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Wayne K.

Wayne K.

Joined on 07/29/05

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Most Favorable Review

OK Case, but Note...

NZXT BETA EVO Classic Series CS-NT-BETA-EVO Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
NZXT BETA EVO Classic Series CS-NT-BETA-EVO Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Good airflow, wire routing. Punch out for CPU area (behind motherboard) allows installation of heat sink mounts w/o removing motherboard, great when mounting heavy units.

Cons: Mine arrived w/cracked plastic front cover, but I'll glue it rather than RMA. No 3.5" external bay for card reader (my error, didn't read the specs closely). Hard drive mounts (no grommets) contribute to noise.

Overall Review: Make sure your PSU is compatible for bottom mount. Only one 120mm fan included (front); probably need at least one more, can mount up to 5 (2 top, 2 side, 1 back. With all the vents/screens, will probably suck up a lot of dust; blow out often.

Most Critical Review

Failed after 16 months; ASUS warranty is worthless

ASUS Prime Z390-A LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z390 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS Prime Z390-A LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z390 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Easy setup, worked well after installation.

Cons: Failed after about 16 months. Spontaneously shut down, would no longer POST. Warranty not worth the paper (or pixels) on which it is written.

Overall Review: RMA'd to ASUS, who replied that there was "Customer Induced Damage" that voided the warranty. They included pictures showing some spots on the board that were not there when shipped--looks like their tech spilled his Red Bull on it. The board had been in the case since installation and never been touched by anything but canned air. No new components had been added since the original installation. Have built numerous systems, often with ASUS components, with no such issues, but have lost confidence now. FYI ASUS support, don't bother replying to this about how sorry you are about my "experience". Can't trust you anymore.

10/27/2020

Never Again

Intuit TurboTax Deluxe Federal 2014
Intuit TurboTax Deluxe Federal 2014

Pros: Interview interface unchanged.

Cons: Big change from last year. Now requires upgrade for simple Schedule C entries. Will never buy again, after using for over 15 years. H & R Block comes highly recommended.

Didn't work after 1 hour

Comprehensive DisplayPort Male To DVI Female Active Adapter Cable
Comprehensive DisplayPort Male To DVI Female Active Adapter Cable

Pros: Initially worked, displayed the connected monitor with the correct resolution.

Cons: After resuming from sleep mode, would no longer recognize appropriate resolution for the connected monitor. Reboots, drivers, etc. did not solve the problem. The unit was used to replace one by a different manufacturer that failed after six months. This one was worse, not worth shipping back for RMA.

Initially worked, failed after 6 months

POWERCOLOR Active DisplayPort to Single-Link DVI-D Adapter DP-SL DVI-D ADAPTER
POWERCOLOR Active DisplayPort to Single-Link DVI-D Adapter DP-SL DVI-D ADAPTER

Pros: Worked flawlessly on initial setup. Windows 7 recognized third display.

Cons: Failed after 6 months. Adapter still recognized by OS, but it no longer passes signal to monitor. Confirmed with second monitor and DVI cable.