Date Joined: 12/16/07
Overall Review: Dead on arrival, not worth the postage to return. Oddly, the polarity was also reversed from the fan that came with the power supply--but that's fixable with wire cutters. I will order a different brand replacement from elsewhere.
Pros: tested fine, quiet, cold
Overall Review: I'll probably buy modular supplies from now on, I'm tired of fighting with extra cables.
Pros: Fast, cheap, nice features, includes usb3 cable, e-sate port
Cons: Does NOT include e-sata, cable & bracket--the description is wrong.
Overall Review: Some components do rattle around lose until a drive is installed. This seems to confuse some other reviewers...just realize that you're assembling the parts.
Pros: Cheap, SSD, fast customer support--overnight replacement from manufacturer.
Cons: Died within days, not the fastest SSD's available.
Overall Review: These drives are ONLY sold at Newegg. Not sure what's going on here...the massively high initial failure rate (read other reviews) hints that they might be using customers to do the quality control checks, rather than doing it in the factory.
Once you get a good one, you're probably fine; my replaced drive seems fine.
Pros: Worked fine, basic inexpensive black case, nothing epic, just a case, good price.
Cons: Front USB ports are only setup to connect to only a 20 pin USB 3 header, can not work with older USB headers. Not a problem, but some other cases will work with either 2 or 3.
Pros: Love their fans, and their great support--if needed.
Cons: No cons
Overall Review: Will keep buying from Noctua
Pros: Bought 2, Worked great
Cons: no cons.
Pros: Worked great. Couldn't be happier, unless they were on sale.
Pros: Seems like an OK drive--refurbished. Not noisy. Very thin.
Cons: Weird mounting holes. There are only holes on the edges of the drive, not the face; so I had to duct-tape it into the case. This would be a deal-breaker for many systems.
Overall Review: Using it as an in-case backup drive; not as my primary drive, which is SSD.
Pros: Like everything MSI, it runs great.
Cons: Yes, it's single-slot, but it's almost two slots wide; due to cooling fins & fans.
This card is too wide for most MITX cases...and that's the case manufacturers fault, not MSI's fault.
It could be a little quieter, I'm picky about fan noise. It's not bad, just not great.
Pros: Very well made, all metric, runs cooler than some other MITX cases.
Cons: Fitting an ATX power supply in this case is essentially a lie, as is the ability to install even a small gaming video card with a second hard drive; here's why:
You can either install an ATX PSU *or* a hard drive near the optical drive--NOT BOTH.
You can install a thick, gaming, single-slot video card *or* a hard drive near the bottom of the case--NOT BOTH.
This case really should have been a couple of centimeters taller. Everything's a VERY tight fit, even with the smallest possible components. NOT a build for a newbie.
Overall Review: You can install ONE laptop drive, near a small SFX power supply.
You have to choose between a second drive OR a gaming video card--not both.
You can fit a desktop drive, if you have ONLY onboard graphics.
Pros: AMD APU's are great for casual Windows-only gaming; or non-gaming office boxes.
Cons: AMD has essentially abandoned non-Windows users. AMD/ATI non-Windows video drivers are too old to function with modern Linux kernels. They cause X to crash--they're completely unreliable. With AMD unwilling to open source their code for Linux developers to fix the problems; Linux users are forced to abandon the proprietary hardware accelerated drivers that make the chip run fast, or give-up and buy an nVidia video card to fix their AMD APU.
Overall Review: This is really a shame. The tech-savvy users put AMD on the map. While those very same Linux users represent only 1% of AMD customers, we are the majority of IT system designers, who make purchasing recommendations.
Pros: Very nice non-gaming case. Great choice for an MITX office tower or desktop.
Cons: These cases will only hold a thin, non-gaming video card. It's low-profile, which is fine, but good video cards have thick cooling fins & fans, that wont fit in this case.
Pros: Normally I'm extremely happy with StarTech products--so much so I will pay more for that brand; this is the rare exception. This item is useless. Easy to setup, but if you're more than 20-feet from the device you won't get a connection. This item's range is so limited, that it doesn't effectively extend your range at all. I set this up is a community center, so we had lots of people try it. No one had better success with this extender, than with the main router...which was much further away.
Cons: Easy to setup
Overall Review: If you're more than 20-feet from the device you won't get a connection.
Pros: Near silent at first
Cons: Early model, in a vertical case, started squeaking after several weeks. That may have been fixed with design changes.
Overall Review: After initially rating this a 2, I'm upgrading to a 4: I contacted the manufacturer who said the fan design had been updated. They mailed me a replacement fan from Austria, it's quiet again. Excellent customer service from manufacturer.
I have purchased more Noctua coolers since this.