Ok so I've been waiting to do this for a long time. It's tough seeing so many sleeving threads with no solid answers. Forgive me if my pictures aren't great, I'm not a photographer!
Sleeving Brands here:Kobra SleevingFurryletters Clean CutMDPC-X/Murdermods (Only orange atm)Flexo PET550lb Paracord
Here all all the sleevings
Used a yellow wire to try and show through the sleeving the easiestPETSTORE
Please NOTE that PET is TERRIBLE. I never noticed just how bad it was until I used it. Just DON'T buy it
Notice how you can easily see the yellow wire through the sleeving. It would be even more noticeable if the sleeving were a darker color. Sleeving with this was easy though, no snags or tears. The only cool thing about this gray PET was that it had a "metallic" look, but that's about it.PROS:
Easy to use
DON'T BUY IT
It's crapKOBRA SLEEVINGSTORE
If you look at the gray color, you can see a little bit of the yellow wire through the sleeving. However, the black basically showed none of the yellow. I'm not sure why this is since they appear to be the exact same. The Kobra seemed pretty nice. It looks good and you wouldn't notice the wire color unless you brought it an inch from your face. The biggest thing I HATED about this sleeving, was that it is a pain in the A$$ to use. It is very small compared to the other 1/8" sleeving I have and it makes it very prone to snagging. I can't imagine sleeving an entire psu with this, it would be VERY, VERY annoying.
The 2nd picture definitely shows the actual colors much better. The colors look great, they are deep and vibrant. They are labeled UV however, only the green really showed a lot of UV reaction, the orange a little, but none of the others. I couldn't get a good pic to show this so you'll have to take my word. I also threw in the MDPC-X orange, I think it's color is a little better than that of the Kobra orange. It's just brighter and reacted much better with a UV light.PROS:
Colors look very good
Not see through
Extremely difficult to use due to its small diameter
UV only works well with green
Some of the wire showed with the gray sleeveCOST:
$0.50/footFURRYLETTERS CLEAN CUTSTORE
First off, I want to note that furryletters (Barry) is an extremely nice guy. I emailed him and asked for a small sample to do this review and he instantly agreed and shipped me small amounts of black and gray clean cut sleeving.
As you can see this is QUALITY sleeving! It's very thick and hides the wires like a champ. It looks almost identical to that of the MDPC-X sleeving, and in my case it actually looks like the weave is tighter with Furryletters clean cut. Using it was a breeze too. It's diameter is wide enough that it just slides right over the wires and I didn't get any snags or rips or anything. The cost of this stuff is also incredible. I did notice though that he wasn't selling any gray clean cut in his ebay store. You might have to contact him directly for this. Only real cons is that it only comes in black and gray at the moment.PROS:
Very tight weave
No chance of seeing the wires
Barry is a fantastic sellerCons:
Thickness may create some bulkiness
Only available in black and gray
It's too goodPRICE:
$0.22/foot (100ft for $22.35 after shipping)MDPC-X/MurderMods (Orange only)STORE
Everyone knows about MDPC-X. They are renowned for selling the absolute best quality sleeving on the market. They sell in all colors and sizes. Unfortunentally I was only able to get my hands on some orange. Papasmurf from OCN was very kind and shipped me a piece of his sleeving! Couldn't have written this without his help.
First off, you'll notice that the MDPC-X has little bit of a nicer color, in my opinion, than the Kobra sleeving. It brighter and more orange while the Kobra's looks a tiny bit red. This sleeving is fantanstic quality and is literally identical to that of Furryletters Clean Cut, but with an orange color. The sleeving is extremely easy to use, it just slides right over the wires thanks to its thick diameter. The UV in this is actually worth noting too! The UV for the orange is actually pretty bright and would definitely look pretty cool in a case. The biggest problem with MDPC-X has always been the price tag. However, I do know that they have recently lowered the cost of shipping to help with international sales.
Very high quality
Orange looks fantastic
Very UV reactant
Price is still a little high compared to others
Not quite as tight as Clean Cut
Price is about double that of clean cutCost:
$0.40/foot (based on 100ft + shipping)550lb ParacordSTORE
I know this is the most anticipated of the sleeving. Paracord is basically nylon sleeving with rope inside of it.
The first thing you'll probably notice is the "hair like" frays. This is by far the worst thing about paracord. Since it's made of nylon strands instead of the standard plastic, it's prone to display micro strands if the surface is rubbed too much. I did find that running a lighter over it quickly eliminated most of the problem, however, it could get annoying doing this for every wire. The hairs didn't really reappear though after I did this which is good.
The thing I actually like most of about paracord is the fabric look. Since it's nylon and not plastic, it looks kind of shiny and soft, instead of shiny plastic. It looks a little bit more...elegant. To be honest it is very hard to compare this with the other brands. It's sort of in a league of its own since it's made of completely different material.
The nylon makes it the most flexible of the sleevings. It has an extremely tight weave since it's fabric and you'll never see a wire through this stuff. Using it was some where in the middle. It's thick enough to slide on, but due to its fabric material, it was easy to get snagged by the metal ends of the cables. If you tape of the ends better than me you probably wouldn't have a problem. Another thing I noticed is that it looks fantastic, but if you look very closely it looks a little less sleek than the others. Again this is because of the fabric material. I think if you had an entire psu sleeved in it, you would never notice any imperfection though. The price is...UNBELIEVABLE. You can get 100ft of this in any color for $7.50 after shipping! I haven't seen the other colors, but in the pics they look pretty bright and appealing. Paracord seems like the perfect alternative to those looking for something cheaper than standard sleeving, or even people who like the fabric look of it, which I personally love. Also, other con is it's not UV.PROS:
CHEAPER THAN AIR
Gray color is awesome looking
Fabric looks adds a unique styleCONS:
Hair like micro strands on surface
Snags easier than clean cut and mdpc-x
SIDE BY SIDE COMPARISONS
Shows the colors of the grays
You can see the diameter difference in the Kobra vs Clean cut / MDPC-X
I know its messy but I'm tired of writing so I'll fix it up later.
Also, if anybody has anything to contribute please do! I want this to be as comprehensive as possible, and to end all of the other sleeving question threads =D