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Phanteks PH-ES215P_SRD Enthoo Evolv Black / Red Mini-ITX Computer Case
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4 out of 5 eggs Semi-Large but AMAZING ITX Tower 02/11/2016

This review is from: Phanteks PH-ES215P_SRD Enthoo Evolv Black / Red Mini-ITX Computer Case

Pros: - 3.5" Drive bay mounts can also mount 2.5" drives
- Can house four 2.5" drives (if you purchase an extra SSD mounting tray) or two 3.5" drives with two 2.5" drives (only one 2.5" drive if you don't purchase an extra 2.5" tray mount)
- Elegant design with fantastic cable management (good at hiding cables with nice interior framework)
- Fits an XFX R9 390 (about an 11.4" card) perfectly
- The red LED bar on the front of the case is illuminated quite nicely (not too bright, not too dim)
- Extra large and quiet front intake fan

Cons: - Graphics cards with coolers wider than the 2-slot I/O shield may not fit properly in this case
- Hooking the front fan up to a fan controller doesn't seem to allow you to alter the speeds whatsoever
- The black paint on chassi can scratch off easily (with the scratch of a fingernail I noticed) the side panels and front are not affected by this. Just the rear of the chassi and the interior mostly.

Other Thoughts: I would get this case if you don't mind having a large ITX build. But the size allows for great cable management and the elegance of the case makes it all worth it in the end. Get some glowy fans and LEDs in there and mmmm MMMMM that computer look sexy

MSI Radeon R9 390 DirectX 12 R9 390 GAMING 8G 8GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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3 out of 5 eggs Coil Whine, Cooler too Large, V-Sync framerate issues 01/19/2016

This review is from: MSI Radeon R9 390 DirectX 12 R9 390 GAMING 8G 8GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Pros: - Works?

Cons: - Upon first installing this card I noticed that it produced a lot of coil whine and also got me very poor framerates in games. I noticed that enabling v-sync in the games brought performance from around 30FPS to 60FPS which is odd. I have never had this issue with any other card. Performance was never hindered by v-sync in the past. All drivers were up to date. (No framecap software or in-game framecap settings were applied)

- The heatsink and fan size on this card is far too large for any small ITX cube setup. For exmaple if your case is the CoolerMaster Elite 130, RAIDMAX Element, Silverstone DTX, or a case of similar design, this card will not fit with the shell (or sidepanels) on. And if it does it will be snug and create extra resistance/rubbing on the GPU fans. I have to leave the shell to me Elite 130 case off to have this card installed.

Other Thoughts: I recommend using an AMD FX-6300 or Intel i5 or greater to yield the best performance results with an R9 390 card. If you're on and AMD Quad-Core like me the best way to reduce bottlenecking on newer games is to overclock to about 4.2GHz+.

APEX TX-381 Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX12V 300W Power Supply
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Pros: -Handle
-Comes with PSU

Cons: -Defective
-Terrible quality control

Other Thoughts: The case came out of the box with a big dent in the back rear corner near the PSU, but the box had not a single scratch on it... this leads me to believe that it was damaged during manufacturing and they desided to still box it up and sell it.

If that ugly dent wasn't enough, I found out that the front left USB port doesn't work. So I took the front panel off and inspected the USB ports, and found a huge white scratch going across the copper lanes leading to the bad USB port.

Apex is clearly a cheap and unreliable brand. I will not be buying from them again.


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Display Name: STEVEN W.

Date Joined: 06/07/13

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  • First Review: 07/01/13
  • Last Review: 02/11/16
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