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Pros: Quiet, Fast, only 780 with a white PCB, , looks good,overclocks well
Cons: Noisy with Hyper Boost
Other Thoughts: I bought this card last week from Newegg even with some of the dubious reports of throttling and VRM issues. I can't be happier. The card is extremely quiet at load, and I received one with the latest BIOS which solves the down-clocking issue. The card at stock with Hyper Boost OFF goes to 1.11 ghz on load and doesn't exceed 64 celsius on my open test bench. I overclocked it to 1.2 ghz with MSI Afterburner and it stayed quiet. I needed to turn on HyperBoost to get this going, but Hyper Boost turns the fans on 100% which gets noisy. The fans are quiet, but the sound of the rush of air is overwhelming. I have a water block for this for a custom white build from EK and I look forward to having a quieter card. Without Hyper Boost though, the card is cool and very quiet. It is one of the quietest cards I've ever used.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - Relatively quiet cooler
- Extremely well-built and well-engineered w/back plate
- Neat activity LEDs behind each GPU
- Crossfire on a stick
Cons: - A litttle bit too large vertically
- Fans can get loud under heavy load for longer period of time
- Failed after a few weeks
Other Thoughts: I used the card for a few days, as I didn't open and utilize it as soon as I got it. Played some games and the card performs as advertised. Borderlands 2 even with PhysX on low is returning me over 90fps on my high resolution 27" monitor, and other games I've tried worked great. I gave it a light overclock through Catalyst Control Center and everything was good. After a few days of use the card now exhibits a problem, where upon log-in to Windows 7, the display is corrupted with rainbow gradients. The card's GPUs never exceeded the low 70 celsius temperature during the whole time, so cooling isn't an issue. After trying it on three different motherboards with Catalyst drivers 13.8 beta, 13.8 WHQL, and 13.10 Beta it looks like the second GPU is toast. I can get the card working properly if I am lucky enough to get into the O/S and disable Crossfire, but that gives me a lot less performance. Unfortunately I am one day past my Newegg RMA period, as it is for invoice date, so I have to rely on Powercolor/TUL. I hope their service is as good as others have stated. This is disappointing because the "new" 7990 reference edition is unusable due to intensely loud coil whine, and this is a far nicer card in every way. The heat sink is a rugged metal, not plastic like that other edition.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: *Compact external dimensions
*Built-in dust filter on front panel easy to vaccuum
*25mm fans fit between front panel and chassis
*Movable and removable bottom 3.5" hard disk cage and removable 3.5" cage for thick and slim 240mm radiator support in front
*Built in SSD mounts with cable cutouts
*Space for up to 5x120mm fans, or 4x120mm and 1x140mm in the top
*Light and rigid
Cons: *Top fan can't be used with a 120mm radiator, only 120/140mm fan
*No 8-pin EPS cable cutout so you have to run cable between mobo and tray
*Limited space behind mobo tray for cables
*Limited clearance between top panel and motherboard
*Hole at bottom of front panel can allow unfiltered air through intake
*No window'd edition available in North America
*Top fan filter useless and cheap
Other Thoughts: For those who are looking at using an all-in-one liquid cooler of 240mm in the front, this is the Micro-ATX case for you. It's compatible with Cooler Master Seidon 240m, Corsair H100, and Swiftech H220 with the top 3.5" cage removed, you still get 3.5" drive bays at the bottom, plus two SSD mounts in the front of the motherboard tray. Because the bottom drive cage can be unscrewed and moved 1" back from its original location, even 55mm radiators can fit if you put the fans on the other side of the chassis between the metal and the front panel. I even put a 60mm thick 240mm radiator there, which was a bit snug, but fit, and had some clearance to keep from constricting air through the radiator. Ingenious.You also get this, plus support for long graphics cards like the AMD 7990. At only 14.9" high it's a medium to small Micro-ATX case and can be a bit of a challenge to work in due to limited dimensions, but removal of the drive cages and fans helps the build process.
My only big qualm with this case is the lack of a cut out above the mobo for the 8-pin EPS cable, and limited space behind the mobo tray for cables. I can address the latter using clips and cable management ties, but the former is difficult if you have a thick EPS cable. The top fan is fine as an exhaust but can't house a radiator even a 120mm moved furthest away from the mobo.
The case is light and rigid. I've drilled out the rivets with a 1/8 drill bit, and ripped the whole thing into pieces and put it back together with new rivets due to some of my mods, and it looks as good as new. The paint is also a nice medium gloss, better than competitors like the Corsair 350D (IMHO) or even another favorite, the Arc Mini. The front panel is ok in my mind, but I'm not putting an optical drive in here due to my radiator choices.
Right now I'm modifying this case to address my personal goals and the case's shortcomings. I've cut out the top fan grill and created a centered opening of 260mm in length to support a slim 240mm radiator, off-set and further above the motherboard, and drilled out the rivets holding the 5.25" bay to accommodate the radiator's length. I've covered this opening with nice honeycomb aluminum mesh which I secured using the case's frame. I may also drill out a cut out for the 8-pin EPS cable above the mobo, and I will definitely create a side panel window. I wish CM would sell the window'd version in North America. No one carries the window version but their global web site lists it as a product. C'mon CM, charge $10.00-$15.00 more and sell us North Americans a window version!
I7 3770K at 4.7ghz
Gigabyte Sniper M3
4x4GB White Corsair Low Profile Vengeance
2xEVGA GTX Titans
One OCZ Octane 512GB SSD
One WD 1TB Black Edition
1 XSPC RX240 radiator (front)
1 XSPC EX240 radiator (top)
Various Enermax and Corsair fans
Once finished I'll upload a picture.
Display Name: D E.
Date Joined: 06/07/10
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