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Pros: 32gb kit for a decent price
Moderately low profile
Doesn't mess around with the BCLK
Works just like it should
Cons: Not as low profile as it could be
Bizarrely marketed solely for the Z170
Other Thoughts: I got this for an emergency computer build... and chose it primarily because it was one of the few 32gb kits I could pick up in person at the time.
Newegg advertises it for the Z170 and X99, but G.Skill is very specific that it's only for the Z170 and doesn't even qualify it on any X99 boards... and I have no idea why. This is a 4 module kit, and works perfectly fine in my Asus X99 Sabertooth board using the default XMP profile. Rock solid stability with everything I've thrown at it. Note that I'm not overclocking the memory and cannot rate it on that, but see no reason why it'd do any worse than the older modules with the jagged heatsinks..
This review is from: Fractal Design Define R5 Black Silent ATX Midtower Computer Case
Pros: - Very quiet
- Good airflow
- Front door masks a lot of fan noise
- Still has a pair of 5.25" bays
- Easy-access air filters (both from front)
- Looks nice and understated, but somehow slightly menacing
- Many thoughtful design touches
Cons: - 3.5" drive trays do not adequately isolate HDD vibration, and fit slightly loose
- Black-on-black design makes front ports tough to see in dim lighting
- Pointless fan control system (I let my motherboard handle that)
Other Thoughts: As a long-time Antec fan, I was disappointed by their late 2015 crop of “quiet” cases. My prior one was the P183 (which I couldn’t find anywhere), so I began to look for alternatives. I first found the NXZT H630, which in turn led me to find and settle on the Fractal Designs Devine R5.
The most important consideration: it is indeed very quiet; even quieter than the P183. 140mm is a great fan size, and the 2 fans that come with the case are much quieter than I was expecting. I also added an Antec True Quiet 140 to the front for a little more airflow.
The one significant disappointment of the case: the 3.5” drive bays. There are a lot of them, and they all use removable metal trays, which at first glance seems fantastic... except that the implementation is poor. The silicon grommets are very thin and incapable of completely isolating the vibration of my 4 Seagate 7200RPM hard drives. With those four drives installed at the bottom, the entire vertical drive cage begins to vibrate, vibration that’s transmitted into the case itself. Worse, any unused drive trays or trays with lightweight objects installed (ie. SSD drives) begin to vibrate audibly against the actual cage – because the trays and the spring locking mechanisms are slightly sloppy fits.
I had to spend a fair bit of time wedging thin felt bumpers into strategic places to stop this loose metal-on-metal contact. Granted, I’ve managed to eliminate the buzzing vibration, if not the actual vibration – but the same drives in my P183 were rock solid. I suspect the much thicker silicon grommets and far sturdier cage and tray design helped prevent any vibration.
So, one thing I’d like Fractal Designs to do is find some way to improve their 3.5” cage system. Thicker grommets, tighter tolerences, sturdier locking mechanism. Another would be to improve their 5.25” drive system. Considering the fancy locking mechanism on the plastic blanks, the fact that you have to slide a drive in and screw it directly to the case like any $20 ATX case, seems out of character with all those other thoughtful details. Also, how about a soft LED light to illuminate the interior of the front USB ports? The understated all-black design looks killer, but under my desk it becomes a featureless black hole that absorbs ambient light – and I literally have to use a flashlight to find the USB ports!
Overall, I’m satisfied with R5. It’s well built, roomy (considering it’s a few inches shorter than the P183), and had many nice design touches that allowed me to route cables neater than I’ve ever been able to do before. Love the 2 easy-access air filters, the Velcro straps on the back of the motherboard tray, all the rubber grommets, and the fact that the design isn’t... well, bizarre and/or just plain garish like so many high-end cases. There’s always room for improvement, but there’s nothing about the current design that makes me wish I’d bought anything else. Recommended.
This review is from: D-Link DGS-1024D Unmanaged 24-Port Gigabit Unmanaged Desktop or Rackmount Switch
Pros: * 24 gigabit ports at a very reasonable price.
* Built-in power supply with a real cord.
* Ports and LEDs on one side, power supply on the other (although whether this is good or not will depend on your situation).
* Comes with feet and rack-mount ears.
* No cooling fan (my old 16-port gigabit switch had a fan that would come on occasionally).
* Compact, heavy, seems well-built.
Cons: Current hardware version seems possibly cost-reduced, hopefully it still works as well. Main differences are a redesigned LED array, and larger vents in the metal housing. It still weighs a ton and *seems* to be a quality product.
Other Thoughts: I purchased this to replace an old 3Com 16-port gigabit switch, simply because I was re-doing my network and wanted a switch with both ports and LEDs on the front. As a bonus this exactly matched the physical size of my new D-Link dual-WAN router.
Current shipping hardware version E1 is no longer as pictured. Version C1 (and perhaps D1?) shows a total of 48 LEDs, 12 ports in one row and 12 ports in the second row, each port with LEDs for link and activity.
The unit I received has a very compact 6 by 4 array of 24 LEDs, one LED for each port serving double-duty as both link and activity. The single LED works fine, but the main issue is that the 6x4 array does not in any way match the actual physical arrangement of ports, not even vaguely, so to check something you have to match up LED number with port number; there's no quick reference like the original design.
This is obviously a cost reduction change; I'm hoping that nothing else has happened to reduce quality or performance.