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AZZA Toledo 301 (CSAZ-301) Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggs Not quite what I hoped for 04/23/2014

This review is from: AZZA Toledo 301 (CSAZ-301) Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: LEDS are nice
Very spacious
Menacing good looks

Cons: BAD support for Micro ATX board
Cable management is a NIGHTMARE
Two slots in top for 120mm fans cause a lot of noise

Other Thoughts: If you decide to use a microatx board in this case, just beware that even though it says you can, if you have a very large video card like I do (R9 280x) it will BARELY fit. When I say barely I mean barely. On a regular sized mobo that might be a different game though because the card may be moved down further and that would give you a few more inches of clearance. The other thing about this case is that the two spots for 120mm SEEM like a good idea, but on my MITX board, you cannot mount the fans inside the case. You have to take the panel off the top and mount them which I thought was going to be fine. But boy was I wrong, I unplugged the fans after 5 minutes because it was unbearably loud. Something about the location up there or maybe it's the fins.. but it's ridiculous. As soon as I unplugged them I was instantly much happier with the case, but I am a bit dissatisfied that I can't run them because I bougth this case for the crazy airflow.

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PowerColor TurboDuo AXR9 280X 3GBD5-T2DHE/OC Radeon R9 280X 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Sturdy metal construction
Runs very cool
Very quiet
Does everything I could have hoped for
Zero coil whine!!

Cons: HEAVY, we're talking a couple pounds.

Other Thoughts: This thing is built like a tank. It is the heaviest video card I have ever owned, the entire cooler assembly is made out of metal. The cooler is high quality compared to XFX units I've owned, even the double dissipation models. The bigger 90mm fans allow the card to cool more effectively while utilizing lower RPMs which means less noise for you. Out of curiousity I used speedfan to run the speed of the cards fans up to 100%, with the threshold for noticible sound coming in at over 70%. I'm not kidding, even at full blast it's really not that bad. Take that with a pinch of salt though - -because I do have a somewhat noisy fish tank running in my bedroom. The other thing that I am very grateful for is the complete absence of coil whine. I had a Club3d brand 280x that had the worst coil whine I'd ever heard, so I was astonished that this Powercolor has none!

Overall I couldn't be happier. I had to RMA that Club3d junk and Newegg took care of me and held their end of the bargain. I had to wait awhile, but I got what I paid for in the end and couldn't be happier. Buy this card!!

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Club3D royalQueen CGAX-R928X7 Radeon R9 280X 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Performs AMAZING, runs Battlefield 3 & 4 @ 1080P on ultra.

Cons: Died 45 minutes after installing drivers.
Worst coil whine I've ever heard

Other Thoughts: Installed my drivers, which recognized the graphics card as a Radeon HD 7900 series. Then went to play Battlefield 3. Played for approximately 45 minutes to an hour tops, and the game froze while playing this horrible digital noise through my headphones. The screen tore at that moment and immediately went black. I turned off my computer and let it sit for a minute or so and turned it back on, no display.

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Display Name: Jamie F.

Date Joined: 09/29/11

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  • First Review: 09/08/12
  • Last Review: 04/23/14
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