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Jonathan S.

Jonathan S.

Joined on 08/25/06

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Most Favorable Review

Impressive

SPARKLE Calibre Series P980 GeForce 9800 GT OC Dual Fly 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
SPARKLE Calibre Series P980 GeForce 9800 GT OC Dual Fly 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

Pros: Decent price, cool LCD display. Great thermal heat pipe solution with dual fans. Bought this along with the Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P and the Intel Q9550, plays Fallout 3 on max 'Ultra High Settings' and hardly breaks a sweat :) Driver install was flawless on Win XP Pro, and has no issues running my dual 19" montiors.

Cons: None so far, I guess the price could have been lower but I'm very pleased with this purchase.

Overall Review: I was a bit worried about buying from such an unknown company, but I have no regrets so far. The card works beautifully, the heat pipe design is superb. Don't confuse Sparkle for some of these other low quality brands.

Most Critical Review

could be better

Thermaltake SpinQ Performance Series cooler with ultra-lightweight aluminum and six heatpipes CL-P0466 CPU Cooler
Thermaltake SpinQ Performance Series cooler with ultra-lightweight aluminum and six heatpipes CL-P0466 CPU Cooler

Pros: Looks great, the fan spins.

Cons: Installation is ridiculous, for both AMD and Intel sockets. The push pins for the Intel socket broke and would not hold the heatsink in place. When I finally managed to get it anchored down, the temps were mediocre at best. Never could get the core temp below 42c (Q9550) even after reapplying the thermal paste three times (was hoping getting a thinner and better spread of the paste would help). Temps would spike over 60c at full processor load. At this point I stored it away and bought a Xigmatek heatsink which has lowered my idle temp to 34c.

Overall Review: However, I just installed this on my girlfriends AM2 socket mobo and the temps are looking pretty normal. Idle around 35c (its 41c outside). Seems to be working pretty good, but I certainly wouldn't purchase this again. There are better heatsinks out there. Look at the reviews on HardOCP. This heatsink did poorly.

Impressive!

HP Officejet Pro L7680 C8189A Up to 35 ppm Black Print Speed InkJet MFC / All-In-One Color Printer
HP Officejet Pro L7680 C8189A Up to 35 ppm Black Print Speed InkJet MFC / All-In-One Color Printer

Pros: Good print quality, speed is pretty great for a InkJet. I have this printer joined to my local domain and am using it through my LAN. It works beautifully through the network. On it's web page it even has a nifty online scanner utility that will allow you to save the scanned documents locally to your computer. I love that!

Cons: Well I'm using this at home instead of at a office, so it's a bit loud for home use. Not too loud, but when it does its self cleaning routine it can be a little noisy. But it's a printer, and they are all noisy. So not really a con I guess.

Overall Review: I got this on sale here at the egg for like $125 brand new in the box. For that price it couldn't be beat. HP support is terrible, but at least their products hold up better than other brands such as Brother.

Impressive

Thermaltake Silver Aluminum MozartTx VE1000SWA Cube Tower
Thermaltake Silver Aluminum MozartTx VE1000SWA Cube Tower

Pros: This case is a big boy! Lots of room for neat cabling and cooling. The front bezel feels as if it is made out of solid aluminum. The black metal mesh around the drive bays has a foam air filter behind it. This is where most of your airflow will be coming from, the foam definitely helps. It's somewhat easy to clean as well. Sturdy frame, you can sit on it and it won't buckle or warp. It's basically a solid bunker for your computer. It's massive size along with the windows allow you to do some really nifty stuff that wouldn't fit into other cases. It's a blank canvass, you can do any kind of crazy lighting you want.

Cons: The stock fans are cheap (no duh), so you'll want to be replacing them for sure. Case rattles a bit, but this might be because I'm running 9x 120mm fans (lol). The side panels open up on hinges. As someone else has said, this was a mistake. But you can take them off if necessary, I strongly suggest you do during your initial setup of the case. I would also take off the front bezel during first setup, it is somewhat heavy but it comes off pretty easily. The 5.25 bays are really only accessible from one side, the other side is hidden behind the 3.5 bays, which slide out...awkwardly. I don't like this, especially when you have multiple HDD's. You'll have to disconnected all of them and slide them out to install/uninstall a 5.25 device. There are several small hole at the bottom of the case, this can make your case a little more dirty. I plugged mine up so that all my air came through the front filters.

Overall Review: The front panel USB, Firewire, eSATA, and Audio connectors are too cluttery and in the way. They are long enough to reach your mobo, but not really long enough to do some decent cabling with them. Plus if you're like me and don't use it that much, you'll just want to remove the whole thing. I unscrewed the front panel and patched the holes where they were. The cables were just too much of an annoyance for me. Overall, this is a GREAT case. I didn't give it 5 eggs because I still don't think it compares with some of the Lian Li cases out there. There are a few improvements that could be made, so it's not perfect. But I'm still completely happy with this case even after a 1.5 years of use. I would buy it again for sure, you won't be disappointed.

11/28/2008

Best Looking Case Around!

Thermaltake Silver Aluminum MozartTx VE1000SWA Cube Tower
Thermaltake Silver Aluminum MozartTx VE1000SWA Cube Tower

Pros: Lots of room to route cables, many access holes. Very good filter system. The side doors are removeable, as well as the front panel (which is essential for cleaning purposes).

Cons: The only con I found with this case is that it didn't have wheels. Since it is so bulky it would be nice if it were easier to move. But as big as it is I suppose it is meant to be stationary. I suppose only having room for 5 3.5" hard drives is another con. I've only got 4 so far, but I plan to expand.

Overall Review: If you go for the windowed version you might as well dress it up inside real nice. And for a case like this you might as well go all the way, load this monster up with 120mm's to the max. Add some Zalman ZM-MFC1 fan controllers and you're all set. Make sure you get long cables to accomodate the reach. The longer the better, IMO. I went with 36" SATA cables and they routed perfectly.

ZyXEL GN670-T Gigabit 32-bit Network Adapter 10/100/1000Mbps PCI 1 x RJ45
ZyXEL GN670-T Gigabit 32-bit Network Adapter 10/100/1000Mbps PCI 1 x RJ45

Pros: Gigabit, small PCI card.

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: Works great with Windows XP 64-bit! The OS picked the driver as soon as I booted up my machine, I didn't need to use the driver software on the included CD.