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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+.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: APEX TX-381 Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX12V 300W Power Supply
-Comes with PSU
-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.
Pros: This case is very compact. I moved to this case from my old NZXT Vulcan mATX case and the size reduction was amazing! This case is shorter, and just about less than half the height of the Vulcan. It has great airflow (best configuration I have found is with the PSU fan upside down and the 80mm fan acting as exhaust).
I was able to cram a Zalman CNPS8900 CPU cooler in this thing and it fits with about a quarter of an inch under the PSU.
I have this case sitting on my desk to my left, and the front I/O is really nice and easily accessible. I charge my phone and from the front USB and even have my keyboard receiver plugged into the 2.0 USB since there are 3 USB ports, when most cases only feature 2.
I have a Rosewill 120mm red LED fan in the front, and it glows through the front mesh giving this case a mean but sexy look. If I were attracted to computers I would slap a ring on this one.
The power and Reset buttons are great. Very sturdy, with a nice and audible click when depressed.
And finally, I was able to fit two 2.5" drvies and one 3.5" drive with a 5.25" Fan Controller in this case. I also have an R9 280 which fits perfectly and still has more room to go.
Cons: Nothing worth noting.
Other Thoughts: I put an MSI A88XI AC WiFi capable motherboard in this case and take it to friends houses for LAN parties. It's small and and hardly take up any space which is nice.
Transportation is just about as clumsy as a normal mATX case though, considering there are no handles or easy way to carry this case. With both hands is optimal, but if your carrying a monitor and/or backpack with keyboards and mice, one handed transportation of this case can be a bit difficult, especially since it most likely will be heavy due to the components you'll out in this thing.
This is not a con, but merely something to consider based on what you're buying the case for. Otherwise, the small form factor makes up for everything when you see how much space you're saving. I cant this case in a backpack!