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Pros: Solid construction. This steel is a cut above the usual rabble. It's not my Define R4 but it's surprisingly sturdy, I've bought Silverstone cases with thinner steel than this.
Hassle-free install. The drive cage lifts out, allowing a generous amount of space to maneuver the motherboard into position. With the cage out, drive installations are a breeze.
Flexible options. I've crammed everything from a tiny mini itx board to an extra wide micro atx board (9 screws) into this without much trouble at all. In addition, the drive cages are more flexible than you'd think. If you're willing to pick up an adapter, to convert the 5.25" bay into other things, you can fit gobs of drives into this tiny box. (slim server, anyone?) My personal recommendation is the Icy-dock 5.25 to 3.5 + dual 2.5 adapter, it's about five bucks. More importantly, if you're a bit of a modder, you can just pull out the drive cage entirely and do something else with the empty space.
Decent power supply. No it's not 80plus, but it's weighty, you know? I've tortured one of them with an OC'd AMD processor and the biggest GPU I could fit into the case. No problems, still works. It's fan is a bit noisy but it's small... What do you expect? I've got a suggestion for a good replacement if you're feeling brave. See my other thoughts.
Price. Most of all, it's a great platform for the price. You could use it exactly as is, or carve it into confetti for your own personal projects, and just pick up another one. Considering the PSU alone (which is decent) would be about $40 by itself, you're getting one heck of a bargain on this platform as a whole.

Cons: This case design is starting to show it's age, the front IO is decent, but no USB3 on the case itself. (Unless you sacrifice a drive cage for a media card reader with some USB3s on it, which I highly suggest you consider doing)
The included 80mm fan is a pretty crumby sleeve-bearing fan. (It works, but it's not particularly quiet. Fans are cheap though.)
No dust filters. (You could DIY some, but honestly, I'd rather have the increased airflow of unfettered fans.)

Other Thoughts: It's worth mentioning, that without some modifications (like, with a Dremel) you're going to be stuck with low profile CPU coolers, and Low-profile GPUs. As of this writing, the most powerful GPU you can fit in here is a 750Ti, Gigabyte makes a low profile one. I have it, it's very good.

Want a better PSU? You can, but it won't fit perfectly. The PSU that comes with it is a bit smaller than the TFX standard I think. I've managed to cram (and I mean cram) a SeaSonic SS-300TGW 80Plus Gold unit into this case. But none of the screw holes lined up properly, so I have it tied in with zip-ties. It also blocks just enough of the 80mm fan slot that you can't really put a fan there with it in. Jerry-rigged, I know, but it's been working great for 2 years now.

I acquired my first of these cases from craigslist, and since then have purchased 4 more for various builds. Of these, ALL arrived in perfect working order. (Both PSU and plastic front panel.) The oldest I've had for... shoot, 6 years now? It's as solid as the day I got it used off of craigslist. Not sure what happened with other reviewer's cases, but I've only been pleased.

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Pros: Solid construction. This steel is a cut above the usual rabble. It's not my Define R4 but it's surprisingly sturdy, I've bought Silverstone cases with thinner steel than this.
Hassle-free install. The drive cage lifts out, allowing a generous amount of space to maneuver the motherboard into position. With the cage out, drive installations are a breeze.
Flexible options. I've crammed everything from a tiny mini itx board to an extra wide micro atx board (9 screws) into this without much trouble at all. In addition, the drive cages are more flexible than you'd think. If you're willing to pick up an adapter, to convert the 5.25" bay into other things, you can fit gobs of drives into this tiny box. (slim server, anyone?) My personal recommendation is the Icy-dock 5.25 to 3.5 + dual 2.5 adapter, it's about five bucks. More importantly, if you're a bit of a modder, you can just pull out the drive cage entirely and do something else with the empty space.
Decent power supply. No it's not 80plus, but it's weighty, you know? I've tortured one of them with an OC'd AMD processor and the biggest GPU I could fit into the case. No problems, still works. It's fan is a bit noisy but it's small... What do you expect? I've got a suggestion for a good replacement if you're feeling brave. See my other thoughts.
Price. Most of all, it's a great platform for the price. You could use it exactly as is, or carve it into confetti for your own personal projects, and just pick up another one. Considering the PSU alone (which is decent) would be about $40 by itself, you're getting one heck of a bargain on this platform as a whole.

Cons: This case design is starting to show it's age, the front IO is decent, but no USB3 on the case itself. (Unless you sacrifice a drive cage for a media card reader with some USB3s on it, which I highly suggest you consider doing)
The included 80mm fan is a pretty crumby sleeve-bearing fan. (It works, but it's not particularly quiet. Fans are cheap though.)
No dust filters. (You could DIY some, but honestly, I'd rather have the increased airflow of unfettered fans.)

Other Thoughts: It's worth mentioning, that without some modifications (like, with a Dremel) you're going to be stuck with low profile CPU coolers, and Low-profile GPUs. As of this writing, the most powerful GPU you can fit in here is a 750Ti, Gigabyte makes a low profile one. I have it, it's very good.

Want a better PSU? You can, but it won't fit perfectly. The PSU that comes with it is a bit smaller than the TFX standard I think. I've managed to cram (and I mean cram) a SeaSonic SS-300TGW 80Plus Gold unit into this case. But none of the screw holes lined up properly, so I have it tied in with zip-ties. It also blocks just enough of the 80mm fan slot that you can't really put a fan there with it in. Jerry-rigged, I know, but it's been working great for 2 years now.

I acquired my first of these cases from craigslist, and since then have purchased 4 more for various builds. Of these, ALL arrived in perfect working order. (Both PSU and plastic front panel.) The oldest I've had for... shoot, 6 years now? It's as solid as the day I got it used off of craigslist. Not sure what happened with other reviewer's cases, but I've only been pleased.

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G.SKILL 16GB (2 x 8G) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3L 1333 (PC3L 10600) Laptop Memory Model F3-1333C9D-16GSL
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Pros: -High Capacity.
-Good Timings.
-Low voltage.
-Cheapest (2x8GB) Kit on the market, when I bought it.
-Passed 5 passes of MemTest 86+ with flying colors.

Cons: -Not... as compatible as I'd have liked in my older Toshiba P775. (See Other Thoughts)

Other Thoughts: After much debugging, I have reached the conclusion that the Intel HD Graphics on my laptop is unable to initialize its memory stake on these larger DIMMs. It will POST, and the BIOS reads all 16GB, but no OS will boot, (Windows, Linux, Flashdrive, PXE, nothing.)
My solution was to use one 4GB DIMM in slot 0, and one of these 8GB DIMMS in slot 1. I can boot OSs in this config, and use all 12GB available. (It seems that the GPU can allocate across a 4GB stick, and the system is compatible with 8GB DIMMS, just not in both slots.)
Go figure....
This of course is not the fault of the memory. I tested them in a different machine which didn't have these limitations, and they work perfectly.

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Display Name: Christopher B.

Date Joined: 09/11/11

  • Reviews: 19
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  • First Review: 04/27/13
  • Last Review: 12/20/16
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