High end case, pleasure to build in9/14/2019 7:30:38 PM

Pros: Small footprint but still full featured. Best cable management experience ever. Great quality of build.

Cons: none

Overall Review: If you are building micro ATX, just get this now.

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Good inexpensive power supply2/11/2014 7:28:17 PM

Pros: It's about as inexpensive as you can get a really decent single 12 volt rail PSU that's capable of running a reasonably decent CPU and video card for gaming and mid range productivity. Stable rails, clean power. If you are building a system with a CPU around the 100 watt TDP range and pairing it with a graphics card that only requires a single six pin power connection, I'd say this is plenty of overhead for that build. Runs fairly quiet.

Cons: The eight pin motherboard connector could be just a tad longer, that connection is always a challenge if you are trying to do tidy cable management. Capable of crossfire or SLI, but I would not recommend it, stick with a single card in the range of a R7 260X or Radeon 7850 and you should be just fine.

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Fantastic for a white themed desktop2/11/2014 7:19:06 PM

Pros: Great image quality. Reasonably priced. White bezel looks fantastic on my desktop. Multiple HDMI inputs.

Cons: The menu system isn't as intuitive as I have seen on other monitors. The speakers are garbage, not even worth the fifty cents ASUS spent to include them.

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Response to David S one egg review9/7/2012 8:03:57 AM

Pros: This is a wonderful sounding pair of bookshelf speakers. They are a true full range audio solution for someone that has limited space to work with. The 8" radiator helps this speakers attain lows that most speakers in this size and class can't match. It's tweeter is not overly bright or "shouty". Makes a good choice for two channel music systems where the user would rather not have to augment with a powered sub.

Cons: To Respond to David S. concern. Despite being reasonably efficient, this is not the kind of speaker you would drive with a cheap 12.5 watt class D amp like you find in the Nexus Q. A poor power source can and will lead to the demise of a speaker like this. If you intend to drive these beauty's, please consider a quality amplifier. I'm using an Onkyo stereo receiver that delivers 50 real full range watts per channel into 8 ohms at less than .009% total harmonic distortion. You will want a similar spec, and honestly it's not that hard to come by, my receiver costs less than $200 many places online. Please don't saddlebag these baby's with a lousy class D amplifier, you are doing yourself a huge disservice.

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Flexable mATX solution7/11/2011 12:15:58 PM

Pros: If your looking to build an AMD based mATX system this is one of my favorites boards. All the modern features, decent on board graphics, the ability to use a wide range of AM3 chips, a full bandwidth PCIe X16 2.0 slot. You can build pretty much anything you want on here. Wan't a budget dual core, no problem, want a mid range system for a home theater PC, no problem, want a high powered gaming system utilizing a single high end video card and six core CPU, go ahead, nothing is stopping you.

Cons: I wish they would just kill IDE/Pata and Floppy connectors. They just waste space on the board, give me a couple more SATA headers instead.

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Easy way to add blu ray playback to your PC7/11/2011 12:06:08 PM

Pros: Retail package has the required software for blu ray playback and a SATA cable, worth the extra $15 easy. Drive works beautifully.

Cons: Nothing

Overall Review: Get this retail package, don't get an OEM blu ray drive to find out that you can't play it back on your machine without appropriate software. This kit has everything you need.

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Not shabby7/11/2011 11:32:30 AM

Pros: I built in this for a friend of mine. For its price point, its a decent case. Nothing extraordinary, but at the same time it's not junk either. Good tool-less clips for the PCI slots, they are actually pretty durable and work well. The three included fans and controller do a good job at generating airflow. Cable routing was not too shabby, decent space behind the tray to hide wires and a few places to pass through. I especially liked the little space at the top under the large fan, that helped me hide the wire for the 8 Pin PC power connection, it also allowed me to pass some wires from the top all the way to the bottom of the tray which was nice to hide them. All in all I did a really neat wiring job in the Utgard. Overall the case construction is better than average, decent materials used for the most part.

Cons: The tool-less system for the drive bays requires some patience on the part of the user. They work, but they don't exactly pop into place, you have to massage it a bit to get things locked down. Front Bezel removal is easy, but its the type where breaking a plastic peg is not impossible. Be careful pulling up on it. Speaking of that, the front intake has allot of metal that covers up the fan glow, I tried to remove some of it, but it was not going to come without a fight, it looks like it should be removable, but its really not. Fan glow is a little weak for my tastes. Side window is nice ,but I prefer one that is a little smaller and does less to expose the drive bay's. The perfect case window shows the motherboard, and exhaust fans, maybe the topside of the power supply and nothing else. Prepare to manage cables in this, there is nowhere to hide a sloppy job. The plastic cable guide clips are worthless, no value to those at all, route properly behind the board.

Overall Review: If you take your time you can do a nice install in the Utgard. If you can't afford some of the finer cases in the $200 range, this is a fair bargain. At $99 its a bit of a push, not because it's not worth it, but because the competition in that range is so impressive. On sale for around $60 it's pretty hard to argue with.

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Very pleased, USB 3.0 is a huge improvement7/11/2011 8:00:03 AM

Pros: After owning a USB 2.0 desktop drive on a stand that required an extra external power connection I decided to purchase this USB 3.0 model to cut some clutter and have a more portable solution. I have a system board that supports USB 3.0, and let me tell you, the performance improvement is massive. Back up time is greatly reduced, writing files to it is fine, and I have made a bootable Linux Ubuntu partition and it runs it like a standard desktop drive, really, the performance is that good. Also, the price, this is one of those rare cases in life where you get more than what you paid for.

Cons: The included back up software is decent, but it could be a little more self explanatory on how to install and use. Not worth a deduction, that they included that along with a few Gigs of could storage at this price, I consider it all a bonus.

Overall Review: Great external storage solution. If you have a USB 3.0 port on your PC, you owe it to yourself to destroy that old USB 2.0 drive and get this. It will change your perception on what an external hard disk can be.

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Nothing like wasting hours to troubleshoot a DOA card7/6/2011 12:52:07 PM

Pros: For the two minutes it would game without crashing, it performed decently given the price.

Cons: Constant crashing. Card will not run stable, tried multiple games, swapped system RAM, CPU, Hard Drive, re installed windows then finally swapped GPU to discover that the one Sapphire supplied was at fault. Now I have to go through a painful RMA process and delay delivery of this PC to my customer. What a waste of time effort and money.

Overall Review: A lemon is never excusable. Sapphire needs to tighten up its Quality Control. Second card I've gotten from them this year with a problem. I had a Sapphire 4890 where the fan would constantly spin at 100% sounding like a hair dryer, what a pain. I did not RMA it, just cut my losses, I need to RMA this one now, probably the last time I purchase or suggest a card from Sapphire. It is a shame, at one time they were a premier vendor for Radeon based products.... not any more.

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Junk7/6/2011 12:43:52 PM

Pros: Cool looking orange fan

Cons: Terrible clip design, hard to install, base imperfect, loudest fan in the system by far, and it does a lousy job at cooling a 65 watt TDP CPU.

Overall Review: This thing is a hunk of junk, buy anything else.

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Brilliant design marred by cheap construction5/23/2011 11:40:58 AM

Pros: Brilliant to look at. Perfect matte white finish does not hold fingerprints. Nice contrast of white vs. black mesh and internals. Nice sized window. Excellent cable routing options, lots of grommets to pass through and a fair amount of space behind the board tray to work with. Tool free systems for optical and 3.5" drive bays are actually really well designed. Skip the cheap tool free clips for graphics card slots, which is good, nice thumb screws offer peace of mind there. The dual latch screw-less system for the side panels should be required by law, a brilliant design. Nice rubber feet for a solid foundation on your desk. Fan controller well designed, helps to cut down on molex mess behind the board. Fairly quiet at all settings. Structural plastic elements on the ends make it easy to carry.

Cons: Despite charging a premium, Corsair went cheap in several places. First off, the power and reset buttons are made inexcusably cheap. They tend to stick, and you have to pry them back with a jewelers screwdriver. The side panel with the window feels flimsy, it has allot of flex, you have to handle it with extreme caution to avoid cracking the window or warping the whole panel. The plastic mechanism that holds the front and top 200mm fan dust filter is cheaply made, its almost certain to break after a number of cleanings. The fan cooling performance is average at best. A firewire port! Come on Corsair it is 2011, Firewire lost! Its just another wire to dangle behind the board! This thing ships with absolutely no valuable documentation. There is a quick start guide, but it is worthless. For $180 I want clear instructions. If it were not for internet reviews, I would not be aware of all the case features. The rear fan does not match, seriously Corsair? Illumination from the fans is weak.

Overall Review: It kills me to give this case a three egg rating, but for $180 I want a case that feels as premium as it looks. Unfortunately this is not it. Great overall design and features are hindered by cost cutting throughout the case. It just looks far more expensive than it feels. Lots of style, very functional, but also lots of cheap flimsy components. The steel gauge is poor, there are cheap poorly made plastic power and reset buttons that stick and latch mechanisms for the filters are cheap. Also, for $180 I want a manual detailing all of the case features. Its a shame, this case looks so expensive from five feet away, its when you touch it that you start to realize how cheaply it is made.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Its okay...4/14/2011 2:17:38 PM

Pros: It does remove the wire and does hold a good signal. The receiver unit has a removable portion to help it fit with a remote jacket installed. I have the newer remotes with wii motion plus built in, it works fine. Soft grip material has a nice feel. The price is fair.

Cons: The shape of the remote is just wonky, even with my big adult hands. My Daughter struggles using it, just wide, the buttons on the rear are in a strange position and are not light to press, it actually cramps our hand after extended use. Buttons feel cheap in comparison to the body of the nunchuck. The receiver for the unit, if left on after gaming can unnecessarily drain the batteries in your wii remove. I've gone through a few extra alkaline's already.

Overall Review: Its not a horrible experience, getting rid of the cord is really nice, but a little refinement could have gone a long way. Maybe with a model update.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Sometimes you want form over function12/30/2010 2:22:21 PM

Pros: Beautiful, really looks great on my son's board. Easy to install, the Zalman AMD retention clip is one of the easiest installations you will ever do. PWM controlled fan easy to set and forget in the bios. Reasonable performance for a downdraft cooler.

Cons: Tower Coolers cool a little better and sometimes for a few dollars less, but they tend to be harder to install and kind of boring looking in comparison.

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GeIL has become my preferred DDR3 vendor12/30/2010 2:19:08 PM

Pros: Priced well, no ugly unnecessary heat spreader, solid performance reasonable latency for DDR 3, runs advertised at stock voltage. Small red LED's

Cons: None

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Feature packed compact shooter12/30/2010 1:24:55 PM

Pros: I'm fairly sure its the most feature laden camera you can find in a model this compact. Fantastic 12X optical zoom lens, pop up flash, great picture quality, easy to understand mode dial with options to go manual, 720P HD video with Zoom and stereo. This thing is the swis army knife of compact digital cameras.

Cons: Did not pack in an SD Card, or rechargeable batteries. AA rechargeables are 100% necessary and not included. As part of the compact design they choose to go with two AA vs. four. This is nice on some levels, but this thing needs a battery swap frequently. Plan on picking up eight high quality AA rechargeables and have them charged, two in the camera, and six for three change outs if you want to be certain that you will always get the shot.

Overall Review: If battery life were not an issue, and they included a reasonably sized SD card (whats a 2GB card cost these days? Come On Cannon) This would be 100% perfect. The Feature set for the on to go shooter is hard to beat.

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Amazing thermals!12/8/2010 3:31:33 PM

Pros: Without a doubt the best temperatures I have ever gotten. I paired this with a 95 Watt TDP 1055t CPU and I can not load the cores past 28 Centigrade running Prime95, and I am only using a basic Cooler Master TX3 Cooler. In my old "enclosure" I would load a full ten degrees higher. My graphics core temp also dropped seven degrees, helping me to increase its over clock a bit (Radeon 5870). Also, the case just plain looks amazing! You would think the open mesh would make it loud, but the temps being what they are allow you to tame your loudest fan a bit and actually run it fairly quiet. Its just an amazingly practical design. Modular options are fun to play with and re configure as well.

Cons: As fun as the modular design can be, I will say, cable management in this case is less than ideal. It can be done, but it takes an extraordinarily amount of patience to route power supply cables in a way that looks decent when you open up that side panel. There just is nowhere to hide in this case. The motherboard tray has a little bit of recessed area, but it could stand to have some more. I'm actually planning on designing my own conduit system for it.

Overall Review: If you are a performance enthusiast and you want your maximum over-clock potential, this is your case. The thermal design improvements are amazing.

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OCZ's rebate process makes you jump through hoops10/30/2010 7:28:13 AM

Pros: The power supply is pretty good, nothing special, but serviceable.

Cons: OCZ's rebate department makes me RAGE!! Worst experience ever. You have to jump through several hoops, and it gets you nothing but heartache. This is the last time for me OCZ.

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Incredible card / value / cool and quiet10/12/2010 5:59:21 PM

Pros: This card is an incredible gamer. Crysis, Battlefield Bad Company II, Starcraft II, no problem, highest settings with AA and AF, no problem! The Cooler too, WOW!! Its Cool, and its whisper quiet, in loading tests I cant get this thing past fifty without and thats without ramping up the fans. I am still experimenting with over-clocking, but I got an extra 10% out of it without any effort, or adverse effects. I think there is extra overhead beyond that, I am still experimenting.

Cons: Literally, none at all. Its a perfect card for under $200.

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To a more healthy you10/5/2010 7:57:55 AM

Pros: This is really a simple little item that can transform your life. Hot water on the quick to provide a healthy cup of tea, or the most delicious bowl of oatmeal you have ever had. Need hot water for another application, well this gets it done fast and clean. Its convenience is unparalleled, it beats the stove, keeps your hands safe from burns, takes less time, its just an all around no brainier for any home.

Cons: There are none, this is a must have item for any home.

Overall Review: Seriously, your old stove kettle, get rid of it and invest in one of these. Its more efficient, its faster, its safer, its more convenient. Its a simple inexpensive kitchen add on that will improve your quality of life.

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cheap keyboard is cheap... and effective6/23/2010 8:18:12 AM

Pros: Its a cheapie USB based basic keyboard. I like that this has no extra multimedia functionality, its strictly basic plug and play. It works, and for a cheap membrane based keyboard the tactile typing response is okay. Okay for a secondary system, or an extra for side jobs and repair work (thats what I use it for).

Cons: USB cable a little on the short side. It is a cheap membrane based keyboard with a medium response, keys are not stiff, but they are not ultra mushy either. Noise is pretty average.

Overall Review: For anyones primary day to day keyboard I would highly recommend spending significantly more for a good heavy duty mechanical keyboard. For a cheapie though, you get everything you pay for here, it works, and the build quality is not too shabby.

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184 pin DDR 400 that just works6/23/2010 8:07:55 AM

Pros: Standard 184 pin DDR is pretty much at a point in its matureity where everything being sold is pretty compatible and reliable (at least on newegg) Wintec wins my buisness here solely on price.

Cons: NA

Overall Review: In a market where it all pretty much works, the winner is the guy that extends me the best price. Wintec took it here. Why spend more? Its just 184 pin DDR to give an old system a kick in the rear, its not like your going to garner any value from fancy RAM here. Its not for an enthusiast system, its for your old dell with 256 mb of RAM that is on its last leg. Breathe new life into that fossil for as little coin as possible.

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The current standard6/23/2010 7:53:08 AM

Pros: It spreads more evenly than the venerable Arctic Silver 5, and it costs a little less too. Its thermal performance has consistently been about 10% better in all of the applications I have tested thus far. I found my new favorite thermal compound.

Cons: Long gone are the days that me and Arctic Silver 5 played together on old ATI 9700 pro graphics cards, and Athlon XP CPU's, I'll miss you old friend, but MX-2 is just a little better.

Overall Review: Its better than the old standard, and it costs a little less, its a complete no brainer, get yourself a tube.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
It all depends on your application6/23/2010 7:20:00 AM

Pros: Using this on a low power quad core, an AMD Phenom II 905e rated for 65 watt TDP. It very easily handles the load when the fan is at its jet turbine loud defaults (and I mean, LOUD). When running pwm smart fan controls to quiet through my motherboards bios, I get it to a very reasonable level sound wise, but the delta rise under load gets warm on a summer day, but not dangerously hot. I suspect for a quiet heat sink 65 watt TDP is about where this hits its reasonable limits.

Cons: Rated for 115 watt TDP, and I suppose it might be able to cool that if you don't mind sitting next to something that sounds like a jet turbine all day. I mean, when this fan gets spinning its loud. This really is only a good solution for motherboards equipped with a four pin connector that you can smart fan control to quiet or silent mode in applications that run no more than 65 watt TDP.

Overall Review: This can be a decent budget heatsink in the right application, just keep your expectations in check. If silence is a premium, no more than 65 watt TDP, if you don't mind it loud (and I mean LOUD!) I suppose it would handle a 95 watt TDP fine, avoid the 125-140watt TDP enthusiast CPU's, this thing just does not have the chops, and for its price, you should not expect it to.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
For the price, it does what its designed to do6/23/2010 7:06:02 AM

Pros: Running a modern dual core with a mid range video card (Radeon 5670) this thing is doing everything it needs to do while remaining cool and providing stable voltages. Runs fairly quiet, fan is audible, but not loud by any stretch. Will make a great replacement power supply for older OEM systems that got shipped with junk ATX PSU's. Priced more than fair, its a downright steal at its price.

Cons: Not 80 plus cert. Know what you are getting here, its nothing fancy, its a basic power supply, but its a QUALITY basic power supply.

Overall Review: Know what you are getting here, its nothing fancy, its a basic power supply, but its a QUALITY basic power supply. Its not designed for an enthusiast system, but if you have a dual core, a single hard drive and a mid range video card with no more than one six pin PCIE connector, it should do the trick on a budget.

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Performance per watt4/13/2010 1:49:18 PM

Pros: Twelve cores in a package that consumes 80 watts under load, with a TDP of 115 watts, now thats engineering!

Cons: None

Overall Review: Best server processor currently available.

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