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Rosewill CHALLENGER - Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Three Included Fans - 1 x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1 x Top 140mm Fan, 1 x Rear 120mm Fan - Two More Optional Side 120mm Fans Supported
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good look, lightweight but not flimsy, modular feel, cpu cutout spaced perfectly. Lots of room for hard drives and maybe even an H100.

Cons: BUT, and this is deal breaker.....the case sucks. The issue is even with all those nice cutouts for wire management, you can't use them. The basic idea for these cutouts is too hide the majority of the wiring on the other side. Problem is, there is no room for anything other than fan wiring. I didn't have room for the 20 pin power connector since it is too fat. So I had to leave in the main compartment. What about peripherals? Nope, not those either. The molex plugs are too think for the case cover to go back on. Really, the other side has maybe 5mm of room.

Other Thoughts: To me, the case wiring management is what this case a 1 star case. Why have all the grommet cutouts if you can't route wires on the other side of the motherboard? I'm looking at the case now and have all of the wires back in the case. About the only room you will have to hiding the serial ata power cable. What about re-routing the 8 pin power connector out the bottom and then run behind the motherboard and connect back via the top? If you have a long enough cable you still won't be able to do it since there is no hole at the top of the case to slip the cable through.

Really, I wished I could post a pic to show my point. It's taken me 4 times as long to work on the wire management than it took to put together the build, install and update windows.

Intel Core i7-4790K Devil’s Canyon Quad-Core 4.0GHz LGA 1150 BX80646I74790K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4600
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fast CPU; somewhat faster than a 4 year old 2600K. Onboard graphics is a better option than the 2600K

Cons: Now the con and it's a major one. I haven't overclocked this chip yet but it is auto OCing on it's own to 4.4GHz. Temps average in the upper 20s idle so I thought I had a winner here. In games, I haven't seen a huge increase in temps and I'm using a custom watercooling loop with 240mm rad and an EK Supreme cpu block. I should be getting the best temps one can get without getting into phase cooling. So I was playing around with AIDA64 GPGPU benchmark and noticed as it was completing the last 4 tests, AES-256, SHA-1 Hash, Single-Precision Julia and Double-Precision Mandel, temps went from low 40s to 84C in less than 10 seconds. I verified with 4 other sensor apps. I just happen to have my other system on the bench to be used by my know that ancient 2600K sitting in a P8P67 Deluxe. Same benchmarks but the temps on one core hit 64C with the other 3 in the mid to upper 50C. Wow. The 2600K wipes the floor with the 4790K in temps.....not even close. And my wife's build is using air. Imagine if I put my watercooling loop on hers. I would suggest getting this 4790K watercooled and watch the temps. Most games may not hit this temp but synthetic benchmarks certainly will. In fact, I would not even play with cpu benchmarks with nothing short of watercooling.

Other Thoughts: If not for the shortcomings of 1155, I would have stayed with my 2600K. The issue is my ASUS P8P67 Deluxe doesn't compare to the Z97 boards in any way - too few good SATA 6G for one. The Intel chips seems to last longer than motherboard features. If you have an Ivy or Sandy Bridge cpu, no need to upgrade today unless you want the major increases in motherboard tech.

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK S LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs I would like to ammend my last post 02/28/2015

This review is from: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK S LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Motherboard

Pros: Nice white PCB; Can remove the TUF armor if you want to just have the white PCB; tons of SATA ports and I really like the newer UEFI BIOS.

Cons: No Reset or On/Of buttons, no LED diagnostic. Keep that in mind if you are going to build your rig outside of the case. I've gotten spoiled with the buttons on the mobo but I guess I need to get myself a toggle switch so I can turn on and off the rig. Not having a LED diagnostic is going to make it difficult to trace down issues and there are always issues when putting together a new rig.

Other Thoughts: Ok, I jumped the gun on my previous review. If you are about to go crazy like I did, look under the cardboard molding in the box. It's a bit difficult, but once you do that, all of the missing stuff is right there. It's not intuitive, but what got me to tearing the box apart was it wasn't as light as it should be. So if NewEgg can remove my original review and accept my apologies, all is good. I also want to apologize to ASUS. I got bent out of shape because I never had this happen before and ASUS is usually the guys that inundate you with all sorts of accessories.


Patrick D.'s Profile

Display Name: Patrick D.

Date Joined: 10/05/01

  • Reviews: 36
  • Helpfulness: 16
  • First Review: 12/20/01
  • Last Review: 05/04/15
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