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robert b.

robert b.

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Most Favorable Review

Works well with a little effort

Antec 30300 Three Hundred 5.25" to 3.5" Drive Bay Adapter Assembly
Antec 30300 Three Hundred 5.25" to 3.5" Drive Bay Adapter Assembly

Pros: Does just what it is supposed to do after some modifications.

Cons: From what I'm reading, it sounds like it needs some coaxing, even with an Antec case. I spent about an hour getting the adapter to work for me but, since my case is not an Antec 300, I expected to have to make some modifications.

Overall Review: It's designed for the Antec 300 case but I adapted it to my Corsair 500R and it looks and works great. The front mesh closely matches the mesh facing on the 500R case. I first had to lightly grind off the small metal strips of mesh that were bent over the sides and then reduce the overall width by shaving just a smidgen of the plastic as well. The lock clips for the face plate don't quite match the depth of the case facing so it doesn't lock into place. But because it's snapped into the steel adapter casing, it stays put anyway. I easily mounted a KINGWIN KF-251-BK 2.5" Dual Bay SATA Internal Hot Swap Rack for my SSD's in the converted 3.5" bay and the finished look (and function) is great.

Most Critical Review

Not impressed yet

StarTech SV231MDPU2 2-port Mini DisplayPort KVM switch - USB 2.0 - 4K at 60Hz
StarTech SV231MDPU2 2-port Mini DisplayPort KVM switch - USB 2.0 - 4K at 60Hz

Pros: Small footprint. Price is significantly low for the specs. Very close to delivering the advertised 4K @ ~60Hz, based on benchmarks I've run.

Cons: Some games are interrupted by random black screens and audio tones suggesting that the switch is searching for something. These interrupts are continuous while playing, making it impossible to enjoy the effort. This bug only affects one of the ports, however. The same games run flawlessly on the other port. No such problem when bypassing the switch.

Overall Review: I currently have a request in to StarTech support for an explanation. I'll update with the result. Also, the 1-page "user manual" is worthless. Hot-keys are mentioned but not identified and I can't find anything on StarTech's website with additional info.

Manufacturer provides false advertizing. Don't buy.

G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2666 (PC4 21300) Desktop Memory Model F4-2666C19D-16GVR
G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2666 (PC4 21300) Desktop Memory Model F4-2666C19D-16GVR

Pros: Fits the slot, will boot, not DOA.

Cons: The DIMMs will only run at 1333 (half speed) and do NOT support EXP 2.0. Tweaking speed gains very little.

Overall Review: No EMP, half speed. Not what was advertised. What else can I say. Verified via numerous reviews as well. Kudos to Newegg for allowing an RMA on this item, one day late.

A nice BUDGET case

COUGAR MX410 Mesh-G RGB Black ATX Mid Tower Powerful and Compact Mid-Tower Case with Mesh Front Panel and Tempered Glass Built-in 4 RGB Fan
COUGAR MX410 Mesh-G RGB Black ATX Mid Tower Powerful and Compact Mid-Tower Case with Mesh Front Panel and Tempered Glass Built-in 4 RGB Fan

Pros: Extra USB ports on top (+1 2.0, +1 3.0). Lots of cooling options. Four RGB fans pre-installed. Bottom front fan provides air flow for the HDD mounting bracket. Big glass panel. Easy access. Top, bottom and front removable (?) dust filters. Adequate cable routing underside. Lights up like a Las Vegas marquis. Reasonably quiet.

Cons: It's a budget case, so: Metal is a bit thin, meaning standoffs are not always vertical, making cross threading easier and mounting the motherboard more of a chore. RGB connector is 5v (keyed 3-pin) while mobo header is 12v (4-pin). Can't figure out how to access the front dust filter and owners manual is very limited to basics with pictures only. Rear access screws (4) come free of the case. ARGB controller appears to be independent of the mobo fan controller. ARGB selector switch replaces reset switch. Expansion slots are knock-outs. Expansion slot access cover is plastic. Two of the three SSD mounting sites conflict with the cable routing.

Overall Review: My 12-year old great nephew picked this case for a budget build. It has an Asus TUF B450M-Plus Gaming mATX mobo and an AMD Ryzen 3 3200G APU with the stock Wraith Stealth cooler. That and no graphics card involved makes for lots of room left inside. Because it's a budget case, the shortcomings were not a total surprise.

Nice

Ray-Ban RB2132 901 New Wayfarer Sunglasses - (55mm) Black Frame / Green G-15 Lens
Ray-Ban RB2132 901 New Wayfarer Sunglasses - (55mm) Black Frame / Green G-15 Lens

Pros: Same look as the old Wayfarers, light & comfortable 100% UVA & UVB protection, unlike the old Wayfarers

Cons: Could be cheaper, maybe? (not ZZ Top-approved).

Manufacturer specs are not consistent w/ the product

Corsair Hydro Series H115i Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler, 280mm CW-9060027-WW
Corsair Hydro Series H115i Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler, 280mm CW-9060027-WW

Pros: Looks like it would do a great job on my Coffee Lake build.

Cons: I bought this unit to upgrade my top-mounted 100i because the dimensions listed on the Newegg specs tab showed that I could fit it (snugly) into my Corsair Carbide 500R case. I have read posts in several forums saying they made it fit with a slight modification to the top-back of the case (clearance for the pipes). The LISTed dimensions of 140mmx312mmx26mm for this product is actually slightly wider and less thick than those of the 100i which fits the case with ease. The radiator I received, however, measures 142mm wide (still fits but snug), 315mm long (probably OK since the mod will stretch the space a bit) and 30mm thick. The thickness is the killer. The top grill will not fit over the radiator and I would prefer to not have the radiator exposed. Edit: The backplate for an Intel install is plastic. Years back I had an Asus air cooled board that came with a plastic backplate. This particular board had a high incidence of the backplate breaking over time, causing the CPU to overheat and shut down during bootup, if it didn't fry first. Asus CS was quick to ship out a metal one but, still... plastic?

Overall Review: I might change my mind about leaving the radiator uncovered since the PC resides in an enclosure. Or I may just RMA the little fatty... Three stars for Corsair's imprecise manufacturing controls.

12/16/2017