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This review is from: Rosewill CULLINAN ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case With Tempered Glass Panels
Pros: - Beautiful looking
- Perfect tint to allow some light through but dark enough to hide what you don't want to show off
- Quiet even with all the fans on
- USB 3 and USB 2 ports on top. You can never have enough IMO.
- Cable management design (more below)
- Magnetic mesh covers for easy removal and cleaning
- PLENTY of room for water cooling
- Lots of room for long graphics cards
- All drives and PSU are hidden from the primary viewing side (left side)
Cons: - Heavy (glass, obviously)
- Some of the area around the PSU can be tight when dealing with larger than standard power supplies (1200 W PSU in my case)
Other Thoughts: I have to give up to Rosewill. This is a beautifully made case. Well built. Sturdy. Lots of extra screws. While a bit on the heavy side, and understandably so since it's made of glass, it really does scream room center piece. It looks beautiful next to my desk and while it's not perfect, it's pretty darn close.
I saw that someone say this supports E ATX. I'm not really sure how that's possible given that I put in a standard ATX motherboard and it literally barely fits with less than a few millimeters of space between it and the PSU shroud. Something to keep in mind.
There is plenty of room for water cooling so no concerns there.
The shroud for cable management on the front of the motherboard is a nice touch and since it's removable makes it easy to get everything in place before placing it over everything for a nice clean look.
In my opinion, the tint on this is perfect. It's dark enough that you can't see wires or parts of the case that you don't want to see but lets out enough light that you can see a pleasant glow from the inside. Very nice.
All in all this is a beautiful case. Some minor drawbacks but if someone I know is looking for a case that looks great, has plenty of room, and doesn't quite break the bank (although not exactly cheap), this would be on a very short list.
Pros: - 80 Plus Gold certified
- Quiet even under heavy load
- Seems to run cool even under load
- Black makes it look really nice if you have an already black case
- PLENTY of SATA plugs
- DUAL CPU ready (note not dual core, but actual DUAL CPU socket ready)
- Single +12V rail
Cons: - The motherboard power plug is more "standard" looking making it look somewhat out of place given that the rest of the plugs are a clean black look
Other Thoughts: Honestly I wasn't sure what to expect with this PSU. I typically prefer Corsair but was open to the idea of Rosewill again. I've owned a few of their products before and while some are deservedly so cheaply made, I feel like their top end stuff is much better than it used to be. I appreciate the effort to bring some quality to the value space.
Honestly the PSU worked perfectly. My test system includes a Core i5 3570K CPU and 16 GB RAM with one single Samsung SSD an MSI motherboard and dual GTX 960s and a test with a single GTX 770 4GB. I ran multiple stress tests and tried to maximize the amount of draw. Everything ran stable with no issues. I am pleasantly surprised.
The PSU also has Dual CPU power available for dual socketed systems. By this I mean it has two separate cables of CPU 8 Pin plugs available, not just one cable that splits the 8 into 4. For those trying to build a server or maybe a beefy workstation this thing should be able to handle it. The modular cables have ports in abundance. The SATA cables alone make me want to switch this PSU into my server where I have many data drives.
The warranty is 5 years which for most people is plenty and is average-above average in this segment (some have 10 year warranties).
All in all it was a pleasant experience working with this power supply. I wouldn't have any problem recommending it to my family or friends if they wanted to save a little bit of money.
Pros: - Quiet operation (5900 RPM drive)
- Low power requirements
- 3 year warranty
- Designed specifically to run 24/7
- Good speeds especially when empty
- Range of sizes all the way up to 10 TB
Cons: - Slow speeds when drive is full (see below)
- Warranty is 3 years, which is normally good, but a 5 year for a more heavy duty drive would be more preferable
Other Thoughts: Speeds when the drive was empty were actually quite good (well up over 100 megabytes a second) but as the drive gets full, performance starts to suffer. No doubt this is due to the slower spinning 5900 RPM platters. Still, because these drives will more than likely be put in systems where you are dealing with large single files vs lots of smaller files spread out all over the disk, it's more than adequate in surveillance systems.
I performed my tests on both my desktop as a standard drive and also in a Synology based NAS recording two cameras. The Synology side of things worked quite well. The drive claims it can handle up to 64 cameras at once and while I have my doubts about performance at 1080p with that many cameras at once, it did quite well with the two I had. Desktop performance was fine for a drive of this class but again once the drive gets full it struggles a bit.
Other than that price was good or on par with competing drives. I do wish the warranty was a bit longer given the application here and given that Seagate would like the drive to be sold as more of a prosumer part. That said, 3 years should be enough for most people.
While I personally am reviewing the 3 TB variety, they do make a 10 TB version as well that you might want to look at. Solid offering overall that should be on a short list especially for those needing an inexpensive drive who don't need maximum performance at all times.