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Fractal Design Node 202 (Black)
3.6
(3)
£73.98
5 years ago*
quality: Quite qualitatively, I think Fractal Design has done a good job with Node 202. Nothing has broken during assembly despite a bit tough here and there. Before mounting on this shell, consider the entire layout a couple of times, it takes some planning and foundation to get it nice and above all functional. However, I have difficulty seeing how to make the chassis different / better in any way. You have to take it for what it is, it's a minisystem, and then you have to count on narrow spaces and a lot of cabling. The assembly I thought was still relatively painless despite the small format. Fan Filters: Removing the bottom plate to access the fan filters that were sitting there was a bit tricky first, but having realized that you had to remove the front / USB / headphone / mick faceplate and start the button (dumshell on, however, with mounting instructions) It was easy with some screwdrivers to help loosen. I've seen several reviewers have complained about this, that it's so hard to access these filters for cleaning, and I can agree on that point. BUT, what I have not seen any of them mention / suggest is why do not pick these filters out and when the building is ready to put them on the outside at the galleries (they attach with magnets)? Placing the filters on the outside also prevents them from being sucked into the fans and causing noise. As you can see in Figure 4 on the chassis here at the price hunt, the plate is folded inwardly into the bottom, which makes the filters fit well on the outside (looks like it should be) and as long as you have the chassis lying down, they still look not if you are worried about it but you still have the opportunity to access them when you need. I would have liked to see that Fractal Design had made a comprehensive filter in the bottom instead of the 2 separate (maybe a little overcurrent), but it was clean aesthetically better at least when the computer was standing. If you were disturbing the appearance of the filters on the outside, it would be a good idea to remove them, but the chassis does not take in as much dust as standing in bed. CPU cooler problem: There are certainly many who are thinking about this chassis but often are a little worried about the height of the CPU cooler, and that's all right because it's not any cooler that goes in. Water cooling is more or less excluded if you do not make a heavy modification of the chassis. However, it is possible to insert an air cooler with 58mm height eg Thermalright AXP-100 muscle, if you remove dust cover first otherwise, the smaller format will apply. In spite of this, I would still recommend coolers of the smaller format eg Noctua NH-L9i or Cryorig C7 just because it's already crowded enough in the chassis as it is. After having had a noise in my Noctua fan, I looked around a bit and realized that it is actually possible to buy better Noctua fans for the cooler that fits in this chassis, for example. NF-A9 PWM 92mm or NF-B9 PWM 92mm. Both move more air than the original fan without directly affecting the noise level, so I would recommend switching directly (however, the longer screws are needed, which is a bit uncertain how to get on, I was lucky to have some lying). I have not yet run any stress test or overclocking on the CPU but in normal use, it works well with the NH-L9i and the computer is cluttered (which was what I was looking for). I've received the same question over and over again, why did you buy a 6600K and not a regular 6600? A worthy question and there are several answers to it: 1. At the time of purchase, 6600K was 300: - cheaper than 6600. 2. Should I want to change the chassis for some reason, I still have my 6600K watchmap. 3. 6600K is simply better than 6600 on all points (and +0.2 ghz in basic version). So my question back will always be, why not? If you buy a Node 202 with the goal of overclocking the CPU to the max, I think you have made a strange choice of chassis. Graphics card: I have read or viewed any review that an Asus 970 DCU II was not compatible with Node 202 (any problem with any protruding part or the like) but I have not tested myself so I can not verify this unfortunately, I have instead installed an Asus GTX980 DCU II (Update: At present, an MSI 1080 Gaming X is installed and it looks like a snap in this chassis). I was allowed to "make" a separate alternative to graphics card support / support because I could not get your original during assembly (it could certainly have gone but it was way too much work to be worth it). I'm prepared to agree with Vendelator that there would be some better ventilation for the graphics card, but it's hard to get everything. The network part has not yet complained about the system load, so hopefully it will work with my Corsair SF450. Note about graphics card selection: The graphics cards of the brands Gainward and Palit (1070 & 1080) that pick up 3 slots due to the cooler do not fit in this chassis. They could fit clean height and size if it were not for the power cord that goes into the chassis, but even if you remove it, the cooler takes the chassis in the back of the chassis where you attach the graphics card. On Figure 8 you can try a little see the black list that stands out under the two white slots shields and this list unfortunately limits you to 2 slots (you'll get it done so you'll start chopping in parts and there's never something i want to recommend). So rather bet on graphics cards that only take two slots, so you have a much better chance that it will fit, though there is no guarantee that it will fit anyway either. A little pity that Fractal has made this choice of design, you could bring in so much much more powerful graphics cards if they had only made some small changes in the design. Conclusion: I am ultimately very pleased with this minimalist. It's always more satisfying when you have thought, change and redo to make it ready, instead of just slamming all components of peace of cake, all done. I will probably update the review as I use the computer, and if I get something that needs to be added or if there are any additional issues, I'll complete it. Why 9 stars and not 10 ?: It's really only small details (in addition to the limit of graphics card selection) that makes me go 1 star. If you buy your own you will surely understand ... Update: After spending the computer for a long time now I've tested it a bit more and I would like to mention that I would not recommend having the computer in a tight space (for example, in a narrow TV bench or similar space) it comes get hot if you use similar specifications i have and play for a while, even though i run unlocked on both processor and graphics card. Keep it in a more open space, it should not be a danger. It's hard to expect anything else in such a small format, but I would still like to keep potential buyers, as it said, it can be really hot especially if you run a more demanding game on a higher caliber screen that requires a bit more of the graphics card. Specifications: CPU: Intel i5 6600K Cooler CPU (currently): Noctua NH-L9i with Noctua NF-A9 PWM 92mm fan (Cryorig C7 ended at the time of purchase) Motherboard: Asus Z170i Pro Gaming Memories: Corsair Vengeance LPX Black DDR4 2x8GB Graphics Card: MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X (fits perfectly and is almost completely silent) (Previously used graphics card: Asus GeForce GTX 980 Strix DirectCU II OC and EVGA 980ti FTW, which unfortunately became a bit warmer when playing and brought some more noise) Power supply: Corsair SF450 450W Hard Drive 1: Samsung 950 Pro Series (M.2) 256GB Hard Disk 2: Intel 540s Series 2.5 "SSD 480GB
*Edited 4 years
MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X HDMI 3xDP 8GB
4.6
(10)
£494.50
4 years ago*
MSI deliver what they promise, this is indeed a quiet yet powerful card. My sitting in a Fractal Design Node 202 and ventilation / suction hole for the graphics card, I have more or less next to your ear and you hear almost nothing. Had previously an EVGA 980 Ti and it sounded much more, now you should bear in mind that the GTX 980 TI has a TDP of 250W, while the GTX 1080 has a TDP of 180W, which can be a bit of a significant factor. The card itself is large, both in length and width so it might be good to check the specifications of this and make sure it fits in the chassis you have. In addition, I have nothing to carp down. A top-notch cards quite easily.
*Edited 4 years
QPAD MK-85 MX Red (Nordic)
2.8
(27)
9 years ago*
Can only give the Keyboard "good" rating. Did you just look at the feeling of using it I would probably give 9/10. But there is little that pulls down the grade. As Maxkill writing software is not on. The first time I installed it became the graphics settings crazy to pull an example. Then I tried to plug in my headset on your keyboard instead of your computer. But this meant that the microphone picked up sharply high frequency sound which was terribly annoying for talking on Skype for example. Then the lights on the keyboard started flat, or it flickers occasionally at the maximum brightness setting. The average light setting to work at all, or with a terribly weak flickering light. Have only had the keyboard in two months. quality? Edit: Now, after about 6 months, the backlight put off completely. And then something strange phenomenon that certain keys hooks up sigggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg, so it can look like until you press the button again. Can only hope that I just got a lousy example. Now I have been on NetOnNet and got a new keyboard, can only hope that it works better. So far it looks good, the lighting is switched anyway when the computer is turned off, which it did not last ... Update ... Have now used the new keyboard for a few months and so far works backlight, but I have had tendencies from time to time that it started to slump in the light. But it has come back. The keyboard is still "problems" to turn off when you shut down your computer, the lights will remain on. Again, there is a problem with the keyboard hook up occasionally, so this table have problems with quality or there is some software that causes trouble. Likely to switch to another keyboard in the near future, perhaps you / you do not understand something optimum rating given what the price is. Pull of a star p.g.a quality problems. Update 2 ... Unfortunately, I can only say, avoid this keyboard. The backlight disappeared again, by type six months from that it was "new". If anyone out there has a functioning MK-85, I can only raise my hat and say congratulations to you, but for me this go down in the garbage. Bought a FUNC with red switch and I would not even consider switching back. Update 3 ... Must ask me questioning that this keyboard is still on the market. Either I hope that they have seen over the quality process so that they have fixed all the errors that this table is suffering from or you try the only milk from the last out of this release. Price: 1150: -? Hmmm 550 - had been more reasonable to me. Update 4 ... After having had the keyboard as backup for my other PC, then I not been able to buy a new to it, so the table (ie after 4 years old) suddenly started to shine again. And I do not mean that you will see a small candle, I mean, it lights up as if it were new. I have a horrible feeling of "The Lightbulb Conspiracy".
*Edited 4 years
Canton Digital Movie DM 75
3.7
(2)
£346.27
5 years ago*
Finally a soundbar that is worthy of its name ...! I see it as so buys a soundbar and then expect good surround sound has probably not really track of what it is you're after. If you are looking for true surround sound, you should buy a real system with speakers throughout the room. For you / you who are looking for great sound and experience in a smaller format and that do not cost a total fortune is probably this one of the best options out there at the moment. Sonos Playbar may be bit better but it also costs about 2-3000: - more and it can not handle DTS audio format, which can give you headaches for less when you should start trying to circumvent this problem (Canton can handle DTS without problems). The sound is very balanced, a little weak in the lower frequencies, but it offers several adjustment options including output for external sub if you want extra pressure (Parts of the frequency at 80Hz and sends them to the subwoofer). My TV corner is about 4x4m so I'm a little unsure of how it performs in a large open room, but I have trouble believing that they would be disappointed anyway. Bluetooth function works flawlessly for me, though, is a little unsure of the scope when I have not done any comprehensive test, has only had a cell phone lying next to, but it worked well. Both the sound bar and remote control feels very quality oriented and it is not without one can afford a smile when you start a good film and raises the sound some extra steps, and after all, so it's what you're after ...
*Edited 4 years
Astro Gaming A40 TR for PC
3.1
(3)
£119.97
5 years ago*
Have used the headset for long enough now to be able to share with you what I think of the A40 TR (use it to my PC). I will begin by listing drawbacks because, after all, so it's almost that which is of most interest when choosing between different products. Cons: The microphone is certainly not top class in some way, at least as I have understood so far. The voice becomes darker and quieter tone than many other microphones (and I still have a Creative Sound Blaster Z with associated software). Physically, they have the mic no "bottom" position where it stops, but it is possible to spin the 360grader, which means if it gets a little loose in the future there is a risk that it just falls down and becomes imminent (can update the review if this happens ). Volume key (or rather the volume slider) that sits approximately 30cm away from the headset I have to say is beneath contempt, it is all too easy to control, there would be more resistance in order to minimize the risk of accidental raising / lowering the volume. Modkitet I bought only to get an end headsets which the IOF do very well, but as I said I was really only interested in the cushions which makes modkitet very expensive (why not add to 100 - the headset on and send with interchangeable pads instead of those who want to choose between closed and open?). I basically just used these modkit pillows and disadvantage of these is that it can be relatively hot / sweaty. advantages: If we start with modkitet so do they closed the pillows really good. It will hold most of the sound (but not if you sit and listen to a really high volume). It is not the absolute most comfortable headset I've tested, but it's not uncomfortable in any way, either. You can adjust the height and width of satisfactory manner and headphones enclose your ears comfortably and well. Occasionally comfortable for the price. It feels like it's good quality construction itself, and although the sound is not top class right out of the box so you can get a good sound with a sound card and EQ. The sound has less weight in the base, but the better the voices and sound effects. Probably not a headset in this price range you choose for only listening to music but a very good all-purpose headset that is best suited to playing (primarily singleplayer considering it as mentioned on the microphone). On the whole a very good headset that could have got a couple of stars if it had cost in 1390: - incl. interchangeable closed pillows.
*Edited 4 years
EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti FTW ACX 2.0+ HDMI 3xDP 6GB
3.8
(2)
5 years ago*
Also purchased this EVGA card on "sale" for 4890: - (rather sell / stock clearance for the GTX1080). The reason I just bought EVGA was to support their businesses as they do not run with some fulknep when they send their products to reviewers in order to gain some advantage over competitors. Think it should be encouraged to run with open cards. I also bought other products of EVGA and has never let me down, which I think is a good sign of quality. Can recommend EVGA products in general and this card is no exception. I have become more reticent to give 10 stars. It must be something very special in my eyes to give a product perfect (so to get 9/10 must be regarded as really, really good). Update: After using the card for a long time, I have to agree that EVGA cards are a little unnecessary warm. But rather little warm than a card of noise. With that said, my short little noise from the fans at least when the card is standing instead of lying in the chassis. It sits in Node 202 where the chassis can be both in portrait and landscape mode.
*Edited 4 years
Philips Fidelio X1
4.2
(12)
7 years ago*
Using my Philips Fidelio X1 more or less exclusively to the PC and therefore writing my review after my experience of this. The first thing that struck me when I switched them and would use them the first time, which is terribly loud sound that's in the headphones, keep the volume at a reasonable level, to have the volume control on your computer at about 10-15%. The headphones has no volume control, and therefore this is the only way to adjust the volume, which can be annoying in the long run while also using speaker and 10-15% of the volume control does not provide much sound to the speakers, so you can change back and forth (maybe a trifle, but in the end little annoying). There is good and balanced sound in the headphones, there is no doubt about that, but I've still hard to see that it would be worth the price. Obviously, it is clearly better sound than in gaming headsets, but there are good ones headset for a very reasonable price. The headphones receive 9 in the ratings but the price makes me pull it down to 7 stars. Edit: After 2 years of use has one plastic "screw" that holds the left earphone in place loosened, or rather gone off. You can press it in again, but it comes off after a period of use again.
*Edited 4 years
Acer Predator XB271HU (bmiprz)
3.9
(47)
£600.04
5 years ago*
Had this screen for a few months now that replaced my previous Samsung S27A950D. The screen had a lot to live up to because I thought Samsung's display was superb. In order to throw me to the point I can immediately say that it differs very much on these screens at almost all points. I think it's hard to get any really good blacks with the Acer Predator screen. It is always a bit of light no matter how you change the front and back of the picture settings. Samsung was much easier to bring down the light on but rather suffered from the screen itself was mirrored and reflected like a mirror, which this does not in any way at all uncomfortable. The picture quality is almost unfair to compare as this is an IPS and Samsung was TN. Do not misunderstand me, Samsung was amazingly good for a TN panel, but this is on a completely different level simply (takes, however, with the price in the calculation, I must say that Samsung have been very successful with its S27A950D). I can even see the difference between 144hz and 120hz which was what I had hoped that they would do. I think I get a lot less trouble with tired eyes in general of this screen, which is a big plus as it can easily become that you usually sit for longer periods than you should. I think I notice the same problem as many others have the on / off button does not work 100%, I have chosen to connect the monitor to a power outlet with a switch to get around the problem, although it clearly is not optimal for a screen costing close to 8000: -. There are many good tips online for different picture settings for the Acer Predator, and in the end it's usually just a matter of taste and light conditions in the room. All in all a very well-balanced display that probably does not disappoint purely pictorial. Purely in terms of price, it can be a bit of juiciest team which probably has the most to do with G-Sync, but otherwise I have difficulty finding excessive deficits (not counting the blackness). Recommended ?: Absolutely! Top class ?: I do not ...
*Edited 5 years
SteelSeries Sensei Fnatic
3.8
(2)
7 years ago*
SteelSeries Sensei Fnatic. Must say this is the best mouse I have ever had. Have used it continuously for a couple of years and there's never any problem. Has worked flawlessly and feels very accurate. Very settings to change the software, it is possible to change the color to what you want and display on the bottom can write what you want on the (really just a kind of frippery thing because 99.9% of the time, never looking at the bottom. But just thing that you can do that is clear as a bell, a bit like a bonus track in a game, that's not why you buy it but fun when they go the extra mile for a product. You can also use the preset settings, like other gamers using the mouse. It should be added that I use a so-called claw grip and therefore operates this mouse wonderfully well. Has no plans to replace it in the near future. Is it worth the high price? Hm, I have absolutely no regrets because I bought it, but obviously it had been able to be a hundred or cheaper to really get the 10 a great hotel. Update: Still retains the mouse and it works flawlessly. Have never had a single concern with the over all these years (Quality!). Today, however, the price a bit unnecessarily high. 650 - had been a healthier pricing.
*Edited 5 years
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