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Pros: -Free game to wake up the new GTX 970 I bought.
-Code worked just fine and the game is waiting on me in my game library.
Cons: I fully knew I would deal with Uplay but eh...it's still a thing. You have to deal with it to some degree to play regardless of how/where you buy it.
Other Thoughts: If you do get this deal and wonder why your code hasn't been emailed to you, it seems to be tied to shipment of whatever you bought to get the promo deal. Just a heads up.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 970 4GB G1 GAMING OC EDITION
Pros: -It's an impressive card. Quiet, great performance, low power draw, and the stuff you can do with the LED lighting is fun enough.
Cons: -It's a massive thing. It doesn't look like the pcb itself is any larger than other modern cards but the whole cooling assembly extends well beyond the pcb. Close enough to the hard drive rack that working in the usb 3.0 cable from the case front panel was a tight squeeze between the edge of the card and the rack.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Titanium Grey Silent ATX Mid Tower Case
Pros: -It's a great thing to look at. It's just slick and uncomplicated. I also like the finish on the side panels. Seems robust but I take care not to test the finish.
-Sound dampening is wonderful. In my setup, it sets several feet away but it is virtually silent even at normal desktop distance. I'm not even certain whether I'm hearing it or the Playstation on standby.
-The front door hinge and latch have a surprisingly good feel to them. Not a huge plus but it's nice that the door matches the feel of the rest of the case. I've owned other cases with a front door and it was the tackiest, flimsy piece of plastic.
-Plenty of room for a tall cooler if you go that way. Just for reference, I have a Phanteks PH-TC12DX cooler installed and there is ample room above.
-Decent amount of cable tie down points on the back side of the motherboard tray.
-Ample hardware for mounting.
Every other positive point would just be me repeating some facts from the listing. It really is a fantastic, well designed, and uncomplicated case.
Cons: I do have a couple small, nitpicky problems with it. Not enough to warrant dinging my rating but I think it's worth mentioning.
-I wish both harddrive mounting racks were easily removable. The top rack of 5 bays is made to come out leaving the bottom rack of 3 in place. It looks like you can take the bottom out and leave the top in but then the rack wouldn't have any bracing. Emphasis on the "looks like" as I haven't tried it and likely won't bother. Like I said, very minor gripe.
-The mobo tray could do with a couple more tie down points.
-I'd like it if the case were just a few millimeters wider or otherwise given a bit of extra space behind the tray for cables.
-You may either need a flat power connector or to reverse the connector if you're going to utilize the SSD mounting spot on the mobo tray. My PSU only came with 90 degree connectors so I just took the plug off the cables and flipped it. It might have cleared normally but it would put far more pressure than I'm comfortable with on the SSD's power port. If you had a screw of the right length you could also put a spacer behind the drive. Either way, it's something to bear in mind.
-The included fans are very quiet but I'd like it if the cables were just a bit longer. The rear fan's cable is too short to properly route and plug into the motherboard. However, it is fine if you run it out the back of the tray through the grommet and plug it into the built in fan controller.
Other Thoughts: I can't over emphasize how happy I am with the case. It's exactly what I was looking for. Any problems I have with it are either a wishlist kind of problem or involved such a minor fix as to be barely worth a mention.READ FULL REVIEW