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Pros: - One of the best GPU coolers in my opinion. 60-65c during full load, I've never seen this go above 70c.
- Very nice aesthetics.
- I like the blue/black color theme.
Cons: - Card is long but I had no problem fitting inside my Corsair Carbide 500r case.
Other Thoughts: Well I hate starting this review like this but If I would of wrote this review maybe couple months back it would of been very differently.
To begin I am very bummed and mad at this time, I ordered this GPU on 04/07/14 and paid roughly $390. Almost a year has gone by and with that amount of money I could purchased a R9 290x or the new Nvidia GTX 970 which range from $330-$360 as I am writing this review. I had my eyes set on this card(at the time) however due to the gold miners I wasn't able to purchase any R9 280x since they were going for like $450+. I am very bummed knowing I could bought a VERY high end graphics card right now... oh well technology sure advances rapidly.
Now that my rant is out of the way i'll quickly give my opinion on this card. Well it's almost a year since I've had this card and honestly I haven't had any problems what so ever, not even screen issues. The cooler on this thing is amazing, I monitored the temps on this card for the first few months and to this day I've never seen it exceed over 70c, it averages between 60c-65c.
Honestly this GPU might be a little too much for my needs, I am still kinda new the PC gaming scene, around four years. I only play like 1-2 games to be honest that is SWTOR and SC2. I bought two other games just to "test" the graphics on this thing and that was Tomb Raider which had no issues maxing out. However Watch Dogs on the other hand doesn't quite max it out, I'm not saying its horrible or anything but you can still play this game at very high settings but once you start to max out some settings it starts to get rough.
To conclude I am giving this card 5/5 eggs, everything about this card has been working flawlessly. My rant is just a personal thing knowing I could of bought something better... and doesn't affect the product by any means.
This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series 500R Arctic White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
Pros: - Nice cable management
- Very spacious.
- 2x USB 3.0 Front ports.
- 3 White LED fans 2x 120mm and 1x 200mm.
- Lots of fan mount locations, currently running 3x intake and 3x exhaust
- White case with some black as well.
- Bottom and top dust filter.
- Very simple design, I LIKE IT!!!
- Top tray to put USB thumb-drives or anything small.
- Removable HDD cage to fit long graphics card.
- I did end up getting my $20 rebate card. ($80 after rebate)
Cons: - The only negative is removing the front panel to clean the mesh dust filter which is a pain to remove. If only it popped out like the top dust filter it would of been awesome.
Other then that I don't see anything wrong with this case.
Other Thoughts: This review has been held of for about a year, i'll make it quick.
This case was my choice for my first computer build. I really like this case due to its simple yet modern design with a white finish.
The case already had screws installed for a mid-atx motherboard so that was nice. Also another thing to add is the top HDD cage is removable to fit longer cards even with the cage I was still able to fit my R9 280x which measures 12.2inches with about a half inch to spare but I still ended up removing the cage for maximum airflow from the the front case fans. It comes with 4 pre-installed case fans and even after 1+ year they are working just fine I replaced the rear fan and kept the three LED ones. Also has a fan speed controller to control the LED fans. Furthermore the cable management is acceptable with various spots to re-route your cables through. The case also has 3 areas with mesh to protect from dust getting in, it has 2 removable ones (top and bottom) and in the front panel which isn't removable.
Overall I like this case, I highly recommend it.
Pros: - USB 3.0
Cons: - Updating drivers, disc was useless.
- Waste of money, see other thoughts.
Other Thoughts: Honestly I "NEVER" had the chance to use this product at all. I bought this item for a three year old desktop at the time because it didn't had any USB 3.0 ports and I was going to get ready to transition from USB 2.0 thumb-drive to 3.0 speeds. I did manage to install and update the drivers through some random website but never had the chance to test it out because I never had any form of USB 3.0 devices like a portable HDD or a USB thumb-drive that was 3.0 capable at the time. Overall I wasted $15 for nothing...
This may be a little of topic and or irrelevant but I ended up building my own PC about three months after I bought this product and well... I have like 8 USB 3.0 ports, which is a lot for my needs since I only have one USB thumb-drive that is 3.0 speed cable...
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