Date Joined: 10/31/04
Pros: Quiet when running minimal loads & idle. After several hours gaming, fan noise is barely audible.
Only 1x 6pin power cable needed
Cons: Wasn't plug n' play. Needed cmos reset which was somewhat expected. No egg deducted, just couldn't find any other cons.
Overall Review: Be sure to reset/clear your CMOS before trying to boot up after install. It performs beautifully with my 34" LG @ 2560x1080, 60Hz over HDMI 1.4. All games look/perform great on high to ultra settings.
Pros: -fully modular
Cons: -8 pin CPU cable way too short
Overall Review: Unless your power supply is oriented at the top of your case, the 8 pin cpu cable will be too short for cable management. I had to take the most direct route from the 8pin to the PS; which in turn left my system looking cluttered & ugly. Other than that, it's functional & quiet for a single gpu gaming rig with minimal peripherals.
Pros: Good length.
Cons: Didn't work out of the gate, but it turned out to be a device related issue.
Overall Review: It worked connecting an Antelope Audio Discrete 8 to an Asrock TB2 AIC (Add-in Card). I had issues at first, but power-cycling my device resolved them. Upgraded egg-rating from 3 to 5.
Pros: 2 x M.2 slots - 3.0 x4 = crazy fast boot and app load times
Enough space between CPU & RAM to put giant passive cooler.
Overall Review: No cons. It posted 1st time no issues. (Win10 Pro) Paired it with i7 -7700, 32GB DDR4 2400 Ram and Passive CPU cooler for silent DAW operation. Been running almost 1 year 24/7. Running 4k graphics off of CPU via HDMI 2.0. My ASRock addon TB2 card works great for audio interface.
Pros: Installed easy in new Windows 10 build on Asrock H270 Pro4.
Recognizes devices as I plug/unplug them.
Overall Review: Even though my motherboard has USB 3.1/C ports that support Thunderbolt3, I needed naitive Thunderbolt2 without the need for adding expensive adapters/cables. This is for my recording studio build to optimize the connection between my audio Interfaces and PC without the latency that USB connection adds. Although, my Antelope Audio Zen Tour was recognized when connected over Thunderbolt, the device doesn't carry the right PC certification; it would disconnect & reconnect every 3 seconds, making TB useless. So the whole experiment was moot. Time to look at a MOTU interface.
Pros: Fans are quiet.
Fit giant passive cpu cooler. (Zalman Cube)
Cons: Unable to route front panel/system cables behind cpu tray.
Cable mgmt hole for 8pin cpu power unusable.
Drive cages are riveted together.
3 pin case fans
Overall Review: Barely fit an ATX board. Cable management is subpar. I would not recommend this for a gaming or enthusiast build. There is no way to cable manage the 4/8pin cpu cable since the mobo butts up against the top of the case. Also the front panel cables route through the top drive bay and not behind the motherboard tray like they should. PCI slot covers and metal drive bay covers were difficult to remove without bending the rest of the chassis in the process. Why put a window on the side if you're not going to let users route the cables out of sight??
Pros: Decent viewing angles
Anti-glare really works!
Settings joystick/power button.
Cons: Stand has only 2 positions.
Software bezels negate the tiny physical bezel on top & sides.
Clear stand looks nice but the cable management ruins the look.
Arrived in MFG's packaging.
Overall Review: I am coming from 3 x 24" 144Hz @ 1ms gaming monitor setup. I scaled down my desk area recently so I needed a new monitor setup. 2 of the 24" monitors fit on my new desk, but having 2 bezels in my center field of view was a no go for gaming and annoying for productivity.
This 34" 21:9 monitor fits the bill perfectly. I do game often and don't even miss the 144Hz refresh rate. Also, I haven't been able to see any issues with the 5ms response time vs 1ms. No ghosting, tearing, dead pixels or light-bleed to speak of. My old GTX680 4GB version runs this with no issues.
Even though the stand has no adjustability, it works perfectly on my 36" wide desk @ 42" height. There is a VESA mount, so if I really need adjustment options, I can mount it on a monitor arm. Lowest position has the screen sitting 2.75" above the desk.
I was unable to use the monitor's or Nvidia's scaling to adjust the software bezel like I had on previous "Bezelless Monitors", so I wouldn't try to use this for a surround setup. There would be 1"+ of software & phys bezels in between each monitor. But that's not why I bought it, so a general FYI. As a single monitor, a half inch bezel on the top and sides does not bother me. Bottom bezel is a physical 3/4".
Setting the monitor up was almost plug & play. I used the joystick to easily get to picture mode and set it to Game. Amazing Blacks & deep Greens! Having just one control to adjust the settings is ok. I usually only use one setting anyway and never touch it again.
I like that there are no speakers and no USB hub to clutter up my desk.
1 Egg off for the stand and packaging. If I wasn't at home when it arrived, someone would have stolen it off my porch.
Pros: Runs completely passive on a 65w i7-7700; no noise.
Great fitment to 1151 socket.
Does not block RAM slots or make contact with normal height DIMMs
All metal design.
Option to remove top cover and add a fan in center of unit.
Solid packaging from Zalman Direct.
Overall Review: Remove mobo from case, install brackets, grease up CPU, slap this bad boy on and tighten screws. Re-install mobo. WIN!
If you're starting a new build: Install RAM on mobo 1st, then CPU & finally this heatsink.
Other reviews say that some parts are plastic, that is incorrect. Obviously, this is not for CPUs that are going to be overclocked. This is perfect for 65w or less CPUs without adding a fan. If you put this on a 91-95w CPU, expect higher temps or add an optional 92mm fan.
Pros: Blue Led lights
Black/Blue braided cable
Sturdy USB connector
Cons: It's too lightweight.
Overall Review: It would be nice to have programability of the buttons outside of games. It's a little small for my medium size hands. My main mouse is a Sharkoon Drakonia, which has the perfect size & weight for me. I'll use this mouse for work.
Pros: Wide enough for gaming keyboard and mouse.
Easy to assemble.
Overall Review: I personally could have used an extra inch in adjustability, but for the price, I'm not complaining.