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Pros: I cannot believe how fast my computer is. I boot it from scratch just to watch how fast it can do it.
Loaded my programs onto the SSD, and all the data goes to 2 Western Digital 2TB drives in RAID 1.
Programs load almost instantly.
Still plenty of room to add stuff.
Cons: Makes using other computers annoying...READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Cooler Master GeminII S524 - CPU Cooler with Aluminum Fins and 5 Heatpipes
Pros: This is a well built cooler, and seems to be working fine on my stock I5 with no overclocking so far. It is very quiet to the point of being a non-issue, but check my comments in Con's.
Cons: When I hooked up my system I got an error code at post. Turns out the fan speed was low on the CPU cooler. Not sure if I have a problem yet, but I set the warning threshold to a lower value (500 RPM, I think, perhaps 400?) to keep the warning from sounding at post. I will keep track of my temps for a while to see if this is a problem, but so far it just means things are quiet.
Other Thoughts: Lots of people have commented on mounting this, so I will give my two cents. The directions are written kind of small with relatively small graphics, so be careful you are grabbing the right brackets for your chip, as they look similar but are not the same. Set everything up in advance with no thermal paste on the system and see how it all fits. Once you are ready, put your thermal paste on, place the cooler down over your chip and then simply flip the whole assembly over and set it down, then attach your bracket and nuts to the back of the MOBO... done. Easy as making cake (from a box).
Additionally, put in your memory before you mount the fan. You won't have to then work underneath the heat sink of this thing.
BTW, I was able to fit this cooler in a LIAN LI PC-V354 and it cleared my Kingston memory (with no tall heat sink fins) just fine.
Best of luck on your build.
This review is from: LIAN LI PC-V354B Black Aluminum MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
Pros: I have to mirror what others have said about this case. It is larger than you might expect from looking at the picture (the website dimensions are accurate). In my mind I thought I would have more trouble getting everything inside, but in fact everything fit, but it was tighter than my previous build. My cabinet the computer fits in dictated this, however, and now my new build tucks quietly inside my cabinet instead of under my feet. It is also very quiet. I have a cabinet fan that pulls air through the cabinet, and it makes just enough noise that I cannot hear the actual computer inside the cabinet at all. For now I am using the stock fans, and not overclocking, and the temps inside are fine. More than adequate airflow. The case is very well made and very sturdy with no vibrations. There are two HDD cages that can each be removed, the lower one removed if you wanted a longer graphics card, but I did not need to remove either and kept them both. The LED fans look good, but since my build is in a cabinet, it's a waste of blue light.
Cons: I won't dock any eggs for these items, because most of them are related to the size of the case limiting a better solution, but if you are building with this case, I think these are things you need to expect....
1. Cable management is going to be sloppy. Next to impossible to be tidy because there is no place to hide things inside. You will never know this once the case is closed up, though.
2. Yes, the screws that hold the case sides on are very short and small, which makes them hard to screw in. They are so short with fine threads they are hard to "start" into their holes without rolling on their sides. I used a small magnetic screwdriver with a smaller than normal Phillips head and that pretty much eliminated this.
3. Installing the optical drive was a PITA. This was the only time I had to remove the right side of the case, so it would have been nice if you could drop that cage out without having to disassemble the right side of the case (8 tiny screws, then more tiny screws that hold the cage in). What is worse is that you have the have the drive adjusted pretty close fore/aft so that it operates the drive button and door. Which you won't know if you have done correctly until the drive is running. Which means if you get it wrong you have to take both sides off the computer to adjust it. So I was careful to seat the drive right up against the drop down door assembly as far as I could without having the door open. Hopefully I am making sense, but by doing this my drive operated perfectly the first time.
4. In the back of the case, there is a little circuit board with places to attach up to 4 case fan leads. This is great, but it kind of sticks out into the case and you have to get around this when you drop your MOBO into place. Additionally, the cables from the two front fans are barely long enough to reach where they plug into, and so I had to work around these two cables for everything else. Maybe for you would be better to just attach these two cables to the MOBO fan headers and bypass the ability to control the case fan speeds with the case rheostat??
5. There are 3 places where you can attach your SSD drive in the bottom of the case. 2 of these would have you attach to the actual case floor, and the 3rd is in the bottom of the lower removable drive cage. I hooked my SSD into the removable cage drive, because I tried every conceivable combination of the others, but every time I had wire issues. The bracket that holds the power supply steady in the bottom of the case blocks your power and SATA cables from being hooked to the SSD's. And that bracket is not removable. Probably best if you have a 3.5 to 2.5 inch drive cage converter ready so you can mount your SSD in a regular cage if you run into the same issues. I was able to mount mine in the bottom cage to the cage itself, but the SATA cable attachment is not as secure as it should be (doesn't quite lock in place).
Other Thoughts: I will list here my build combination so you will know for a fact that the following hardware combinations fit inside the case. I was guessing that mine would, and it worked out. You should know that once you drop your MOBO into place, it's difficult to get your big hands down inside there to hook stuff up, so do everything you can to your mobo before you drop it into place...(processor, cooler, memory, cooler wires...) One of the MOBO mounting screws hides down under the optical drive cage and is difficult to get to. Again, all these issues are because of the size of the case. I have no regrets that it was worth dealing with these issues to have this case size for my build.
Here is my build...
Lian Li PC-V354B CASE
ASUS P8Z77-M LGA 1155 Intel Z77 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS GT430 Video Card (no fan, single card width)
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz
COOLER MASTER GeminII S524
Kingston HyperX 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM
Corsair Force Series GS 360GB SSD
Two Western Digital 2 TB drives in Raid 1
All these items fit into the case, and the system is smoking fast for an office computer. Windows loads before it can make it's logo, and Microsoft Word is on the screen before you lift up on your mouse finger.
The case looks great, is quiet, allows for great cooling, most importantly, fits into my cabinet and I don't even need to know it's there...
Best of luck to your build