Joined on 01/15/10
Small, Sleek, and Shiny
Pros: This case is relatively quiet with the fans it comes with. The sound dampening material also cuts down on noise. It has great looks and is relatively small compared to my beloved ATCS 840. I do miss my optical drive, however, I rarely used it and its absence frees up tons of room for my rad and pump / res to be hidden behind the HDD cover and out of the windows view. Great window implementation NZXT, no gaudy PSU cables to look at or back of some sort of drive bay area cutting into the window. PSU cover is nice too and the SSD mounts were a good Idea but I really would prefer to not see them really. Makes it a bit messy looking plus power cables for SSD were a pain to find that worked and were hidden. Easily modded, moved my HDD to the side of the HDD panel and removed to tray mounting system all together. Sadly this did make it unable to support more HDD than 3 plus 2 SSDs. (2 HDD mounting holes were drilled to the tray panel inside the case for 2 HDD to mount vertically with the 3 being on the floor of the case on a stock mount.) This configuration keeps my HDD out of a leaks way if one were to occure.
Cons: No ODD but I knew this from the start. Cramped internals if you use its full potential cooling options and HDD placement. Modular PSUs are a bit difficult to plug / unplug cables if installed inside the case already. (plug them in before sliding it in the PSU bay.) Paint easily chips off from high wear points such as the front and top cover mounting holes and side panel latch holes that hold them on. Nothing cosmetically view-able, all affected areas are hidden from sight. Window scratches easily if cleaned with glasses cloth or TV cleaning cloth. Shouldn't but does.
Overall Review: It is a great case for the price. I do enjoy it and I have a long future for it as long as nothing else sways my interest. For its cons, I would say just read them and be wary but don't let them sway your opinion easily as they are minor cons but I felt I needed to list them to make buyers aware. Would upload a case picture of build but only videos seem to be allowed. Oh well.
Okay at first
Pros: They are SSDs, other than that none. HDD like speed when in raid 0 for the first week and no BSODs!
Cons: I have had two of these drives in raid 0; however, I have not noticed any more performance than my black edition WD HDD at 7200 rpms. The drives began decently fast as a C:\ drive, but never really gave me a faster boot time. Over the past month the drives have been getting slower and slower until today when I finally decided to reinstall back onto my WD HDD. I will try using them as a game drive for steam. Maybe read only will prove better as it seems that multitasking is where these drives fail...I love to multitask on my pc so maybe if I only load game data from them that should not require multitasking.
Overall Review: As for me reading and writing a lot on these drives, I only wrote to them when I installed Win 7 64bit and my favorite applications. Most of the time I simply read from the drives so I know that writing too much was not the issue. I gave two eggs because they worked but not to any improvement over a standard non-raid HDD, maybe I got a bad one or perhaps I didn't set them up properly.
Small, efficient and stylish
Pros: Fits all my existing hardware like a glove and has almost no wasted space. Has pretty decent cooling capabilities when you consider the AIO configuration.
Cons: I wish it was about 20mm wider to fit a better air cooler. I prefer air to liquid as less worry about. 20mm would have given room for the stock cooler or any of the tan and brown coolers that are low profile (other than the ultra-compact coolers that are too limiting on cooling capabilities). My lighting doesn't seem to work? It may be something I did wrong, but either way it isn't a big deal. Prefer it to be darker anyhow and GPU lights up to let me know system is on. I haven't been bothered enough to fix it anyhow...
Overall Review: I would recommend this case if your looking for a pretty efficiently used layout that has little to no room leftover after you've filled it. My GPU was 324mm and it barely fits. I would have preferred a non-riser situation (it has a great riser cable, PCI Express 4.0), but this also causes some issues sometimes and also limits cpu cooling in the default configuration due to the "sandwich" layout of the case. Definitely needs an AIO if you want the best cooling so the tallest config is pretty much the only useful config and the other two are just available which kind of makes you wonder why it was an option? Anyways, great case if you can live with its limitations. Other information: Ryzen 7 5700G XFX 6700XT Merc MSI B550 I Gaming Edge WiFi Corsair 240mm AIO (tried Noctua NH-L12 Ghost S1 Edition, but got overwhelmed quickly so I took a trip to a local retail store for the AIO).
Compact and effective!
Pros: It fits without interfering too much. Have this one on a mATX board and it doesn't impact my RAM at all. It does have a small issue with an additional 2nd fan (not included with this product; bought additionally), but that isn't an issue with this cooler; it only ships with the one fan.
Overall Review: I call this mini Thor's hammer because of how I've installed a 2nd fan. Wish I had a picture, but I've seen a few floating around. Looks good with two fans, but does impact my rear I/O heatsink on my motherboard. I had to raise it up a little to clear the rear I/O and heatsink. Again, not an issue with one fan so not a con.
Compact laptop stand.
Pros: Very sturdy aluminum build with great open bottom for air intake. Can be tilted to most useable angles and usually self-locates when the stand is opened up.
Cons: Only con I have is the rubber stops to keep your laptop from sliding off are fixed. My laptop has a ramp on the bottom that makes it easily ride up and try to slip over the edge. Not a deal breaker; I just have to watch what doing so it doesn't let my laptop slide off. Any other laptop would be fine, but my particular laptop has some issues with that part of it's design....
Overall Review: It does the job well enough without blocking airflow to my laptops intakes and feels solid! TLDR; PROs: sturdy construction, great airflow, multiple angles. CONs; needs a slightly more useful front feet system.
Works as intended and at rated speeds on Ryzen 7 2700
Pros: Got these for their low profile nature and speed. They were rated to work with my Taichi X470 Ultimate at rated timings and they do. Had another kit that didn’t do this. I needed low profile as my, admittedly nice, Dominators fouled my top radiator due to height issues. Also, I had a bad stick in that kit that and they wouldn’t run at full spec with my board. I would suggest matching your RAM to your motherboard manufacturers rated compatibility; otherwise, you may not get what you pay for. Same applies to this kit too! Luckily, I did This time and these work as designed.
Cons: They aren’t as flashy and don’t match my board as well as the Dominators? Not really a con though.
Overall Review: If you need a high density kit of ram and they are compatible with your system, I’d say go for them. Their low profile nature can help too if you have clearance issues as they stick up off the motherboard about as high as a naked (no heatsink at all) RAM stick.