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CHARLES H.

CHARLES H.

Joined on 11/30/10

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Most Favorable Review

Product is excellent

Thermaltake Core V1 Extreme Mini ITX Cube Chassis, Compatible with Air and Liquid Cooling Builds (CA-1B8-00S1WN-00)
Thermaltake Core V1 Extreme Mini ITX Cube Chassis, Compatible with Air and Liquid Cooling Builds (CA-1B8-00S1WN-00)

Pros: I purchased this product after watching some reviews on Youtube. It works great and I like how you can remove the bottom to access the power supply. It is Ideal for a build with minimal drives and supports both 2.5 and 3.5 drives. I recently added a Gigabyte Nvidia 1050TI for better 4K output. It is the short version with 4GB DDR5. It fit well with no needed Power connection. Just using the 200mm front fan.

Cons: The Order page said there was a rebate, but the rebate form says it has to be purchased between 7/18/2016 to 7/25/2016. I received the item on 7/14/2016. I guess that means no rebate and maybe false advertising. Took off one egg.

Overall Review: I would recommend the case to anyone wanting to build an ITX system with no DVD drive. The 120mm fan works great and there is room above the motherboard for an average CPU cooler. I used the Intel supplied CPU Cooler. I used this Case with a gigabyte GA-H110N Motherboard and and I3 6100 CPU and one hard drive. The power supply is below the Motherboard. There are not many options for routing cables, but the case is so small that the fewer cables you have the better. Enough room for Modular cables. Used a CX430M Semi-modular power supply. The drive mounts are right next to the motherboard on vertical mounts so they are close to where you want to run the wires. The top, and the side panels are exactly the same size and are interchangeable. The top, right side and left side panels are easy to remove and slide off easily. The front panel is easy to remove and replace as well.

Most Critical Review

Dead Hard Drive

Seagate Desktop HDD ST500DM002 500GB N/A 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate Desktop HDD ST500DM002 500GB N/A 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: None since it was DOA.

Cons: Dead on Arrival. Shipping was free till I had to ship it back.

Overall Review: I think we need some stats on total number of drives sold and total number of returns.

Good Product

Crucial MX500 500GB 3D NAND SATA 2.5 Inch Internal SSD, up to 560 MB/s  - CT500MX500SSD1
Crucial MX500 500GB 3D NAND SATA 2.5 Inch Internal SSD, up to 560 MB/s - CT500MX500SSD1

Pros: I installed this in my Asrock Deskmini 310 bare bones kit. Seems to work fine. I currently am not using it on a regular basis.

Cons: Software is hard to find, but I did not need it.

Overall Review: Seems to be a good product. Time will tell. I dont know why some people had drive failures. I have some thoughts that it might be related to overclocking or a bad power supply issue. I tend not to overclock or use RAM that is faster then the CPU Specs. I also wonder if this has something to do with AMD CPU's and Chip set problems. Only use Intel at the present.

SATA M.2 Drive

WD Blue 3D NAND 500GB Internal SSD - SATA III 6Gb/s M.2 2280 Solid State Drive - WDS500G2B0B
WD Blue 3D NAND 500GB Internal SSD - SATA III 6Gb/s M.2 2280 Solid State Drive - WDS500G2B0B

Pros: I wanted to use an M.2 drive to reduce cabling. This is a SATA drive so it costs less. It worked well when it was installed. It is a bit faster then a Hard Drive and uses less power. It has a 5 year warranty. The speed is clearly indicated on the front of the packing box.

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: Works great. Easy to install. I would buy it again. Beware because some older SATA drives do not run at this speed. Look for the longer warranty period and the speed clearly marked on the package. Same thing goes for the faster m.2 drives which should be indicated as being triple layer and 4X with higher speeds.

New Gen 8 ATX Build

GIGABYTE Z370 HD3 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z370 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE Z370 HD3 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z370 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I wanted to add a USB 3.0 Hub in the 5.25 Bay and this motherboard has 2 USB 3.0 Headers. It also supports the 8th Generation Intel CPU's. Gigabyte MB is my preferred brand. It works great with my 4K UHD TV with no video card.

Cons: So far there is nothing not to like. The BIOS is a bit complicated, but I am not overclocking. If you want multiple M.2 connectors, you may want to select another motherboard, because this MB has only one M.2 connector. I put a 500GB SATA M.2 in my motherboard as the system Drive.

Overall Review: I recommend this product. It has a lot of connectivity options and a good variety of PCI express slots.

More USB 3.0 Ports.

7 Port USB 3.0 5.25" Internal CD-ROM Bay Front Panel USB Hub,7 x USB 3.0 Type A Female to Motherboard USB 20 pin Hub Splitter  Adapter w/ 5.25 inch Metal Bracket
7 Port USB 3.0 5.25" Internal CD-ROM Bay Front Panel USB Hub,7 x USB 3.0 Type A Female to Motherboard USB 20 pin Hub Splitter Adapter w/ 5.25 inch Metal Bracket

Pros: This product worked as advertised with no drivers.

Cons: There are not a lot of motherboards with two SB 3.0 ports. You usually have to make a trade off in some other areas. I dont see why so many motherboards have multiple USB 2.0 ports, but only support 2 front USB 3.0 jacks. This seems to be simply a bad design for USB 3.0. The Hub I used has seven USB 3.0 ports and is a powered hub requiring a connection same as a SATA power connector. However, It is not that expensive and runs off a fairly small circuit board. If case manufacturers were not so cheap, they could just use a built-in hub designed into the case.

Overall Review: This product works great and it makes it easy to add extra USB 3.0 ports. It was also not that expensive. It does require a case with one or more 5.25 bays. Many cases have opted not to include multiple optical bays for things like Fan controllers and other accessories.