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Pros: Very good cooling with all 4 fans in.
Room for 2 3.5 drives and 1 2.5.
Small form factor which fits nice with my current desk setup.
Only 2 5.25 bays (As a picky person, it always bothered me having 4 of these and only using one. They make a ton of 3.5 toys, but few 5.25).
Easy to follow instructions.
Cons: Bottom hard drive hangs suspended. Not a big con, but I worry that it may shake and cause platter problems.
Couldn't find another problem so I'll stick with just the hard drive for now.
Other Thoughts: i3 haswell + nvidia 750 GTX TI.
The thing idles at 30 c and at full load over an hour, hits 50 c for both cards. Hard drives stay at 30-40 c depending on use.
Although my hardware reaches 50c, that is at full load which is difficult to do now-a-days with hardware surpassing gaming (unless you are a hardcore gamer and need 120 fps with sli/crossfire). Considering I am going air and play games/surf the net at minimal load, these temperatures are great.
My previous case had 3 80mm fans and 2 120 fans which were all "strategically" located infront of the hardware, and it still hit 60+c for both my cpu and processor until I went liquid. 50 c is a little high compared to liquid, but very stable for intel/nvidia hardware and for that, being in a microatx case with STOCK cooling, I give this thing a 5 star rating on cooling.
This review is from: APEVIA CF12SL-UGN 120mm Green LED Case Cooling Fan
Very bright Green LED lights.
Keeps my case cool
Cons: Cheap Molex connectors. I actually pushed one of the connectors through the back, but with pliers or very thin fingers, you can easily push it back through.
Other Thoughts: This is my 4th Apeiva fan (bought 2 of these at one time to make it 4), and all of them seem to have very cheap molex connectors, but under 10 bucks, how can you really complain. Also, it is very easy to fix, but a nuisance none-the-less.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Low wattage
Stays very cool - see other for story
2gb provides plenty of memory for 1080 resolution displays
Nvidia control center now supports recording and shield streaming for >600 series.
Does not require a PCI-E power connector and measurements are small so it can easily fit in a Micro-atx case.
Takes everything I throw at it
Cons: No SLI support (knew this going in)
Double slot (kind of strange that for its size, it still needs to take up both slots, but i figure this is to keep its length down to fit in tight cases as well as a bigger heatsink)
Other Thoughts: Bought this because i was looking to build a "green" gaming pc. Originally i was planning on going APU and i have nothing against AMD, but that would have required me purchasing newer/faster memory and better cooling. One of which would also raise electricity costs factoring in better airflow.
I chose to stay with Nvidia for one more go around and link up with an i3. Test Results were shocking.
At full load, the card reached around 50 c and idle it was around 30 c with 4 120 fans front, back, and 2 on the side in a microatx case with nowhere for the heat to go.
Minecraft @ 1080 - 60 fps steadily
Dino Origin @ 1080 - 46 fps steadily
Killing floor @ 1080 - 60 fps steadily
RCT3 - @ 1440x960 (or something like that - game doesn't reach 1080) - fps stayed at 99-100 even while riding rides.
GTA 4 @ 1080 - Shifted between 30 fps and 50 fps depending on traffic and whether I was in a building or blowing stuff up/speeding.
I have also played EDF and Doom3BFG at amazing framerates with higher resolutions (but did not record the numbers). I have not tested any newer games since I do not have a desire to follow franchised games.