sturdy -Colors are clean and beautiful -5.25" bay locking mechanism is so simple -Airflow design is genius -Cable management is fantastic -Enough room for any GPU -Adjustable GPU retention system(up to 4) -Removable fan filters -Motherboard tray is reversable and so are both side panels -Where is the heat? It blows out cold air

Cons: -Heavy -Big -Its large interior may limit how and where you place PSU so it can reach

Overall Review: This case is absolutely amazing. I mean seriously, AZZA deserves every award possible for case design. Everytime I walk into my office & see it, I am so impressed. People will be envious & think you are some evil genius >:D This case is BIG. I used to think my old Alienware case was a beast. Its not even on par with the Genesis 9000. You better be strong & very careful when moving this after installing everything. Mine is pushing 70lbs, if not more. This is not an amatuers case. This case is for enthusiasts & the very elite of system builders. This case is more than capable of Tri-SLI. So go ahead, fill up every slot on your MOBO, the fan connectors, throw in all your HDDs & SSDs & all your Optical Drives, it can handle it. Now for specifics... -If you want to use an H100i closed-loop CPU cooler(probably all other similar coolers) and you have a large GPU(GTX680), you cannot arrange the MOBO in reverse-ATX and mount the H100i radiator to the top of the case. The hose is not long enough to reach over the GPU and mount securely to the CPU. You can mount the radiator to the bottom of the case, but this will require removing your 2 140mm intake fans on the bottom. Also, the H100i is recommended to be mounted with the cables flowing downward from the radiator, per Corsair. In my scenario, Reverse-ATX is not being used. This is just fine since the bottom 140mm intake fans are blowing air straight into the 3 fans on my Gigabyte GTX 680 Wind Force GPU. Those fans then exhaust the air out of the back of the case through the expansion slots. -In regular ATX setup, you better hope your PSU cables are nice and long if you want to route them behind the Motherboard tray. I have a PC Power & Cooling 1200W MKIII Silencer Modular PSU and the CPU 4x4 cable, routed behind the MOBO tray, just barely reached the connectors on my ASRock Z77 OC Formula E-ATX MOBO. So if your MOBO's CPU connectors are at the very top, you may run into this same situation. I have maybe 3/4inch of play. -Some of the pre-drilled holes, for extra mounting security of the 5.25" bays, do not quite line up perfectly with the screw holes of my optical drives. This is not a big enough issue for me to dock an egg, the built in retention clip system found on the other side, is more than enough to secure the drives. -The GPU retention bracket, that is suppossed to help reduce the strain of the GPU's weight on the PCI-E slot, interferes with the fan on my Gigabyte GTX 680 WindForce. Then again the fans on this GPU are bigger than normal GPU fans, so regular GPUs may not encounter this problem. I fixed it with a little bit of ingenuity using an old sound card retention bracket to hold the edge of the GPU and the included GPU retention bracket to help secure the sound card one. Products like this are why i buy from smaller named companies; AZZA, ASRock, ROCCAT. They have a smaller market share so more quality comes from their products. They want my business & it shows in their effort.

Most Critical Review

Not 16GB

Kingston DataTraveler I 16GB USB2.0 Flash Drive W/ E-Tail clamshell Model DTI/16GBET
Kingston DataTraveler I 16GB USB2.0 Flash Drive W/ E-Tail clamshell Model DTI/16GBET

Pros: It works and it is stylish and the design of the casing is well though out.

Cons: This thing is not 16GB. I threw it in my PC and checked its properties. It is only a max of 14.9GB I can understand it being a little bit short, maybe 100MB or so maybe even 300MB. However, 1.1GB is way too much. It should be false advertising on Kingston's part for saying 16GB. It is really 15GB.

Overall Review: I am returning it to Newegg for a replacement. Perhaps I got a bad one.

BitFenix is the best

BitFenix Spectre Pro All Black 120mm Case Fan
BitFenix Spectre Pro All Black 120mm Case Fan

Pros: -Durable -Quite -Comes with lots of extra goodies -CFM to Noise ratio -Cables are nice an long

Cons: -Mounting holes not pre-threaded -Availability(often out of stock)

Overall Review: I purchased two of these to replace the stock fans included with the Corsair H100i closed-loop liquid CPU cooler. The H100i fans were sooooo loud. These are significantly more quiet and way more durable. These almost reduced the sound by half. Yet they are still capable of performing to almost the same temperature. There is a difference of less than 5degrees C. For the noise reduction, I will take the couple extra degrees of heat. My system never pushes more that 75C and that is during Benchmarking.

Update to previous review

Kingston HyperX KHX-FAN Fans
Kingston HyperX KHX-FAN Fans

Pros: Still performing well Beautiful

Cons: none

Overall Review: I originall thought that these two fans were making all the loud noise in my case. I was wrong. It was actually the two stock 120mm fans that come with the H100i closed-loop liquid CPU cooler. These fans operate at an average noise level.

Update to my previous

CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm
CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm

Pros: -Still keeping my CPU cool -Not having any mounting problems -Corsair link software lets me change the logos colors

Cons: -Fans are SOOOOOOOO loud at max

Overall Review: So I just thought that having 19 fans in my AZZA Genesis 9000 case was the reason why it sounded like a jet engine. I was wrong. The two included fans provided by corsair are the reason. These things are LOUD, very very LOUD. 37.68dBA my but. I think that 38dBA is the setting you get at normal mode. If these things need to kick up the pace and max out, they gotta be pushing more like 45-50dBA. The difference between 38dBA and 48dBA is the difference between someone whispering in your ear and someone talking at a normal tone in your ear. I swaped out these two fans for BitFenix Spectre PRO and the difference is so noticable. Overall, the cooler still performs quite well. However, sub-par fans warrants scrambling an egg.

Watch out Razor

ROCCAT Kone[+] ROC-11-801 Black 8 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB Wired Laser 6000 dpi Gaming Mouse
ROCCAT Kone[+] ROC-11-801 Black 8 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB Wired Laser 6000 dpi Gaming Mouse

Pros: -Comfortable -Light effects are amazing -Customization -Dynamic color reactions to environment on screen -Design is perfect -On the fly DPI change -ROCCAT TALK FX -Weights for the perfect feel -Made in Germany

Cons: -Mouse Wheel is kinda stiff(I rarely use MW in games anyway) -Price, I guess(you pay for the quality and features)

Overall Review: I used to have a Razor and it was a great mouse. However, it was old and had a bad connection where the cable met the mouse. I was looking into Logitech, Razor and all the other mainstream US makers. Then I saw this. I had never heard of ROCCAT before a few weeks ago. WOW!!! I am so glad that I found this brand. The Kone[+] is everything that I have every wanted or dreamed of in a mouse. This is the Mercedez Benz of Mice, toppled on by the Kone XTD. The only difference between the [+] and the XTD is the DPI max. The Kone[+] offers all of the same awesome FX features. Combined with my ROCCAT Isku FX Keyboard, the two of these are perfect harmony. ROCCAT TALK FX software allows the mouse and keyboard to talk to each other. Seriously, buy this mouse now.