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David K.

David K.

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Great Choice For PCI-e 3.0 or 4.0

Corsair MP600 Core M.2 2280 2TB PCIe Gen 4.0 x4, NVMe 1.3 3D QLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F2000GBMP600COR
Corsair MP600 Core M.2 2280 2TB PCIe Gen 4.0 x4, NVMe 1.3 3D QLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F2000GBMP600COR

Pros: I have owned several Corsair SSD's over the years. My first experience with SSD's was with two Corsair Force 3 240 GB SSD's in RAID 0, back then, that was crazy fast. Both of those drives are still working today, many years later. Actually I have owned a ton of Corsair peripherals and hardware. From several sets of RAM, to probably 30 or more Corsair case fans, to mice and keyboards, SSD's, power supplies, CLC coolers, and wireless headsets just to name a few. These days, solid state drives rule the enthusiast market. Corsair was one of the first to hop on that band wagon, so they have years of experience in design and manufacturing to draw upon. With the introduction of the MP600 Core M.2 NVMe SSD, Corsair was one of the first to come up with a Gen 4 M.2 SSD that was blazing fast. The way this drive comes packaged is pretty impressive. It was actually a bit of a pain to get it out of the box because it was so tightly packaged. The SSD is seated inside this big chunk of foam that will protect it during shipping, that is always nice bonus. With this MP600 2TB drive, both the read and write speeds are exceptional. I am still on PCIe 3.0, so this drive is undoubtedly maxing out the bandwidth of my PCIe 3.0 interface at x4. My system is a 9900K on an z390 Dark. I don't have a lot of experience with M.2 SSDs, but I have been using a 1 TB 960 Evo M.2 for the past couple of years that I am able to compare it to. In every single benchmark, this drive destroys the 960 Evo. The primary difference between my old drive and this one is the write speeds are significantly higher, almost double. Read speeds are higher too, but write speeds are not only higher, they're more consistent with files of any size and over a much longer duration. During testing, I copied a 100 GB file from each drive onto itself and the MP600 maintained maximum transfer speeds throughout the entire testing period. I believe much of that is attributed to the design of the SSD and the heat sink keeping temperatures in check. The heat sink is a beast, it covers both sides of the SSD, a design that I found very impressive. One of the benefits of the heat sink covering the entire SSD, except on the ends where it mounts to your motherboard and connects to the M.2 slot, is that it would be impossible to damage it by simply handling it, or letting it sit out on top of something unprotected. Temperatures never exceeded 58C, so it never thermal throttled. I performed benchmarks comparing my two drives with multiple passes of file sizes between 1 and 16 GB. I used 3 different benchmarks, AS SSD, Crystal Disk Mark and Samsung Magician. I am using the most recent versions of each. I monitored temperatures during benchmarking and after several hours of activity, temperatures never rose to a point that I would be concerned about. I used AIDA64 to monitor the temperatures of my SSDs. Samsung Magician: 960 Evo 1 TB on PCI-e 3.0 Sequential Read: 2929 MB/s Sequential Write: 1812 MB/s Random Read: 363, 281 IOPS Random Write: 166,259 IOPS MP600 Core 2 TB on PCI-e 3.0 Sequential Read: 3541 MB/s Sequential Write: 3320 MB/s Random Read: 528,649 IOPS Random Write: 775,029 IOPS AS SSD: (Note: Seq tests are file size of 10 GB, 4K are 1 GB) 960 Evo 1 TB on PCI-e 3.0 Seq. Read: 2807 MB/s Seq. Write: 1097 MB/s 4K Read: 43.6 MB/s 4K Write: 141.66 MB/s Access Time Read: .084 ms Access Time Write: .026 ms MP600 Core 2 TB on PCI-e 3.0 Seq. Read: 3340 MB/s Seq. Write: 3180 MB/s 4K Read: 61.9 MB/s 4K Write: 163.4 MB/s Access Time Read: .027 ms Access Time Write: .020 ms Crystal Disk Mark: 960 Evo 1 TB on PCI-e 3.0 File Size 16 GB Seq Read: 2754 MB/s Seq Write: 1157 MB/s File Size 1 GB Seq Read: 2858 MB/s Seq Write: 1856 MB/s 4K 8QT8 Read: 1467 MB/s 4K 8QT8 Write: 1366 MB/s 4K 32Q1T Read: 709 MB/s 4K 32Q1T Write: 601 MB/s 4K 1Q1T Read: 48.8 MB/s 4K 1Q1T Write: 170.9 MB/s MP600 Core 2TB on PCI-e 3.0 File Size 16 GB Seq Read: 3521 MB/s Seq Write: 3254 MB/s File Size 1 GB Seq Read: 3551 MB/s Seq Write: 3280 MB/s 4K 8QT8 Read: 1667 MB/s 4K 8QT8 Write: 2969 MB/s 4K 32Q1T Read: 1654 MB/s 4K 32Q1T Write: 2141 MB/s 4K 1Q1T Read: 56.4 MB/s 4K 1Q1T Write: 284.3 MB/s

Cons: I have been thoroughly impressed with the performance of this SSD. Considering it's performance, this drive is at an extremely competitive price point, making it perfect for a gaming PC. Although, at this time, M.2 SSDs aren't really a budget friendly option for the average PC gamer. Putting them out of reach for the average PC builder who is more concerned with maximizing their frames per second, with system responsiveness taking a back seat. M.2 SSDs are typically not very high in capacity, making them less than ideal as the sole data drive for the modern gaming PC. With many recent games exceeding 100 GB each, it limits the number of games you can have installed at any one time. I got the 2 TB version of this drive, which I would say is the sweet spot for SSD storage. 1 TB really limits how many games you can have installed at any given time. The heat sink on this SSD sits quite a bit higher than I anticipated. The heat sink sits .466 in., or 11.8 mm, above the PCB of the SSD. I measured it with my calipers. So that is something to take into consideration if your motherboard has a tight fit for your M.2 SSD. I don't know of any instances of this being the case, but it would be wise to check before ordering one of these. In my system there's a ton of space, it's not even close. Even in the slot directly behind the graphics card there's plenty of room.

Overall Review: With the extremely impressive write speeds of this MP600 SSD, it makes it absolutely perfect for the content creator who wants to capture high resolution gaming at the native quality and frame rate, whether you're on PCI-e 3.0 or 4.0. I was an early adopter of 4K. As soon as the first reasonably priced 4K monitor was available in the US, I had it preordered. I wanted to post videos on YouTube of the incredible quality 4K gaming had to offer, but at that time there was one major limiting factor, the data write speed of my hard drive. I had one of the fastest hard drives money could buy at that time and it wasn't even close to fast enough. So I upgraded to RAID 0 SSD's, which were fast enough, but capacity was a major issue for native 4K at 60 fps. With the blazing fast write speeds and huge capacity of this 2 TB SSD, it won't have any trouble with that whatsoever. The primary benefit of any quality M.2 SSD is system responsiveness. The days of sitting and waiting for your system to boot up are over. With this M.2 SSD, your system is ready to go as fast as it can turn on and there's no waiting, ever. Well, there are still some things that will make you wait a bit, but it won't be because your storage drive is a major bottleneck like it was in the days of mechanical hard drives. For the performance it offers, the price point of this drive is absolutely excellent. Just two years ago, when I bought my 960 Evo, it cost about the same for what this drive is selling for, with only 1 TB of storage. The Corsair MP600 Core Gen 4 M.2 SSD is as fast as many drives that are much more expensive. The Corsair MP600 Core was one of the first Gen 4 M.2 SSD's to be released, so it's not the fastest drive available anymore. But the price reflects that. Putting it in a sweet spot with a balance of speed, capacity, and price point. If you're like me, and still on a system with PCI-e 3.0, if you're planning to upgrade within the next few years, the smartest thing to do would be to buy a drive that offers some future proofing like this one. If you're on PCI-e 3.0, getting a gen 4 drive like this one is a great idea, so that when you do upgrade, you'll unlock the full performance of this drive without having to dedicate a portion of your build budget to an SSD. I really don't have anything negative to say about this drive specifically. The Corsair MP600 Core 2 TB M.2 NVMe SSD met or exceeded all of my expectations, 5 Eggs, very highly recommended.

Most Critical Review

Uncomfortable

Rosewill RLFL-11004 1W 70 Lumens LED Head Lamp
Rosewill RLFL-11004 1W 70 Lumens LED Head Lamp

Pros: It's pretty bright. Has two modes, on and flashing. I guess flashing would be good if you were running along side the road at night. Takes AA batteries. Yes that's a pro. I'm not fond of AAA batteries. Decent battery life. The light itself tilts up and down.

Cons: Very uncomfortable. Doesn't really fit my head very well. I have it at the maximum adjustment and it almost slips off. The way it's made, the batteries go in a little compartment that sits on the back of your head with these plastic bumps, kind of half spheres. They are the problem really. They basically take all of the tension and put it into where those points contact your skull. It's almost painful to wear. It really is a horrible design.

Overall Review: I was hoping for something halfway decent for $10. But I really wasn't impressed. It's ok, that's about it.

Great Mid Power PSU With Good Cooling

CORSAIR RMx Series RM650x 2018 CP-9020178-NA 650 W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Power Supply
CORSAIR RMx Series RM650x 2018 CP-9020178-NA 650 W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Power Supply

Pros: The Corsair RM650x is actually very reasonably priced for the quality of power supply you're getting here. Corsair products always come in packaging that is designed to keep your product safe while in transit, which may seem like a minor detail, but for me, that's important. The housing for this power supply is well built. It has the same design as my 1600 watt platinum rated power supply, only it's quite a bit smaller. One of this power supplies best features is its fan. It comes with what appears to be a Corsair Magnetic Levitation fan. I have 12 of the ML series fans in my gaming PC and this looks pretty much the same, also I read an article that said the RM series power supplies are now coming equipped with the ML fans. The ML series fan is one of the best on the market, it's exactly what you'd want cooling your power supply. This is a modular power supply, which is also a great feature. I'm so glad the days of having to handle a gigantic rats nest of rigid cables are gone. This power supply has support for a two 8 pin CPU power output, which I found surprising. I've never seen a power supply under 1000 watts with two 8 pin CPU power connectors before. It comes with outputs for two PCI-E power connectors with two 6+2 pin connectors each, for a total of 4. There are 3 outputs for up to 8 SATA power connectors and 4 Molex power connectors. I would have liked to see more Molex, but at least the molex have decent connectors that don't take a lot of effort to plug into. That's something that used to bother me quite a bit back in the day. This power supply has a passive cooling feature. As long as you're not drawing beyond a certain amount of power or reaching a certain thermal threshold, the fan will stay off, and therefore that's less noise for you to hear. It's something that the power supply handles automatically and it's probably only something you can expect to work when your PC is sitting idle. Any load on your system and the fan will kick on. As long as the PC I have this installed in was sitting idle or just doing simple things like browsing the internet, the fan would stay off. This is an 80+ gold rated power supply, which is what you want. You don't need a gold rated power supply, but if you're into over clocking at all, more stable and efficient power can make the difference between hitting that next multiplier and remaining stable, or crashing if your power supply isn't up to the task. There are a lot of 80+ ratings now, I would recommend everyone gets at least a silver rated power supply at the bare minimum. The ratings go, white, bronze, silver, gold, platinum, titanium, with each having a higher efficiency rating.

Cons: I really only have one con with this power supply and it has nothing to do with its performance. It's that it is a 650 watt power supply. These days, with insanely high power draw CPU's and GPU's, you really need to be cautious about the power supply you're running. If your plan is to run anything more powerful than an RTX 3060 and an i7, I would recommend getting a larger power supply, at least 800 watts. It really depends on your system configuration though, you could run an RTX 3070 and an i5 no problem with this. So if you're not sure, a good place to start would be to find a power supply calculator online, and plug in the components you're planning to run. It will give you an idea of what would be a good power supply size for you. 650 watts is kind of on the small side of things these days. My graphics card in my main gaming PC, a 3090 FTW3, draws 500 watts all by itself, then the CPU, an overclocked 9900K can draw 200 watts. That's more than this power supply's rated maximum without anything else factored in. Of course, I wanted this for a simple PC with components that are a bit older and therefore won't put a strain on the power supply. So for my specific use case, this is perfect.

Overall Review: If there's one thing I would say about Corsair it's that they have great customer service, and they're really good about replacing products under warranty. I have actually had to take advantage of their warranty several times over the past 15 or so years, and each time they honored the warranty without any hassle. Corsair does make quality products. I've owned at least 4 of their power supplies and each of them are still working, two of them are TX750s that are probably 10 years old now. The other one is actually in the same family as this power supply, the RM1000x, and it has been a great power supply that I have actually lent out on a couple occasions, and everyone had good things to say about it. I have to rate this power supply 5 Eggs, I have no reason to give it a lower rating. I would just say that the 5 Eggs rating is based heavily on the condition that a 650 watt power supply is appropriate for you, if that's the case, this is a great choice.

Dual Dash Cam 1440P+1080P

Team 64GB microSDXC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter, Speed Up to 80MB/s (TUSDX64GUHS03)
Team 64GB microSDXC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter, Speed Up to 80MB/s (TUSDX64GUHS03)

Pros: Using with my Apeman C860. Has dual dash cams. Front records in 2K, or 1440P at 30 FPS, and rear records 1080P 30 FPS. So far so good. Formatted for FAT32, so file size is limited to about 20 minutes, then it saves and starts a new recording. That makes it easier to find things though, rather than skimming hours long video files and editing out the stuff I don’t want. I read that longevity with some cards isn’t great. Well my strategy is to fill the card most of the way then delete everything and start over. So I’m not saving over the same sectors over and over, leaving most of the storage blank and unused, while wearing the card out prematurely. SD cards don’t have the same storage cleaning and maintenance features as modern SSD’s, so it takes a bit of awareness to manage them, in my opinion, if you want to maximize their life span. Price was excellent.

Cons: None so far

Overall Review: Haven’t had any issues. Recordings write to the card perfectly even with two cameras writing simultaneously. Video quality is adequate. I also used this to expand the storage on my Windows tablet for my Steam library. I was able to play games off of this SD card without any noticeable graphical errors, crashing, stalling, or lag. I had Fallout Bew Vegas and Borderlands 1 stored on this card and the games played fine. It was formatted with NTFS at the time.

Outstanding Price to Performance Ratio

Crucial P5 1TB 3D NAND NVMe Internal SSD, up to 3400 MB/s - CT1000P5SSD8
Crucial P5 1TB 3D NAND NVMe Internal SSD, up to 3400 MB/s - CT1000P5SSD8

Pros: This is the first Crucial device I have ever owned, but I've had my eye on them for quite a few years. I've been building enthusiast PC's for nearly 20 years, so I've seen the rise of a variety of technologies over the years. Crucial is bringing their P5 series M.2 NVMe SSD to the table with an unbeatable price to performance ratio for your gaming rig. All too often manufacturers only advertise maximum speeds, knowing their drives are only capable of performing at those speeds in short bursts. So you have to be careful when shopping for an SSD. I got the 1 TB capacity drive. As this is my first Crucial drive, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from this SSD, but this Crucial P5 M.2 SSD is capable of maintaining speeds very close to what's advertised for extended durations. Often times drives can maintain their rated speeds for short bursts, but your good quality drives can maintain those speeds over longer periods of time. The Crucial P5 falls into that category. With this Crucial P5 1 TB M.2 drive, the read speeds are exceptional and the write speeds are very good. At this point, this is my third M.2 SSD, but I have been using a 1 TB 960 Evo M.2 for the past couple of years that I am able to compare it to. In most of the benchmarks, this drive destroys the 960 Evo. I am confident it would also outperform the 960 Pro and will definitely give the 970 series of SSDs a run for their money as well, and at a much, much lower price point. The primary difference between my old drive and this one is the write speeds are significantly higher. Read speeds are higher too, but write speeds are not only higher, they're more consistent, and over a much longer duration. I performed benchmarks comparing my two drives with multiple passes of file sizes between 1 and 16 GB. I used 3 different benchmarks, AS SSD, Crystal Disk Mark and Samsung Magician. I am using the most recent versions of each. Samsung Magician: 960 Evo 1 TB Sequential Read: 2929 MB/s Sequential Write: 1812 MB/s Random Read: 363, 281 IOPS Random Write: 166,259 IOPS Crucial P5 1 TB Sequential Read: 3492 MB/s Sequential Write: 3313 MB/s Random Read: 424,316 IOPS Random Write: 413,574 IOPS AS SSD: (Note: Seq tests are file size of 10 GB, 4K are 1 GB) 960 Evo 1 TB Seq. Read: 2807 MB/s Seq. Write: 1097 MB/s 4K Read: 43 MB/s 4K Write: 141 MB/s Access Time Read: .084 ms Access Time Write: .026 ms Crucial P5 1 TB Seq. Read: 3007 MB/s Seq. Write: 2855 MB/s 4K Read: 53 MB/s 4K Write: 123 MB/s Access Time Read: .032 ms Access Time Write: .084 ms Crystal Disk Mark: 960 Evo File Size 16 GB Seq Read: 2754 MB/s Seq Write: 1157 MB/s File Size 1 GB Seq Read: 2858 MB/s Seq Write: 1856 MB/s 4K 8QT8 Read: 1467 MB/s 4K 8QT8 Write: 1366 MB/s 4K 32Q1T Read: 709 MB/s 4K 32Q1T Write: 601 MB/s 4K 1Q1T Read: 48 MB/s 4K 1Q1T Write: 170 MB/s Crucial P5 1 Tb File Size 16 GB Seq Read: 3498 MB/s Seq Write: 3301 MB/s File Size 1 GB Seq Read: 3487 MB/s Seq Write: 3315 MB/s 4K 8QT8 Read: 1502 MB/s 4K 8QT8 Write: 2323 MB/s 4K 32Q1T Read: 524 MB/s 4K 32Q1T Write: 490 MB/s 4K 1Q1T Read: 51 MB/s 4K 1Q1T Write: 128 MB/s

Cons: There's only one issue that gives me cause for concern about this drive, and that's heat. In my case, which has more than adequate cooling, it idled at 52C, which is 6C hotter at idle than any other M.2 I have experience with. And temps rose to a max of 76C in less than one minute under torture testing. It never thermal throttled, but it took a very long time for the temperature to come back down after it spiked. Granted, this SSD is getting direct air flow blocked by two liquid cooled 2080 Ti's, but I would very seriously consider getting a heat sink for this SSD if I were planning to buy one. I have one on my 960 Evo. It's just an inexpensive chunk of finned copper and a thermal pad that are held in place with a zip tie, and it makes a significant difference. This drive will work just fine under ordinary circumstances, but a heat sink may increase the life span of your drive. It's a common misconception that M.2 SSD's like to run hot. They don't like to run too cool, but they also don't like to be too hot. Maintaining temperatures under above 20C and under 70C is ideal. I have been thoroughly impressed with the performance of this SSD. Considering it's performance, this drive is at an extremely competitive price point, making it perfect for a gaming PC. Although, at this time, M.2 SSDs aren't really a budget friendly option for the average PC gamer. Putting them out of reach for the average PC builder who is more concerned with maximizing their frames per second, with system responsiveness taking a back seat. M.2 SSDs are typically not very high in capacity, making them less than ideal as the sole data drive for the modern gaming PC. With many recent games exceeding 100 GB each, it limits the number of games you can have installed at any one time. When I went to install this drive it didn't automatically come up as an available drive in Windows 10. If you were doing a fresh install of Windows, it will force you to create a partition before you even get started. If, like me, you're adding this as a secondary drive to an existing system, then you will have to manually go in and create a partition, and assign a drive letter. This process has changed multiple times since Windows 10 released. At the time of this review, for Windows 10, you right click on the start button and select disk management. Then go to the bottom and right click the area that says Unallocated, select New Simple Volume and follow the instructions. After that you're good to go. One of the concerns I had when Installing a new secondary M.2 SSD in my system was would I have enough PCI-E lanes available? I'm running SLI 2080 Ti's on an i9 9900K, which only has 16 PCI-E lanes. SLI won't work with any fewer than 8 lanes per graphics card, so I couldn't afford to lose any lanes. Fortunately, the way it works, at least with my motherboard, EVGA z390 Dark, is that M.2 devices are assigned lanes off of the motherboard's chipset. I have two M.2 slots, both occupied, and both are running at PCI-E Gen 3 x4 speed, and my SLI is working as it should.

Overall Review: With the extremely impressive write speeds of this Crucial P5 M.2 SSD, it makes it absolutely perfect for the content creator who wants to capture high resolution gaming at the native quality and frame rate. With the blazing fast write speeds of this SSD, it won't have any trouble with that whatsoever. The write latency of this drive may seem a little high, but it's actually still quite fast. For most people, you're going to want to minimize latency on the read side as much as possible, since you're reading much, much more than you're writing. This drive does that. If you compare the write latency of this drive to standard hard drives or even standard SSD's, it thoroughly crushes them. The primary benefit of any quality M.2 SSD is system responsiveness. The days of sitting and waiting for your system to boot up are over. With this M.2 SSD, your system is ready to go as fast as it can turn on and there's no waiting, ever. Well, there are still some things that will make you wait a bit, but it won't be because your storage drive is a major bottleneck like it was in the days of mechanical hard drives. For the performance it offers, the price point of this drive is fantastic. Especially if you're the type of user who knows what they're looking for. This drive has blistering fast read speeds to rival any other PCI-E 3.0 M.2 SSD available now. They only thing you have to compromise is a bit of latency and speed on the write side. If you're using this for gaming, the price makes it about the best value you can get for PCI-E gen 3. Just two years ago, when I bought my 960 Evo, it cost over double what this drive is selling for at the time of this review. It was the same story, only much worse in read to write performance ratio. The Crucial P5 is as fast as many drives that are much more expensive. My only concern with this drive is the heat. Aside from that, I have been very impressed with the Crucial P5's price to performance ratio and it deserves no less than 4 Eggs.

So Many Options

Montech Air 900 ARGB ATX Mid-Tower PC Gaming Case/ High-Airflow, ARGB Lighting Strip, Sync With Motherboard, Dust- Proof, Unique Mesh Side Panel/ EATX, ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX/ Black,White
Montech Air 900 ARGB ATX Mid-Tower PC Gaming Case/ High-Airflow, ARGB Lighting Strip, Sync With Motherboard, Dust- Proof, Unique Mesh Side Panel/ EATX, ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX/ Black,White

Pros: This case has a lot of what I would consider to be high end features, in a case that is very affordable. This case is priced just above the absolute bottom end of what you can get a case for, and you actually get something pretty nice. One word that best describes this case is options. When Montech designed this case, they really took a lot into consideration and designed it so that you will have plenty of options to choose from. Ranging from the selection and fitment of hardware, to the placement of fans and radiators. This case fits mini and micro ATX, standard ATX, and some E-ATX motherboards. Depending on how you have your case set up, you will have between 11 and 14.5 inches for graphics cards. If you have a huge radiator in the front, then you'll have 11 inches. If you don't have anything there, including fans, then you'll have the full 14.5. You can fit an air cooler up to just a little over 6 inches in height. These aren't necessarily the numbers Montec provides, I got out my tape measurer and checked it myself. There is a removable hard drive bay that accommodates two 3.5 inch hard drives. I thought the SSD drive area has a very interesting design. There is a removable rack labeled "SSD" with four screw holes for each SSD. You mount the SSD's to this rack, then secure the rack to the back of the motherboard tray. There's plenty of room in the power supply bay, which is separate from the motherboard area. The room for a power supply height wise is pretty standard, but you can fit a very long power supply. For example, my EVGA P2 1600 is gigantic. It's 9 inches long, and it will fit in this case no problem. The front control panel has two USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports. There is also the standard 3.5mm stereo audio out port and a mic in port. There's also a power and reset button. For a budget mid tower case, this case has pretty decent cable management alongside and behind the motherboard tray with a decent amount of room to work. There's nothing worse than having a routing area for cables and no room to actually fit anything there. This case has 3 velcro straps, two grommeted ports and several other ports strategically placed alongside the motherboard tray. There are also several other anchor points for straps or zip ties. The side panel is tempered glass. It is tinted from the factory. All the mounting points for the glass panel are designed to prevent the glass from getting damaged. Both the screws and the mounting points have rubber o rings or bumpers to prevent the glass from getting scratched or cracked.

Cons: There are no 5.25 inch disc drive bays. On my main rig I have 4 of those slots filled, one with a BD-RW drive, and the other three are fan controllers. So you won't have room for any of that, you'll have to improvise if you want to have stuff like that in this case. The Lighting button on this case is actually a feature this case doesn't support. It's meant for the RGB version of this case, I have the Air 900 Mesh non-RGB case. The tempered glass panel comes with a protective cover on both sides you can peel off. In the manual it calls it an explosion proof protector. While I'm certain that is definitely something you want to protect your glass during shipment, or during the initial phase of your build. Even if I wanted to keep that on mine, I'm unable to. The cover has several flaws right out of the box. It's peeled back in a couple spots, there's air bubbles underneath it in one place, and in one area, there is a chunk of something that seems to have gotten stuck underneath it when it was getting assembled at the factory. It's not really an issue as far as I'm concerned, I intend to peel it off. But if you're going to call it an explosion proof protector, then you should make it so it can be left on long term. The tempered glass is tinted, I would prefer to have it clear. The cables coming from the front control panel are rigid and difficult to manage. The velcro straps are also cheap, and don't give the impression that they'll last very long if you're not careful. E-ATX size motherboards are listed as compatible. E-ATX isn't exactly a specific standard, so that compatibility should be taken with a grain of salt. If the E-ATX board is very long, it may not fit. If it's longer than 12.5 inches, it probably won't fit.

Overall Review: There are tons of spots for fans. You can fit two 140mm fans in the top and one 120mm in the rear. You might be able to fit two 140mm fans in the bottom, depending on your hardware configuration, but definitely two 120mm. The front is an interesting design. The way it comes, it has a single 120mm fan mounted up front inside the case. If you're very ambitious, you could modify the case to fit a 140mm case fans behind the front case cover, where the magnetic dust cover is. If I was planning to mount a radiator in the front, I would mount my fans in that spot, giving me a lot more room for a radiator. Without any modifications, you can fit a 60mm thick radiator, even a bit larger actually, but 60mm will fit if you put your fans behind the front cover and use the fan mounts inside the case strictly for radiator space. If you mount your fans in the traditional manner, you can fit three 120mm fans in the front. The 3.5 inch hard drive bay is removable, freeing up a lot of extra space for a nice, thick radiator up front. This case comes with two fans out of the box. They're standard non LED/RGB fans, one in the front and one in the rear. The included fans work well enough, they look pretty good with white blades and a Montech sticker in the middle. This case is awesome for liquid cooling, it fits up to 280mm radiators in the top and up to 360mm in the front. A 240mm radiator could fit comfortably in the bottom, but depending on your system configuration, there may be enough room for a 280mm in the bottom if you don't have any vertically mounted graphics cards or any PCI-e cards mounted in your bottom slots. There's also room for a 120mm radiator in the rear. Radiators typically go in increments of 120 to 140mm. If the spot fits a 140mm or a 280mm radiator, it will also fit the closest size in 120mm increments. So the 280mm spot will also fit 120/140/240. But the 360mm spot will not fit any of the 140mm increment sizes. One of the features I appreciate the most about this case are the included magnetic dust covers. I wouldn't have expected to see that on a budget case. They're very effective at keeping the dust out of your case. All of the large ports have one, in the top, front, and bottom. Another feature that can be a huge time saver is there is a large opening on the motherboard tray behind where the CPU is typically mounted. Allowing you to change out coolers or water blocks without having to remove the motherboard. That can save you a lot of headaches. There was one other feature I thought was unique and interesting. There is a port that opens alongside the rear PCI I/O area. The only thing I can think is it must be there to allow for tubing, for liquid cooling to pass through. It's secured with a screw and you can have it open or closed if you're not using it, an awesome addition I've never seen implemented in this way. Overall, I really like this case and I definitely recommend it if you need a budget friendly case that has a lot of the features you'll find in more expensive cases. If you want a case for your first build and you want room for expansion later, this is a great case for that. It has excellent cooling potential for both air and liquid cooling. Out of the box with the two included fans, airflow is pretty lackluster. But once you start expanding your cooling capability, this case has excellent airflow with a properly laid out cooling system. I'm trying to think of a reason not to give this case a 5 Egg rating, but none of the cons I've listed are really anything more than nitpicking. I would say the true rating should be 4.5, but since I believe it deserves better than 4 and there are no half increments, I am giving it 5 Eggs.

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Fast Shipping, Quality Refurb

The shipping was very fast. I ordered Friday, had it on my porch on Monday. Ohio to PA, so not that far, but still very impressive. The refurbished item was in perfect cosmetic condition and perfect working order. Item wasn't shipped very securely. They stuffed it in a box that was way bigger than it needed to be with a piece of packing paper to protect it. Why is it these shipping departments don't teach their employees the correct way to pack items for shipment? Item was undamaged, but could have definitely been packaged better. I took an egg for that. Everything else was great.

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12/15/2015

US Micro Corp Laptop Refurb

I only gave 4 eggs because the laptop I ordered had some cosmetic damage. It wasn't bad, but clearly visible. But, the major reason I deducted one egg was because when I opened my new refurb laptop for the first time, the keyboard and monitor were covered in potato chips. I don't know if they just didn't bother to check it, or if they just have some slob eating chips and sorting through used laptops. However, what really counts, the hardware, was in great shape. An Intel Sandy Bridge quad core, 8 GB DDR3, a 500 GB hybrid drive, Windows 7 64 bit and a full 1080p display. Great! It was supposed to have a 350 GB standard hard drive and a1366x768 display so I got even more than I had anticipated. So I was very happy about that. The battery works great and so does the power supply. The shipping time was pretty good. Took a couple days before they shipped it, but still satisfactory. Very satisfied with my refurb laptop, would do business again. Just clean up your refurbs a bit.

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12/12/2014

Meh...

It took them a week just to ship the item and the packaging for the item was damaged. Fortunately the item itself worked perfectly.

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