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Pros: This thing lowered my GPU tempurature by nearly a full 30C. It used to hang around at 76-80C with the stock cooler (evga gtx 660 sc), but now my gpu sits at 50-55C under the same load. This thing is both much quieter and much cooler. I can leave the fan running at minimum 30% and never have to worry about it. Idle temp is just a few C above ambient.
This is nothing short of amazing over stock cooling.
Cons: There are two small complaints I had. Installing this is very tedious, in particular the attaching the heatsinks on the ram/vrm. You have to mix a glue/thermal paste and apply it to the ram and vrm, then put on the small heatsinks and wait 5 hours for it to set. Luckily, the mix is not electrically conductive, so you can be somewhat sloppy with it and not worry.
The other small drawback is that my cpu temp went up 1-3C. This is nothing major, and my cpu is plenty cool already, but it's worth noting that some of the hot air does get blown into the cpu area.
Other Thoughts: The Arctic website doesn't have certification yet for the GTX 660 (standard PCB), but it fits. Fitted it onto my EVGA GTX 660 SC. Unfortunately there are no internal thermometers on the VRM or ram modules, so I can't tell if those are doing well or not. I have not run into any stability problems at all, even with a slight memory overclock. There are no power stability problems, even at 110% power target fully loaded.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I've had this case for several months now. I love it. The case has a great looking face to it. The front USB 3.0 slots are a huge plus if you use external 3.0 HDDs to move lots of data around often. The power and reset buttons feel solid. The wire management area makes my build very clean and easy to work with. The front fan keeps the whole system cool: I don't have anything other than the front 180mm AP181 fan, the cpu fan, and gpu fan. The system is inaudible, even under heavy gaming loads. Both fan filters make keeping the system clean much easier. The CPU cooler holder seems a little senseless and likely unnecessary, but it does give a little bit of peace of mind when you're moving the computer after it's built. The LEDS are bright enough to see and dim enough to not bother in a dark room.
Cons: The biggest peeve is simply the off-center PSU fan grille and the off-center 3.5 inch HDD bay. I got over it quickly. The PSU + DVD drive combined lengths are very short, so take note and be cautious about the components you choose before you buy. Mine was fine as I didn't feel a need to buy a drive at all. The case is very wide compared to most. This was to accommodate the cable management section. It means this case is a little bit bigger for an MATX but still much smaller than most ATX giants. It still fits all the powerful components you need to game, but it's still a tad too big to truly feel like a small form facter PC, which is what I wanted in addition to a silent box.
Other Thoughts: I built my PC with a quiet but powerful system in mind. If that's what your aim is, then this case does the trick easily! These are the components I used:
Asus P8Z77-M PRO
3570k with a Hyper 212 cooler
Asus GTX 660 with direct CUII cooler
240GB Kingston Hyper X SSD
2TB HDD (for music/media only)
Kingwin Platinum AP-550 PSU
The combination of these components make for a very quiet system. Just lower the fan setting for the front fan to 40% (it still pushes plenty of air), the cpu fan at 25%, and leave the gpu on auto. My system will stay silent at all loads. CPU never hits 45C @ 4Ghz. The PSU fan doesn't turn on until it hits 50% load. My build will never pull that much wattage so the PSU fan is effectively silent as well.
Pros: It works. Stays connect and doesn't drop. Connects at 150mbps. There's nothing else to say.
Cons: None. A little big compared to other receivers but that didn't bother me since its sitting behind my tower.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Edgar G.
Date Joined: 07/20/07
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