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Cooler Master Vortex Plus - CPU Cooler with Aluminum Fins and 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Garbage, Plastic Pin broke 10/13/2015

This review is from: Cooler Master Vortex Plus - CPU Cooler with Aluminum Fins and 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes

Pros: Cheap, But you get what you pay for.

Cons: Like the others said, The plastic push pin breaks easily. I have read other reviews and I was extra careful to make sure I didn't overtighten. It didn't break when I installed so I thought the others were exaggerating.

Sadly that didn't last long: A couple months later when I moved the case two pins broke off. Fortunately I heard the sound in the case and checked before I turned it on.

Other Thoughts: I have used at least fifty different types of aftermarket coolers from LGA 775 days, And this is the worst I have seen. Usually the ones that's a nightmare to install are pretty secure afterwards (eg. NT06-Pro), With lots of screws and metal parts, Not the case here.

Not only this one is difficult to install, It's also using cheap plastic parts that breaks easily, Do yourself a favor and stay away.

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Obsolote case with good flow but a nightmare to work with 02/09/2015

This review is from: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0

Pros: It comes 4 Fans included with individual speed controls, Direct airflow to the video card if you have no hard drives installed or cables in the drive cage, And this case came out before 2007...

Cons: It's a nightmare to build and maintain.
1. Removing the drive cages is difficult, It requires you to remove both side panels and remove 8 thumb screws to get it out.
2. No cable routing holes for the power supply, Nor there is space behind the motherboard tray to route the cables even if you drill the holes yourself.
3. You need to open the case to access those individual fan speed controls.
4. No dust filter anywhere, With all the fans the case clogged up easily with absurd amount of dust within a short period of time.
5. No where to hide the extra cables from the power supply.
6. While there is room for a long video card, You can't install a HDD on the opposite side. Also once a video card is installed, The space is extremely cramped and very difficult to reach those SATA ports on most motherboards if you have to make any changes.
7. Unlike most modern cases, The power supply fan is facing upward instead of downward because there is no grill for the power supply. Why do I want a power supply blowing warm air at my already hot video card?
The list goes on...

DIAMOND Radeon R9 290X DirectX 11.2 R9290XD54GV2 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The ver 2.0 of this card actually uses a non-reference PCB board, It has one more power phase comparing to other models, Leading to better stability and most likely will last longer as well. The stock cooler is also great, Keeping the loaded temperature under 70C at full load.

Cons: Sadly this card will not fit most R9 290X waterblocks because of the non-reference design.


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Date Joined: 12/18/03


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