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Andrew V.

Andrew V.

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Most Favorable Review

This case is Great!!

Cooler Master HAF 912 - Mid Tower Computer Case with High Airflow, Supporting up to Six 120mm Fans and USB 3.0
Cooler Master HAF 912 - Mid Tower Computer Case with High Airflow, Supporting up to Six 120mm Fans and USB 3.0

Pros: This case is great, Its a huge step up from the V3 that i had. It has great cable management, and the removable bays and spacious interior leave plenty of room for larger vid cards and coolers. Lots of great little features in a very affordable package. Very well built and sturdy, not much in the way of sharp corners and everything arrived in good working condition. I got 2 120mm fans just like what was pictured and featured in all the video reviews.

Cons: I really cannot think of anything bad to say about this case other then I didn't have the option to purchase the PLUS or Advanced version as I wish I could have.

Overall Review: Cooler Master should have made both the standard and advanced or plus versions available at the same time, I would have gladly forked over the extra money. Their loss, Ill just mod it myself. I have already begun sanding the whole interior and taping it off for primer and black paint, as well as deciding on how large I want to make the window I plan on putting on the side panel. I am going to be running 5 120mm blue LED fans as well as a Zalman CPU cooler and expect great cooling results. This review is an update to an earlier posted review since I cant find a way to edit one already posted.

10/25/2010
Most Critical Review

Re-Review!!

nMEDIAPC Black 5.25" USB 2.0 Card Reader w/e-SATA & 4 Channels Multi Fan Controller in LCD Display
nMEDIAPC Black 5.25" USB 2.0 Card Reader w/e-SATA & 4 Channels Multi Fan Controller in LCD Display

Pros: It looks pretty good while it works

Cons: Unit is a piece of junk. First one I had the fan controller function stopped working after 2 months, second unit got the media card reader wont work. Built very flimsy and tehc support is horrible, not worth the money.

Overall Review: Your way better off buy a separate media reader and fan controller, thats what i ended up doing.

GTX 760 runs great

GIGABYTE GV-N760OC-2GD REV2.0 G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready WindForce 3X 450W Video Card
GIGABYTE GV-N760OC-2GD REV2.0 G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready WindForce 3X 450W Video Card

Pros: Runs awesome, Borderlands 2 runs great,everything turned on full in 1080p have a dual monitor set up and haven't noticed any lag or heat buildup at any point can run a movie full screen on one side and game on the other. Haven't run benchmarks but it blows my 560 out of the water. NO heat issues as reported by some users. Its sitting at 31 degrees right now in my HAF 912.

Cons: Mostly plastic, was hoping the shroud was a metal of some sort or a high grade plastic, but it feels light so no sag on the card once its installed i guess. My case itself seems to have jumped 2-4 degrees in temp sue the cards open air design.

Overall Review: I haven't gotten to fully put this thing thru much but it looks good in my setup and performs well. Comes with almost nothing in the box, no sticker, no swag, no poster, nothing, only things included were the disc and a pair of power adapters. Come on Gigabyte, id like to show off and brag about my gear...

Great Case

Cooler Master HAF 912 - Mid Tower Computer Case with High Airflow, Supporting up to Six 120mm Fans and USB 3.0
Cooler Master HAF 912 - Mid Tower Computer Case with High Airflow, Supporting up to Six 120mm Fans and USB 3.0

Pros: This case is great, Its a huge step up from the V3 that i had. It has great cable management, and the removable bays and spacious interior leave plenty of room for larger vid cards and coolers. Lots of great little features in a very affordable package. Great case for modders.

Cons: None for the price point although I would have gladly paid for the 912 advanced case if it were available. As it is I have stripped out the case and am painting it black and also am putting in a side window.

Overall Review: Cooler Master should have made both the standard and advanced or plus versions available at the same time, I would have gladly forked over the extra money. Their loss, Ill just mod it myself.

10/22/2010

Good bargain case

Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: I am overall pretty happy with this case, I like the PSU being on the bottom, the case seems sturdy and well built, I did like the tool-less design but used screws also. The airflow in the case is great, the locations for the fans are good. Case looks pretty cool with the rear LED and the other two LED 12cm fans I put in the front and on top. Internal temps dropped several degrees from my old case. I also have much more room then my old micro atx case for my vid card and sound card.

Cons: The noise being made by the front fan when its running fast, its gets loud, im not sure if its the double grill the air is being pulled thru or what, I just had to turn the fan down if I want it quiet, thinking about taking the dremmel and removing the interior grill to see if it helps the air flow in easier. The cable management isnt great, no space on the backside of the mobo tray to run cables and the mobo sits so close to the top that no cables cant run over either. I ended up using a ton of zip-ties and still am not real happy with how clean (or unclean) it looks inside but its not to bad. There was some room behind the HDD cage to hide a fair amount of the cables.

Overall Review: The tool-less design is neat, but leaves room to wobble, i just used them to brace the disc drive and HDD while i used screws to secure them in place. Overall as I said above I am pretty happy with the case, still have some room for upgrades and my rig runs cooler then in my old case.

Not Bad

nMEDIAPC Black 5.25" USB 2.0 Card Reader w/e-SATA & 4 Channels Multi Fan Controller in LCD Display
nMEDIAPC Black 5.25" USB 2.0 Card Reader w/e-SATA & 4 Channels Multi Fan Controller in LCD Display

Pros: Looks great installed, fan controls, temperature readings and media readers all works right from the start. Blue LED is crisp and clear to read.

Cons: the screws that came with it are cheap and have tiny phillips head slots, one stripped out right away on install. the instructions that came were vague and pretty much useless. not much help for best possible temp reading locations or best way to attach them.

Overall Review: My system is all black with blue LED fans and power button, this black 5.25 media reader with the blue LEDs looks amazing in my case. The component itself is just a tad undersized for the 5.25 bay so i had to use some thin thermal pad to get it so no light from inside the case would shine thru the front. worked fine right from the get go but as I said the instructions were awful and the website offered even less help.