Where to begin is the question I've been asking myself over and over when I think about writing this review. I decided just a random start will do. First off let me thank Lian-Li for this AWESOME case. It just amazes me that they make cases that only get better as time goes on. Every little detail is thought of. There are no sharp edges, no screw holes that are just that little bit too far away to connect your motherboard right. Everything is perfect in this case. I'll start with the first thing that caught my eye..
Since I got my AMD Thunderbird 1400 about 18 months ago, I have had ongoing concerns with temperatures and/or noise. When I purchased the AMD, I also purchased an OCZ Gladiator with a 6800 RPM 60mm Delta fan (which actually runs at 7300, according to MBM5). At that time, the OCZ was one of the higher end cooling solutions on the market, and it does do a good job - at the cost of EXTREMELY loud fan noise. About 6 months ago, I replaced the Delta fan with a 5500 RPM 60mm Sunon fan, which did wonders for my hearing but is a poor choice in combination with the OCZ and the AMD1400, as you will see below.
Today, I received an AeroCool AB7080H - R heatsink/fan combination for review, courtesy of Lux-Design. This all copper unit is rated for AMD Thoroughbreds at 2600+ and up, at a moderate noise level of 39 dba. I'm looking forward to putting it through the paces and seeing if I can turn down my speaker volume so my kids can sleep ; ) . "Mommy, make Daddy stop fragging!"
Soyo 7VX4B Dragon Ultra Black Edition KT400 motherboard Review
Soyo's Dragon line of motherboard has evolved from the Dragon+ (KT-266A) to the latest KT-400 Dragon Ultra. Soyo released two different versions of KT-400 Dragon Ultra, the black and platinum editions. The platinum edition includes everything but the kitchen sink in the package where as the black edition only has the basic bundles. The one we are reviewing today is the black edition.
Today, I am going to take a look at a low priced but feature packed SOHO server case. This is the "Control" Server case. While is doesn't have a window or sliding mobo tray, it has the features you want in a small server case - TONS of drive bays, good fannage, and good looks to boot.
The L.I.S. LCD Indicator is by far one of the coolest looking and most functional units of its kind to be found anywhere and that's taking into consideration the points I brought up in the previous section.
Some may consider it eye-candy or a toy, but if you're like me, and want the information it can deliver to your fingertips, it's definitely a good looking tool and well worth its selling price.