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NZXT S340 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Case
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs My ideal SFF chassis 01/19/2015

This review is from: NZXT S340 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Case

Pros: Easily the single most space-efficient full-ATX chassis.
Purpose-built for most AIO water-coolers in either single or dual 120mm or 140mm sizes up to 52mm clearance in the front if you keep the reservoir bracket.
The reservoir bracket is inset enough it hides thick cable runs perfectly and has tie-down points on it just for that purpose.
The bracket can also easily be removed should you want to go nuts and install a Monsta 80mm thick radiator in full push-pull, and your cable runs will still be hidden.
Rear 120mm mount has clearance to support single 120mm radiators if the in/out end-tank is oriented to the top.
Top 120mm mount only really has enough depth for a single fan, but makes for an ideal place to mount a tube res with an adaptor bracket.
Just enough storage options to be perfect for general-use with three 3.5" and two 2.5" mounts.
All 3.5" mounts and the PSU are hidden inside an isolated compartment; while both 2.5" mounts are on top of the compartment to help showcase your lightning-fast SSDs.
Extremely small foot-print makes it far more flexible where it can go.
The clear acrylic window seems to have a magnification effect on the interior.
Most of the exterior is a smooth high-gloss finish with a stark contrast to the smooth matte finish on the top and interior.
Smooth paintjob makes the chassis easy to clean.
I did have to unmount the front IO so I could swap the USB3 headers so the ribbon cables weren't twisted. Not a con since they didn't rivet it in and this allows you to swap it out for custom stuff easily.

Cons: My only cons with this chassis are solved in the H440, which is just slightly too big for my taste by comparison. I flipped a coin between the two; got the S340.

Other Thoughts: I'm likely going to pull off the liquid-cooling suggestions I made in my list of pros:
Remove the res bracket; use a thick dual-120/140mm rad in the front in pull; mount a tube res to the top 120mm mount with an adaptor; put another 60mm thick 120mm rad in pull on the rear 120mm mount; and I can hide the top 120mm mount with a custom sheet of vinyl.
Going minimalistic with a Swiftech H220 for now which I can confirm fits, but the tubing is a bit long and doesn't like the odd angle the rad has to the block.

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MSI R9 290X LIGHTNING 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Overbuilt in every way. Built to purpose for record-breaking benchmarks. Overclocking on stock heatsink I can get it right on 1200 core and 1500(6000 effective) mem. Maybe a silicone lottery winner though so YMMV. Scoring an insane 13k graphics score in 3DMark Firestrike normal. Also built for LN2 cooling if you want to go nuts or even start getting into it yourself. Not for me though.

Cons: Well yeah, yellow is an issue. Easily solved with either an EK waterblock or some black electrical tape. I then removed and lightly dusted the fan with some silver metallic paint until the yellow didn't show. Made the fan slightly heavier so it spins slower, but it's a non-essential fan really. Be sure to check for a tutorial on fan removal before doing this or you could break it. Regardless, I'm not deducting from the score over aesthetics: To each their own.

Other Thoughts: In response to Andrew S.
I very much doubt your tech level is very high. You're not even able to read the manual. It's made abundantly clear that UNLESS you are removing the heatsink for a liquid nitrogen (LN2) heatsink; you do not need and should not even plug in the third 6-pin power, or toggle to LN2 mode. The heat is an internal heating strip meant to prevent frost building up from LN2 cooling. You DO NOT run the card in LN2 mode or plug in the third 6-pin if you are running it with stock cooling. The rep was likely annoyed at how dense you were about this, but couldn't say it.

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Prolimatech PRO-PK3-30G Nano Aluminum High-Grade Thermal Compound in 30 Gram
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs So good the PK1 is OEMed by Noctua! 11/27/2014

This review is from: Prolimatech PRO-PK3-30G Nano Aluminum High-Grade Thermal Compound in 30 Gram

Pros: Single best thermal conductivity of any TIM that isn't liquid metal.
No curing time - does not need to burn-in.
Non-conductive - unforeseen mistakes need not ruin your PC.
30g worth of material - means hundreds of applications.
3rd in the PK series - rebranded PK1 is what Noctua includes with their heatsinks.

Cons: Better than Arctic Silver.
Oh it's a con to hardcore Arctic Silver fans. Makes their skin crawl that something is better in every way.
That and I couldn't think of a legit con.

Other Thoughts: When it comes to TIM, there's very small discrepancy between different kinds and formulas in terms of performance. We're talking margin of error level differences just on the application process alone. Generally if a reasonable voice or group of voices say it's a good TIM; it's a good TIM. What matters from this point on is how much you need and whether or not you want non-conductive and/or no curing time. This has both and is good for hundreds of applications at 30g.

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Display Name: Michael W.

Date Joined: 02/05/07

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  • First Review: 05/08/07
  • Last Review: 01/19/15
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