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Pros: -Great visual and aesthetic design.
-Sturdy for a plastic/aluminum case (more durable than my Dragonlord K62!).
-Plenty of room for long vga cards, cables behind mobo tray, and HDD's.
-Buttons are sturdy and don't feel like they'll break or get pressed accidentally (my K62's power button broke, and cat used to always turn it on when he jumped on it).
-VERY quiet with fans on normal and quiet mode, and absolutely NO audible vibration or buzzing.
-Included some zip ties and little extra things here and there. (but no extra screws or posts)
-Designed to be convenient... BUT... (see cons)
Cons: -*Expletive* 5.25 tool-less clasps won't hold my disc drive in place, and the front of the frame on the chassis actually broke my first drive, resulting in me ordering a replacement.
-The PCI slot screws are extremely difficult to turn, and despite being thumb screws are impossible to turn with your thumbs.
-The bottom HDD cage only holds 2 instead of 3.
-My case fans (connected to the built-in fan controller) won't spin when I power on my PC if the speed switch is set to quiet. I have to switch it to normal, then turn on my PC, then turn it down to quiet mode. Otherwise all the fans just twitch in place. (using Noctua 140mm's)
-The top cover of the case won't close all the way if you have 2 fans installed on top, despite the instructions showing that you should install them that way. I would put the fans inside my case but I have a large heatsink they'll bump into. This is completely ridiculous.
-For a plastic/aluminum case it's pretty heavy.
-It's a modern case yet for some odd reason it's using ancient old school motherboard screws, resulting in one of my posts getting stripped out on the first try because a screwdriver can't access the top middle screw flush enough for it to go in straight. No extra motherboard screws or posts were included. Seriously?
-The case fan screws that are listed in the manual were not included AT ALL. I had to take the old slightly stripped ones off my old case to make up for the deficit.
Other Thoughts: My Dragonlord K62's front grill had some issues and broke, and it's power button kept sinking down into the case resulting in the button not doing anything until I opened up the case and pushed it back up. I shopped around to find the perfect replacement case that met my needs:
-Plenty of room for dual 7950's
-Plenty of fans with 140mm compatibility
-Tool-less features and other conveniences
-Room for cables behind mobo tray
-Sturdy and simple
It meets these criteria, but with things not quite working right and/or negating the purpose of the feature itself (thumb screws) it's really hard to rate this case higher than 3 stars. I just don't think I should have to struggle this much with a case in 2014. I have never bought NZXT before but I seem to see it listed so often in other people's PC builds. Naturally I assumed they were a pretty reliable brand if so many people go with them. Didn't see anything too alarming in the reviews either. Overall disappointed but it took me so much time and frustration rebuilding my PC with this case that I don't have the energy to switch to something else at this point.
Pros: efficient layout (i disagree with sata port complaints) - plenty of options - ample room for custom CPU heatsinks - USB3.0 AND esata AND tons of sata3 ports - esata port doesn't require me to patch a cable from the back end of the board to a sata port - boots fast - excellent BIOS for both pros and green users - no random case fan "shuttle launches"!!!
best thing about this motherboard is that my temperatures and overall case noise has dropped dramatically. so much, that when i first booted up i inspected everything in a panic because i assumed some of my fans weren't working. when under full load the temps go up a good 8 degrees at the most, but the board cools down VERY quickly after i get back to my desktop. i'm way impressed. maybe im just not used to a 'real' motherboard? bravo asus! my PC is now a quiet monster!
Cons: a bit pricey, but if you're the target market for this board it's worth every penny. although i praised the BIOS above, there is a bit of a learning curve to the advanced area when tweaking settings. a lot of the sections aren't labeled with what typical BIOS would categorize things under. once you figure it out though it's smooth sailing.
Other Thoughts: i was shocked at how quiet and smooth running my build was after upgrading to this motherboard. i had no idea it could make that much of a difference.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: excellent cooling solution that produces very little noise, even at high load - temperatures stable and low for the most part - performs extremely well with everything i throw at it, and it's often difficult to overload it - i can finally use D3Doverrider now and play everything at an acceptable framerate @ 1080p - also worth mentioning that it's got headroom for overclocking too, even though i won't need to. currently using: AMD Phenom II 970, 8gb GSkill Sniper DDR3, Asus Sabertooth 990FX, and now an intel 240gb 520 SSD.
Cons: i'm experiencing an odd anomaly where when my monitor goes to sleep after X amount of hours, if it's been asleep for too long it won't turn back on. i just get a no input message. hard rebooting the machine is the only way to get it back. latest drivers, reseated everything, cut psu, etc. it's not that big of a deal, but hopefully will get fixed with a driver update. it's a bit heavy, so make sure your case can hold this thing in place properly. especially if your PCI slots use the arms or tabs instead of screws for your cards. requires 2 PCI-e cables, but that's just the reality of GPU's these days.
Other Thoughts: i initially purchased this card a handful of months ago, but the unit i received was bluescreening randomly, as other reviews for this card (as well as 7970's) have mentioned as well. xfx refused to believe this is a 7900 issue, despite all of the evidence pointing to there being a high number of faulty 7900's across all manufacturers. i then swapped out my ram, and no change. bought a new PSU, and then motherboard and ram. still bluescreening, so i finally just went ahead and bought new CD-R, SSD, and a few other things to complete a new buiild. i got newegg to RMA the video card, and when i got the new one everything worked fine. it took an entirely new build to fix everything, even though all was fine before a simple switch from a 6850 to this. YIKES. xfx support is awesome, and newegg RMA'd this fast, so im chalking it up to a bad card. THIS TIME...READ FULL REVIEW
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