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post #1 of 83 (permalink) Old 01-31-2011, 03:09 PM - Thread Starter
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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 Sleeving
Furryletters Clean Cut
MDPC-X/Murdermods (Only orange atm)
Flexo PET
550lb Paracord


Here all all the sleevings
supplies.jpg

Used a yellow wire to try and show through the sleeving the easiest
wire.jpg



PET
STORE

Please NOTE that PET is TERRIBLE. I never noticed just how bad it was until I used it. Just DON'T buy it wink.gif

pet2.jpgpet3.jpg
pet.jpg

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:
Cheap
Easy to use
Metallic

CONS:
Everything else
See through
DON'T BUY IT
It's crap


KOBRA SLEEVING
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kobra2.jpgkobra_black.jpg
kobra.jpg

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.

kobra_colors.jpg
kobra_colors2.jpg

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:
High quality
Colors look very good
Not see through

CONS:

Extremely difficult to use due to its small diameter
EXPENSIVE
UV only works well with green
Some of the wire showed with the gray sleeve

COST:
$0.50/foot


FURRYLETTERS CLEAN CUT
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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.

cleancut.jpg
cleancut2.jpg

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:
Incredible quality
Very tight weave
No chance of seeing the wires
Very cheap
Barry is a fantastic seller

Cons:
Thickness may create some bulkiness
Only available in black and gray
It's too good

PRICE:
$0.22/foot (100ft for $22.35 after shipping)


MDPC-X/MurderMods (Orange only)
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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.

orange.jpg
kobra_colors2.jpg

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.

PROS:

Very high quality
Tight sleeving
Orange looks fantastic
Very UV reactant
Price lowered

CONS:
Price is still a little high compared to others
Not quite as tight as Clean Cut
Price is about double that of clean cut

Cost:
$0.40/foot (based on 100ft + shipping)



550lb Paracord
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I know this is the most anticipated of the sleeving. Paracord is basically nylon sleeving with rope inside of it.

paracord.jpg
paracord2.jpg

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
Tight weave
Gray color is awesome looking
Fabric looks adds a unique style

CONS:
Hair like micro strands on surface
Snags easier than clean cut and mdpc-x
Not UV

PRICE:
$0.075/foot OMG



SIDE BY SIDE COMPARISONS


Shows the colors of the grays
hand.jpg

compare_1.jpg

You can see the diameter difference in the Kobra vs Clean cut / MDPC-X
black.jpg



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
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for better pics btw, turn off flash and turn on macro/super macro. That way we can see the sleeving better.

Nice review though! I'd like to see a review on Large sleeving (instead of 1/8", the one which most PSU's have stock)
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for better pics btw, turn off flash and turn on macro/super macro. That way we can see the sleeving better.

Nice review though! I'd like to see a review on Large sleeving (instead of 1/8", the one which most PSU's have stock)

Aw ok, thanks I know almost nothing about taking pictures =P
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Better representation of paracord

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https://www.overclock.net/case-mods-general-discussion/775454-now-w-video-cheap-beautiful-sleeving.html

Yeah those are the first paracord pics I had seen! I just people to make sure they know that it can get those hair like strands, especially when you're looking close up.
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My thoughts:

1) PET: Completely agree. It's utter crap. Do not buy.
2) Kobra: Agree as well. Kind of hard to work with since it doesn't expand as well as clean cut or PET, but not as hard to work with as paracord.
3) Paracord: I absolutely cannot stand the stuff. Every time I turn around, I snag the stuff. I have had a power supply sitting in a drawer for 2 months waiting to be done simply because I cannot bring myself to finish it with this crap. Absolutely hate working with it.
4) Furryletters (Barry): I was going to do a similar review on different styles of sleeving a few months ago. He seemed way too put out to provide me even a few sample pieces of sleeving without charging me $50 to do it. He can kiss my rear end. I'll spend my money elsewhere.
5) MDPC: Have not used. Can't wait to try it.

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I've got some spare MDPC-X sleeve laying here, I can send ya foot of it (for each color that I have) so you can better gauge the quality. Go ahead and PM me if you're interested.

Just as well, if you use natural lighting with a darker background you'll get better pics.

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3) Paracord: I absolutely cannot stand the stuff. Every time I turn around, I snag the stuff. I have had a power supply sitting in a drawer for 2 months waiting to be done simply because I cannot bring myself to finish it with this crap. Absolutely hate working with it.

Did you put a piece of electrical tape over the pins? I've sleeved my PSU and all my fans with the stuff and it wasn't difficult to work with at all. The most difficult thing I've encountered with it is tying the fillaments to the pins on fans so I can pull them through.

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Cant wait for my MDPC in the B-Magic color to be delivered. I was about to go with the Kobra but glad I didn't, maybe I'll use them for black color if I need some small quantity quickly.
You can't deny MDPC has the most amazing colors.

Thanks for the review.
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