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Pros: -100% modular
-Ribbon style cables look fantastic
-Fan is quiet under load
-Compact size for 1kW unit
-Enough cables for 2/3 high end graphics cards
-Packaging was nice and I like the nylon pouch/bag
Cons: -Pcie cables are bit short. For large or larger cases, this is a pain. I barely made it though not in the manner I wanted to route them for visual appearance.
-Ticking noise from the fans. Occasional and can get annoying. This happens on both units I purchased (one used and one new from a retailer).
-Price is a tad high considering the Platinum units are not too far off. Luckily, CM had a great MIR to make this better (so not really a con tbh).
Other Thoughts: I have two units in tandem powering on a quad crossfire setup gaming system (X79). With two, there's more then enough power and a lot left over compared to more ultra expensive uber high-end single units (EVGA/Corsair). Granted, you'll need a dual psu case for such a setup. Everything has been stellar and I've never had an issue with power delivery to my whole system.
The cons really should knock down at least one star but knowing my case pushes the dimensions of an standard atx case and rebate to lower the price helps retain it.
The only concern I have is the ticking noise of the fans. I really don't want to go through the hassle of replacing both just for an occasional ticking. You don't notice with the speakers or using headphones.
Overall, I highly recommend this unit if you can get one under $200.
Also, CM has launched a V1200 unit for those that need a bit more power. Cooler Master customer service has always been top-notch.
Pros: -Very easy to use.
-Great bios and not too complex
-Aesthetically, one of the best, if not the best, looking X79 board out there.
-Came with a free game
Cons: -Poor audio. The reviewer's raved about it but the audio is just a small step above the mediocre RealTek that comes standard on most boards.
-Not much of a leap from a RIVE
-Somewhat sketchy bios (needs more mature bios)
-USB 3.0 intermittent, especially rear ports.
Other Thoughts: This is the ultimate Swan Song for X79. So you're paying for exclusivity and looks. But I didn't keep mine for long. Its not worth it over a RIVE which can be had for a lot less pre-owned.
The only possible saving grace was the audio. Running four gpu's, it was a must for a board with great audio. This one is not as good as the Core3D found on the Sniper and Assassin (ASrock too) boards from Gigabyte. The reviewers pretty much glazed it over saying how impressive it was. Its not, don't waste your money if you think its worth it because of the sound. The Core3D found a few boards is far superior, or just get a nice discrete sound card. In the end, I had to buy a discrete sound card to get sound quality like i had with my old Sniper5 Z87 (Core3D). More money on an already expensive board.
The features and looks were just not enough to justify a heavy price for small increment. This is also a EOL platform (Intel X79) so if you're looking for future proofing, this ain't it. If you're looking to spend the dough on a top notch X79 board, this is going to be a classic in the future.
-minus one star for the incremental improvement over its predecessor and the higher cost.
-minus one star for the mediocre audio.
Pros: -Extremely quiet!
-Voltage can be dropped to 4.8V (Mix2 controller)
-Bumpers help w/ noise
-Beautiful all around and nice not too bright led's.
-So impressed I bought more (30 total!!!!)
Cons: -Pricey, wait for another sale!
-Cable sleeve is somewhat rubbery. Love/hate thing.
-Not too many cases support multiple 140mm fans. 120mm is a bit noisy.
Other Thoughts: Great fan if you want looks, lighting, and very quiet performance. Just wait for those awesome newegg special discounts. Otherwise, its gets really expensive when you need a lot.READ FULL REVIEW