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This review is from: ABS Computer Technologies Desktop PC Vortex Stryker ALI076 Intel Core i7 4th Gen 4790K (4.0 GHz) 16 GB DDR3 2 TB HDD 240 GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
Pros: CPU and graphics speed are good, good amount of RAM.
Much of the wiring was pulling on the connection to the motherboard and/or components. I like a case with well secured wiring, but this was excessive, in my opinion, and you could see the wires pulling to one side or the other of where they were connected. Looked like they were attached, then pulled as tight as possible before zip tying. Some were zip tied, others had wire ties (case fans), like you'd see on a loaf of bread. The only sleeved wires were the ones that fed the main motherboard connector.
The PSU fan starts at full blast and never slows down (cheap? faulty?). Since it's a very open case design, the noise from it sounds like a small jet engine.
CPU running hot:
The CPU was running far too warm at near 60C while idle and only just booted, so no stress that might explain higher temps.
Repeated attempts to resolve this with the manufacturer took days upon days to do via email, and there is no support "desk" there. The email sent would meet with a "I'll pass this to someone to help you" after a few days, then a few more days before a lackluster response like "give me the CPU temps". Respond the same day with those, days pass again before another "I'll pass this on". Left me with the impression it's one person there, with an answering service for email and phone.
Tired of waiting for emails, I finally called, they needed to have someone call me back later that day (every time I called). On the last attempt, I brought up the CPU temps, and "support" said I could box up the whole system and send it back to California to have them redo that (several weeks turnaround, since it's the other side of the US to me), or they would arrange a tube of thermal paste to be sent to me so I could reseat it myself. I asked if that would void my warranty, he said no. Asked if he'd put that in writing, and I got "I have no way of putting that in writing, you have to trust me".
Bought an aftermarket water cooler and installed it today (my own tube of thermal paste, thank you), CPU temp down to 31C at idle. Looking like I now have to purchase a better (and quiet) PSU, and possibly a new case since this open design is harder to make quiet. Bought this around the end of August, still can't use it. Should have just bought the parts and built my own.
Other Thoughts: Strongly suggest avoiding this system and this company (ABS). If I could give less than one egg, I would.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Nice display, works perfectly with the two Dell wide screens I have. Added into a system with a 23" main to give me three.
Cons: Difficult installation on Windows 7 64 bit (home). The drivers that come with it are for Vista, and the AMD/ATI site didn't have clear links to the right ones. Loads of errors (including a disabled main display card) until I finally tracked down the proper drivers and told Windows where to look for them though "update drivers".
Another oddity is the "identify" button in the Catalyst application. Labels them 1,2 and 3 (1 is main, 2/3 the ones on this card). If I have 3 on the right in that app, it's actually on the left in reality. Odd stuff, but simple to work around.
This review is from: CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply & New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
Pros: Nice unit, love the sleeved wires and the multiple power connectors for SATA as well as the length of the wires. Made it easy to route where I needed even in a large case. Whisper quiet operation.
Though only cosmetic, the packing in the box was *very* secure, and it was wrapped in a drawstring bag. Weird, but added to the 'warm and fuzzy' feeling when opening it. (I'd prefer the cash it cost instead) ;)
Cons: Was a decent price ($79 with the mail in rebate), but in the time it took to arrive (2 days), the rebate went from $20 down to $10, and from 'money back' to a "rebate card" that is for buying something else instead of actual money back. Nothing more of a scam than rebates in general, and I'd prefer that they simply reduced the price or made it a real rebate (for the full $20) instead.READ FULL REVIEW