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Pros: It looks like a stormtrooper (Star wars, not the German ones)
Awesome looking case, with tons of room. Very easy to route all cables through the back, so they are sandwiched between the back end of the MOBO mounting plate and the back of the case, using the portholes makes for a very clean looking install,
Paired it with a few 140mm intake fans down low, and a couple 200mm exhaust fans up high and it moves a ton of air. Built in fan controller is handy, switch it to idle when Im just computing and crank it up for some gaming. Fan controller is built for 3pin fans but does leave enough clearance to fit 4 pins on the dongle
If my basement floods I could put it down there to help dry the floors
Cons: The top piece is really a struggle to get off, had to pull and push pins from inside the case, was afraid i was going to break it.
the side mounted fan (not included) can be tough to route the cables all the way around to the fan controller if you are trying to hide the cable (easily fixed by purchasing a extension fan cable, or buying a fan with a long cable in the first place)
My 7990 BARELY fit, there is a couple mm of clearance between it and the drive bays, and I had to remove the super sweet adjustable fan bracket (back mounting screw was inaccessable so I had to break it out)that lives right where a longer GFX card needs to go. (motherboard specific problem Im sure)
The back pci bay covers kept me from fully seating the 7990 as it needs a doublebay, I had to use tin snips to cut out one crossbeam.
None of these dock an egg, just passing on my exp to the next guy
Pros: Bought 6 of these to replace point of sale computers that were running XP.
Smallish footprint to be able to tuck under counter or what have you.
Pre loaded with Win 8.1
Optical mouse and keyboard are of midrange quality
first boot up only took about 10 min to get all settings and Such set up.
Cons: Macaffe is preinstalled, along with some other borderline bloatware, didn't really take to long to remove it all
Other Thoughts: it's got a speedy chip, 4 gigs, and Win8 for just over $300
Its a no-brainer for a simple work pc
Pros: First Card I have paid more than $300.00 for. Very much worth it thus far. Bought this card specificly to run DCS A10-C and ARMA 2 Maxed. both games run butter smooth FULLY maxed out. Arma with 10k view distance and A10 fully cluttered and maxed, both with Track IR. Couldn't be happier with the card.
Metro 2033 Silky smooth fully maxed
Shogun total war Silky Smooth
Dragon age 2 and Mass effect 2 look great of course.
Cons: Card is Huge. Had a choice of taking a saw-zal to my case to fit it or buying a new case. Bought the new case and still had to remove the harddrive bays to make it fit. Check dimensions and check that your bays are removable before buying one. Nothing worse than getting the card and it not fitting!
Fan is loud. I dont hear it at idle or when surfing/photoshopping. I wear 7.1 headphones when gaming so It does not bother me. If noise is a concern however, It is loud
Other Thoughts: Absolutely stoked with the card, hoping to get the same kind of performance out of BF3 and Skyrim.
Oddly enough this card would not work in my system when it first arrived.
it was an asus M3N72-D mobo just updated to latest bios
AMD phenom 9950
8 gigs ddr2 ram
1100 w supply
nop matter what I tired i could not get it to post. RMA'd card tested out and sent back, still no luck. I gave up and upgraded to an intel mobo, an i5, and ddr3 ram and It fired up in mere seconds. not sure what the culprit was as xfx said my mobo was on the supported list.... No fault of the card though.
Display Name: Dave S.
Date Joined: 02/16/04
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