Works OK with ASUS as per sig, but requires minimum load on each 12V rail. I voted in the poll as "OK, but..."
Motherboard, case, memory and CPU purchased 2/16/06 from Central Computer, Sunnyvale, California, from in-store stock. Cases were stacked about 4 feet high at that time. Note that Central has 2 locations, and it is unclear what you will get if you mail order or buy from the San Francisco store. They were out of the motherboard on 2/13, and had good stocks on 2/16, so apparently they have turnover.
Warranty seal was broken, and I informed Antec by email.
Initial tests would not work with only one power cable plugged in, giving the symptoms that have been documented here many times.
I followed the advice given here on balancing load to give at least 1 amp on each 12V rail, and it worked fine. I use 2 cables plugged into the PSU thus, reading from left to right facing the PS from front:
1-no | 2-yes | 3-no | 4-yes | 5-no | 24&4 pin fixed cables.
I took no special precautions about which device went on which cable, and that has changed many times as I redid things for one reason or another, so it's unlikely that anything more than a 1A load per rail is needed.
Before installing XP, I ran over 12 hours of Memtest, no errors. Since then I have also logged a few hours on CPUburn, Prime 95, and Burnintest, all with no errors.
This is a system for my wife, with lots of disk in Raid 0+1, no gaming, everything stock out of the box, no BIOS updates. 3 drives are suspended, with the 4th in a sled above the uppermost suspended disk (clearance is tight, but no mod is needed, and temps appear OK, but I do have 2 92 mm fans going in front). Temps match Mike C's Thailand system as detailed in his article here, just as you'd expect from similar configurations. I put in the front fans because of the 4 disks, not because of ambient temperatures.
Pros: Many, many, as noted in all reviews. No point in repeating them, all the features work well. Excellent case engineering, PSU is very quiet.
Cons: PSU issues should not have happened in the first place, but the work-around worked fine for me. The quality of the case is such that the worst design issues for me are:
- The reset button requires a lot more pressure than the power button because the linkages are different. You have to check the power light to be sure that the reset worked - the switch really needs to have a detent so that you can tell it worked by feel.
- I'd much rather have an all black version of the case.
- No removeable motherboard tray, an annoyance for people with very large hands and very large heatsinks.
All in all, I'm very happy with this build, and I'm glad that I took the plunge after waiting for the PSU issue to be resolved.