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Pros: Haven't found a game it can't run at Max settings yet. The stock cooler rarely needed to ramp up, and when it did I wasn't too bothered. I didn't try to OC on the stock cooler, but I'm sure you could.
I installed an EK FC7950 and now all I hear is the occasional sweet sound of a creek nearby. OC's very easily, running 1000 core and 1500 memory without moving temps more than a few C. Haven't tried taking it further, I don't want to torch it yet.
Cons: I got it closer to launch, before the price drop.
The original shroud clashed with my tubing and MB color scheme, so I got some touch up blue paint and covered the red, it was awesome.
Other Thoughts: .I went with the PowerColor because my previous setup of 2 x PowerColor 3870's lasted until I now. They seem to be of good quality, never had to talk to support.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This thing was a dream to work in. Nothing feels flimsy, the seams on all the panels matched up nicely. I love the release mechanism for the side panels, so easy to put on/take off. Cable management features almost perfect. The finish on the front panel just looks awesome, too bad I have the inside stuffed with water cooling gear so I have the window facing out to show that off.
Cons: It would be nice to see modular drive bays, seems like you have to pop some rivets if you want to rearrange the inside. Mod's I've seen online seem to point to this being for structural integrity reasons, which makes sense because this thing is solid.
Also could have used a smidge more space behind the motherboard. I had to take extra care to run the cables as flat as possible in the back or else the side panel would bulge slightly.
Neither of these are major enough to make me regret or even 2nd guess the purchase.
Other Thoughts: While it is one of the more expensive cases you'll see, I really feel like you get what you pay for. It's the type of case that can dominate a room, and not because it's obnoxious like your more "artistic" models. The window provides the perfect picture of all the internals, while still letting you hide the more unsightly parts(who wants to see the back all the drive bays?)
Definitely worth the extra 100-150 bucks if you're sick of flimsy "high-end" gaming cases.
Pros: - Nice form factor for tucking away if you're worried about looks. Construction seemed satisfactory, awesome slideout MB tray worked perfectly.
- I don't have a way of testing power draw ATM, but with one fan and an AMD chip I imagine it's pretty efficient. With the stock 250GB drive I can't distinguish it from ambient noise. Might change when it's stuffed with 2 TB drives.
- Hardware seems to be supported OK in ESXi 5, NIC included.
Cons: Not a lot I would change with it -
Dual NIC would have been great.
Other Thoughts: Installed ESXi 5 onto a USB stick plugged directly on the MB.
Plan on using this as a NAS, serving up iSCSI to another microserver I haven't purchased yet. Will install FreeNAS right on it and blow away the ESXi, just wanted to see if it was compatible for home lab.
All in all I would recommend this to anybody with the desire for a flexible home storage solution or looking for a cheap and effective VMware home lab.