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Fractal Design Define R5 FD-CA-DEF-R5-BK Black Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Fractal Design Define R5 01/07/2015

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R5 FD-CA-DEF-R5-BK Black Computer Case

Pros: -Plenty of space
-Quiet
-No sharp edges
-Modular drive bays with rubber mounts
-Great cable management
-Fan controller

Cons: -Feels cheaper than the R4.. was a little bit disappointed.
-No magnet for the front door.
-I can't switch the side panel with the other one because of the new feature for easy opening..

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Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggs Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case 12/27/2014

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case

Pros: Exactly what I was looking for!
cheap after rebate!

Cons: None!

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EVGA 04G-P4-2978-KR GeForce GTX 970 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support FTW ACX 2.0 Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I really don't have much good to say about this product.

#1- Low power consumption.
#2- Nice design. (aesthetic)
#3- Great factory overclock compared to other manufacturers.

Cons: Where do i begin with the cons...

I went into this purchase expecting the quality that EVGA has always been known for, only to be highly disappointed by the product received. See cons below.

#1- Coil whine...obviously.
#2- Electrical buzzing noise.
#3- I have to set ridiculous fan curves to keep the card below 70 while gaming??? the card is at 30 on idle. (I have a Corsair 650D case with a very good airflow)
#4- Loud fans
#5- No backplate for a "premium" card.
#6- Unnecessary pack of papers and logo adhesives
#7- Card not stable at stock frequencies (I have a 1000w gold certified PSU)
#8- I feel like i'm going to break the card if I overclock it.
#9- The heatsink feels like its cheap, very easy to bend. I was afraid I would break it when installing it and pushing on it a little bit.
#10- The connectors for power delivery should be on the end of the PCB and not almost in the middle.
#11- There is no active cooling of the GDDR5 RAM nor of the VRMs on this card.
#12- I paid 30$ extra for a "premium" card. The FTW Edition and the EVGA GTX 970 SSC (04G-P4-3975-KR) is better than the FTW Edition (See Other thoughts)
#13- I DO NOT have the new features of the EVGA GTX 970 SSC (04G-P4-3975-KR) (30$ cheaper)
#14- I DO NOT have the MMCP (Memory MOSFET Cooling Plate)
#15- I DO NOT have the QSD BIOS (Quick Switch Dual BIOS on the side of the card)
#16- I DO NOT have the OPT (Optimized Power Target)
#17- I could keep going for all day long and I would still have cons to say about this card.

Despite having luck with EVGA in the past, I'm considering this a waste of 400 dollars. You just lost a customer.

Other Thoughts: EVGA GTX 970 FTW (EVGA 04G-2978-KR)

KEY FEATURES:
NVIDIA Dynamic Super Resolution Technology
NVIDIA MFAA Technology
NVIDIA GameWorks Technology
NVIDIA GameStream Technology
NVIDIA G-SYNC Ready
Microsoft DirectX 12
NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0
NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync
NVIDIA Surround Technology
NVIDIA SLI Ready
NVIDIA CUDA Technology
OpenGL 4.4 Support
OpenCL Support
HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2 and Dual-link DVI
PCI Express 3.0
EVGA ACX 2.0 Cooling
Triple BIOS Ready
1.215v+ Voltage Boost


New Card is better and cheaper?

EVGA GTX 970 SSC (04G-P4-3975-KR)

New Features:
dBi – dB Noise Inverter turns fans off below 60C, generating 0dB of noise during idle!
QSD BIOS – Quick Switch Dual BIOS allow you to switch to secondary BIOS with the flick of a switch.
MMCP – Memory MOSFET Cooling Plate reduces MOSFET temps by 47% and Memory by 14%.
OPT – Optimized Power Target offers 33% more power over reference.
SHP – Straight Heat Pipes reduce GPU temperature by almost 5C!

KEY FEATURES
NVIDIA Dynamic Super Resolution Technology
NVIDIA MFAA Technology
NVIDIA GameWorks Technology
NVIDIA GameStream Technology
NVIDIA G-SYNC Ready
Microsoft DirectX 12
NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0
NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync
NVIDIA Surround Technology
NVIDIA SLI Ready
NVIDIA CUDA Technology
OpenGL 4.4 Support
OpenCL Support
HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2 and Dual-link DVI
PCI Express 3.0
EVGA ACX 2.0 Cooling
Quick Switch Dual BIOS
1.215v+ Voltage Boost
dB Inverter
Memory MOSFET Cooling Plate
Optimized Power Target
Straight Heat Pipes

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Marc L.'s Profile

Display Name: Marc L.

Date Joined: 01/04/14

  • Reviews: 17
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  • First Review: 04/11/14
  • Last Review: 01/07/15
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