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Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Five (5) Preinstalled Fans, Side Window Panel, Top HDD Dock
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very good cooling out of the box. Reviews all over the web state this. HD cage supports are metal and sturdy. Plenty of room to work. The panel fit (gaps (none)) and finish is very nice. The overall layout and features.

IF you are buying this mostly for the HD dock on top, there are others out there (I learned too late).

But beware the cons!

Cons: #1 Rosewill Tech LIED.
I called Rosewill before I made the purchase. I talked to a TECH and told them I wanted to know the diameter for the space between where my specific mobo (Asus Maximus V Gene) top ends and the very top of the metal part of the case. As well as the dimensions between the top of the metal case and the inside top, of the top cover. I told them I wanted to install the Corsair H100i up there. I realize it now, but once I told them about the Corsair, they never answered my question about the diameter measurements. They just went on to assure me the radiator and fans would fit NO PROBLEM. With my mobo it DOES NOT FIT. Oh I got it to fit UNDER the top cover with MAJOR work to the case (video to be posted soon). But if I had known that, I would have purchased another case. I didn't because shipping it back would have cost $40 (I’m second guessing that too because of the time I spent).

Came with some installed stand-offs bent. Instructions for installing stand-offs for a mATX were wrong for my board (1 of them was not needed and would have touched multiple metal points on the back of the mobo).

The thumbscrews for the side panels and the stand-offs don't screw in cleanly. It feels like they want to cross thread, every time.

Top sata dock not documented as Sata II (3Gb) or Sata III (6Gb). What is it?

No opening below mobo header pins with grommet (as on other Rosewill cases). Side panels still use the outdated clip and slide instead of the "hinged" design.

You NEED case fan controllers as the noise needs to be tamed when possible.

The cables for the frontside audio, buttons and USB bulge down into the case so much that a DVD drive cannot be installed into the top position thereby rendering the fan mount useless.

No dust filters unless you consider the mesh built into the case covers a "filter".

Other Thoughts: If this is your first case or first Rosewill case, it's mediocre.

Thermaltake BlacX Duet (ST0014U) ABS Plastic 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Update:
Works with all kinds of hard drives. I've had no problem with WD Black 1TB hard drive in each slot, at the same time on eSata. Your motherboard must be able to support this for it to work (eSata port multiplying). Please check carefully. I've put 6 different drives through this thing with no problems.

1 USB port and 1 eSata port. It doesn't need more than one of each because that's all that's need to work as intended.

Quiet: No fan. Hard drives are vertical. Air circulates fine around them. Do they get hot? Maybe? Too hot? Does it even matter? No. Google studied 5 years worth of monitoring statistics from their massive data centers and it doesn't matter as much as other factors (search: Failure trends in large disk drive operations)

Cons: There is a small opening that I wish had a protective flap when a hard drive is removed. Just to keep out dust. Hasn't hurt anything though so far.

Thermaltake BlacX Duet (ST0014U) ABS Plastic 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: It's black!
It accepts 2 sizes of HD's.
It's light weight! You can take it camping! (don't take it camping)
It's USB2 AND eSata.

Cons: -1 egg for the smaller openings in the middle that don't have a folding cover like the larger opening. There has got to be a way to engineer something in there.

Power button/switch has crazy long and unstable travel until it engages. Almost lost a finger (not really).

Other Thoughts: I swapped out the supplied eSata cable for a locking 6 Gpbs cable.

WARNING: If you want to use both drive slots with eSata, MAKE SURE your motherboard supports eSata port multiplying. Otherwise, it will only detect one drive at a time.

To get it to allow hot swapping the drives. In the BIOS, change ide to ahci.


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Display Name: James S.

Date Joined: 06/02/06

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  • First Review: 07/19/11
  • Last Review: 01/23/13
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