Joined on 11/02/06
Pros: Fast memory.
Overall Review: Ran memtestx86 for 9 hours with the mobo default timings of 5-5-5-18. Changed timings to 4-4-4-12 (no voltage change), and ran memtest x86+ for 24 hours. No errors in either run. For those of you having problems with dead sticks, are you making sure you are in a static-safe environment? These are matched pairs, which means Corsair should be running them in the factory together. These things probably have incredibly small-scale architecture, and I imagine they are highly susceptable (sp?) to static discharge. I used a cheap disposable wrist-strap when setting up my PC. It's worth the couple bucks if it means I don't destroy my components.
Card Reader / eSATA Works Fine
Pros: Adds a card reader and eSATA port to my computer.
Cons: USB ports under-powered (despite external power source via SATA power connector). Cannot read from USB-powered harddrives or even thumbdrives. I would have returned but the card reader and eSATA port seem to work fine, and that's what I really needed. Small annoyance is that EACH card slot shows up as a disconnected disk in Windows all the time (card inserted or not). 5 extra drives makes it hard to keep track of which drive letter is which. Though I could assign them letters or just map them to folders if I really wanted to.
Overall Review: I bought this for the card reader and eSATA port, so the underpowered USB doesn't bug me too much, and the USB ports DO work for my Logitech controller, but I could not successfully read data from any thumb drives or HDDs. I find it odd as I assume the working card-reader is connected to the same USB hub as the 3 USB ports.
Great Organization and Clean Look
Pros: -Fan installation was straight forward. One of the front fans needs special screws which were provided. -Plenty of cable routing holes, didn't run into any issues. -Tie-offs for zip ties (included) make cable management easier. -5.25" front bay is nice for additional front-panel port expanders. Finally ditching the DVD drive.
Cons: -SSD mounting location might need some work. Hard to explain, but basically, with 90-degree cables, they come out out towards the front of the case, so you can't exactly hide them. With straight cables, there's barely enough clearance to plug them in and then route the cable behind the mobo without straining them parallel to the SSD (good way to break a cable/port). -Not all holes are pre-threaded, or some were painted over. The optional screws to hold in the HDD caddies had to be forced-in roughly with a screwdriver. -There was no beeper for my motherboard!
Overall Review: Overall a great case for the price. The glass window is quality (thickness). Bought specifically for the 5.25" bay. All my cables fit nicely in the back (save my SATA issues). There is a plastic piece that snaps into the outside of the case over the PCI expansion ports. I think it's just for aesthetics. Would have been nice if it were functional (held-down smaller expansion cards).
Works as advertised
Pros: Good speeds Quality manufacturing
Cons: I cant figure out how to use the foam padding stickers Orico includes with their cases. They always roll up and stick to my HDD/SDD.
Overall Review: Always pleased with Orico products. I have a similar 2.5" model as well (plus usb hubs, expansion cards, etc) . As stated though, they include foam stickers to secure the drive inside. There are two sizes, but I haven't figured out which ones go where. Attaching the thicker one to the top of the case caused them to peel off onto my HDD when I closed I'd. The thinner one didn't press firmly on the HDD and it felt loose. Definitely needs the padding though if you plan on moving this around a lot.
Nice looking case with plenty of air flow
Pros: 6 fans for lots of air flow (3 pre installed (not led) ) Can support 2x3.5" HDD and 2x2.5" SSD simultaneously Plenty of room for a long graphics card Stylish 3D pattern in front grill
Cons: The HDD cage barely cleared the PSU cables. The top grill is very close to the mobo. The standard coolermaster fans I installed almost hit the Wraith cooler (not sure how a radiator fits) Only one USB 3 port (is two really that much more expensive?)
Overall Review: My PSU must be too old because the CPU 12V cable barely reached the socket from its bottom mounted position. Everything else seemed to fit just fine. Had a slightly difficult time figuring out which screws I needed to hold down the GPU, the holes for the expansion slots weren't threaded well (ended up being standard screws applied with some force). Also the mobo mounting standoffs on this case used a finer thread than my old case, wish that was standardized (probably the old cases fault) .
Does what I bought it For
Pros: Small and thin enough. Boots fairly fast (I assume thanks to Win 8 hibernation settings). I assume the Office 365 will be good, but I'm waiting to activate it until near the end (since it's only a year anyways). Worked decently well with steam "remote screen" (or whatever it's called), so I could play games on my desktop essentially using the tablet as a remote screen/interface. Since it's an x86 tablet, it operates just like a desktop or laptop. Very nice with windows (sometimes I miss desktop-like features with Android). For instance, I could install applications to the SD card which shows up as a second hard drive. File management in general is just better.
Cons: USB plug is deep, it doesn't actually charge with some USB plugs, but the one it came with seems to work ok. Screen resolution is below Win 8 minumum, so desktop is shrunk down to fit. Internal storage space is barely enough for windows. I have <2GB free, and all I installed was Opera web browser and the Flixster app. I was able to install apps to a memory card (like Steam). Don't know if it's Windows 8 or the tablet, but no on-screen keyboard for full-screen apps. Tried to play a game that wouldn't start without me entering a name first. Luckily I had a bluetooth keyboard laying around. Couldn't attach Windows 8 to my Windows 7 homegroup, no matter which computer I set it up from. Not sure what the problem is there.
Overall Review: I bought this as a sub $100 way to try-out Windows 8. Can't believe how unfriendly the interface is. Is there a "metro" web browser? Even IE opens up in desktop mode. The tablet itself is fine (especially considering the price).