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This review is from: NZXT HUE+ Smart RGB Color Changing Digitally Controlled LED PC Lighting
Pros: - 4 lighting strips included
- Strips are held with magnets (decent strength) and/or adhesive
- Easy to use software
- NZXT Customer Service
Cons: - 1 light strip had 3 bad LEDs (2 blue & 1 green)
- Controller LED (white only and always on)
Other Thoughts: I was able to use just the magnets to hold the strips in-place, though they may shift if I transported the case. If I were concerned or attaching to plastic there is adhesive.
Software is easy to use and is supported with frequent updates. These updates from what I have noticed are mostly new lighting options. The CAM software does report my CPU temperature higher (~8-12°C) than other monitors.
I had one strip with 3 bad LEDs, but contacting NZXT for replacement was quick and painless. Their customer service got back to me within 8 hours of submitting my claim, and resolved the issue immediately. I was very satisfied by this experience despite having a problem.
The controller unfortunately has a fairly bright LED that is always on. Not only is it always on but it is only white. I consider this a con even though it is not an issue in my build (Mastercase Pro 5). I placed the controller in the top slot of the drive tray in the bottom compartment. The location makes the controller and light almost invisible.
Update: I bought a second kit for wife's build and all the LEDs worked.
Pros: - Integrated cooling looks and performs great: i5-4690k 46°C under load (pump & fans @ 20%)
- Basement for power supply and hard drive
- SSD mounts behind motherboard
- Plenty of cable management loops (and included zip ties!)
- Looks good
Cons: - Had to remove radiator to get 8-pin power to the motherboard
- Had to bend/twist radiator mount to align holes when re-mounting
- Had to remove front cover to put top cover on (lip and alignment pegs on top cover)
- Had to remove entire drive bay to mount hard drive
- Thumb screws need a screw driver to screw back in (paint causing tolerance issues)
- Radiator fan screws are as short as possible (moved fans to pull rather than push, one screw was shorter than the others and could not be used with mount)
- Thumb screws for vertical mount did not align properly with a card installed
- Case itself feels really cheap
Other Thoughts: The PCI extension (purchased separately) did not work, and once I get the exchange I will have to tear out the power supply just to put it in. An extra 1/8th inch between the basement and top of the power supply would have been nice to avoid this problem.
Hard drive mounting in this case is what I consider dated. It is not a tool-free installation which is fine, but there are no drive trays either. Having to remove the entire cage to screw in the hard drive is not great.
There also was no cutout for routing the PCI power vertically from the basement which would have been nice, especially since there are already other cutouts there. The vertical mounted card would look so much better if the power cable did not have to be pulled from the right side of the motherboard.
I ran into a lot of little issues along the way when building in this case, which added up to a very frustrating build. I am very meticulous when it comes to the way my finished builds look, and I had to spend a lot more time on this case than I was expecting. This case looks great, especially if you take the time to do proper cable management, but for the how much this case costs ($250) there were just too many flaws. I would not build another computer in this case and would not recommend this case to others.
Pros: - Performance
- Unlocked for overclocking
Cons: - Stock heatsink
Other Thoughts: Many reviews here list lack of hyper-threading or poor performance when trying to stream while gaming. An i5 processor is designed for solid peformance during gaming, but not meant to be used as a heavy load multi-tasking CPU like the i7 series. Encoding for game streaming is very hard on a processor especially if trying to get the best quality video. If you like to play games but have no desire to record/stream then this is a very good fit, otherwise get an i7.
I wish they would lower the prices by not including a heatsink. It just isn't practical for high performance processors.
With an after market cooler I was able to overclock to ~3.7GHz (5% OC) on a H97 motherboard while keeping the temperature in my ideal range ~76°C under load. I was able to push in to ~3.85 (8-9% OC), but the H97 couldn't push it much further. With a better cooler and a Z97 board I was able to get ~4.11GHz (17% OC) on air and ~4.42GHz (26% OC)