Date Joined: 01/17/07
Pros: - Great price per GB, and plenty of speed for my application.
- <Seemingly> compatible with Syn*l*gy DS209 NAS
- Retail packaging - always makes a man feel better
Cons: - Almost distractingly loud; am seriously considering locating my NAS in the office closet
- Seems to run very hot; 111 degrees Fahrenheit (both drives) while <only> seeding 3 torrents (50KB/sec max, usually lower than that) (These are the temps with a continuous, dedicated fan)
Overall Review: Bought 2 for use in a DS209 NAS as RAID 1 - not on Syn*l*gy's compatiblity list but I took a risk and it seemed to pay off.
This is more reflective of my NAS and my home network (gigabit) since the drive's capabilities are not the weak link of my config., but the system was able to stream 9 movies (4 PCs with 2 movies, and 1 with 1) simultaneously with no dropped frames. THEN, to throw a wrench in the works, I copied and pasted a 12GB folder from the NAS to my desktop, and still the movies played on without so much as a dropped frame
5 eggs for now, but I will re-post if these <seemingly> high temps cause a premature drive failure
Pros: Fits full ATX and a fairly large CPU heatsink, Plenty of room for cabling, front LCD a great compromise between nothing and a touch screen LCD, included remote very functional, "piano" mirror finish and front faceplate an excellent fit with any home theater
Cons: - Rear exhaust fans a little noisy
- DEEP case; not really a con but DEFINITELY something to keep in mind (Take measurements)
- iMon software a little tricky to get setup the way that I wanted
Overall Review: Config: Thermaltake 700W PSU, Asus Striker II Extreme, Intel Quad 2.66, 8GB Corsair Dominator, 2x BFG 7600s in SLI
Bought this case to put together an HTPC from parts that were "freed up" by me upgrading my "power" PC to a dual 771 configuration. Build quality and performance thus far have been excellent. I had difficulty in the included iMon software defining which folders I wanted to be available to the software for audio and video. Sometimes it gave me several levels of folder and subfolder (Like I wanted) and sometimes it listed all the folders at a top level (too many to sift through all the time). I should be able to figure it out, but IMO it took too much time.
In conclusion, you can be confident in the purchase of this case. Its sturdy and capable. just be aware of the size of it; its very deep (had to cut the paper backing off my quasi-cheap entertainment cabinet to get it to fit flush with my other components)
Pros: Fast, runs cool, very expandable (good price too)
Chomps right through video in Premiere 2.0 using 2x7600GTs (SLI)
This product lives up to Intel's reputation for quality. Would buy another tomorrow if I had an application where it wasn't an overkill
Overall Review: I demand a lot out of my computers; they had better not choke on either compressed, or uncompressed video during editing, this hasn't disappointed me yet
ASUS Striker II Formula | 4GB Corsair DDR2 1066 | Velociraptor | 2x BFG 7600GTs | Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 w/ Arctic Silver 5
Pros: VERY Sturdy, very modular, super roomy, and as long as you arent zip tie crazy like me, the hard drive trays and peripherals come out in a snap. Seems to cool very well with air, gives you plenty of fans and so long as you get a decent motherboard (i.e. fan direction control) you can get a nice flow through this thing.
Probably the last "powerhouse rig" case I'll buy (as in my best computer will probably always reside in this case)
Cons: Those wings are reasonably pointless
Overall Review: Used a thermaltake 700W PS, ASUS Striker Formula II, 300GB Velociraptor, and 120GB and a 250GB WD scratch drives (I can put in 4 more hard drives without cracking a sweat).
Pros: Fast, sturdy. And quiet, although I rather enjoy the subtle spool up sound (reminds me of my twin turbo S4). 10x quieter than the SCSI (16GB) drive I upgraded from. I picked this drive because I wanted a drive that will last me as long as my last boot drive, and I'm willing to pay the price for what I hope to be another 7 year drive with ZERO problems
Cons: price; I'm definitely taking a leap of faith to think I can get my money's worth, but I AM optimistic
Overall Review: This thing is blazing fast with my Q9450, Striker II Extreme, 7600GTs, and 4GB DDR2 1066
Pros: Excellent build quality/reputation. Memory runs cool to the touch even without the fan
Cons: Fan easy to install, but the mounting of it a bit flimsy. Gravity works against this thing in a tower configuration. As a tower owner, I'm a little concerned that one day the clips will slip off and land on my video card
Overall Review: Using with ASUS Striker II Formula, Intel Q9450, 300GB velociraptor, and 2x7600GTs
Pros: Great cooling for the dollar, real quiet, keeps my Q9450 @31 degrees C even while rendering video
Cons: I could have just totally missed it, but the box/instructions did not advise me as to what thermal compound was pre-applied to the heat exchange surface (it looked like wax to me, so i touched it and then had to isopropyl it off). I had intended on using arctic silver 5 anyways (which i bought separately) so I didn't care that much but a heads up as to what it comes pre-applied with would have been nice (it didn't appear to be arctic silver 5)
Tight fit with Striker II formula chipset cooling fins
Overall Review: Good product, newegg rules as usual (I ordered one day and received the next)
used with Thermaltake Armor case, Intel Q9450, and ASUS Striker II Formula
Pros: Top notch build quality, triple SLI, 6 SATA 2.0 plugs w/ plenty of RAID options, tons of embedded OC options, good included HD sound, easy BIOS reflash (for newer quad cores), mated right up with Thermaltake Armor Case, excellent tech support.
The COP EX feature came in real handy right away . . . it probably saved me a quad core CPU
A little more pricey than some, but I can assure you that you get what you pay for
Cons: only one IDE channel, but it was time to modernize my peripherals anyways! Tight fit between chipset cooling fins and Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro
Overall Review: Would buy another in a heartbeat!
Q9450, 4GB Corsair DDR2 1066, 300GB Velociraptor, 2x7600GTs, Thermaltake Armor case w/ 750W PS, Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 w/ Arctic Silver 5, XP SP3 Pro