Date Joined: 12/01/06
Pros: This really is the case to get if your goal, like mine, was to build a HTPC and gaming PC in one. The airflow generated within the case is sufficient to cool high end overclocked components, and there is plenty of room and large after market coolers. The case is also whisper quiet, I can hardly notice any noise at all when I power it on. It's quiet during movies, and keeps your rig cool while gaming, truly the best of both worlds.
Cons: There is no included adapter for plugging a SSD drive into the hard drive backplate. A minor issue, but if you have a SSD drive for your operating system, it will have to go into on of the upper drive bays.
I wish there was more room behind the motherboard backplate for routing cables. Would be nice to use that space to eliminate so of the cable clutter.
Overall Review: I have the four 140mm fans connected to the front panel speed controller. The case makes no noise even at the medium speed setting. Coupled with an ATI 5870 and a Noctua NH-U12 cooler, the system is virtually silent. Perfect for watching movies, and the six hotswappable HDD bays give me plenty of room to add HDD to store my movie collection. It is expensive, but this case really was exactly what I wanted. A case that could hold enough HDD for a movie collection, could playback full quality blu-ray movies without producing background noise, and kept componenets cool during gaming. In all these areas, it performs admirably.
Pros: This case seems to be a rebrand of the lian-li TYR PC-X2000 which i couldn't find in the states. This was the perfect case for my needs. I needed something quiet enough to us as a HTPC but still with the size and airflow to accomidate gaming components. My 4 terabyte HDD drives fit nicely is the lower drive bays while there is plenty of room for an ATI HD5870 video card.
Cons: The videocard stabilizing bracket doesn't have much use for me. The ATI HD5870 is too long for the bracket to be useful, and if you have a taller third party CPU cooler this bracket can also get in the way. Thankfully, it is easy to remove.
Overall Review: As I said, it is perfect for running silently in the living room while watching movies, but also provides the airflow needed to keep those gaming components cool! Definately worth the price.
Pros: This product definately improved my system boot times. It was taking my system 90 seconds from the post to reach the Windows 7 RC login on my 250Gb Seagate 7200rpm barracuda. The time is now 15 seconds on this Intel drive. Applications are also much more responsive, I am happy with the purchase.
Cons: The $625 Newegg price is an outrage. Newegg taking extra dollars simply because demand is high and supply short shows how much they care for the consumer. I expected better from the egg, but this transgression is one I'll not soon forget. I picked up this retail version from another vendor for $499.
Overall Review: It really is an excellent product. Of course, the performance will probably be easily outpaced in a year by 6Gb/s SATA SSD drives and the PCI-e drives. But if you wait long enough, something better is always on the horizon. Overall, it is orders of magnitude faster than my old Seagate, and I am very please.
Pros: I bought this drive as a movie server and could not be happier. It runs quiet and I have had no issues playing back movies over windows media center using virtual clone drive. It works fine with Vista Ultimate 64-bit which I have installed, and it is recognized by the built in windows backup/restore utility for backing up main drive data. Gains significant transfer speed by using eSATA!
Cons: The setup software does not function when the drive is connected by eSATA. The drive shut off after 15 minutes of inactivity which was annoying to me. But to configure anything with the drive I was forced to hook it up via USB first. The configuration software preloaded on the drive functioned as intended, but only with the USB connection. All settings hold when I switched back to eSATA, but it still seems strange that an initial USB connection is required. Also, it includes a USB and Firewire cable but no eSATA cable. Three ports and only two cables? Could have gone the extra mile for the Freeagent "Extreme".
Overall Review: Great drive for archiving those DVDs or other media. Runs quiet, with solid transfer speeds using eSATA. I have had the drive for about 3 months and have had no issues.
Pros: I am using it with Vista 64bit on the MSI K9A2 platinum motherboard. I have never had the bsod error other users have reported. I upgraded to the latest 1.5 version bios recently without issue, and I have run all bios with the TLB patch disabled since buying in february, and never had an issue. Crysis runs great in 64-bit mode. Windows dreamscene looks nice. Windows Vista benchmark puts it at a 5.9. Great processor.
Cons: Price dropped a lot with the release of the 9650 versions. Wish I had waited a few months to buy.
Overall Review: As I said, I disabled the TLB patch in bios from day one and I have never had an issue, not even with Vista 64bit which is what I currently use. I would fully recommend it.
Pros: Really can't beat this price. Under $100 with rebate for 4 gigs of memory that can be run ganged or unganged is a great deal.
Cons: Had a bit of trouble getting Vista Ultimate 64 bit to recognize all 4 gigs. Turned out the memory remapping on the motherboard didn't function properly until I flashed the BIOS. So just a heads up, you may need to update your BIOS with this memory if you want all 4 gigs worth.
Pros: Inexpensive. Solid write speed to CDs and DVDs. Reads both CDs and DVDs fine for installing software and watching movies, no real complaints on the performance.
Cons: Seems to have trouble writing to certain kinds of discs. Certain brands of CD-R give errors when I try to write to them. Verbatim is a brand that has given me no problems so I stick to that, but be mindful of that when purchasing this writer.
Overall Review: Difficult to believe how far these have come down in price in a few short years. This one will be a good buy for most user aspplications.
Pros: While not tooless, the design and space within this case are both excpetional. Light, durable, quiet, with an unassuming design, lets it easily sit in the living room as a MCE PC without drawing much attention. Very easy to work with since both side panels and the top can be removed, so it is simple to drop in large power supplies from above. The front USB, firewire, and audio connections are well labeled and easy to connect to the motherboard. Wonderful case. I will certainly be buy from this company again in the future.
Cons: The hard drive bracket does sit directly in front of the front fan, so the drives will likely keep cool, but I wonder if this disrupts the overall airflow in the case. So far I haven't noticed heat issues, so it seems fine. Can be a bit more expensive than other cases.
Overall Review: You definately get what you pay for. Nice design, cool and quiet. I don't think picking up this case could be considered a poor purchase for a media center or air cooled gaming rig.
Pros: Solid for a Version 1.0 board. Got through the post just fine. Recognized my 2GBx2 Corsair XMS memory and Phenom 9600 BE straight away. Had Vista installed and up and running in no time. Big performance boost over my old ASUS AN8-Deluxe Socket 939.
Cons: RAID controllers can't be configured seperately. I had a SATA DVD drive to pull the RAID drivers off for Vista. Couldn't get that to work until I switched HDDs to the Promise controller and set the SB600 controller to IDE for the Drive.
Overall Review: Very solid motherboard. No problems with my Geforce 8800 GTX. I haven't had a chance to play with the Overclocking functions yet at this point. I did have some problems at the POST with my iPod connected, where the system would lock up, but I have since managed to fix that problem. Had some issues with the included AMD overdrive utility. At first I didn't have the right security permissions to run it, then it said no AMD CPU found, little strange but that is a software issue. All in all, very nice board.