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Pros: I debated between this and an i7-6700K. Their price (pre-Black Friday) is comparable and so is their performance via cpuboss. Once it came on sale for Black Friday it was a done deal.
Runs constantly under my Corsair H55 at 4.3Ghz. No overclocking or anything. I assume it is just the turbo boost is always on due to the CPU never going over 60 degrees under load. Idle it runs at 29 ~ 32 degrees.
Cons: Dear Intel,
Thank you for the stock cooler which came with the CPU. Nevertheless, please remove the stock cooler from the package and take $20 off your CPU prices. At least do this for all "K" series of chips.
Other Thoughts: although it is a couple years old this CPU is still amazing. Great, but unnecessary upgrade for my still amazing i7-2600K.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I have done a lot of research on mATX cases and narrowed it down to this case and two others (that I will not mention). This was the best 'bang for the buck'. The only 'con' I read/watched regarding this case is the cable management. Knowing this I purchased it anyways and I have not regretted the decision. As for the Pros:
Cosmetically appealing. Outside is clean & professional looking.
There are two cable management cutouts on the side and one on the top for routing cables for clean cable management. The top one I used for the 8-pin power cable. The sides I used for all other cable management. (Yes, you can do cable management with this case. I'll get to that later.)
Easily remove the bottom hard drive (HD) bay to make more room in the case for air flow. Can also remove the 3.5 drive bay up top to make room for a 240 water cooler reservoir.
Fans included with the case are quiet and pump out a lot of air. I moved both to the front of the case with no problems.
USB3.0, SD card reader, and audio jacks in the front work flawlessly.
The power and HD lights in the front are a soft blue and look nice.
Removable filters in the front and bottom are easy to access.
Came with a lot of screws and stand offs so motherboard (MB) installation was a snap.
Sound dampening material on the sides and behind the front door. With the included fans I cannot hear anything right next to the computer.
Rubber pads for the PSU to sit on top. There was also a rim of padding inside the case where the PSU screws into for sound dampening.
Cons: No real Cons but things to consider:
1. The hole in the case up top for the 8-pin power cable required some pushing to squeeze the cable through the hole. I got it, but it was a challenge.
2. The SSD under the 3.5 bay is upside down. I routed one power cable for the optical drive and the SSD behind the MB but since the SSD is upside down I had to twist the power cable and flip it so it would work with both the optical drive and the SSD. No big deal, but a little frustrating.
3. You will need to purchase a 15mm (slim) 140mm fan for the top vent. Not enough room between the MB and the top vent for a conventional 25mm wide fan.
Other Thoughts: 1. Contrary to other reviews, yes, you can do cable management with this case. I bought a power supply unit (PSU) with flat cables and that saved the day. Non-flat cables will work but I think they would not be as convenient, but possible. No matter what case you buy putting the side panel back behind the MB always requires a little squeeze. Since there is sound-dampening material on the backside of the side panels you have to give a little bit more of push to squeeze it in. Would I like more room behind the MB, sure, but is it a deal breaker, no.
2. If you insist on an optical drive (like me) then make sure it is a very short one. Mine fits, but there is only a tiny bit of room between it and the MB.
3. Final thought. Any mATX case is a very small case with its own pros/cons. Only this one comes with the air filters, sound dampening, and a clean/professional front display.
MSI Z87M Gaming
Corsair Hydro H55
GTX 960 SSC X2 in SLI
16GB Corsair Vengeance @ 2400
ThermalTake ToughPower TPD-0750M
CoolerMaster Silencio 352
This review is from: Thermaltake Toughpower TPD-0750M - SLI / CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Gold Certification and Semi Modular Cables Black Active PFC Power Supply Intel Haswell Ready (PS-TPD-0750MPCGUS-1)
Pros: Flat cables are amazing. I think I won't buy another power supply unit (PSU) unless it has flat cables.
Module design is very nice to reduce the clutter inside of my case.
Fan is ultra quiet. I literally had to put my hand in the back to feel the air coming out to make sure it was working.
Comes with a nice baggy to keep the unused cables together.
Unit is heavy and feels like it is made with quality/sturdy components. Does not rattle when shaken.
Using it to run my i7-4790K with SLI GTX 960s.
Cons: Not a con but be aware that the 8-pin and 24-pin power cables are not modular. Not a big deal because you have to use them and the description of the PSU clearly states it is semi modular.READ FULL REVIEW