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Pros: There are just too many great things about this case to name them all. This is designed for all kinds of computer builders and has everything you could ask for.
The three fans are very quiet and in the perfect place to pull all the excess heat out of the case. I think the only other thing I could ask for is to have all the fans linked together so I could power them all in one location instead of moving the power around.
The removable motherboard tray is exceptionally easy and makes installation a cinch. Everything has easy to install clips and slides and the finished product looks beautiful.
A lot of people like to complain about the side bracing bar, but I think it's a great place to put a black light or LED tube for some added looks.
Cons: Some of the back-plate covers overlap a little and you may need to take off several and re-seat them. This is a minor installation inconvenience but nothing to be concerned about.
The cables for the front display / ports runs directly through the staging are for the hard drives. If you stack up hard drives like I did you run the risk of pinching the cables, which is a little scary. I had to move these out of the way and it was a mildly annoying ordeal due to the tight space in that area.
Other Thoughts: I'm curious what would look cooler (Blue/Green). I really like the green color and it matches the tubes for my water cooler. On the flip side, I also have an Asus motherboard with some cool blue lights as well.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Thermaltake CL-W0121 2U Drive Bay Water Cooling System
Pros: Easiest installation I have ever had on a water cooler. This is my third water cooler and I am more excited about it than any previous. Sadly I have very little good to say about this because
The power of the system is excellent. Previous water coolers I have had were all very low powered pumps which made the initial setup very slow and tedious. Once you get the coolant in the system you do have to fill it back up, but you can fill the tubes within seconds of turning it on. Remember to squeeze the tubes to ensure they're filled completely for good flow.
The bracing system for the CPU water block was about as innovative as possible. I especially liked the soft foam padding that you can use to secure it firmly without worrying about damaging the motherboard.
Some people don't like the colored tubing, but I think it goes great under black light. It is also very easy to see and makes it easier to see if the flow is working well or not.
Cons: The hoses coming out of the water cooler were a bit rigid and long. When I placed this in my case, the hoses went well past my processor. In order to resolve this, I connected it to my GPU water block first (note, not everyone has this option).
When using the tubing, because the initial hoses were so long, I ended up using 3-4 inch pieces leaving me with a ton of spare tubing. Many may consider this good, but I'd much rather have more control over where my tubing goes in the system.
The system was quite powerful (note, this to me is a good thing), in fact so powerful that it rushed water straight through without filling up the tubing. In order to fix this you have to squeeze the tube (Like an IV drip) to force the water to back up for better overall flow.
LGA 775 compatible NOT 1366. This was an issue for me as I had to purchase a bracket specifically for the 1366 socket. While the system does not claim to fit a 1366 I believe they should make it more available and known
Other Thoughts: Everything listed in the cons are all installation issues, and provided you take the time to install it correctly you will not have any issues.
I have heard people complain about having leaks. There is no point in my system that I have leaked one bit after a careful installation. After watching it closely I was even confident enough to add more coolant while it was running (NOTE: Do not try that if you value your system). I had no problems adding the coolant without any spills while the system was running. Again, I do not recommend that to anyone and it may void the warranty - I just wanted people to be aware of how smooth and stable this system is.
You do have to be a bit careful with the space behind this as it is a very long system. If your case does not have extra space it it, you might have to do some fancy changes to make it fit will. Currently mine very close to my PSU, but does not pose any problems.
Pros: The main reason I purchased this card over others was the built in water block. The water block alone exceeded my expectations and cools it to the touch even while benchmarking or under major stress.
In terms of performance, this is top-notch. While the core clock rate is lower than others, it is easily overclocked safely without any concerns of overheating.
The HTDV/S-VIDEO output was straight forward compared to others I've worked with in the past.
This comes with some spare tubing to mass connect multiple cards for SLI. The three card bridge is excellent as well. I also really appreciate the rubber cover over the SLI adapter.
Cons: The card itself is HUGE, installation was a little difficult as I had to move it around to get it into the slot. Some may consider this a problem based on the case, but I believe just a 1/2 inch off the side would make it much easier to deal with on any case.
Another issue I saw was it didn't come with tube clamps. While I ran it without leaking at all using just the tubes directly onto the nozzles, I used clamps from an old water cooler of mine just for peace of mind. It also came with plastic clamps, but those were too large to be useful.
Other Thoughts: I may have written a lot about the cons, but these to me are extremely minor issues. Anyone with a bit of patience can easily prevent any issues that could come from
I haven't started my overclocking of it yet, I would love to see how it works at a higher frequency.
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Date Joined: 05/05/03
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