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Phanteks Evolv PH-ES515E_AG Anthracite Gray Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Beautifully crafted case that's simple yet stylish. Large unobstructed interior makes building easier. Grommets are in just the right places for clean cable management. Side panels are hinged at the rear and swing outward and can then be lifted off. Even with a side panel window the 3mm thick aluminium panel doesn't flex like most do. 2 SSD and 2 HDD mounts are hidden under the PSU cover keeping the interior clean looking. 5 (3 included) removable SSD/HDD hanging trays can be mounted inside for additional storage capacity. Top fan/radiator bracket slides out making installation easier. More than enough space and mounting points for large radiators. Multiple places for mounting pumps and reservoirs. Front comes off by pulling from the bottom plate revealing a large removable dist filter which has a handle.

Cons: Side window isn't tinted like the mATX and windowed iTX versions are. Plastic I/O panel clips break easily, though not really a con as it actually looks better with it off. Only supports up to 3 dual-slot graphics cards.

Other Thoughts: I got this as a review case and as such it is a pre-production model so there are some issues with it such as the front SSD tray mounting being a bit tighter than it should be and the top fan/radiator bracket being a bit more snug that preferred. Aside from these minor issues this case is perfect. It's as good looking as it if functional and I would not hesitate to order more just for the sake of having them. This case does NOT disappoint.

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 960 GV-N960G1 GAMING-4GD (rev. 1.1) 4GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support ATX Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Runs all but the most demanding games on high-ultra settings. Very quiet in terms of fan noise. WINDFORCE light is controlable through NVIDIA Geforce Experience. Overclocks a decent amount. Metal backplate has the brushed aluminum look (well it IS brushed aluminium). Fan shroud is metal.

Cons: Thermal compound is a joke. If you've ever seen the dried-up compound used on the older 8400gs cards then you'll know what this compound is like. Doesn't overclock as well as my MSI GTX 960 Gaming 4G does.

Other Thoughts: Being the heat snob that I am I replace the thermal compound on every graphics card I own with Arctic Silver 5. I haven't seen such poor compound used on a graphics card since the 8400gs cards. After replacing the compound temps dropped about 4C. That's quite a bit. Now on a better note the WINDFORCE LED lighting isn't a bluish-turquise color like the photos show it to be. It's pure blue. At full brightness it does have a slight turquise look to it but nothing like the photos.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GTX 960 GAMING 2G 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 HDCP Ready SLI Support ATX Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Highly overclockable on both the core and memory. Dead silent even with fans at 100%. LED MSI dragon logo light is a nice touch. Never reaches 65C with default fan curve even when overclocked. Beautifully designed heatsink with red accents in just the right places.

Cons: Coil whine, but it's to be expected when being pushed to its absolute limits.

Other Thoughts: My first GTX 960 was the 100ME edition of this card. Being able to push it past 1600MHz boost point didn't take much. This card is no exception. +273MHz core and +496MHz on the memory translates to a core clock of 1.4GHz with a boost clock over 1.6GHz and memory at 8GHz. That kind of performance fir a $200 card is just mindblowing. I hughly recommend this card if you're on a tight budget and want a card that you can overclock like no other.


E-Cycle L.'s Profile

Display Name: E-Cycle L.

Date Joined: 12/04/12

  • Reviews: 53
  • Helpfulness: 17
  • First Review: 12/10/12
  • Last Review: 10/07/15
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