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Pros: enough room to house plenty of custom water cooling, plenty of back panel space, cpu backplate cutout, VERY modueler design. build quality is as you would expect from an American company. although not sure if it's actually made in the US, i can attest that the quality is top notch, on par with Silverstone; while in the past few years, CoolerMaster has slipped so far down the chart that it's not even worth looking at.
Cons: i honestly try to think of some, but can't. 14 years of building PC and customizing water rigs, this is the best case i've got that didn't break my bank. the only thing i wish this thing had was pure aluminum material like the good old days when aluminum was still affordable and easily found in multiple PC cases. but who are we kidding. the price of this thing and the design and quality that went into it.
Other Thoughts: i would highly recommend this case to folks who customize their PC as a hobby. this case is a product of a company which clearly takes enthusiasts feedback very seriously and went back to the drawing board to come up with a solution that nearly fits everything you would need in PC modding. i've been customizing water rigs since Epox 8RDA days when water cooling meant running a gardening hose to an ice bucket that feeds to a specialized copper block. Frying CPUs were a common thing back in those days and mobo manufactures had little to no safety features built into their boards.
this case is the result of many years of feedback and R&D. you could literately mount multiple loops in it to accommodate multiple cpu, gpu, and still have more room left for internal lighting.
my previous case was a Coolermaster Cosmos S. at the time of that purchase, it was one of the most enthusiast friendly case out available. however, i still found myself drilling holes and gutting internal chasis just to make room for a multiple loop with a powerful pump. to top it off, if you wanted to run push/pull radiator setup, it seriously limited the operable space. too bad my pump ruptured few months back and i took the opportunity to upgrade the chasis. and as i was already eyeing the beautiful design of the 780T, i pretty much use the incident as an excuse to upgrade. although this time i chose to go with the AIO water route, due to lack of will to maintain at my current life/age/kids. this case still proved to me that it is more than capable to house any of my customization that i would need in the future. i might go back to custom loop in the future, but for now, this case is able to house my current setup of dual 140mm rad and dual 290x crossfire setup with 7 140mm case fans + two 120mm at the bottom. it is able to extract the heat out of the dual 290x fast enough and still keep the case looking clean and shiny with plenty of LED customization inside. the current setup is so beautiful to look at that i often find myself stare at the window rather than playing games.
build quality has always been one of Corsair's top reputation. from the days of DDR1 3200, Corsair had already proved itself to be a company that takes quality and reliability seriously. lets face it, when it comes to PC parts, reliability isn't something that many can back up their products. in an industry full of products, few can backup with extensive warranty matched by many of corsair's products. i used the word "many" and not "all", knowing very well that not all of their products come with extensive warranty. however, i did personally had the chance to go through their RMA process, and am glad to say that it's easy and not as painful as many others out there.
keep up the good work, and i will continue to buy your products.
Pros: really awesome bang for the buck!
Cons: high number of inventory plagued with black screen issues, caused by low voltage drops during idle.
Other Thoughts: following up on my previous two reviews titled: "A bit finicky, if you get black screen read this." and "Follow up on my previous 4 egg review on Black Screen".
i received the RMA replacement back from Sapphire, which took about 1 week turn around.
the replacement also has black screen problem, but not as bad as the previous unit. I've since tested a couple different 2D clock profiles and found that a combination of high Core Clock speed together with low Memory Clock + higher than stock voltage stopped the black screen from happening again. with the stock setting of 1020 core and 1350 memory, and stock voltage, the new replacement blacked out on me twice during idle voltage drop. my last unit would even black out at 800 core and 1250 memory sitting idle at the desktop.
my solution, which you're welcome to try is try to keep the core clock speed relatively high, close to the stock speed, but dump the memory clock speed low. remember, it's the voltage drop that causes the memory to black out. and since the memory voltage is tied to the core voltage. and the voltage is dynamically scaled according to the core clock speed. if the core clock speed is lowered too much, even if you lower the memory speed, it'll still affect the memory.
my new 2d clock speed profile is set to 850mhz core, and 1000mhz memory with a +.025mv. during gaming, my 3d clock profile is back to normal 1020/1350. so far this has held up.
Sapphire, seriously, do more rigorous testing, not just a 3d benchmark stress test, before you carelessly dump out overclocked products in the market that don't really stand up to the every day task that's not gaming.
Pros: works well in gaming mode
Cons: 2d mode and idle prone to black screen
Other Thoughts: Follow up on my previous MOST HELPFUL review about this card titled : "A bit finicky, if you get black screen read this."
after about 3~4 months of ownership, the card is starting to black out again. previously lowering the clock speed for 2d mode did the trick. but it seems either the memory, or the memory controller is dying of a slow death or something else is going on, because i am starting to run into black screen more often now even with the lowered 2d clock speed of 800mhz core and 1250mhz memory. this is really sad, consider games run perfectly fine. it's while idling on desktop or watching a video.
tried swapping out the video card for my old trusted HD7950 and never see a single black screen.
i am going to attempt to RMA this card and see if Sapphire will send me back the original broken one, or someone's else's used card, or do what's right on sending me back a new functional replacement. i've heard Sapphire's support turn around is very slow, thus far i haven't received any response yet.
i shall update again.