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Nicholas C.

Nicholas C.

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Depending on price, a steal of a beautiful case

Rosewill CULLINAN MX-Blue ATX Mid-Tower Gaming PC Computer Case, Supports 360mm Liquid Coolers, 4 Blue LED Fans, Max Airflow with PSU Shround Fan Mount, Tempered Glass, Fan Speed Control
Rosewill CULLINAN MX-Blue ATX Mid-Tower Gaming PC Computer Case, Supports 360mm Liquid Coolers, 4 Blue LED Fans, Max Airflow with PSU Shround Fan Mount, Tempered Glass, Fan Speed Control

Pros: + This case is gorgeous. Having been a PC builder for 20 years, I've built in everything from a $20 beige no-name box with a 300w power supply to a $300 Lian Li fully aluminum case. It's rare that a case surprises me, pleasantly or not pleasantly, and the Cullinan is a pleasant surprise. Just gorgeous. I love minimalist cases; I'm less a fan of windows and LED's and more a fan of a classy, flat, unassuming computer case. The Cullinan gives you the best of both worlds if you're like me...the glass is tinted and dark enough that it's not exactly see through, and the LED fans can be tamed (and the LED's turned off) if you run them on Low speed + The glass is very nice. I didn't know how I'd like it, and was slightly concerned on thickness and how sturdy it could be, but...it's fine. Each side panel is just under 1/4" thick (in glass) and feels as sturdy as the Cooler Master ATCS 840 I've owned before (which had very thick aluminum side panels). + The included fans are very quiet, and you're getting 4 of them! I don't have a sound meter to test actual dB ratings, but after connecting the rear exhaust fan to the built-in fan hub and running all the included Rosewill LED fans on High, they were barely audible over general room noise which is supposedly around 35 dB or so (with no other sounds, such as TV or music playing). They do move an acceptable amount of air; since they're so quiet, I can accept some loss on airflow. They'll do the job without really being noticeable, that's for sure. If you run them on Low, you're not going to hear them (or see them) at all, but I can't say I'd run them on Low while gaming or running a system on mid-to-high CPU load, but that depends on other factors too (like CPU make, overclock, and HSF). They are very bright, but due to the tint on the glass, it's subdued more than you'd think and actually looks very nice. + Speaking of which, the Cullinan had no issues keeping my OC'd i7 4790K w/Hyper 212 Evo / OC'd GTX 980 system cool. Load temps during gaming and running Intel Burn Test never went above mid-60's on CPU and GPU both. (Identical in performance to my S340, mentioned below.) + Before getting the Cullinan, my current case "flavor of the month" has been the NZXT S340. It has a window, but inside is very clean, and it's (again) a nice, unassuming PC that can house a weak little web/email system, or a 4K gaming rig. The S340 is definitely one of the better clean inside/cable management cases that I've owned, and the Cullinan for the most part steals all the positives of the S340. The cable "tunnel", hidden PSU/HD areas, easy to remove and clean fan dust filters, and plenty of cable management loops and zip tie spots all hit the nail right on the head with both the S340 and now the Cullinan. The Cullinan also has room for 1 more SSD and 1 more 3.5" HD as well, plus the built-in fan controller, so it's head and shoulders above the S340 for me now. + This bears repeating - dust filters, dust filters everywhere! EASILY REMOVABLE dust filters! Thank you!!! + Even though I'm an 'air cooled' guy, the Cullinan has forward-compatibility to run 2x 360mm radiators internally, and has the punch outs to run a loop outside of the case as well. + The cable "tunnel" does have 3 grooves for extra long graphics cards to be supported and not slant downwards so much. My EVGA GTX 980 ACX 2.0 card did not reach far enough to really take advantage of the groove, but obviously longer graphics cards will.

Cons: - The expansion card "slider" holder piece really has to be removed to install a graphics card or other expansion card easily. Luckily, it's just 1 thumbscrew, and it pivots and comes out the back of the case. You could try to wedge a card in there without taking that out, but I wouldn't recommend it. The manual even says to remove it, then install your card, screw the card down, then put the "slider" back in place for extra protection/stability. - The fans only light up on High speed, and are only blue in color. That may or may not be a 'con' to you. They do have a LOT of LED's in each fan, in a neat pattern. Most LED fans that I've had in the past only had a 4-5 LED per fan so they didn't light up as much. - Since the right panel is also the tinted glass, your cable spaghetti behind the motherboard and where your PSU/HD's are does show up a bit over there, even if you keep it nice and neat. It's not too terribly bad though. - Fully loaded, it is a bit on the heavy side (due to all the glass).

Overall Review: * Minor quibbles aside, I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this case to anyone looking for a classy, understated case. The glass and the design is just beautiful. There is a Rosewill logo etched in white at the bottom of the front panel, but it barely shows up with the case fan LED's fully lit. * The only possible fly in the ointment is a competitor's case - the Corsair 460X RGB. Currently, the Corsair is priced more than the Rosewill, but the Rosewill is on sale and has a higher MSRP. Keep this in mind. Both cases are very nice; I don't own a 460X RGB but from what I've seen, it's very similar (internally) to the Cullinan, except it has 3 full RGB fans instead of 4 blue LED only fans, and the right side panel (behind the motherboard) is a blank steel panel instead of glass. If you wanted glass throughout, there's the Corsair 570X RGB, but that one has a bit of a higher price over both the Cullinan and the 460X RGB. I do think the Cullinan offers better internal cable management than the 460X RGB, so if a cleaner inside is more important to you than "other than blue colored" fans, well, the Cullinan is definitely a better choice. Again, I don't hesitate to recommend the Cullinan, but, compare it to the 460X RGB and see which is more preferable for you. * This is the first Rosewill case I've used; I've had many other Rosewill products in the past and have always been happy. I'm very impressed with the build quality and design of this case, and will definitely keep Rosewill cases in mind in the future if and when I'm wanting a new case (or recommending one). Very happy with the Cullinan though...a definite 'home run' of a case - absolutely beautiful, and at a pretty good price.

11/28/2016
Most Critical Review

Addendum to previous review with RMA experience

ASRock Fatal1ty H97 Performance LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock Fatal1ty H97 Performance LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: NewEgg tried to make it right when ASRock didn't.

Cons: Earlier review: Does not POST with G3258 or i7 4790K http://www.newegg.com/Product/SingleProductReview.aspx?ReviewID=4242810 ASRock flat out refuses to provide an RMA exchange for this product. I contacted them using their Support Request form at http://event.asrock.com/tsd.asp »Subject Board does not POST »Problem Description I received this product as a NewEgg EggXpert reviewer. The board does not POST. I have tried 2 different CPU's; a Pentium G3258 and a Core i7 4790K. I've tried 2 different sticks of RAM; a Samsung 4GB DDR3 1600 dimm, and a Crucial 8GB DDR3 1600 dimm. Parts are tested working in my primary computer. No matter what I try, this board does not POST. Fans spin up, no video, no sound. Have tried resetting CMOS, switching to BIOS 2. No change. Board appears to be DOA. I would like to get a replacement. ***** I was emailed by Eric at ASRock America and was given a [canned] reply asking me to check several things, most of which I've already checked, swapped, and re-checked (and even mentioned doing so in my initial support request to them). I replied stating that I'd checked these things, and then was told: "Hello, That seems like mainboard issue. Please contact seller for mainboard exchange." Given that the board is past the 30 day return policy offered by 99% of retailers including NewEgg, this is not an acceptable answer, nor does it offer a resolution to my problem. I have a dud of a board, and ASRock support has in kind also been a dud. This is why I've always stuck with Gigabyte and Asus products, and stayed away from ASRock.

Overall Review: NewEgg (to their credit), offered to send me another board to review since ASRock is not stepping up to the plate and doing what's right - however, NewEgg does not have an 1150 board to send me (and I'm not upset about that, because this isn't their issue to fix, it's ASRock's). I've always received excellent support through NewEgg, and even as an EggXpert that trend has continued. Kudos to NewEgg for going above and beyond where they didn't have to. ASRock on the other hand, thanks for nothing. You have just further cemented my belief to avoid your products. Very, very disappointing. All I wanted was a replacement. This board has been out of the box and out of the anti-static bag for roughly 2 hours total, has no damage, and practically has no use. Now, it REALLY has no use.

Very nice 550 watt PSU for a mid-range gaming PC

CORSAIR CX-M Series CX550M 550 W ATX 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Semi-Modular Power Supply
CORSAIR CX-M Series CX550M 550 W ATX 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Semi-Modular Power Supply

Pros: + Corsair chooses good quality OEM build partners for their products, and I believe this is a Channel Well built unit. It is very nice, good quality. I'm kinda mixed on the stamped vent design as opposed to a giant hole with a fan grill, but otherwise it's a very nice PSU. + 5 year warranty is a big plus + 45 amps on the 12V rail should be sufficient for most low to mid-range graphics cards. + Flat ribbon cables for the modular leads are easy to cram into the tightest of spots in most PC cases, even SFF/mATX builds. Speaking of which: + Modular cables break down as such: 1 PCIe cable with 2 x 6+2 pin leads, 1 molex cable with 4 x 4 pin leads, 1 SATA cable with 2 leads, and 1 SATA cable with 4 leads. This should cover you in most cases. This is indicated on the box, and I wish more companies would show this in their product info so people knew what to buy and if they would be adequate. + The permanently attached cables consist of the 20+4 pin ATX power cable, and a 4+4 pin EPS power cable. + Fan runs quiet even with the system under load. My unit did not have any coil whine.

Cons: - Only 80+ Bronze efficiency, but at this price point that's generally the best you're going to get. - Stamped fan grill design is kinda cheesy but obviously done as a cost-saving measure.

Overall Review: = Bottom line is, this is a good power supply for a decent price and will work for most people and most systems. I have used this unit with a mid-range gaming PC and it worked just fine with no issues under system load. System specs are as follows: = Ryzen 5 5600X CPU @ 4.4GHz all cores, 1.08 V = Gigabyte B450M-DS3H WIFI mATX AM4 mobo = Noctua NH-U12s Redux CPU HSF = 16 GB Corsair LPX DDR4 3200 (2 x 8 GB) = SK Hynix Gold P31 500 GB m.2 NVME SSD = MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti VENTUS 3X 8G OC LHR GPU = Cooler Master MasterBox MB311L ARGB mATX case = Corsair CX-M Series CX550M PSU (this PSU) = Windows 10 Professional

Great cooler at an acceptable price

Corsair Hydro Series H100x Extreme Performance Liquid / Water 240mm CPU Cooler (CW-9060040-WW) LGA 1700 Compatible
Corsair Hydro Series H100x Extreme Performance Liquid / Water 240mm CPU Cooler (CW-9060040-WW) LGA 1700 Compatible

Pros: + Very classy looking cooler. The build quality and craftsmanship is excellent. The pump base lights up white, but that's about it. No RGB LED fans, no crazy customization. This cooler fits the niche for people who want great cooling but don't need endless bling in their case. + Good price! Because you're not buying an RGB product, you're saving a lot of money for features you might not even use. I'm glad that they're selling these "plain" products alongside the RGB ones because not everyone wants a bright colorful system. + Fantastic cooling! Slightly higher temps than the H115i RGB Platinum, but still much lower than my Cryorig H7. Dropped about 20 degrees at load off my OC'd i7 4790K, performing in the upper-50c range instead of the upper-70c range with my Cryorig H7. + The fans are generally pretty quiet and perform well with the radiator. As they spin up during load the noise gets a bit more pronounced, but they're still fairly quiet. + 5-year warranty!

Cons: - Not the easiest to install, but not terribly difficult either. Just pay attention and make sure you hook everything up.

Nicely built quiet fans with a subtle white color

Corsair AF Series AF120 LED (2018) CO-9050082-WW 120 mm White LED Case Fan, 3-Pack.
Corsair AF Series AF120 LED (2018) CO-9050082-WW 120 mm White LED Case Fan, 3-Pack.

Pros: + Build quality is excellent, which I'd expect from a Corsair fan. + Fans are very quiet and make for excellent intake and exhaust fans for an air cooled system. Airflow seems decent enough. + The white LEDs are more subtle and are not overpowering, so they illuminate with a nice white color but don't beat you over the head with it. Not too bright, not too dim - just perfect. + Cables are flat ribbon cables, not sleeved. Easy to tuck away and cable manage.

Cons: - I would not use these fans for a radiator, as I don't think they push enough air through. - If you need 4 pin connectors, you'll have to supply your own. There are no adapters in the box, just the fans and the screws.

Overall Review: - As long as you just need 3 fans with 3 pin connectors and no frills, these are perfect. Again, the white color is perfect and not too overpowering. Very nice fans. Airflow is decent, they work great as intake and exhaust fans and can easily work either vertically or horizontally mounted with no clicking or other noises. Just don't expect to use this with a rad as I suspect your temps will not be good with them in that setup.

Endless customization options

CORSAIR Hydro Series, H115i RGB PLATINUM, 280mm, 2 x ML PRO 140mm RGB PWM Fans, RGB Lighting & Fan Control w/ Software, Liquid CPU Cooler. CW-9060038-WW. Support: Intel 1200, 2066, AMD AM4, TR4.
CORSAIR Hydro Series, H115i RGB PLATINUM, 280mm, 2 x ML PRO 140mm RGB PWM Fans, RGB Lighting & Fan Control w/ Software, Liquid CPU Cooler. CW-9060038-WW. Support: Intel 1200, 2066, AMD AM4, TR4.

Pros: + This whole piece of kit is so aesthetically pleasing. Beautiful manufacturing and machine work that really does speak to the "Platinum" name. The black and silver color scheme is so classic and nice looking. + Fantastic cooling! Dropped 20 degrees at load off my OC'd i7 4790K, performing in the mid-50c range instead of the upper-70c range with my Cryorig H7. + The RGB customization is just ridiculous. 16 RGB LED's in the pump base, and 4 RGB LED's in each of the fans, all customizable at the per-LED level using Corsair's iCue software. Rainbow effects, pulsing, shifting, waves, even temperature-based color changes are all available. My favorite is definitely the temperature color monitoring though, so you can easily look inside your case and figure out how hot the CPU is running. + Speaking of customization, there are also presets of customization for the fan and pump control. If you want a quiet system, at the cost of being a little warm, you can have it. Prefer raw cooling power? You can do that too. This really is a one-size fits all solution, from not only customization but also CPU socket/architecture compatibility. + The fans are ridiculously quiet. There is a Zero RPM mode but obviously, that causes the CPU to warm up quite a bit. + Corsair's iCue software is very light on resources and runs quietly in the background on my Windows 10 Pro 1803 workstation. It doesn't sneak in any bloatware or junk which is also nice. + 5-year warranty!

Cons: - A bit pricey but like the saying goes "you get what you pay for". When you factor in the performance, the fans, the RGB customization and bells and whistles - I think it's priced fairly.

Overall Review: * Pay attention while hooking everything up! There are a lot of moving pieces here, and lots of things to plug in. I didn't have any problems, but if this is your first AIO water kit (which it was for me), definitely look over everything good and make sure you plug everything in. Luckily it is fairly easy to do but Corsair has great customer support if you have any issues. * After seeing the cooling performance, I wish I'd switched to a Corsair AIO water kit a long time ago!

11/16/2018