Date Joined: 10/21/10
Pros: Very quiet.
Good build quality.
They look awesome.
Move plenty of air.
Overall Review: Anybody that takes the time to lookup these fan's specs and compare them to other fans that are 3x the price would realize that these Arctics perform 90-100% as well as the others. Buy a couple splitters, set your bios to use DC mode, and you are set. They move a lot of air, and are so quiet that I can now hear the coil whine on my graphics card, when before it was drowned out by my stock case fans. These packs of 5 fans are a GREAT deal. I will keep buying Arctics forever.
Pros: Great Great Great mobo. Cheap (when rebate is available).
Cons: I have to move my PC within 6 feet of my wireless router to get a signal. There's obviously something wrong with either the wifi module or the included antennas. I reached out to ASRock asking for a replacement wifi module/antennas but they just sent the default RMA email back to me. Def not the response I wanted, and I'd rather not RMA the whole board and be computerless for a month while it gets sorted, so I'm just dealing with it for now.
Overall Review: Great little card for a modest PC build.
Pros: Runs everything I throw at it just fine. GREAT for 1080p gaming. Haven't tried any higher resolutions yet (need a new monitor).
Cons: The larger fan started chattering/rattling after I installed the card in a smaller case (higher thermals/ higher fan speeds). When the fan speed hits 60% it starts making the noise. I pulled the card and found that the rattle is taking place between the fan bracket and what the fan mounts to on top of the heatsink. Took out the 3 tiny screws holding the fan and put 3x #6 lock washers (bought a small pack at lowes) right between the bracket and mount where the screws go in. I put the screws in about half way (don't tighten them all the way) and the rattle is no more. A small piece of black electrical tape would probably work as well to dampen the vibration.
Overall Review: HOT card. Obviously it only has two fans, so if it doesn't have good airflow (like in my case) it will be tough to keep temps down without manipulating the fan curves. I love the FireStorm utility that you can download on Zotac's website. It worked great for fan tuning and temp monitoring. The fan rattle is obviously a design flaw, but one easily corrected so it wasn't worth the return/trade process.
Other than that I'm truly happy Nvidia launched the 1600 series. I did NOT want to spend all that dough on the RTX cards, but I still wanted a modern card capable of high resolution gaming chaos. Thanks Nvidia!!
This is my first Zotac card, and I really only bought it because I planned on making a custom SFF case so I needed a small card. It fit the bill, and is still running great.
Overall Review: Supplying power to a mITX Ryzen 5 system with a 650w power supply and 1660ti graphics card. No problems. Good cord, good price.
Pros: Chip runs cool.
Stock cooler is super quiet.
Cheaper than the competition.
Low power draw.
Cons: No integrated graphics, so I couldn't test the chip for 3 months while I was waiting for my graphics card to go on sale.
Overall Review: This thing is a miniature, cheap powerhouse that performs great right out of the box. This is my first AMD chip and to be honest it probably won't be my last now that I've tested it and seen how well it performs.
Pros: Work as advertised. Fast Fast Fast
Cons: No cons. These things are working great.
side note: I pulled the heatsinks off to take a look under the hood. They are being held to the memory modules with double sided 3m tape. I'm no expert, but I feel like tape isn't a good interface for conducting heat.
Overall Review: According to Asrock's website these weren't supposed to work on my AB350 mITX board. I browsed the XMP profiles and whatya know, a profile for DDR4 3200 ram clocked at 1600MHz. Everything is working, and I'm loving how responsive these babies are.
~2900mb/s up and down according to AS SSD Benchmark
3043 up, 3457 down according to CrystalDiskMark (advertised speeds!)
2140 up, 1517 down according to UserBenchmark (sketchy test if you ask me)
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: Seems to function really well. Using it as the only storage drive in a mITX build. Faster than any storage device I’ve ever used before. Looking forward to testing it further. Will buy this brand again for sure.
Pros: -All mounting hardware included.
-CHEAP!!! $20 on sale
-2x 120mm fan mounts (product description is wrong), 80mm exhaust fan (very quiet) is included.
-JUST enough room for modest cable routing, even for non-modular PSUs (only if you don't put an optical drive in)
-Swinging hard-drive rack is a great touch, as you can move it out of your way when installing components.
-Small, spartan design for many applications.
-No side window for the adult PC enthusiasts who aren't obsessed with aesthetics and shiny RGB.
-Easy to take apart.
Cons: -Front panel needs more ventilation holes. Very little airflow seems to be coming in through the front.
-Sharp metal edges.
-The plastic feet are pretty worthless and need modified slightly to get the case to sit right.
-No other cons. Great case.
Overall Review: I am so glad I found this case. It's a little bigger than I was looking for. I was hoping to find a super small case for a mITX build that had just enough room for MOBO and a zotac mini grafix card. I might hack this case apart and use the pieces to make something custom. I feel like there's a lot of wasted space toward the front where an optical drive and HDD's would be mounted. If ROSEWILL wanted to downsize, there's a lot of potential for a mITX case like this one with less space for outdated hardware (like optical drives and big HDD's).
Great case. Great bang for your buck. Looking forward to seeing how my Ryzen 5 and 1660ti do in this.
Pros: Cool design.
Vibration dampening rubber pads keep it quiet.
1200 rpm maximum speed is nice, so that you can plug it into non-PWM sockets and it's not running super loud.
Cons: Air flow wasn't as good as I expected. I might have to buy another one and attach it to the side door of my case to increase ventilation.
Overall Review: Using this in a Rosewill - SRM-01 with some custom fan grill cuts on the front cover to increase ventilation. Using this as my only intake fan, and the included 80mm case fan as the exhaust, I expected the vent on the side of my case (near the cpu cooler) to be an exhaust point. I put a thin piece of plastic up to the vent and it is in fact taking air IN. The stock AMD cooler obviously is strong enough to pull air in through the side cover vent. I might add one more of these 120mm case fans to that side cover to pull more air in, because a single fan obviously isn't creating the positive pressure I thought it would.
Pros: Disks are on the cheaper side. Plenty of writing space on the top.
Cons: Very low success rate. We're talking 1 out of 10 disks had a successful burn.
Overall Review: I've used several brands of blank disks, and these are by far the worst performers I've come across. I came really close to returning them when I got to my 10th failed burn attempt. Save your money and shop elsewhere.