Joined on 12/15/04
Pros: Highest capacity mechanical 2.5" drive I could find with a decent price point and low power draw. Quiet.
Cons: Drive is clearly marked as 15mm tall; I knew this, but you need to know this if you plan on installing inside of any chassis or tray.
Overall Review: Great for small spaces and large capacity, low poser draw, quiet storage. Not going to win any races, but does exactly the job I needed it for: small footprint in M-ITX chassis, low power draw, low noise, plenty of space. Price point seems slightly artificially high (could probably sell for $30 less and move many more). I am guessing this drive marks the end of an era.
Works, but bright
Pros: Works, solidly built, was priced well on sale. Small form factor but not too tight that it is difficult to insert or remove from vehicle socket = right size.
Cons: VERY bright LED (white) that shines into USB socket and from front when powered. Yes, I know it is on, you don't need to blind me whilst driving at night.
Overall Review: Put red nail polish on the LED, it helps a lot. Note: no cable included.
A bit weird, but works!
Pros: The heat spreader is machined and finished well. The pair I got immediately identified as DDR4 3200 per XMP on my AsRock ITX mobo and appear to be working fine. AsRock RGB 2.0 is able to control the LEDs. Much brighter than Trident Z RGB sticks.
Cons: The top translucent cover on the LEDs are tinted yellow on one stick and blue on the other. This does not appear to affect the RGB colors, it's just... well... strange? I've never seen or used this brand before, so I'm really hoping they last!
Overall Review: Great value for the price and they look great when powered on. No real complaints.
Pros: Quality, not cheap breakout cable. Works exactly as advertised, comes with all the pins/connectors required. Relatively inexpensive.
Cons: I'd make this about 20-25% longer on the breakout side (and I realize that'd raise the price a bit) because it can feel a little cramped depending on the case layout.
Overall Review: I'm generally impressed that this plugged into an AsRock MB and runs a total of 8 RGB devices (3 fans and then a chain of 4 LED strips and a fan) with no problems. Connectors are tight enough to stay in contact without being too tight to connect / disconnect.
Budget efficiency, no frills
Pros: Was a great price for a capable case. Doesn't look too bad, cools OK, decent PSU. Came with a fan, was able to mount a second easily.
Cons: The front panel LEDs will not work, no matter how I configure the wiring, don't feel like sending it back or taking it apart to find the problem. Alignment of the side panels is tricky due to their inherent flex.
Overall Review: For the price, this is a decent case and I did not expect perfection, but it does exactly what it is supposed to do, which is house, protect and power my system.
BIG! Watch those clearances...
Pros: Effectively cools an i9-9900k running at stock speeds in a BitFenix Prodigy case! 1x front, 2x top and 1x rear (externally -mounted) fans. It's shiny and massive. Fits with tall G.Skill RGB ram modules.
Cons: I like that is asymmetrical, allowing you two options for rotation, but it is so massive off-center in one axis that you actually cannot mount it in that direction on a MITX mb, as the cooler overhangs the rear of the mobo (over the I/O ports), making it impossible to mount in a case. Had they split the heat pipes to the CPU corners, they could have added 2 more possible orientations available; had they paired this change with an additional axial offset, the cooler would provide several options for rotation and thus component clearance.
Overall Review: I bought this for a new i9-9900k build on an AsRock Z370 mobo- it's pricey but was one of the few coolers I felt it would be safe to use passively on this CPU. I will say that is looks great, cools great and somehow (?!!?) fits in my case.