Date Joined: 06/27/11
Pros: -Aluminum instead of steel
-Beautiful brushed finish (Black Version)
-A boat-load of room on all sides of the motherboard
-Excellent cable management and routing options
-Room for 10 fans if using air cooling
-Can accommodate even thick rads or push/pull configurations
-All dust filters are magnetic and can be easily removed without permanently modifying the case.
-Standoffs came pre-installed in ATX configuration
-Comes with more extra screws than you'll probably ever need.
-Comes with the Lian-Li anti-sag GPU bracket.
Cons: -Permanent ROG logo on side glass
Overall Review: When I first learned of this case in January, I was instantly excited. I had watched videos of builds in the O11D but it seemed a little cramped in some areas. From what I saw on various sites, I had a feeling this would be the ultimate case. When I finally got it a couple of days ago, I was blown away, both by the beauty and sensible engineering that went into the XL.
The brushed aluminum finish is absolutely gorgeous. It looks so much more classy than the standard paint or powder coat. The front I/O panel is also neatly-done with a minimalistic look but a ton of functionality with four USB 3.0 ports (two of them are on the bottom edge), a USB type C, HD audio (if you're into that sort of thing), the case LED controls and the standard power and reset buttons.
Disassembly of the top and side panels is easy and completely toolless and has no fasteners visible except for on the back where most people will never see on a regular basis. The hot-swap bays are also a nice addition but are removable with four Phillips screws if you want more room to put something like fan hubs. On mine, I removed the lower bay and that's where I put my Corsair Commander Pro.
Cable management is a dream with all the room on either side of the motherboard tray and all the grommets and routing holes and the cable management bar which can also house three SSD's.
The only problem I'm running into is that on my X570 Master, the two USB 3.0 ports are located on the bottom of the board so there is a little bit of torque on the connectors and the cables are a little too visible. I'm going to get a pair of 90-degree adapters to make it look a little cleaner.
All-in-all, this is my dream case. Aside from the ROG logo, I feel that it's absolutely perfect in every way. It feels almost like a super tower while building in it, but dimensionally, it's really not huge. It is, however, beautiful and a great way to show off all of your expensive parts while also keeping them at low temps.
Pros: Objectively, the shape of the mouse feels pretty good in the hand while using any one of the grip styles, but with its wide body and extended thumb rest, it seems to be built for palm grip.
It glides smoothly and the sensor seems very accurate and is highly adjustable.
The looks are good, with the contrast between the perforated rubberized grip, flat black, and piano black.
The LED zones are the best I've seen on a mouse, having a fine mesh design on the lower zones.
Cons: The reason I was sure to be objective in the "pros" is that most of my "cons" are subjective. I bought this Nightsword after using a G502 Proteus Spectrum for two years.
My main gripes are regarding the buttons on the side of the mouse, which the G502 nailed. The buttons on the Nightsword feel very "un-tactile" for the most part and take a lot of effort to press. The G502 had a very crisp and satisfying feel, as well as an audible click; whereas, the side buttons on the Nightsword feel a little cheap. The other problem is with the spacing of the buttons. The buttons on the Nightsword could have been spaced apart another millimeter because it's very difficult to feel which button I am pressing. Another option would have been a small tactile bump or ridge.
The only other real con to me is that iCUE software lacks the ability for the user to create individual "game profiles" that automatically load when running a game.
Overall Review: Overall, I don't regret buying this mouse. It feels good, looks good, and works well. And while in photos, it might look like a 502 copy, it's actually not all that similar - aside from the button layout.
Pros: First of all, the packaging is gorgeous and more like a collector's case rather than just a box.
R2 looks amazing and controlling it through the app is simple.
The force band takes a little time to get used to, but it's fun to use to control your droids.
Cons: The only con is that I now need to spend more money on a BB-8 to go with my R2-D2, lol
Overall Review: I bought this while it was a Shell Shocker deal. Had it not been on sale at a very significant discount, I probably would not have considered it (if I would have ever otherwise known it existed). I'm definitely glad I stumbled upon it and knowing what I know now, I would say it is worth paying full price.
Pros: +Straight-forward installation.
+Has 6 fan headers and will handle up to around 4.5A total.
+Included thermocouples for custom temperature monitoring.
+2 USB 2.0 headers for connecting additional devices (such as a LINK compatible PSU)
Overall Review: I like the custom fan curves you can set with ith iCue software. You can set up multiple simultaneous performance curves to control different fans at different speeds based on temps from any sensor in your system. I don't yet have any Corsair fans to try the RGB control. I'm planning on getting a few ML's or LL's in the near future.
Pros: -It fits and operates as it should.
-The ability to monitor voltages, power draw, power consumption, and efficiency through iCue is a cool feature.
-Looks good and feels like it's built solid.
Cons: The only problem I have is with the cables that come with this PSU. In general; they're stiff and very difficult to manage. They don't look very good at all either with the weird gaps and twists at the connectors. The SATA cables only have 90-degree connectors, so it can be difficult to plug in a surface mounted SSD. And maybe the worst part, all three of the included PCIe cables have 2x 6+2 connectors. So if your graphics card only has one power connector, you're out of luck because there's no hiding the extra wire and connector.
Overall Review: Overall, I'm sure it's a fine power supply that will probably last through multiple builds. The cables are very disappointing though, and the reason I deducted an egg. I'll be hitting up CableMod for sure when I start my Ryzen 3xxx build in a couple of months.
Pros: -I upgraded from Corsair Vengeance LPX 2400 on my B350 Pro Carbon with Ryzen 1600 and it runs at the 3200mhz rating with XMP profile 2, no issues at all.
-The RGB is very bright with some very cool effects possible through iCue.
Cons: -None as of yet
Overall Review: Overall, I'm glad I bought this kit.
One pretty cool use I've found for the RGB is that you can use them as a visual temperature monitor through iCue. An example would be to set one stick to change color with your CPU temperature and the other with GPU temperature. It's a fast way to tell at a glance when things start heating up.
Pros: It's simply a well-made board, from the components, to the layout, to the features. PCI-e x16 slot is beefy for heavier graphics cards. All headers are easy enough to access, even once its installed in a case. The carbon fiber looks awesome on the heatsinks. The RGB is subtle and clean-looking. I've had zero issues with performance or reliabiliity.
Cons: Not significant or performance related cons, but...
-Full-size graphics cards cover the nice-looking south bridge heatsink.
-Would be nice to at least have a BIOS reset button. Jumping pins is outdated (lol)
-Click BIOS 5 could be laid out a little better imo.
Overall Review: In my experience, MSI makes good, reliable products and I for one will probably continue to use MSI whenever i can.
Pros: I've never had a single issue with this card. The combination of the AIO and blower-style fan does a great job keeping everything cool. During heavy load gaming, I might see temps of 65c if the ambient is high. Most of the time it's running between 35c and 50c on load and thats with a +175MHz offset on the core and +550MHz on memory in Afterburner with no voltage increase. It obviously won't run every game on ultra settings @ 100+ fps, but it holds its own for a 1070.
Cons: None that I've encountered.
Overall Review: This was my first build since 2011. Eventually I'm going to upgrade to a 1080ti, but this card works very well for what it is. Its a great choice if a 1080/1080ti is outside your budget. Overall, I'm happy with this purchase.
Pros: -Very clean look
-Simple to disassemble/assemble
-Has a ton of room inside. Big enough for any GPU and nearly any CPU cooler.
-Dark tinted tempered glass side panel
-Excellent cable management
Cons: None at all
Overall Review: I fell in love with this case as soon as I pulled it out of the box! It's very well made and looks great. The tinted side panel is one of my favorite features. it tones down internal LED's just enough to give it sort of a dramatic effect, while still showing off all the components. It also comes with extra screws for literally everything.