Joined on 09/02/06
Compact and quiet
Pros: I bought this for use in a 4U rackmount case. It fit with room to spare, is quiet, and cools the old Xeon 1200 series (Core i5 equivalent) CPU under just fine. The clearance is good enough that I can still use all 4 RAM slots.
Overall Review: Looking for an upgrade over the stock cooler that fits in a narrow space? Buy this.
Pros: Appeared to be the specified order.
Cons: Was planning to use this with a SuperMicro X9SAE-V board. SuperMicro documentation says to ask their support for the Intel Provisioning Utility in order to provision the TPM for full functionality such as use with Intel TXT. However, SuperMicro support didn't want to give me the software and suggested I use the pre-provisioned model, AOM-TPM-9655V-C. "C" is for client, in contrast to server. Since this isn't available at newegg I had to look elsewhere. Recommend getting a pre-provisioned model if you don't have access to the Intel Provisioning Utility. Check on the SuperMicro documentation for your board to see if you need the -C or the -S model. I think this issue should be covered in the product description.
Good HTPC case, some vibration issues
Pros: I bought this case for a home theater PC build. It is very compact for a full ATX case with reasonable cooling.I expected that the single 120mm server fan would be too loud, so I ordered some Noctuas to go with it: a better 120mm front fan and two 80mm fans for the rear. With that upgrade, airflow is good even at fairly low RPMs.The build quality is good, and it's roomy enough as long as components are installed in a sensible order.
Cons: The top panel started vibrating/rattling, which I solved by shoving a thick rubber band into the gap between it and the front of the case.Also, there is some kind of low-frequency resonance in the airflow since I added a medium-large graphics card (which otherwise fits fine). It makes a mildly annoying thrumming sound, but I think I can probably fix it by gluing a piece of foam to the underside of the top panel. (However, I haven't cared enough to actually do this yet.)The front USB ports are only USB 2.0, but it wouldn't be difficult to add USB 3.0 ports using one of the external drive bays, if necessary.The power LED is absurdly bright, which I improved by darkening it a bit with a Sharpie.
Overall Review: All around, it's a good case. It would benefit from some rubber and foam applied in a few strategic places to reduce the vibration and thrumming, but I realize that it's marketed as a rackmount server case so the target audience probably just doesn't care.