Date Joined: 06/03/06
Pros: Works great. No impact on performance compared to just connecting the disks to the controller. Makes swapping out disks much easier. Everything slides into place well. Compatible with icy's 2.5" to 3.5" converter trays for those who want to use this for SSDs or laptop drives in here. Simply done well overall.
An icy dock swappable chassis like this is a worthwhile addition to any computer build with more than a single disk. Using only 2x 5.25" bays, this one's great for builds in smaller cases, cases with less 5.25" bays (including the older Supermicro tower I've got mine in), and cases where you want to use one for an optical drive.
Cons: The stock fan can be replaced, but most people won't, and it's pretty loud. It moves a lot of air which is a positive, but the noise level really is noticeable and worth taking off an egg.
The documentation is also severely lacking. While it works just fine in the way anyone with a little bit of hardware knowledge would expect it to, there're a bunch of undocumented jumpers and pins on the PCB. I'm kind of curious what they're for, but the documentation basically amounts to "plug it in, screw it in, put disks in trays, insert trays" and doesn't include details of the connectors, jumpers, and other pinouts.
Pros: No problems whatsoever, and I have pushed these to capacity (minecraft, some virtualbox instances, 6 gigs of firefox and 4 gigs of chrome...) on my Linux workstation over and over again. The heatsinks are sturdy and getting the memory seated was easy.
Overall Review: Having 16 gigs really helps, I was maxing out at 4 gigs before on this workstation and swapping. More memory is pretty much the best/easiest/most effective upgrade to improve system performance for most folks who are hitting performance bottlenecks.
Pros: Using this card in my new system. I'm not a gamer, I just like being able to turn on all of the effects and optimizations in KDE/Plasma. Works perfectly for that without any heat issues.
No problems running Linux with it.
Cons: The large heat sink may make it seem a bit bulky. Not a problem for me.
Overall Review: Does not require a separate power source or anything fancy.
Pros: This thing works great. It does its job and does so very well.
Cons: The installation is a real pain in the neck. You've gotta take apart parts of a motherboard that I never even knew were meant to come apart. It was by far the most annoying part of my system build, and I suspect that a lot of that had to do with instructions for installation that just weren't at all intuitive or well-written.
Overall Review: It seems like the main downside here is the installation instructions.
Once installed, this thing does its job very well.
Pros: This case is well designed. Installing in it (1x SSD floor mounted for boot/root/swap, a SATA dvd-rw, and 2x SATA hard drives mirrored for my /home) was a breeze with a full-sized ATX Asus board. The fan LEDs are nice and the fans are all very quiet. The front intake fans have a dust shield, which is really, really awesome.
It's a bit wider than cheaper cases, which gives you more space for cables and makes it overall less cramped, which I really enjoy and appreciate.
This is a great mid-range case.
Cons: The power and disk I/O LEDs are really tiny, so if you're not close to the box, you probably won't get much benefit from them. Luckily the case fan LEDs rock, so you won't have any problem telling when it's turned on or off from afar.
The reset button is small enough that an adult male finger can't easily push it without using a tool.
2x USB 2.0 ports on the front, but no USB 3.0 ports, and USB 3.0 is quickly becoming more and more common.
Overall Review: The front panel audio ports (speakers/headphones and microphone jacks) are both black. While I prefer this for purely aesthetic reasons as I don't use those ports, some people may prefer the color-coding which has become standard.
Pros: I've been running this RAM for about a week now with no problems. Not DOA is always good. Very reasonable performance for the price.
Cons: No heat spreader, but it doesn't seem to be an issue.
Overall Review: I hit swap, so I'm going to probably just get 16 gigs of RAM. This is my first experience with g.skill and so far it's positive, so I'll probably go with the g.skill ripjaws x series 2x8 kit.
Pros: This is a very sturdy, well-built cable. It also comes with a couple of the little male->female screw holes that you can use to fasten it down in case your application doesn't already have them or they've come off and you've lost them. This cable reminds me of VGA/HD15 cables in the 90s. It's sturdy, very heavy, and very well made. I think it will last a very long time, and provides exactly the clarity and quality of picture you'd expect over a VGA connection.
Pros: Decent fan, decent LED. For $9, nothing wrong with it.
Cons: Stopped working after about 2 years.
Pros: Runs quiet, runs cool, runs smooth. Lots of SATA, lots of Molex, and all sleeved-up so that they're not too in-the-way.
Cons: Lots of SATA and lots of Molex connectors does mean it takes up a little bit more internal real estate than other, less decked-out PSUs.
Overall Review: My workstation which I built close to 5 years ago (Athlon x64 dual-core, 2gigs, 2x 160gig drives, etc) uses one of these. I'm sitting at it right now. Last night, I ordered another one for my new workstation (Phenom II quad-core, 4gigs, 3x 1tb drives) build. Nothing says "positive review" like something that lasts five years then you replace it with another of the same!
Pros: Great wireless NIC for an 802.11g network with a Linksys WRT at the other end. Used with its stock antenna, functions as expected. Add a higher-gain antenna and it does even better in this old house. Standard antenna interface makes upgrading easy.
Using it in Ubuntu Linux and works out-of-the-box without any tinkering.
Cons: None to speak of.
Overall Review: Could probably be used in a low-profile box if it came with a bracket. It doesn't, though. My computer isn't low-profile, though, so this did not concern me.