Showing Results: Most Recent
Pros: Good price
Has all the features I needed for a good AMD-based system
More ports than I know what to do with
Supports memory beyond the standard 1600 MHz
Good overclocking features if you're into that
Stable if it's working
Cons: Began dying after six months. Dead after eight.
After about six months, the system wouldn't boot after I pressed the reset button. It didn't even initialize the keyboard or video card or finish the POST and beep. The fans and hard drive spun, but that was about it. I needed to cycle the power about 5-10 times before it would boot again. I thought it was a fluke, but it happened again the next time I shut it down. I tried to leave it running 24/7 after that, but every time I had to shut it down, it had trouble starting again.
A month later, I had my quarterly cleaning and disconnected the computer. This time it required 10-15 power cycles before it would boot.
Today, I foolishly hit the reset button and it will boot no more, even after 40-50 power cycles. Very disappointing. I tried disconnecting all the peripherals, using different RAM, etc. Nothing.
I never overclocked it, and kept it well-cooled. While it was running, it was completely stable. But it died after a couple dozen power cycles.
Pros: Great value and fairly powerful. Easily overclocked, although I don't do that. Runs cool.
Runs all my pre-2010 games at maximum resolution and settings. Runs current (2010-2013) games at maximum resolution and pretty high settings. Overall, a great card for those who don't play cutting-edge games or who don't demand to run every game at maximum quality and high framerates.
Cons: I suspect it won't handle the next batch of games (i.e. 2015+) fast enough for most people and may need to be replaced. I'm tolerant of low frame rates in most games, so I probably won't replace it for quite a while, but other people may not be so tolerant.
Other Thoughts: The card is quite long -- 11 inches -- so make sure you have space in your case.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: 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
Pros: Nice internal and external design. Decent price. Unused front and rear expansion port covers have holes in them to allow air flow through them.
Cons: The built-in fans are three-pin fans, so their speed can't be controlled and they always run at full blast. Although I can't say that they're loud, they're definitely a lot noisier than I'd like them to be. I'm thinking of replacing them all with four-pin fans.
The hard drive bay doesn't allow screwing drives in with screws. (You can screw them into brackets, but you can't screw them into the case. I'm not a big fan of screwless designs.) The bay for DVD drives, etc. does allow it using screws.
Doesn't have a connector for front-panel USB 3 support. (It can only plug into the USB 2.0 connector on my motherboard.) Doesn't provide a back expansion slot insert for USB connectors (so 4 of my motherboard's USB ports are unusable).
The metal is a bit flimsy, but not too bad.
Other Thoughts: The case is a bit small, but it (barely) fit everything I wanted to put in there. It handled the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (just barely) and my MSI Gaming N760 TF 2GD5/OC video card, which is known be quite long.
I personally don't like the blue LED fan. I don't want my computer shining light at me. (I wouldn't mind if it was on the floor, but right now it's on the desk top.)