Joined on 08/19/09
Pros: This PS currently runs a 4400+ dual core 65w 2.3Ghz overclocked to 2.99Ghz (30% oc), an Asus 9800gt (600/900 oc too 700/1100) on an ASRock K10N78M board with one 160GB hard drive and NO cdrom drive. These were manufactured several years ago (look at the previous reviews) and as a result you get a name brand antique.
Overall Review: I have this mounted in a slimline PC after uprooting the CDrom drive and mounting this in it's place. Due to this configuration I was in need of a power supply with NO lower fan assembly. This was the only supply that would fit the bill, 2 80mm's pushing and pulling does a great job of pulling air out of my case too.
Can't Recommend Them
Pros: Cheap and Reliable 1 failed write out of 50, and I could be mis-remembering and had 0 failed writes.
Cons: These are sharpie killers!!! The single layer, printable Optical Quantum disks soak up the sharpie fast but these dual layer disks can ruin a sharpie in 24" or less of writing. What's the point of having a cheap disk if I have to buy a pack of sharpies every time I buy a pack of blurays?
Overall Review: I DID figure out how to make a sharpie last longer, but it's still a chore. If you set the bluray down on a soft surface and then, use a cotton cloth (I usually used a shirt sleeve) and scrub the top of the disk the invisible layer of junk on top is removed and the sharpie doesn't get clogged by this material. OR, you could just go to the competitor (named after a river in South America) and buy the verbatim disks for the same price and not have to deal with this issue.
Pros: No coasters (bad disks) out of 40 burns. Cheap! I paid about $30 for 50 disks. Printable, though I just use a Sharpie. Smooth writing surface.
Cons: They weren't free. The printable surface will smear if these disks become wet from Gunslinger Double IPA. I suspect water will also cause smears so the printable surface can come with a downside. The disks played fine after cleaning and drying.
Overall Review: It would be nice if Newegg picked up the 50Gb dual layer disks again, they are no longer available and were very cheap!
Packed With Features
Pros: Dust Screens, one on the 180mm case fan and one above the opening for the power supply. Isolated power supply ventilation: standard power supplies will mount upside down at the top of the case allowing the power supply fan to pull in fresh air from the top of the case and exhaust hot air through the back of the power supply at the back of the case. Both sides of the case are removable, this is especially handy because the case has space behind the mother board backplate to allow wires to be ran. Hiding wires behind the mother board helps with airflow in the case. Plenty of mounting hardware is included.
Cons: At the top/middle of the motherboard backplate there is a narrow small hole, I was able to squeeze 3 USB 2.0 header plugs through this hole and connect them to the motherboard. This was a painstaking process as the plugs had to be fed in one at a time and a lot of strain is placed on the cables after they are in place. If this hole were about twice as large it would be very handy for those of us who want to run USB or sound headers to the motherboard. Since motherboards usually have some sort of header or SATA port(s) at the bottom of the board, many PC builders would be able to take advantage of a slightly larger hole (that's what she said).
Overall Review: This is an excellent case. I really can't describe it without venturing into superlatives. I should also point out that my praise is relative to the price point this case comes at, for $100 this case is top notch. This case is a tiny bit wider than most micro atx, mid atx, and even some standard ATX cases. The reason for this is to allow for space behind the motherboard header so you may run wires. Running the wires behind the motherboard header will allow for much better airflow inside the case; cool air gets to the graphics card and CPU radiator very easily. Air is also forced directly across the hard drives keeping them nice and cool. I installed an AMD 8370 with an Antec Kühler H20 620 in the 120mm slot with no problem. With all 8 cores running 100% at 4.5ghz during the Windows Experience test (no prime 95) I hit 50c and level out there. The Kühler H20 620 is pushing air out of my case (rather than drawing fresh air across the radiator) and I haven't had any heat issues inside the case. I'm also running a 480 GTX from Nvidia with a slight overclock (800/2000/1600), still no heat issues. The 180mm case fan provides plenty of air, I'm able to run World of Tanks on max settings and the low setting for the 180mm fan is just fine. Game temps are in the mid 40's for the processor (only using 2 cores) and around 90 for the 480 GTX.
ASUS = Quality
Pros: It's an ASUS, period. I purchased this to replace my BFG 9800GT. I have the same heatsink on my ASUS as I had on my BFG (Thermalright HR-03 Rev A. Buy one.). The results? This card overclocked from 600/900/1500 to 700/1100/1680 (clock/mem/shader). My BFG locked my pc when I attempted to overclock too 685/984/1653. While the BFG/ASUS cards share the same blueprint ASUS uses higher quality parts. This means fewer defects, less resistance, and greater efficiency. The overclock scores prove it, albeit arguably.
Cons: Tough to remove heatsink, thermal compound was like a glue. No big deal.
Overall Review: Runs Battlefield 2142 on full spec w/2x anti-aliasing... not even sure I anti-aliasing on... Running this on a 430W power supply, ASRock K10N78M mobo, Western Digital 160GB. 2 gig's of 533 ddr2 (dell sticks sadly). No dvd drive.
Sweet Spot of Micro ATX
Pros: Instant Boot, EZOverclock: I took a 2.3Ghz AMD 4400+ too a 2.99Ghz using the EZOverclock feature. All you have to do is step up your overclock in 5% intervals. I made it to 30% and counted my blessings on a stock cooler. You can still overclock manually... Also features "untied overclocking" which means: "during overclocking, FSB enjoys better margin due to fixed PCI(E) bus. PCIE 1x is above the PCIE 2.0 slot; this is only a plus because I have a Thermalright HR-03 (passive sink w/pipelines that wrap around to the top of the card where the "core" is located). Keeps my 9800GT < 46C under full load w/full overclock.
Cons: Chassis fan is not controllable (fan controllers look cool anyway). CPU fan is a little difficult to control with ASRock OCTuner but it's manageable. I love this board so much I'm writing a short novel.
Overall Review: Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC 430W Western Digital 160GB AMD +4400 Asus 9800 GT (OC from 600/900 too 700/1100) Instant boot works with both XP & Vista. I went from power off too XP in under 8 seconds. Instant Boot is MUCH more stable than hibernate/standby. You do not have to worry about loosing your system due to a corrupt hibernate/standby... None the less I keep my pc on 24/7 as heating and cooling = expansion and contraction. BTW, I've had one hard drive failure since 1998 and own 6 pc's... never turn your computer off =D.