Date Joined: 05/02/06
Pros: Good layout that is modular and customizable
Easy to work in
Built in fan controller
Fans are quiet
Easy to mount a 360mm radiator
Tinted glass side is classy
Overall Review: This is my second case from Fractal and I love it. I built it out with an MSI X570 Pro Carbon mobo, AMD 5600 cooled by a Fractal Celsius with a 360mm radiator mounted on the top of the case, MSI RTX 3090 Suprim, 32 GB Corsair RAM, Gigabyte Aorus 2 TB NVME, and a Seasonic PSU. Easy to install everything and no issues with fit, even with the super huge RTX 3090.
The tinted glass side looks great and the layout made it easy to run the cable to produce a very clean and buttoned up look. Great airflow and overall performance, Fractal knocks it out of the park.
Pros: Fast, excellent gaming performance.
Overall Review: The 5000 series is the biggest leap in a long time. My past several builds were Intel based, but AMD has put Intel on notice and taken the crown.
Pros: Great speed, advanced features, good range. The configuration options are excellent, as is the reporting and general tool set.
Cons: It won't bring me a soda.
Pros: -Well made, stitching looks very solid and has a rigid bottom so it maintains shape, looks like it will last a long time
Cons: -A bit pricey
-Possibly too thick for some people's preference
Overall Review: I bought to use with a new Logitech G810 which did not come with any sort of wrist rest. This works perfectly, is almost the exact same width as the keyboard. I run a flat keyboard and the height is pretty close to putting my palms parallel with the keyboard, which is perfect for me but may be an issue for some people depending on how you type.
Pros: Beautiful display
Gsync is amazing
Curvature is perfect
Easy to calibrate
6x USB ports
Built in handles (you will need them because it is heavy)
Cons: None of these are deal breakers, but some minor annoyances:
Stand is weird and huge, overhangs the shelf I used for previous monitors
OSD controls are bit wonky until you get used to them
Expensive, but you get what you pay for
Overall Review: I never thought I would spend this much money on a monitor and I had high expectations that were all exceeded. The monitor is huge and beautiful. The display is extremely sharp and smooth when calibrated. Games look absolutely stunning and are incredibly immersive. I was worried about the curve but it is great, you don't even notice it when gaming and it actually enhances immersion.
It didn't take long to get this calibrated and configured, I read a few guides and tried recommended settings then I tweaked to my preferences. It comes set at 100hz and you have to set it to 120 with the OSD if you want to use that refresh rate.
The biggest drawback here is cost. This thing costs as much as GTX 1080 TI right now. I believe it is worth it and I think this is a better investment than a VR headset at this time, but others may not agree.
Pros: Adjustable weight, (mostly) good button placement, excellent tracking. Software makes it highly customizable.
Overall Review: I've been using a G5 mouse for over 10 years because I was never able to find a replacement that could live up to the standard it set. Despite having very few buttons the other features of the G5 outclassed the competition in my mind. I found the Naga and many other highly regarded mice to be too light or too small. The 502 is an excellent replacement for the G5, keeping its strengths and addressing its only weakness (lack of buttons).
Pros: Excellent build quality, extremely powerful in a thin and light weight package. The screen is gorgeous and the guts have the power to run everything I've thrown at it with excellent frame rates.
Cons: None so far
Cons: I've been a loyal newegg customer for years and I believe this is my first negative review, definitely the first due to newegg's customer service. I purchased the digital download version of this software yesterday and the activation code I was emailed does not work. I've spent over 3 hours with MS and newegg customer support with no resolution. Newegg advised me it would be 3-7 business days before they could help me reach a resolution.. thanks for that, considering I need this software next week I'm going to be forced to buy another copy and hope newegg will give me a refund.
Pros: Price, plenty of connections, no dead pixels on mine. Picture looks great after adjustment. The build quality is better than I expected.
Cons: None so far, I did not expect a lot of bells and whistles for the price.
Overall Review: Picture looked very washed out right out of the box but after tinkering with settings for about 10 minute I was very pleased.
Pros: Large reservoir, is ready to brew quickly, tall cups fit easily in the brewing area, adjustable brewing temp, 5 cup sizes, looks great. Programmable auto shut off feature is great. Looks great.
Cons: Menus/navigation leave a bit to be desired but are functional. Would have been nice if it had come with the accessory that lets you use any ground coffee.
Overall Review: I drink a lot of coffee, not just in the morning but throughout the day. This thing is always ready to brew in less than 5 minutes and can be programmed to shutdown if inactive for a specified period of time. Kcups are good but expensive, you can get a seperate accessory that lets you brew any coffee you like. I don't grind my own anymore but it is nice to have options.
Pros: This is a great board with tons of features at a great price. The Clear CMOS button on the rear I/O panel is great, so handy for overclocking. All the connectors are well laid out and there is a robust passive cooling system you have the option of making active by installing an included fan.
There are only two USB 3.0 ports on the rear panel, but you also have the option to add two more ports in a 3.5" bay with the included hardware (which is nice because the case I bought doesn't have any front panel USB 3.0 ports). The BIOS of this board is also very easy to use and great for overclocking.
Because the board is Socket AM3 you'll be able to upgrade to AMD's new line of CPUs when they come out soon (this is what I'm planning to do).
Overall Review: Used this in a new gaming build which is working great. Here's the rest of what I went with:
Fractal Designs Define XL full tower case
AMD Phenom II X4
8 GB Gskill Ripjaws memory
2x Zotac AMP! GTX 560
Seasonic X 750w CPU
120 GB OCZ Vertex 3 SSD
1 TB Seagate HDD
The system booted right up the very first time I pushed the power button and I am extremely pleased with this system.
Pros: Unboxing this power supply was more exciting than unboxing my new graphics cards! The packaging was great, the PSU itself was in a velvety bag that reminded my of a certain Canadian whiskey. The modular cables were in their own bag, which was a high quality canvas deal with velcro to keep it closed.
Functionally, this PSU is running great. I installed it in a new system with a pair of Zotac Amp! GTX 560s that run at 950 mhz and it has no problems running them.
This unit is also fully modular, which is extremely nice and made for an easy build.
Cons: None. Pricey, but you get what you pay for when it comes to quality and performance.
Overall Review: My only complaint is a minor one: my build is in a full tower with the PSU mounted on the bottom. The 12v cable was not long enough to reach the mobo connector, which happens to be situated at the top of my board, using my case's cable management system. I had to run this cable across the board and could not bundle it with the others.
Pros: There are so many great things about this case, it's hard to think of them all. This case's cable management system is the best I've ever worked with. Both side panels come off and you can route most cables behind the motherboard try so they are well hidden and out of the way. The motherboard tray does not come out, but it has a trap door type deal that you can let down to get to the backside of your board to attach a cooler bracket without removing the whole thing.
The styling of the case is also great, the aluminum front panel looks great and the black and white color scheme inside is eye catching.
Cons: This is not really a con, just something you need to be aware of: this case is huge. This is a full tower and it is beefy.
The 12v connector for my mobo is at the top of the board and the power supply mounts in the bottom of the case. My 12v cable was not long enough to reach using the case's cable management system so I had to run it across the board.
Overall Review: Cleanest looking system I've ever built. I am going to be removing the extra drive bays in the bottom and installing a water cooling block and there will be plenty of room in this beast.
Pros: Fast, quiet, relatively cool running. The dual fan cooler is a major improvement over cards that are OC'ed w/ a standard cooler.
Overall Review: I bought two of these to use in SLI and I couldn't be happier with them. Performance vs. price is amazing, these cards have handled everything I've thrown at them with no issues at all.
Pros: This card is very overclockable. Mine is running stable at 848 mhz. Haven't tweaked memory speed yet, so I'm not sure how it will handle that, but the core seems to be very solid.
Cons: Under full load the fan is pretty loud and the card gets hot. After half an hour in Furmark it was 87 degrees. The heatsink doesn't appear to be as robust as I'd like, but it is doing the job. -1 egg for fan noise and heat sink quality.
Overall Review: I needed a relatively cheap upgrade from my 8800 GTS and this card fit the bill nicely. Overall I'm happy with it so far, I've been able to run all the games I've tried at very high settings with good performance. Ultimately I will be buying a 2nd 460 for use in SLI.