Joined on 01/22/03
High Quality and plenty of options for any kind of build. Strong, well made case. But the rebate is a spam generator.
Pros: -After finishing a couple of builds, using this white case I have been very pleased with the quality of the construction, design, and quality control. The cases are a nice non-glossy white (no worries of finger prints), with a clear side panel. The two white LEDs look nice in the case and get better with more. Out of three one panel had the slightest smudge at the corner - I haven't ran into any with that tight of control. -Design, very strong praise of the design and build. Solid build and tough, allows builds from high end to beginners. The future is separated panel compartments for these types of cases - mini atx and larger. I just cannot see the industry going back, it is just too good. Plenty of room for any of the components, lots of tie downs, and the rolled aluminum channels on each panels makes it plenty strong. -Ergonomics. The placement of everything is just about perfect. tons of space and options for drives, cables, fans, etc. Two builds I only used a SSD, and a HDD, and one build I used two SSD, one HDD, and one optical drive - with room to spare. Fan and radiator locations all over. I used 4 fans in two cases and 5 fans in one. With filters and anti vibrations built into the bottom areas because the fans will most likely be pushing air upward. -Newegg. Always fast shipping and great web site for finding information. The raidmax website was no where as detailed as newegg! And packaging was more then adequate. Raidmax included plenty of hardware, screws, and tie downs. Again I cannot brag enough of how good this case is and all it does. IT is bigger then what you think this is no lunchbox by far.
Cons: The manual was no more then bubble gum wrapping with about as much instructions and details as a 'tear here' sticker on a chip bag. Raidmax's website offered very little extra. But newegg had the quickest way to look up specs and hardware placement including drive and fans. And that is about it. Okay - my greatest problem with Raidmax and these three cases were the rebates - it requires you to fill out a rebate with a third party, and then send an invoice, etc etc. The rebate website third party asked way to many personal questions and one day later after filling out the rebate my email was hit with over 140 spams, my spam filter blocked most of them but many got through and they all seemed new. To much of a coincidence. I would advise anyone to avoid the rebate route and look for good sales, as this whole rebate system has left a sour taste. Again a 5-egg computer case less one egg for the horrible way you have to get a rebate.
Overall Review: I was surprised how strong and efficient the case is. With my air cooled build using 5 times 120 mm fans I had very cool temps at the highest testing. The three builds were very quiet. Some dust filters on the front would be nice but not important. I added a handle to two of the cases, really nice. I also used velcro to the optical drive door, and cut the tabs off the case door, so that when the case opens and closes the optical drive the white panel fits perfectly back into the case as if factory. Great cases. Shame on the rebate systems.
Newegg -fast delivery, great information on the product made buying it easy.
Pros: does what it advertises, no problems, packaging is awesome as you are able to open the ram without destroying the package or having to use tools, and the packaging is still useable- did I mention the ram works great!
Cons: so far none- will update within a few months if the ram goes bad.
Moderately good card and brand
Pros: -Works per specs -good build, not fragile -good value -working well since purchase
Cons: -Fair amount of heat, while the large cooper coil pipes surround the card help a lot, poor twin fans with no front ventilation intake (for aesthetic reasons I guess) allow the card to run hot under low. NOT real hot but temps 70-80c which is still fine under almost any usage. -Minor coil whine under load, that is not related to Mobo/PSU -Poor documentation related to translation, but also just a simple spec sheet would be nice, do not need a lot of paper, just the important things.
Overall Review: There really is very little to criticize GPUs - at this point most all cards are designed under strict specs and the information published (new-egg) will be spot on. Most OC is already known, including ranges or have been pre-OC. Reliability is the most important part of buying a GPU- after 6+ months of heavy use the card is doing fine. Mantle support is very nice for gaming. Good case ventilation is imperative, I have a 120mm pushing fresh intake air toward front and fan side. Water cool, upto to you but I would spend it on a better video card. You will not get any more performance then what would normally come with a r9 280x, and the r9 200 series drivers are universal. Little room for OC since this is a pre OC card. It does its job well, a better brand will use a better ventilation, but really not give any better performance. I am running it OC 1120-1150 and 1545ram stable, it can OC more but with little problems and heat. Least that is how much this particular gpu card will OC. Games- works very well with everything I have thrown at it, but that is AMD side. DO NOT underfeed this card power wise, 650-750 with single independent rail is mandatory, follow specs. Any changes I will update.
Good monitor at good price.
Pros: -large clear screen with good color after adjustment -HDMI x2, with speaker in and out, vga -real button controls (though underneath) with lots of options -no dead pixels (even 1 dead pixel should not be tolerated) -some bleed through, but very little -volume control in menu via speaker out -out standing for gaming and text, photo work - very fast !
Cons: -pixel density is not the highest - but not really noticeable -no built in speakers, but the audio in/out does just fine and volume control in menu -one small area of dark smudge called a 'mira' I think. lower right that has pretty much went away after color, contrast, brightness corrections -poor color out of the box but after adjustments, just fine. -slightly flimsy stand
Overall Review: If you get this monitor under $200 it is a steal, the colors for a TN panel are exceptional to me anyways but only after some major corrections via on board adjustments and graphic display adjustments. Remember less is more. Speaking of- the brightness is amazing, almost too bright but looks good against darks. There is some bleed through but exceptionable for price and type of panel- monitor optimization removes nearly all of this. The stand is wobbly, but is actually very strong- you will never notice if your desk, coffee table, etc is stable. I my self, always build cabinets for my monitors- it blocks out light, protects, hides cables, houses my speakers and many different accessories. I just put a couple of screws through the base. The cabinet is 1/2 cedar box just around the monitor only, sticking out about 3" on each side to block light. I used to prefer my monitors always have speakers (even if poor ones) because I freq hook up gaming consoles but the in/out audio is even better. I set of speakers works great so your xbox/ps sounds fine via HDMI connections. Again this display does not have as many pixels per inch as some higher end monitors nor compares to 4k, and does not need to at its great price point. Games look fine and so does video, pictures, text after monitor optimizations. 10-15mins of adustments does this display a world of improvement. There was one small dark smudge or area of darkness on the screen near the right bottom area, freq with most monitors of this type, class. Barely noticeable and after optimization, I cannot even find it anymore. The menus are pretty rough to navigate through, and the onboard controls via software did not work for me. But I have not touched the controls after initial setups so this con is not that important. Dependent on your video card may need to change to CMYK 444 - and if possible I would suggest any monitor that can display that do so. Screen is a nice matte but displays everything pretty good, while some IPS monitors I have do much better with glossy items I was still pleased. The cabinet itself- arrgh is extremely fingerprint glossy, so much so the first thing I did was take some fine sandpaper to it- glossy surfaces are not for gamers it is for little girls who think it looks prettier. Now this is to the front boarder where you are looking into the screen. Also for those wanting to setup multiple monitors this may not be for you as the front stiles are nearly 7/8 inch wide. Monitor start up and shutdown is pretty fast, the blue LED under that bottom is kinda bright to me, perma marker fixed that, Final thoughts: For the price, type, and class this monitor more then exceeded my expectations. I will be using it for console games and pc games only, though it performed well with graphics editors. I was surprised how much optimization this monitor needed and the presets are a joke, after wards it looks amazingly good. Not $400-500 but close. IT is fast to 2ms