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Jared J.

Jared J.

Joined on 02/22/01

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Most Favorable Review

Fantastic case with a challenging build.

Phanteks Evolv Shift XT PH-ES121XT_DBK01 Black Aluminum / Steel / Tempered Glass Mini-ITX Computer Case
Phanteks Evolv Shift XT PH-ES121XT_DBK01 Black Aluminum / Steel / Tempered Glass Mini-ITX Computer Case

Pros: Solid Construction AIO Watercooling support Great build instructions included Fits a rather large 3080 Addressable RGB lighting effects that support common motherboard headers

Cons: So close to supporting a 280mm cooler, but doesn't dRGB cable a few mm too short Takes a lot of disassembly to access components

Overall Review: I haven't built my own desktop PC in about 5 years. I've been a laptop gamer during that time. This is my second Phanteks case and I love their design language and their mini-ITX options. This case is built like a tank. Solid steel and aluminium construction. Building it is challenging, but not frustrating. It was fun putting my system together but not so easy I could do it in my sleep like an ATX tower. It was more like a puzzle this time. The cooling is great even with a 240mm Rad. My i712700K doesn't breach 175F running Prime 95. However, with just a bit of modification to the radiator top-plate I really think Phanteks could have let this case support a 280mm Rad. It does support 2x 140mm fans in "Airboost" height. Swapping components requires removing the top, bottom, and side mesh panels from the chassis to remove the inner frame. You have to do this to access any component inside. The front panel headers were long enough except for the addressable RGB header. It was a few mm too short for where my Mobo's header was. All around this is a very good case for a nice compact mini-ITX build that is proudly displayed on my desk rather than hidden away.

Most Critical Review

Good performance, but 0 reliability

Kingston SSDNow S100 16GB 2.5" SATA II Industrial Solid State Disk SS100S2/16G
Kingston SSDNow S100 16GB 2.5" SATA II Industrial Solid State Disk SS100S2/16G

Pros: Drive's performance is stellar. I/O is snappy just as an SSD should be. Low power consumption. If the Watt meter on my UPS is any indication 20W reduction in power from a 3.5" conventional drive.

Cons: I purchased this product originally on January 17th for use in a PFSense build. (PFSense is a soft-router based on BSD). Boot times were crazy fast which is what I bought this product for, fast reboots on a router. Unfortunately after less than 2 months the original drive died. I put in for an advance RMA with Kingston which they handled quickly and with a new drive. Unfortunately the replacement drive has ALSO died within a month of installation.

Overall Review: Either this drive has some issue with BSD based Operating systems or there is something wrong with Kingston's design. I can't say for certain. It's not as though PFSense hammers the drive with r/w operations. Until Kingston gets these reliability issues fixed I can't recommend this product to anyone.

Best IPS display for the money!

Dell UltraSharp U2312HM IPS-Panel Black 23" 8ms Swivel & Height Adjustable Widescreen LCD Monitor with LED 300 cd/m2 2 Million:1 DCR (1000:1)
Dell UltraSharp U2312HM IPS-Panel Black 23" 8ms Swivel & Height Adjustable Widescreen LCD Monitor with LED 300 cd/m2 2 Million:1 DCR (1000:1)

Pros: LED Backlight provides impeccable picture with IPS display All three inputs can be used simultaneously. four port USB hub Height adjust with swivel to portrait. 3 year warranty and Dell Premium Panel guarantee!

Cons: Limited adjustments from the OSD No dedicated input switch button. No Picture in Picture. Should ditch included VGA cable for a DP cable instead.

Overall Review: On the surface, this monitor may not seem like such a great deal given there are lots of other 23" displays going for far less than this one. However, once you've gotten used to an IPS monitor like this one, it's difficult to use a TN panel. This is the least expensive IPS display that I have been able to find anywhere. Also one of the least expensive monitors with a DisplayPort on it. I really have nothing bad to say about this monitor. The cons I listed are more a wish list than anything else. BUY THIS MONITOR.