Joined on 12/04/04
Great looking case, awesome customer service
Pros: Amazing looking case with some great design choices: The cable management is pretty great. Doesn't take much to get the cables routed and hidden thanks to the panel that covers the cables. Lets me be a bit lazy and still have a super clean appearance. The way the case is opened up is pretty great too. No tools required (but grippy gloves help with the glass.) All the options for water cooling are really nice. I'm still working on my loop design, and some things need to be taken into consideration depending on how you want to build it, but all the information you need is there, either in the manual or on the Lian Li website.
Cons: Docking only 1 egg because I have had a couple problems that could have been deal breakers, but Lian Li's customer service is the best (see the Other section). I had one bad front USB port, but was able to get that replaced. Also, had the somewhat common issue where on of the metal strips on the glass side panel was starting to peal off in the back. Also was able to get the panel replaced.
Overall Review: Lian Li's customer service is awesome. When i had my issues with the case (the USB port and the panel). I contacted Lian Li through their website contact form. The first thing I had to contact them about was the front USB port. I described to them in detail what was wrong and asked if they could just send me a new front panel PCB (it's held in with 4 screws and easily accessible). I also attached a screen shot of my Proof of Purchase just to be safe. A couple days later they emailed me back and said they would send me a new one. Got the part 2 days later from Taiwan. Then when the panel was having it's issue, I messaged them again through the website with a picture of the metal strip separating. A couple days later they sent a replacement panel and it arrived in 2 days. Lian Li's customer service has won me over. Never had service this good from any other company. They're the best :)
Good cable, bad shipping
Pros: Works great and was really cheap. I bought two of these for use in my Silverstone ML03 and they are the perfect length to reach the two hard drives.
Cons: They are a bit more stiff than I was hoping, which was putting a little more strain on the motherboards SATA connectors than I liked. But a little gentle bending and persuading got the into the right position and relieved the strain. See other thoughts for shipping info.
Overall Review: If you order some of these, and can't receive US mail at your physical address, like me, don't use the Egg Saver shipping. It says that they will choose from a variety of shipping services for delivery, including US mail. I though they would use a shipping service that would deliver to my house. Seems as though they have no way of knowing if the address they are sending to can get mail. As a result they shipped it via DHL Global Mail, which hands off to the post office for finally delivery, and I would normally not get my order. Thankfully I was able to tell the post office what was going on and got them to take my package and put it in my box so it didn't get sent back. On top of this, even though they use a shipping service that can send through the post office, they still won't ship to a PO box. Come on Newegg, really? A certain large online retailer starting with an "A" will ship to a PO Box. Most sellers on a certain big auction website will as well. Get with the program. The moral of the story: Just say NO to EggSaver.
Great PSU, stiff cables, bad shipping.
Pros: The power supply looks nice and seems to work very well. The way the PSU itself is inside a felt bag makes opening the box a real occasion. Now if I want I can sue that bag for dice or something, though at the moment it hold the bag that holds all the cables, which is also a very nice addition. I also like that it comes with cable ties. I haven't used those yet, but probably will once I get a new case.
Cons: The modular cables look nice, but are actually quite stiff. They will be a bit of a bear to work with when I get a new case that actually has cable routing space behind the motherboard tray, but they will at least stay put once bent a certain way. See other thoughts for the shipping problem.
Overall Review: First off, I wish I could have my items sent by FedEx instead of UPS. UPS never gets to my house before I have to leave for work (I work nights), and at times can't even find my house at all. Yet FedEx will always show up before noon and will always find my house. Also, whoever packed the box the PSU was shipped in should be fired. It had been put inside the box shoved back into one corner with no packing material on that side and all the rest of the box filled with packing material. The box had been dropped at some point and crushed a corner of the box. Luckily it was a corner with padding. Had it been the corner without any padding, the PSU might have been damaged and I would have had a first ever return to newegg on my hands. Also, the box wasn't even tall enough to put any padding on the top or bottom of the PSU. Really, it's a little amazing that the thing showed up intact at all.
Nice and quiet
Pros: Very quiet. I put my ear as close to it as I dared while running (didn't want my hair in the thing :), and all I hear is the motor, and even that is just barely audible. Now the only thing I hear in my media pc is my hard drive.
Cons: The one egg off is for the 4 pin connector on the fan. This one is partially on me, but I thought that the 4 pin connector was a pass through. Turns out that it isn't. If I had looked a little more closely at the pictures I would have seen this. I bought 4 of these thinking that I could chain them together on one power line from the power supply since my motherboard only has one case fan header. Turns out I'm going to have to find a different way to connect them all. The 4 pin connector really, REALLY should be a pass through to allow chaining. I also expected 25cfm to feel like more. I didn't expect it to be much for the level of noise these make, which is almost no noise at all, but just a little more maybe. But when I get my new media pc case I'll be using all 4 that I bought, so that should take care of the airflow. No eggs off for that.
Overall Review: Before you buy these, learn from my mistake: The 4 pin connector is NOT a pass through. These are some really nice and quiet fans, but if you want to use alot of them, you won't be able to just chain them together with the 4 pin. You will need some kind of splitter or fan controller, or have some spare fan headers on your motherboard unlike me :).
Response to Jason
Pros: I already reviewed this board, and I still think it's a good board. I just wanted to defend it against Jason's mediocre review. I've never had any problem with this board when I put it into sleep with a device connected to the USB3 ports, including my wireless keyboard, remote receiver and a usb wireless network adapter. However, I did update the bios before doing anything else. If the problem existed, I never saw it. I also decided to test out the thermal sensor issue mentioned. After some testing I think I know what Jason saw happening. When the system is put into sleep and the cpu fan spins down, left over heat from the cpu is no longer being dissipated quickly. The heatsink gets noticeably warmer to the touch. I think that the little stock heat sink is getting saturated with heat. When this happens, the thermal sensor in the cpu gets much warmer. When the computer comes out of sleep, it reads this higher temp and speeds up the fan to cool it off. See other thoughts for more
Cons: No cons other than what I previously stated about wishing the board had more fan headers.
Overall Review: If you have this board and observe this behavior, just let it sit for a while. The fan speed should drop as well as the cpu temp, it just may take some time. Also try letting the machine sit in sleep over night. This behavior shouldn't happen at all since the cpu and heatsink have much more time to cool off. I also think that if the stock heatsink on the FM1 processors were larger, this also may not happen to begin with. Now I will say that maybe Jason got a buggy board, but maybe he should try testing more thoroughly. And if he has, he should say so. As for the issue with the BIOS screen being cut off when using HDMI, I can't say one way or the other since I'm using a DVI to HDMI cable and don't have this problem. When I can get an standard HDMI cable, I may post an update.
Great little CPU
Pros: Using this in my media PC. It uses much less power compared to the old Pentium D that was powering the machine. This paired with a ECS A75F-M and using my old Hauppauge HVR-1800 doesn't pull more than 100w with 2 hard drives running, and around maybe 80w with one drive spun down. Plays HDTV, Blu-Ray and Netflix in HD perfectly smooth using only the on board graphics. ALso runs very cool. My temp monitoring software doesn't read temps properly, but the heat sink barely gets warm-ish. Got this and the board in a combo deal for only $115.98, so the price was also excellent.
Cons: Haven't tried the game performance since the system is really only built to play media. It probably wouldn't be great, but adequate. Doesn't matter to me though.