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Jonathan S.

Jonathan S.

Joined on 09/10/05

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Most Favorable Review

Ugly, quite functional

NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: Good options for wire management, good fan placement, good brackets for the 5.25" bays, nice back cutout for CPU heatsink retention bracket, front door has nice smooth action and solid closure, small extra HDD bracket is removable as it would reduce airflow, option to turn off annoying LEDs if you keep the case in a bedroom, USB on top of case, headphone jack on top of case, already has some wire management, and large diameter fans are quiet.

Cons: The thing is ugly. I wanted to try something different, and I regret it. Some like it, I don't. I'm used to Lian Li cases and they look much better in my opinion, but this is just aesthetics. The pins for the HDD retention clips are EXTREMELY difficult to use properly, I would have much preferred screws honestly. The fans are specific to NZXT and standard fans won't fit this case... annoying. The USB ports on the top of the case are 2.0 only... on a high end case they ought to be 3.0.

Overall Review: For me this case deserves a 3 star rating simply because I think it's ugly, but I'm giving it 4 stars because it's my own fault for buying it after seeing it.

Most Critical Review

Problematic Board

ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.1) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.1) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: The BIOS for ASUS boards is incredibly easy to navigate.

Cons: This board must have had some issues from the start since my system was slightly unstable and wouldn't recover from hibernation mode. This was a small problem, so I just always did full restarts. 4 months in the system started to stutter, I don't know how else to describe it. The mouse, sound, network connection, everything, would hang for a fraction of a second and then recover. This would have dozens of times per minute intermittently. I tried memtest, RMA'd the RAM, checked processor for heat issues, cleaned CPU and reapplied thermal compound for fear that silver compound had caused an issue. Ended up biting the bullet and taking a stab in the dark by buying an MSI board and replacing this one. MSI has a terrible BIOS by comparison, but all the other problems are gone. This was an incredibly difficult problem to diagnose. ASUS wouldn't refund, but I'm making them ship me a new one, hopefully I can resell it to recap some of my expenses.

Overall Review: You're better off buying the MSI P67A-GD65. It's more difficult to setup a RAID on, but at least it's stable.

Great, Cheap RAM

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin PC RAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin PC RAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

Pros: Stable, does exactly what it's supposed to. Came with an $18 flash drive for free when I bought it.

Cons: None

Not Impressed

SanDisk Cruzer 4GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model SDCZ36-004G-A11
SanDisk Cruzer 4GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model SDCZ36-004G-A11

Pros: The drive is physically intact and though the plastic is clearly cheap it hasn't broken.

Cons: The drive ships with a U3 file system on it by default which is not even remotely helpful. It's also difficult to delete content off the drive sometimes since it says the content is deleted but the space continues to register as used (I once had only two 350 mb files on the drive and upon trying to add another 350 mb file it stated I needed another 18 mb...). This can be circumvented by formatting the drive, but it seems like this shouldn't be necessary. The drive has also corrupted all of the data on it once such that the characters for all the files became unintelligible symbols and couldn't be opened.

Overall Review: All in all, not impressed.