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This review is from: EVGA DG-87 Gaming Case, 100-E1-1236-K0, Full Tower, K-Boost, Hardware Fan Controller
Pros: - Stylish, front facing case that really shows off your build well!
- AIR FLOW A-PLENTY! Paired with the correct case fans air flow is not a problem AT ALL!
- Magentic dust filter on the right side (Intake Side) is AWESOME! Well done!
- Included fans are decent
- Mounting for LED strip (replaces the included white led strip)
- USB3.1C, HDMI, USB3.0 super easy to access on bottom right of the front of the case
- Plenty of mounting points for SSD, and HDDs
- Easy to wire internal connections! If you have the needed lengths.
- Front door opens to a 90 degree angle which is completely removable.
-EVGA Nameplate inside the case is removable depending on your tastes
- TOP NOTCH, Best in business Customer Support!!!! (See Other Section)
- Ambient temperature probe is actually super handy to have!
-Plenty of room for custom Watercooling which will look awesome in this case
Cons: - External cable routing is a nightmare due to wires routing through a grommet out the rear left side panel. My Cables for my monitor/keyboard and mouse were JUST long enough
- Some areas feel very cheap like the rather thin front door with plastic hinges
-Front door can be rather difficult to remove
- Top quarter panel is very hard to remove but not impossible
- Top panel fan installation is rather difficult since the mounting points are almost too large for aftermarket screws provided by case fan mfgs. (140mm fans)
Other Thoughts: Neutral Opinions:
- 51lbs!! Extremely heavy
- Can be viewed as big and bulky by some
- No 5.25" Mounting bays (knew that before buying tho)
- Wanted to see mounting points behind the nameplate to show off my SSDs if I remove the reservoir bracket
- Front bottom panel came in scratched! due to the nameplate mount breaking off during shipping
- Power/Reset buttons tend to stick at times
- My superNova 1000 T2 PSU ATX cable was not long enough to route behind the motherboard!
-Underwhelmed by the Sensor display .... while handy to have it just seems, well... out of place.
- No dust filter for the top panel!? :( Wanted to see a dust filter exactly like the intake panel gets here.
-Price, Getting expensive but I can justify the price with the features I get.
-This was a pre-order case straight from EVGA-
Right, with all that said I am overall decently happy with the case. The case showcases my build EXTREMELY well making me proud of it and I can not wait to be able to afford to watercool my GPUs.
A big chunk of my Cons and Neutrals are little tiny details but they do add up quickly. I understand that this is EVGA's first Full tower gaming case and there were bound to be issues that now EVGA can learn from for their next awesome product.
Their customer support is 100% top notch! They called me to help assist getting my scratched panel replaced and assisted me in every step to ensure the exchange went smoothly. I was actually bragging to my friends how awesome their customer support is! This is 100% why I continue to buy EVGA. They stand by their products!
**Final Score - 3.5/5**
Pros: - Great Performance at its rated speed
- Stays cool under stress
Cons: - Fans need clips on both side of RAM slots to install which my motherboard only has clips one side. Common nowadays which i am surprised G. Skill has not accounted for.
- Fans are huge!
- Hard to get stable above 1600MHz. Which my computer now refuses to post if RAM is set above 1600MHz.. Diagnostics concluded it is the RAM not allowing the computer to post. and if the computer does post it takes forever to initialize any operation that has to do with the RAM
- I have two resistors touching each other! One is off the pad on the PCB which is touching a nearby resistor! This is not IPC standard! Lucky, the trace shows it goes that direction anyways.
Other Thoughts: Flawless RAM! I mean absolutely Flawless that is until about a 1.2 years later.......
Running the RAM at 2400MHz was an absolute treat did so since day 1.
One day however my desktop refused to POST out of nowhere. It continued to hang up at code Fb with the DRAM led diagnostic light lit up. Switch the RAM out every known way I could still refused even with just one stick. Stuck a different DDR3 chip in 1600MHz G. Skill RAM and it booted up, stuck this stuff back in would not post until I lowered the speed to 2133MHz.
Played there for awhile until a month or two later, Bang, no POST this time with code 14, tweakit lock out, and DRAM LED lit once again. Since the RAM locked the BIOS up this time I was forced to clear CMOS and recover my settings.
I now have the RAM limping at 1600 MHz. We will see how long this holds up .... time to save for new RAM.
Oh, btw one of my chips has a resistor off its pad, another is misaligned and touching a nearby resistor.... could be why these chips are slowing dying out ... nor is this up to IPC Standards. I am surprised these chips passed through testing, and quality. I assemble power control PCB at my work place so I know what I am looking at, but if these chips made it out our door lives could be at risk if our products where to fail.
Pros: - Runs cool despite 130watt TDP
- Powerful (encoded a 320Kbps, 1 GB File Size song in 25 seconds)
- Awesome Overclocking ability
Cons: - None
Other Thoughts: This thing is a beast! I upgraded from a Core i5 2500 and this CPU blew my mind being able to handle anything I threw at it with ease. My example is in a game of Minecraft in an amplified world..... My old Core i5 2500 would get maxed out during normal gameplay and heat up ~65c where under the same conditions this CPU goes, "Haha That tickled" only needing 25% of its total processing power!! Now THAT IS AWESOME!
I can get with a Xigmatec Black Knight CPU Cooler and thermal grease I run temps around 35c idle to 50c max load! Yes 50c max load..... all cores clocked @ 4.1GHz
and oh I normally run this CPU at 4.1GHz BUT IT CAN DO SO MUCH MORE. I hate overclocking but its like a waste of cash not to overclock this beast! I got a stable 4.65GHz before needing to back off.
If you are on the line.... just buy this beast! You will NOT be sad at all!