Good Firewall Board7/13/2013 6:17:58 AM

Pros: 1. Dual NICs 2. Dual Core Ivy Bridge with 17Watt TDP 3. Easy to work with BIOS 4. Very Quiet

Cons: 1. PCI instead of PCIe expansion 2. No USB3 3. NICs are Realtek 4. Only 2 fan headers (CPU/System) 5. Only 1 6Gbps SATA 6. Not the prettiest board (if you are into that)

Overall Review: I'm currently using this board in my pfsense build. I'm using an old Antec ISK-110 Mini ITX case with a built in 90Watt Power Supply I had laying around, along with 8GB Memory and a 320GB 7200 RPM HDD. This board runs quiet and cool. I'm currently running pfsense 2.1 RC0 since I heard 2.0 doesn't recognize the NICs (I didn't verify that). I got this since any consumer grade firewall can't push more than a few mbit/s using OpenVPN/IPSec. I ran a test where I was downloading at 32mbit/s and concurrently uploading 5mbit/s and my load average was between .20 and .32. OpenVPN was utilizing 20-22% CPU while the two NICs were using 4.5% each. Keep in mind this is out of a CPU max load of 2/200% since this is a dual core system, and you can see that this CPU can probably push between 200-300mbit/s with OpenVPN encryption. I suspect that IPSec will be less and PPTP will be more. Other than that, this board is really vanilla. No USB3 and PCIe will turn away some, but for what I want this is pretty much perfect (although built in Intel NICs would have been preferred) . The BIOS was super easy to navigate, and I booted off a USB stick without even having to drop to a boot menu.

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Get your own router and just get the Modem-only version6/4/2013 8:16:27 PM

Pros: Modem works most of the time. Multiple Ethernet Ports for wired LAN connectivity

Cons: Absolutely Horrid Wi-Fi performance if you aren't in line of sight and within 10-15 feet of this thing. I have had TWC replace this modem twice because I thought it was defective. Turns out its just built in wireless that is awful. I do get connectivity hiccups that I didn't have before when I was on Docsis 2.0 (different modem). They are infrequent, but of course, they are annoying when it happens (get dropped from games, lose terminal acces, etc..) The device itself gets quite warm. Make sure to give it some room to breathe. The router on this device is extremely limited. Don't expect anything like QoS or VPN from this thing.

Overall Review: I used to have Docsis 2.0 service from TWC. At that time I had a simple modem from them, and I used my own Linksys WRT54G for my Wi-Fi and Routing. My network was rock solid with that setup. Ever since moving to this modem after upgrading to Docsis 3.0 service, my local network wireless connectivity has suffered immensely. Streaming Netflix and Youtube from the bedroom is no longer possible. Being less than 20 feet away and around 1 corner will drop speeds to less than 1 mbit/s (30mbit within 8 feet and line of sight). Its unacceptably bad. Having gone through 3 of them, I can say that its just the modem. I know that people like the all-in-one package, but honestly, get the modem only version and get your own wi-fi router for better performance.

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So far so good12/7/2012 3:48:04 PM

Pros: Small dimensions which is great for uATX case builds. Fan is inaudible to my ears. No coil whine during stress tests. Cables are all black. 24 and 8 pin CPU cable are nicely sleeved in black. Fan will stop during low loads, but you can also have it run at all times if you prefer.

Cons: Most of the cables are flat with ribbon cable style sleeving. I prefer round sleeving, but this isn't too bad.

Overall Review: Got this for $99 during Cyber Monday, which was a steal. It works great in my new Temjin TJ08-e build which really benefits from the compact size of this unit. Being fully modular is a real advantage when putting together a system. Highly recommended

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Some Quality Issues, but a decent uATX case if you plan ahead.12/2/2012 4:44:47 PM

Pros: Aluminum case the looks good. All black interior (some screws are not). For the most part, well thought out to allow for superior cooling . Able to fit just about any GPU and CPU cooler(some coolers hinder HDD install). USB 3.0 front ports. Removable MoBo tray (not elegant but it does come out).

Cons: Some quality issues. Threaded one of the screw holes on removable HDD cage on the first try, which really screams cheap. Some of the screw holes are also not machined exactly where they need to be, so you need to use a little elbow grease on some. I really think they should turn the removable HDD 90 degrees so it loads from the side. That would remove all issues with massive heatsinks. The 180mm front fan is not quiet, and is still slightly audible on low which only does about 500 rpm. The bottom 3.5" external bay is just cheaply implemented, although it will work.

Overall Review: I've been eyeing this case for awhile. I decided to go from a huge CM ATCS 840 to this because I wanted small, powerful, and quiet. I also have a AMD 7950, Noctua D14, and a 3.5" HDD. If you have a Heatsink like the D14, you will not be able to use the removable HDD cage for 3.5" drives. 2.5" drives will work however. The 3.5" drive barely (I'm talking 1 cm) fits in the bottom slot without touching the cooler. Same for the GPU. It misses contact with the cooler by .5". Luckily, this case has a nice resting pads for both the CPU and GPU so you can ensure that they stay in place. Do not get a PS that is over 6.4" in length unless you have masochistic tendencies, or decide to not install 5.25" drives. The HDD cage can interfere a little with some USB headers (Asus Maximus Gene V's USB 3.0 header is super tight but does work). Be careful not to put to much stress on cable leads. My system: Intel i7 3770K Noctua D14 /w PK1 TIM ASUS Maximus Gene V Motherboard OCZ Vertex 4 512GB SSD WD Black 1TB 3.5" HDD 2 - Samsung DVD-RW Sapphire AMD 7950 Creative Labs X-FI Titanium HD SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W S-Flex "E" 120mm fan for exhaust It all fits in this case, and with the front fan turned to low, it's almost inaudible while sitting under my desk.

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First Thoughts from a Linux (CentOS) User12/15/2011 2:26:51 PM

Pros: Its small (truly SFF) and comes with two LP brackets for both the DVI/HDMI plate, and the VGA Plate. VGA Cable is just long enough as well. Its quiet, as in I can't hear it from 2 feet away. Then again, I'm not gaming with this thing. The Heatsink is actually a nice chunk of metal, unlike the lightweight stuff you seem to sometimes find in this category. Black PCB is always a good thing in my book. Capacitors seem to be of a decent quality. Doesn't seem to get too toasty, and my case is cramped (a SFF Lenovo M58) with poor airflow. I'm currently using this with a 285watt/85% efficient PS with no issues. I actually got this sucker to work in CentOS 5.7 x86_64bit. I'm going to assume that Windows installs would be absolutely painless. 3 displays are working in CentOS, which I thought would never happen.

Cons: AMD does offer support for RHEL5 with their drivers, but in my history of using CentOS and CCC, it has been nothing short of a painful experience to get the two to play nicely. This is one area where nvidia outshines AMD, but unfortunately, I wanted a SFF card that could do triple display, and that means AMD. But, with that said, you will need to do a little work to get this to work correctly since the out of the box drivers never seem to work for me.

Overall Review: Once again I want to clarify for readers that this review is only for a CentOS user, as I haven't booted up my Win7 partition yet. In order to get this card to work for CentOS 5.7 (either i386 or x86_64), you will need to add elrepo to your repo list (google and check out get started guide). After added, type yum install fglx-xll-drv Once installed type: aticonfig --initial and then reboot. CCC should now show up under system tools, and you should be able to do multiple displays. System Specs (Work CentOS 5.7 Box) Prebuilt Machine Model: Lenovo M58 (MT-M 6137-A2U) CPU: Intel Wolfdale C2D 3.0GHz RAM: 2GB OS: CentOS 5.7 x86_64bit

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Overall, a good product8/1/2011 3:43:27 PM

Pros: 1. About as small as you can get right now. 2. Overall, well put together, and well organized for a pretty painless install process. You will most likely need to remove the power PCB to get your MoBo in, but that's just two screws. HDD cage on the back for 2.5" drives is a pretty ingenious idea. No screws needed, as they come with the case. 3. Plenty of Power for just about any build you can fit in here. 4. 100mm fan provides good airflow, and those of us that have 40mm fans on the CPU may be able to get away with removing it for lower noise. 5. LED is subtle, which is a good thing. 6. Cleaning will be a snap because of the size of this thing. A couple blasts of air is all that it will take. 7. All the front ports worked fine for me.

Cons: 1. The behind the MoBo HDD slots are clever, however, I do find my WD Black getting a little warm, but I don't think its too bad. SSDs would be fine. Just try not to run this in a 95 degree house. 2. The 100mm is good, and definitely quieter than my MoBo's 40mm fan. Its not silent, though, and I know for some that may not be cool. It is pretty darn quiet, though. You will be hard pressed to hear it from across the room. I can barely hear it from 3 feet away. 3. That rear I/O plate. I'm not sure whether its the real I/O plate or the MoBo standoffs, but something isn't right. While I was able to use the I/O plate, I had to make sure I cranked the MoBo has high up (towards the top of the case) as I could for things to work. 4. No front USB3. Nothing major as most MoBo's come with rear ports, but I wouldn't mind seeing the 2 out of the 4 ports in the front be USB3.

Overall Review: Be careful with what memory you get, as ones with crazy heat spreaders may not fit. I used the Gskill RipJaws F3-8500CL7D-8GBRL and those fit, but barely. Overall, I'm pleased with the case. I'm using it as a Linux Box with the following components: ASRock E350M1/USB3 AMD E-350 APU MoBo/APU Combo G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model F3-8500CL7D-8GBRL Western Digital Scorpio Black WD3200BEKT 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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Pretty good for the price. Some manufacturing issues.12/12/2009 1:10:16 AM

Pros: Price, I got this for $60 shipped. The top panel has IEEE,USB2.0, and eSATA. The tool-less 3.5", 5,25", and Addon Card features are awesome. There are a few holes for cable management that come in handy. Double blowhole up on top optional with additional fans. Thumbscrews for side panels.

Cons: Some manufacturing issues. Front panel refused to come off until I got help and some pliers. Turned out the pastic molding was misshaped. Also, the vent below the PS is off center!!!. My 140mm fan is covered almost 40%. The vent for the optional bottom fan in front of the PS vent is dead center. Um, why can't both be? The front fan is useless. Its not even 25mm, and it doesn't really suck air at all. In fact, all of the fans are worthless. They aren't loud, but they don't move air either. Get some yate-loons or something. The included cable management is garbage and gets in the way. Taking it out is a fricking chore as well, but I got mine out after inventing a few words. Also, there weren't any screws for the PS. I had some extra from previous builds laying around, but what gives with only including the MoBo mounting screws?!! Speaking of MoBo, its not removable. Honestly, if this were a $100 case, it'd be getting 3 stars, but its cheap enough to warrant 4.

Overall Review: There is quite a lot of room behind the MoBo tray for some cable management if you are up to it. The only problem is that there is a lip at the end of the MoBo tray in the back that makes any cables going over it a real tight fit. This is probably where your 24 pin is gonna have issues. I ended up cutting out the lip, and then cable management was a breeze with this thing. The whole case is basically open mesh, so any fan noise will be heard. Don't use any fans over 20db unless you want to hear them. I recommend Yate-Loons, since buying Scythes would probably double the cost of the case. This case is long enough for my 5850 and wide enough for my TRUE. It actually looks pretty classy, which isn't common for CM cases. The Front fan has an LED, but its not too bright, thank goodness. I'm used to working with higher end cases, but this one is above average for its price range.

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Best compact player out there right now.12/11/2009 12:33:19 PM

Pros: Great Sound, Small, Strong "Clip", Bright Screen, Decent EQ, Better folder/file management than previous Clip, MicroSD slot, Rhapsody Compatible.

Cons: Ear buds are an ok starter set, but do yourself a favor and get some nice IEDs to really bring out the clarity that this device can deliver.

Overall Review: Rhapsody setup was a breeze. Currently have 24GB with the MicroSD slot. 32GB MicroSD will work with this device when it comes out for 40GB total. This thing blows the shuffle out of the water.

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So after 4 months5/8/2009 11:01:43 AM

Pros: I reviewed this CPU after using it for 2 days, and even then I was impressed. I achieved a 4.2GHz OC right off the bat with 1.3275V and temps never went above 52C while running Orthos or Prime95 for several hours. Now that I've have time to play with it, it turns out I could hit 4.2Ghz with just 1.3V and I am now running at 4.5GHz at 1.3275V with temps maxing out at 56C using a TRUE with a Scythe S-Flex "F" fan. Mem Settings are 500MHz with 5-5-5-15 CAS. Couldn't ask for more.

Cons: none

Overall Review: Those that remember the Celeron 300A back in the day will come to appreciate this little gem of a CPU as well. Truly unmatched in terms of performance/dollar, especially when it comes to gaming.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
This is the S-Flex version you want for quiet!!1/23/2009 10:24:59 AM

Pros: Near Silent with just a hint of "whoosh" coming from the air flow. No buzz or vibration from the bearing at all. Included 3pin to Molex converter. Solid build quality.

Cons: Cables aren't covered, which isn't a big deal, but these things are $15 a pop. So be prepared to do some twisting. $$ for a fan

Overall Review: I just got my new Cooler Master ATCS 840, and bought some S-Flex fans. I got both the E and F version. The F is way too loud with a definite hum/buzz noise. The Es were great with only that slight "whoosh" of air. No noise whatsoever from the fan. Air Flow was still good with the Es, so unless you are going for monster OCs in a cramped case, I'd go with the E Version.

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I Could Live In This Case1/23/2009 9:52:57 AM

Pros: Huge - and I mean HUGE 3x230mm fans and up to 4x120mm fans (1 included). The 230mm fans are near silent, with just a very low "whoosh" sound of air. Great Mounting System for HDDs Removable Dust Filters on all intakes Well Designed Removable MoBo tray (my TRUE can even be pulled out with it) Top Popout Interface is hawt (eSata, Firewire, and USB) Looks hella sexy All Fans come with adapters for Molex or 3 pin. Included Extension Cable for 8pin Power Connector - A total life-saver!! Very nice mounting brackets for the optional 120mm fans behind the HDD cage. I really liked the height that the MoBo mounting screws gives you behind the tray. You probably won't need it, but its nice to have. Even though I'm not using watercooling - This case is meant for it, and everything could definitely fit inside the case. PS on the bottom with the option of a 2nd PS on the top (would have to take out a 230mm fan if you put a PS on top)

Cons: Huge - Big is good, but really big might be a bit much CD Mounting is not "snug". Its a nice concept, but its loose to the point where I worry about vibration. MORE THUMBSCREWS - How can a $280 case not have all thumbscrews. This is the 21st fricken century, lets act like it. The PCI/AGP slots are tight, and I mean super tight making adding cards a chore. I had to use some needle-nosed pliers on my vid and sound card to bend the metal prongs to just the right angle. I like a snug fit, but this was a little much. Side Panels are too thin. They're not paper thin, but you need to be gentle. I came from a Lian Li and I think LL's thickness was just right in comparison to CoolerMasters. Top LEDs are hella bright - This might be good for some, but this case is all about minimalism to me, and the top LEDs are just too bright. They look good, but too bright. The optional cooling mount for the back is just excessive. This thing is super deep as is, no need to make it more so.

Overall Review: This case is great although not perfect in my eyes. I really recommend getting a couple of extra 120mm fans for the behind the HDD cage. This is because the 230mm front intake fan doesn't really circulate enough air to the Video card on its own. Just make sure to stay with fans around 20 dB or else you are gonna start hearing some noise. I used both the F and E version of the Scythe S-Flex fans. F was too loud, and E was just right while providing good airflow. My current rig that I built last night. Intel C2D E8400 @ 4.22GHz (1.2Vcore) Thermalright Ultra Extreme 120 HS 4GB(2x2) GSkill DDR2 1066 at 5-5-5-15 2T Asus P5K-E WiFi/AP MoBo HIS H485QT512P 4850 512MB @675/1150 Creative X-Fi Elite Pro WD 750GB Sata HDD 2x Samsung 22x Sata DVD Burner Corsair 620W PS 4x Scythe S-Flex E 120mm fans @1200 RPM -20dB 3x 230mm Cooler Master fans @ 770RPM - 18dB CPU Temp is 37C at full load and MoBo doesn't get about 26-27C. This case is amazing on the temps!!

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Good Airflow but too Loud and Expensive1/23/2009 1:48:28 AM

Pros: Good Airflow and seems like good build quality. Comes with adapters.

Cons: Too Loud, and not just that "whoosh" sound of air, either. I have 3 of these (CPU Fan, 2 Case), and they just can't be blowing up against anything or else its too loud. Also, the fan cords are covered, which is what I expect from a $15 fan.

Overall Review: Luckily, I also bought the "E" version, and those are what the doctor ordered. A little less airflow, but no sound other than a slight "whoosh" of air. If I had to do it again, I'd only get E versions from now on.

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Best BT Headset I've had yet12/11/2008 4:57:40 PM

Pros: Sound Quality - This is the first headset that I've had where people think I'm dialing from a land line. Also, people on the other end sound great. Noise Cancellation - Did the whole car test in busy LA traffic, and the people on the other end thought I was in my office. Comfort - I really think this doesn't matter since everyone's ears are different shapes; however, this thing fits better than anything I've ever had. I didn't realize what a difference it makes to have a really good and comfortable fit. I sometimes forget that its in my ear. Other - This thing can pair with two phones at once, which is HUGE for those of us with work and home phones. I was really impressed with how quickly you could go from one phone to the other. Response time in general with this headset is very fast. Charge - Lasts through the day, which is what I need.

Cons: Range - Not so great with my phones. About 10-15 feet max with no obstructions, and much less with. Seems to be less when paired with 2 phones. Other - Everyone once in awhile, the person on the other end will sound very garbly/digitized. This only happens when paired with two phones, and I'm not sure if this is an issue with the phone or the headset. Still, only happens 1% of the time, but annoying when it does.

Overall Review: This is by far the best BT I've had. I just came from the Aliph Jawbone2, and there is no comparison. The call quality smokes the Aliph, and the ability to multi-pair 2 phones is amazing. Noise cancellation is not quite up to par with the Aliph, but still great (passes the car test). The in ear comfort of this phone is great, but that can change from person to person. The styling is a little weird, but not horrible. For what this gives you at $70, I just don't see how it can be beat. This is a great gift for fam/friends and I plan on getting more for others.

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Great upgrade from my 8800 GTS 32010/10/2008 10:45:39 AM

Pros: This card took 5 minutes to install. The card in itself looks great, but even better, it keeps the card running cool while blowing all of the air out the back instead of into the case. With the new WoTLK Beta, many video cards are starting to see a FPS drop because of the new lighting and shadows that have been implemented. After upgrading from my 8800 GTS 320, I went from an avg 20-50fps to 50-100fps at 1680x1050 with everything cranked and 8x AA. With the price right now at $159 after rebate, this card becomes very attractive.

Cons: none so far

Overall Review: This is a great card for those of us who were scared of buying a 4850 due to the heat that they generate. Even with after market cooling, most coolers simply blow this hot air into the case, and thus requires a case with good airflow. This cooler bypasses all of that by moving the air immediately out the back at a low noise level.

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Cheap, Fast, Low Voltage, Great Heatsinks10/10/2008 10:37:11 AM

Pros: I received my pair yesterday, and replaced my 2GB Ballistix set. First, the Heatsink design has the added benefit of making memory installs even easier for those of us with big hands and cramped cases. Total install took 3 minutes, and I've noticed a definite decrease in load times for World of Warcraft. I thought 2GB would be more than enough, but it looks like I was wrong. At this price, you can't go wrong.

Cons: none so far

Overall Review: I'm using XP 32bit so I'm only getting 3.25GB, but 3.25GB is better than 2GB, and if I go Vista or 64bit, that extra memory will be waiting for me. I ordered this memory at 2:00PM PST and received it the next day at 10:00AM from Newegg, and that was with standard ground. Once again, I am very impressed with Newegg.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Not Enough Buttons for WoW11/7/2007 3:59:56 PM

Pros: Inexpensive solution, well placed buttons. LED indicators. Programmable. Good construction.

Cons: Not enough buttons for WoW, which is what I play exclusively.

Overall Review: Like my cons said, I play World of Warcrack and I PvP on a Warrior. There just aren't enough keys on this thing for me (30+ keybinds) so I had to go back to the keyboard. This thing is probably great for FPS and possibly PvE stuff for WoW, but for PvP, I can't recommend it.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Worked When Others Did Not10/24/2007 2:05:58 PM

Pros: Pretty good length, decent thickness, and its black. Oh yea, it actually worked!!!

Cons: None

Overall Review: Using this cable to connect an Asus P5KE-WiFi to a Seagate 500 GB Free Agent Pro Ext HDD. I first bought iDepot cable, and it didn't work. This one worked on the first boot. Even though some of these drive claim hot swap, you may want to reboot anyways before connecting the drive.

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Didn't work for my setup10/24/2007 2:00:45 PM

Pros: Length (6ft). Pretty thick, rounded cable.

Cons: Simply didn't work with my Asus P5KE-WiFi MoBo and my Seagate 500GB Free Agent Pro External HDD. I think its because the connectors are a little on the stubby side. Bought the PPA-Int'l cheapo eSATA cable, and it worked . Blue only (I prefer black)

Overall Review: Seems like these eSATA devices and cables are pretty hit and miss. Some work for certain setups, while others do not. The fact that some cables are longer in the connectors, and have a looser or tighter fit makes it hard to choose.

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Great if you get one that works10/5/2007 12:22:51 PM

Pros: Fantastic efficiency. Good power output. Quiet. Modular. Lots of cables.

Cons: I have never seen a bad power supply do this before, but the first one I got (not from Newegg) completely obliterated my first two MoBos (started a fire immediately). Not sure how that got past the quality control people, but I have to knock the score a couple eggs because of that. I got a third MoBo and second Power Supply, and it works fine now. I honestly thought it was a bad MoBo at first because of the quality of this PS, but I was wrong. Also, the cords are a little flimsy, but they are also small, so its a give and take thing.

Overall Review: Using in conjunction with an Asus P5KE-WiFi, Intel C2D E6750, EVGA 8800GTS 320, WD 750GB HDD, 2 DVD Burners, 4 80mm case fans, and 1 120mm CPU fan, Creative X-Fi Elite Pro Sound Card. Now that I have a working one, its super quiet, and does a great job.

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Great Heat Sink If It Fits10/5/2007 12:15:36 PM

Pros: Like many reviews have stated, this is the best air cooling solution available right now. I personally did not have to lap my heatsink as it was just fine as is. The mounting of this was way easier than I expected.

Cons: Absolutely huge, which is good or bad depending on how much space you got. My case cleared it by an 1/8th of an inch, so its all good in my book. Also, this thing can still swivel after mounting. Trust me when I say its not going anywhere, but its still a little disturbing. The fan clips seem flimsy, but they are doing their job well, and I'm not too worried about them.

Overall Review: Using an Intel C2D E6750 on an Asus P5KE-WiFi MoBo and a Lian Li PC65 case. The fan I've couple with this is the Scythe S-Flex F 120mm fan. Its nice and quiet. I can actually probably run the CPU at stock without a fan because this Heatsink is just that good.

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2/6/2007 3:01:00 PM

Pros: Very bright and very crisp graphics. This replaces my 19" Trinitron CRT of 8 years. Absolutely no contest. This display is fantastic.

Cons: Some bleeding at the top and bottom. Turning down the brightness all but eliminates this. Luckily the monitor was a little too bright to begin with, so no loss there. Stand is a bit wobbly, so if you have a shaky desk, that may come into consideration. No problems for most setups though.

Overall Review: 0 Dead Pixels, Lightweight, nice unassuming black finish. I went off other reviews on this monitor without seeing it in person while making my buying decision. Glad I did.

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Fast, Quiet, and Cheap!!!7/18/2006 1:17:57 PM

Pros: It actually writes at 18x. Burned a couple with 16x TY media at 18x and no problems yet.Its very quiet for its speed rating and is very inexpensive given its performance. If you don't have any burning software, this comes with Nero Express 6 which is nice since this is an OEM product. Drive is also fairly short, which will be nice for those smaller cases.

Cons: One LED may be a concern for some, but no deal breaker by any means.

Overall Review: For around 40$ shipped from Newegg, there really isn't a reason to hold back on upgrading to a 18x drive from a CDRW drive or a slow DVDRW drive.

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