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Pros: Right off the bat: this is a gorgeous case. I bought it because I needed a case for my father's gaming rig that had (1) cable management behind the motherboard (2) tool-less HDD/SDD/5.25" bays (3) relatively quiet (4) opening on mobo tray to mount CPU backplate/HSF (4) professional aesthetics.
You wont find sophomoric glowing LED shenanigans here, just plain minimalist aesthetics on the outside with modern cable management and (mostly) tool-less 5.25" and HDD/SSD bays on the inside. There are two HDD/SSD racks, each with 3 bays, but the top rack is removable via simple thumb screw. This is ideal for situations where you have a long videocard, but I did not need to remove the rack to fit a HD7970 which is 10.4" long. The case comes with 2x 120mm fans: one for intake and one for exhaust, but there are 2 additional spaces for intake on the front and bottom of the case, which you will most likely need to fill.
And yes, it fits the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO heatsink & fan.
Cons: Airflow leaves a lot to be desired. This case only includes 2x 120mm fans of the 4 available slots (3x intake 1x exhaust). In our use case, we had Core i5 750 OC'd to 3.3GHz coupled with the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO and a Radeon HD7970. These are big heat generators. Before adding an additional intake fan, we were running up against 90C at load on the GPU and flirting with 70C on the CPU. We transplanted another 120mm NZXT fan from another case, and brought down load temperatures an entire 20C on the GPU and 10C on the CPU. Bottom line, if you're using parts with low heat output, you could probably get away without adding additional airflow fans. In our case, the addition of a single 120mm intake fan meant a huge different.The stock fans themselves are a little too noisy for the amount of airflow they provide (40 CFM / 25 dBA). We're going to upgrade all of the airflow fans to Cougar CF-V12HPB's soon (70 CFM / 18 dBA), just waiting for the hardware to arrive.
Lastly, the HDD/SSD trays aren't very sturdy. You'll notice as you slide them out, they're very loose in their slots. This creates potential for vibrations; just something to watch out for.
This review is from: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: I've never seen a board packed to the brim with so many features. This is my first experience with UFEI firmware, which is a GUI that replaces the old school BIOS interface. The ASRock UFEI firmware made overclocking my 3570k to 4.4GHz a no-brainer. The CD is loaded with the usual driver suite and some "bloatware" that I can actually use like an OC tool and Instant Boot. Instant Boot is an awesome feature; it's like putting your computer to sleep, except junk isn't loaded into RAM. The result is a 3-4 second boot time for the moment you wake up the PC.
Cons: ASRock included a SLI bridge, but not a CrossFireX bridge.
Other Thoughts: Didn't want to put this in the cons because it's more of a standard issue than one related to this board: the old school jumpers used to interface the case's panel with the board just have to go. With the strides we've made everywhere else, I'm surprised that there's been zero innovation in this area.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Antec P280 Black Aluminum / Steel Super Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: The P280 is the most spacious and feature-packed case I've ever had. My favorite feature has to be the cable management ports, which allow you to essentially route your cables through the back, then pop them back out at just the right spot. This keeps air flowing smoothly and keeps things tidy as well. The harddrive bays consist of slide-in/out trays, which makes adding/removing/re-arranging harddrives a no-brainer. The PSU sits on the bottom of this case, and is complete with a removable filter. I also dig the power buttons and USB/audio ports on top, since my PC sits on the floor under the desk.
Cons: With all thought that's gone into this case, I can't help but wonder why they overlooked the optical drive bays. Instead of being pre-punched, you'll have to work the steel panel back and forth until it snaps off to get your optical drives through; this just seems circa 1990s and also leaves your knuckles open to getting cut by the steel. Lastly, a bit of a nit-pick, but the silicone/rubber covers over the cable management port holes comes off too easily. They should've used some sort of glue to keep it in place.
Other Thoughts: Highly recommend this case.READ FULL REVIEW