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Pros: Amazing performance. I have successfully been able to max out every game that I play, with the exception of Tomb Raider with TressFX on. It doesn't even break a sweat in Crysis 3 or Planetside 2. 4GB of VRAM is not only quite nice for triple-monitor or 1440p gaming, but also gives me plenty of headroom for high-resolution textures and anti-aliasing. It's quite easily overclocked, and since it uses the DirectCU II cooler, it stays cool and quiet even when overclocked by a lot.
Cons: It's heavy. My card was warping slightly at the corner because of its weight, so I had to attach a string to one of the heatpipes to support it from the top of my case. Not really a big problem, but I am very paranoid about these things.
It's not factory overclocked, which seems like wasted potential for a DirectCU II card.
Other Thoughts: Don't get this card if you're planning on gaming only on a single 1080p monitor; get the cheaper 2GB version instead. I have yet to use 2GB on a single monitor yet.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ZALMAN Z11 Plus Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: 1. It looks great. It stands out from the rest of the cases out there because instead of being based around a boxy, rectangular design, it looks more based off of triangles, but still looks very cool.
2. It comes with a few LED fans already installed. They look great in their locations too.
3. It has enough room for most graphics cards. I was able to fit in a GTX 670 DirectCU II with a bit of room to spare.
4. Has USB 3, which seems to be a rarity for cases of this price.
5. Well built. The plastic parts are never put under any strain, the way it's designed, but the steel parts are sturdy enough for most situations.
6. Easy to carry. The jutting part at the top of the case towards the front and the back can serve as handholds, if careful enough, so I don't have to lift up the entire case.
Cons: 1. Very little room for cable management behind the side panel. I had to practically crush my motherboard cable when I tried to get the panel back on.
2. USBs are passthroughs, not the header. I had to buy an adapter, which, coupled with the low cable management space, made the cable management around the USB headers unbearable.
3. Both the front panel and the top panel are very hard to remove. The top panel was especially an annoyance; you have to remove it in order to change the top fans, and it's held in place by a bunch of tabs that spring back when you release them.
4. The top 5.5" drive bay can't really be used at all since the front panel headers are running through it. You have to put your drives in the second 5.5" bay.
Other Thoughts: I'm not sure if it's my motherboard's layout or this case's design, but the cutout for the CPU backplate doesn't expose all of the backplate. I have to remove the motherboard if I want to ever change that backplate.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Gets the job done.
Lots of PCIe and PCI slots for expansion.
Supports 3-way Crossfire.
Built-in audio is quite good (at least in my experience), and has shielding.
Internet flash on the BIOS is a pretty convenient feature.
Cons: 3 fan headers are smack in the middle of the motherboard, right under the CPU. Makes my cable management annoying, since 3 fan cables are running across the board.
Third PCIe x16 slot is useless for video cards, even though it's supposed to support 3-way Crossfire., because many of the headers block the space for a double-wide video card.That's not my problem, though, since I'm only planning 2-way SLI.
Overclocking is confusing, and yields inconsistent results. I have my 4670K running at 1.32v on a fairly low-end cooler at 83 degrees max, which shouldn't be possible. What's more, I can only achieve 4.3GHz on that 1.32v, which leads me to suspect that either the voltage readings are incorrect or the CPU isn't actually receiving 1.32v.
Other Thoughts: I have experienced the BIOS crashes that other users have complained about, but it was fixed with a BIOS update to 1.9.
i5-4670K OC'd to 4.3GHz
Seidon 120M AIO Liquid cooler
Crucial Ballistix Sport 1x8GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM
Asus GTX 670 4GB DirectCU II
WD Green 2TB 7200RPM HDD
Corsair CX 750 PSU
Zalman Z11 case
Display Name: Karl Z.
Date Joined: 06/14/13
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