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CHESTER B.

CHESTER B.

Joined on 10/10/18

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Most Favorable Review

Good case, might take a bit of fidgeting to close, covers are loose.

axGear 3.5 Inch SATA Hard Drive Enclosure External HDD Disk USB 3.0 Case
axGear 3.5 Inch SATA Hard Drive Enclosure External HDD Disk USB 3.0 Case

Overall Review: It works, it holds a 3.5 inch drive, and uses USB. The plastic front and back panels are a bit loose, not the most secure, and it can take a bit of fidgeting to get the panel back in place because the wires to the power plug are a bit long and get stuck between the case body and the ends.

Most Critical Review

Parts seem good, other than case with possibly poor airflow.

ABS Gladiator Gaming PC - Intel i7 10700K - Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3070 8GB Vision - G.Skill TridentZ RGB 16GB DDR4 3200MHz - 1TB Intel M.2 NVMe SSD - RGB 240MM AIO CPU Cooler
ABS Gladiator Gaming PC - Intel i7 10700K - Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3070 8GB Vision - G.Skill TridentZ RGB 16GB DDR4 3200MHz - 1TB Intel M.2 NVMe SSD - RGB 240MM AIO CPU Cooler

Pros: The parts used seem to be pretty good. Gigabyte PSU and 3070 GPU, ASUS motherboard, Intel SSD. There are a lot of options for the RGB on the AIO and RAM, and I've found the option to change color based on the temperature of the CPU to be pretty nice. .

Cons: Case has poor airflow. The intake and top exhaust (if you add a fan or two) only have a half inch gap for air to enter and exit. The PSU gets cool air from the bottom, and there isn't a large amount of space there either. A huge problem is that it didn't include a Windows activation key. At all.. But at least I didn't have a DOA GPU like many people, including a friend of mine, received. ***EDIT*** After reading the ABS FAQ and a couple emails back and forth, it is supposed to activate on it's own after a couple days. If it doesn't then there is a way to manually force it. However, nowhere in any documentation does it state this. This came with the wrong motherboard. Instead of the Vision with the PCIE-4 it came with a Prime series that only has PCIE-3. I could have returned it at their cost, but I decided to accept their offer of a gift card to make up the difference. It works, PCIE-4 isn't noticeable since even the 3070 won't exceed the data rate of the pcie3, and again, it works so I'm not messing with it. This same product has been advertised with both motherboards at different times. If the mobo changes, it should be a separate product listing instead of hopefully changing the item description every time.

Overall Review: So far it seems decent, hopefully I have no issues in the future. Not including any instructions about the Windows activation key, and the wrong motherboard makes me worry about what else might have been neglected. The number of GPU failures makes me question their claim that they update their Windows install on every build. The bad batch of PSUs is also a pretty big negative. But I guess I bought it during at time of high demand and low supply so QA was negatively affected.

Works ok, but one stick was DOA.

Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3L 1866 (PC3L 14900) Notebook Memory Model CT2K102464BF186D
Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3L 1866 (PC3L 14900) Notebook Memory Model CT2K102464BF186D

Cons: One stick was DOA, but wasn't worth the effort to return.

Overall Review: It helps my wife's laptop, as 4 GB was just not enough. 12 is tolerable for her uses. Would have been nice to receive two working sticks of RAM, but it was cheap so wasn't worth the time and effort to ship it back.