Date Joined: 01/06/05
Pros: Construction quality is pretty decent. Audio quality is decent and the mic audio quality is actually pretty good.
Cons: The head-band is starting to rip (it's pleather) but it's been a couple years since I bought these so I wouldn't expect it to really last any longer than it has.
Pros: For how much I payed for these speakers, I'm very surprised by the quality of the audio they produce. These are definitely a great value if you just want a 2.1 speaker system and really hardly want to spend any money on it.
Cons: Not the best mid-range/high-range. It's pretty obvious there's no tweeters on these things, so the main speaker is a pretty blatant compromise. But seriously, are you paying for that kind of quality when you buy these things? No.
Pros: This is a really cool router and has a lot of nice features. I'm not that well versed in network configuration, but I know I have more than everything I need to make my network work the way I want it to.
Also, this thing is tiny and is really easy to either wall mount, put on its side, and or use the stand to have it set up vertically.
Also, you can load dd-wrt on it, which is awesome.
Cons: It feels easy to break because
Pros: It works.
Cons: The molec pins are pretty loose. I've had worse.
Pros: The screw holes all line up and the construction isn't bad.
Cons: The faceplate isn't that pretty.
Overall Review: I bought this for an HTPC and it actually looks nice and works well. Granted, my HTPC is pretty ugly, so it's not hard to make it look better.
Pros: They work and are cheap.
Overall Review: Seriously, what can you want from ram at this price range.
Pros: It works. It reaches the rated speeds without any trouble. It's really cheap for a wireless N card.
Overall Review: I bought this to replace a failed wireless g card from a much better known brand, and I'm really happy with the card. Not only do I not have to invest hours into finding the name of the chipset (the literature in the box states the chipset) but I don't need to find drivers from the chipset manufacturer to find drivers that support my OS.
Pros: This case has a lot of really neat features that are hard to find at this price point. It also has build quality that is, again, better than expected for this price point (with a few significant exceptions). This case is also very larger and roomy.
Cons: There were some really annoying aspects of its construction, primarily dealing with the adhesive they used and where it was applied. Specifically, for some reason the metal "washers" that are used to screw fans into the top fan mount positions on the mesh top of the case. These washers are incredibly thin, and instead of being soldered or welded to the mesh, are glued in place. They've all since become loose on my case because I live near Houston, and it's typically 85 or hotter in my apartment during the summer.
Also, the adhesive used to hold the feet on the case has since become loose and most of the feet fall off when I move the case.
I consider these relatively minor inconveniences, but they're fairly glaring flaws in the polish of a case that is maybe a bit too expensive to have these problems.
Overall Review: It probably doesn't help this case that it's right between sort've expensive and cheap. I still really like it, but I'm torn between thinking I should've payed a bit more money, and being really happy with what I got for what I payed.
Pros: I put 4 of these in my case and boy do they move a lot of air. They also all come with PWM headers which is pretty snazzy for how much these cost.
These fans also play nice with my fan-controller, which sometimes cause certain brands of fan to make an odd buzzing noise.
Cons: They're pretty loud for the amount of air they move. I know I pointed out they move a lot of air, but at 14cm I would've expected them to do so a bit more quietly than they do. However, I recognize I'm not super familiar with fan performance right now, so I'm not docking much for this.
Also, these really could've used some Molec connectors. If you're not getting these for your CPU cooler, you're probably going to run out of motherboard headers, at which point you have to buy adpaters which suddenly makes these fans cost a lot more to install.
Overall Review: I'm purchasing 3-pin y-splitters with open heads to effectively use as adapters for a fan controller I just got. It's working pretty well.
Pros: Does exactly what it says it will do. Is very easy to use.
Cons: It's hard to evaluate how well it does its job?
You can conceivably screw up your card if you connect traces with this stuff, but you're honestly probably not putting it anywhere near any traces.
Overall Review: I used this to secure some really nice VGA memory heatsinks that had sticky adhesive that I just really couldn't trust. It stinks that this card is effectively saddled with this cooling option, but realistically the heatsinks will last much longer than the card.
Pros: It fits, slimline odd's fit, it's hard to bend. (It would be really hard to screw these up). Slimline ATA connect provided.
Cons: You can't actually use half the screw holes for the slimline drive. Also, no screws are provided, so if you buy an OEM slimline drive with no screws, you're outta luck. Paint quality was also a little lacking. I don't understand why this units cost twice as much as the others in its range.
Overall Review: If the slimline drive vibrates or chatters because of the screw holes, I'll probably send this back.
Pros: Card looks cool, performs incredibly well, maxed settings in everything.
Cons: The cooler seems like it just really isn't suited for this card. There are no heat pipes, which could be fine, if the fan spun fast enough. The default driver settings for this card only allow the fan to max out at 30% speed, which is far from high enough. Even when I force Catalyst Control center to run the fan at 75% constantly, the card can end up crashing games due to high temperatures. I may be able to get around these issues, but it's taking way more work than it should. For the average end user who doesn't want to have to resort to using third party applications to make things work the way they should have in the first place, this card is just unacceptable.
Overall Review: My System:
DFI LanParty DK 790GX-M2RS
AMD Phenom X3 720 BE
4G of DDR2 800
Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit
Pros: Overclocks and is supported by some great motherboards. AOD is the best overclocking software every made as well. Nearly as good as BIOS overclocking. Doesn't get as hot as older athlons did when overclocked either.
Cons: Doesn't beat out competing (you know who) processors in terms of efficiency and the value isn't exactly there (but close enough).
Overall Review: The previous linux user doesn't know what he's talking about. He probably had a bad core, as the TLB bug ONLY EFFECTS VIRTUALIZATION. Linux will run on this, but it wont be as easy as using older hardware (but come on, that's kinda a given).
Pros: Was cheap, and performed okay.
Cons: On the whole, the drive seemed a little slow to begin with. With HD Tach it wasn't scoring as high as it should. It failed immediately after the warrantee was up.
Overall Review: I'm not as convinced of WD's quality anymore. I have another drive from them they I bought a little later and it's acting the same way. Nothing is wrong with it yet, but it's slightly slower than the specifications (not grounds for RMA) and is nearing warrantee.
Pros: Ya, I guess it lowers temperatures, and you get nice bragging rights.
Cons: Severely reduces flow, you can rarely install more than one, and the only ram you can put it on without voiding your ram's warrantee isn't worth putting a cooler on.
Overall Review: Any ram that's worth overclocking and thus cooling will have a heatspreader on it already, so just strap some fans over them if you're that serious about cooling ram. I think there's a little clip on device newegg sells as well.
Pros: If you don't mess with it, it looks nice. The window is mounted well enough not to amplify the sounds in the case.
Cons: The door is cheap and buzzes when my drives spin up. The top door is even cheap and breaks extremely easily (and all I was doing was opening it). The toolless install system just makes mounting anything with abnormal mount points or that needs to be adjusted impossible or very painful. The toolless add on card system has to be almost completely removed if you want to add cards that don't work with it, making it pointless, as no sound card will, and many add on cards need more support. The motherboard tray doesn't have enough room, and you'll find yourself arranging hard drives around your video cards (no 8800s or 7x00 gtxs in this baby). The usb connectors for the top are not the standard USB alignment, and thus you can't use them ever (unless you make your own, which can be dangerous).
Overall Review: Most of the problems I pointed out were something I'd be more critical of in a more expensive case, and really don't contribute to this case's review. The door buzzing, the cheap upper door, and the fact that the USB headers can't be used on the case is unacceptable, as these are the basics for a case in this price range, and lets face it, if a car barely runs, is annoyingly loud, and gets horrible gas mileage, it doesn't matter what the sound system is, if it has ac, or what it looks like. From what I can tell, the rest of their cases have the same gimmicks and systems, so they're not worth the price either.
Pros: I was able to overclock this thing to 2.5 ghz without increasing the voltage at all. So I tried lowering the voltage, and was able to get a whole .1 volts lower. This thing hasn't even ever reached 40 C on my asus premium with thermalright xp 90A.
Cons: Voltage increases don't seem to help overclocking alot. Seems to hit a wall at 2.7 ghz. It may just be because I have a weak power supply and am running memory dividers.
Overall Review: I'm probably going to pair this with some crucial or G Skill memory now, since those go to 270 htt quite nicely.
Pros: Maybe it's just me, but any proc that you can accidently just overclock to 2.5 ghz is totally awesome. Especially one that is so cheap. Runs extra cool too. I have a thermalright xp90 and it wont go over 100 degrees even at load.
Cons: Who could ever complain about an amd x2.
Overall Review: Gaming with this thing is great too. I'd go into it more if I had more space, but basically, this can handle anything you throw at it without flinching.
Pros: This psu is absolutely silent. I have it hooked up to a 3800+, a 7800 gt, 3 hard drives, 2 cd roms, and 4 fans and it is absolutely stable.
Cons: The fan speed selector is pretty pointless because of how little noise there is, but maybe htpc users would notice.
Pros: I bought this product for my parents and it works awesome with Intervideo. Great video quality and really amazing standard software if you know what you're doing.
Cons: The key words are, "if you know what you're doing". My parents aren't that good with computers, and they really have no idea how to use this without intervideo.
Pros: I have this setup with a 46 cfm fan, and man does it get good temps. My 3800+ runs at 92-100 degrees farenheit when overclocked to 2.5 ghz. Great design too. I also used it on an athlon xp 2400+. Dropped the temps 5 Celsius.
Pros: Pushes alot of air for not being that loud. Great price too.
Cons: It only has a 4 pin jack, which is somewhat depressing
If you want lots of air go with a something else. If you want something really quiet, go for something else.
Overall Review: Fans are really cheap anyway, so you can't really go wrong.
Pros: What else can I say. Sweet sound and an awesome package. Speaker wire a-plenty and the connectors will work with normal speaker wire that you buy off the shelf. (none of that stupid rca jack bs that other brands get you)
Cons: Of course, all this sweetness comes at a price.
Pros: I overclocked this baby to a freakish 500 Mhz on the core and 1.2 ghz on the memory. Needless to say, everything I have is at 1280x1024 (my monitor wont support anything higher). Doom 3 has 4x aa and never goes below 60 fps, and halo for pc is almost always above 200 fps.
Cons: No software package, but who cares, it's an awesome deal with tons of potential.
Pros: Very sleek and well thought out design. It has great toolless features, a sturdy build, lots of expandability and plenty of room.
Cons: The door might be a little flimsy for sum, the internal usb connectors don't seem to match my motherboard, and if you have 5 hard drives larger video cards wont fit.
Overall Review: For the price of this case you're getting an extremely awesome deal. I might just have low expectations though, since my last case cost half of what this does.