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This review is from: EVERCOOL SB-F2 Case Cooling Fan
Pros: Works extremely well, the fan is a beast and removes a ton of air. Works great right below my video card, taking the air straight from the card and blowing it right out of the back of the case. Prevents the video card from overheating. No more throttling during gaming (read "other thoughts"! I've had it for a few months now. Still running strong and doing its job so far.
Cons: None to speak of. It's loud, sure, but that's to be expected with a fan this small that pushes as much air as it does.
Other Thoughts: Before I got this exhaust fan, my video card would throttle its own clock speed down to avoid overheating. Games would start to stutter after a few minutes of intensive gameplay as a result. The heat from the video card would affect the CPU, too, and my machine would occasionally shut down in order to avoid damage. A new CPU cooler fixed the CPU issue, but the video card still ran too hot - it's an ASUS DCii series - they get HOT! Anyways - with this fan installed underneath the video card, it directly takes and exhausts all the hot air the card would normally spew out into the case. Makes a huge difference. It's a bit loud, but worth every decibel. This thing was a gamble (an admittedly cheap one) for me since I've never heard of the brand before, and it was a last ditch effort to solve my temperature issue without having to get a new videocard. Turned out to be a great purchase.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: NZXT H2 H2-001-WT White Steel / Plastic Classic Silent ATX Mid Tower Chassis
Pros: Excellent case! The case is spacious in essentially every regard. There's plenty of room for large CPU heatsink/fan configurations. There are a bunch of 3.5" internal drive bays (I use 6 mechanical hard drives+1 solid state drive and there are tons of bays and space left for more). I'm happy to say that the case can accommodate the largest video cards, no problem. I have an ASUS Radeon HD6970 with the DCii cooling system - if you don't know, that line of card features a ridiculously large heatsink/fan setup which takes up THREE slots and has a length longer than the lines at retailers on Black Friday. It fits in this case just fine :)
Also, there is a very generous amount of space behind the motherboard tray to route ALL your cables through. Without any real organization, I was able to lazily route ALL the cables in my system through the side of the case and could close the side panel with ease. That's ALL the cables. SATA power cables, molex power cables, PCIe power cables, CPU power cables, ATX power cables, front panel power, reset, LED, USB, audio header cables, SATA data cables for my drives, fan controller cables, fan cables - everything - with tons of room to spare.
Everything seems mostly high quality. Not top-of-the-line perfect, but great. Painted inside and out, strong material and construction, solid feeling buttons, slot covers, front panel audio and USB connectors...magnetic door and top fan/hot swap bay covers, nice weight, sturdy base with strong rubberized feet. Front (top) panel audio jacks are solid and - thankfully - don't suffer any unwanted noise or distortion, unlike any other cases I've had before. I love this case. It's exactly what I've been looking for and does the job perfectly while featuring tons of future upgrade potential.
Cons: None to speak of. I purchased this with prior research and knew what I was going to get for my money. Could the case be made with a side window option? Sure. Could the front panel door have been offered in a white variation instead of brushed aluminum print? Sure. But there's no sense in trying to nitpick and subtract an egg for inherent features of a product that I knew about all along. No cons to speak of.
Other Thoughts: While this is a "silent" case, it still features a decent amount of spots to mount fans - one 140mm on the top, one 120mm on the rear, one 120mm on the bottom (plus one where the power supply goes), and two 120mm on the front. The included fans (two front, one rear) are fairly standard. They don't move a whole lot of air, but fall under the "this will do for now" category. The air flow/noise level ratio is acceptable. In addition to the included front/rear fans I have a top mounted 140mm exhaust fan top help with cooling - again, pretty standard, but it keeps temperatures at an acceptable level - and I overclock. My AMD FX-8150 runs at a modest 4.1GHz and my video card is a major heat source, and my relatively high number of hard drives creates a lot of heat as well. While I am going to grab some high powered, high CFM fans to replace the stock ones, the stock setup gets the job done just fine - and stays nice and quiet while doing so.
Speaking of "quiet" - obviously there's no such thing as a completely 100% quiet case - Not unless you want SOME type of airflow. While you can easily hear fan noise from the case, the side and front panel noise insulation padding does help in keeping the volume down a bit. I didn't get this case for the "silent" aspect, though. I'm used to struggling with the jet-taking-off-from-an-aircraft-carrier-during-a-huge-thunderstorm level of noise that my previous cases would need to make in order to keep things cool. So the fact that this case is nowhere near that noisy and yet still keeps temperatures down is a HUGE bonus.
*Worth noting that the case I received must be a slightly updated version of what's listed here - it's listed as having a USB 3.0 front panel port that uses a passthrough cable to connect to a rear USB 3.0 port on the motherboard. My case did not have the passthrough cable for the front USB 3.0 port, but instead uses the 20 pin cable to connect directly to the 20 pin header on the motherboard - which was a pleasant surprise.
Pros: In theory, this could have been a decent board if it worked and so many people didn't have issues with it.
Cons: High failure rate for this board (just read all the negative reviews), flimsy/cheap RAM/PCI/PCIe/USB headers. Common loose northbridge heatsink problem (mine was almost falling off and got hot enough to cause skin burns.
Other Thoughts: Arrived on schedule, looked good. Powers on but doesn't POST or send any video. I tried multiple PCIe and PCI video cards and every troubleshooting step in the book. Nothing would work. Tried reseting CMOS, auto updating the BIOS through USB directkey, swapping out components, running with bare essentials, etc. Board powers on - fans run, headers and I/O connections seem to function, etc - but no post and no video signal. I should have heeded the warnings and skipped this motherboard. This motherboard is well documented online with nothing but problems, defects, cheap build quality and other issues. Stay away from this. I'm sure it works ok IF you happen to get a working one, but it's best to avoid a product with such a high failure/DOA rate.READ FULL REVIEW