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This review is from: Noctua NH-D15 SSO2 D-Type Premium CPU Cooler, NF-A15 x 2 PWM Fans
Pros: It's big, quiet, and does the job of a 280MM AIO with far less noise.
Running an i5 6600k at 4.4ghz:
Performed better than the Corsair h110 it replaced and runs dead silent. The mounting system is by far the system I have ever used, with clear instructions and an almost fool-proof setup, I sincerely wished that every cpu cooler made would just license this mounting system from Noctua. Not to mention you also get two noctua NF-A15 PWm fans with this (about $50 if bought seperately) and a warranty backed by Noctua (which if you've ever had the pleasure of dealing with their customer service, you understand why this is a pro).
So to recap:
Ridiculous performance, dead silent operation, best mounting hardware ever made, 2 of the best fans on the market, and one of the best warranties and customer support you will find.
Other Thoughts: This cooler from Noctua shoudld be the standard by which every cooler is compared too... Oh Wait, It is!!!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Fractal Design Define R5 Blackout Window Silent ATX Midtower Computer Case
Pros: The Define R5 is an absolutely amazing case. The window shows only the hardware you want showing and nothing you don't. The noise reducing foam makes this the quietest case I have ever used. The modular hard drive cages and ample fan placements makes this case a dream to setup for almost any use. You could load this case up with hard drives, water cool the entire thing, or make a ridiculous air cooled setup, the choice is yours with this case. Personally went with a silent air-cooled rig because this system is my daily driver for just about everything. I installed 2 Fractal Design Venturi HP 140mm fans in the front, a Venturi HP 120MM in the bottom, and a Venturi HF 140MM fan in the exhaust, providing amazing airflow in a positive pressure configuration. I am also using the Noctua NH-D15 Air Cooler (with the Industrial NF-A14 fans to keep with the black aesthetic and a Zotac Amp! 1070. With everything I mentioned I don't hear anything coming from this case, not one fan, and my temperatures are great! CPU under load 50c, GPU under load 60c, so absolutely zero performance hit due to thermals. Cable management is an absolute breeze, with ample room behind the motherboard tray, and a ridiculous amount of tie down points, keeping you cable management looking clean should be no problem. I love the fact that Fractal decided to go with metal hard drive sleds and the rubber vibration dampeners and a nice touch for mechanical hard drives. You can also switch what side the door swings open from, by simply moving 2 screwdowns to the other side, it took about a minute. The screws came in a wonderfully labeled box that made selecting the right screw about as easy as it could be.
Cons: Absolutely none!
Other Thoughts: If you looking for case around $100, give or take about $15, this case is a no-brainer. Enough modularity to support just about any build and elegant looks to make your system stand out, but not be overly flashy. Optimized for silent performance and a cable routing system that anyone could use without much thought makes this case GREAT!!! Seriously, this case is amazing !!!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Edition, ZT-P10700C-10P, 8GB GDDR5 IceStorm Cooling, Metal Wraparound Carbon ExoArmor exterior, Ultra-wide 100mm Fans, Spectra Lighting, PowerBoost, FREEZE fan stop
Pros: Lets start with the aesthetics, this card looks amazing, the pictures do not do it justice. Zotac opted for a carbon fiber shroud and backplate which feels extremely solid. The led lighting has been done very tastefully, which without the zotac software illuminates white. While the lighting is not RGB they do offer 7 different colors to chose from, so I'm one of those will match most every system.
The performance of this card exceeded my expectations. While running unigines heaven and valley benchmarks on ultra this card never creeped over 68c and posted extremely strong scores. The core clock ramped up 2012mhz on its own without any overclocking done on my part. Considering how the cool the card stayed and the performance it showed, I never once heard the fans or any type of coil whine on this card.
In actual gameplay this card has easily maintained a 60+ fps at 1440p with games such as Dragon Age Inquisition, Battlefield 4, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Titanfall, GTA V, Fallout 4, and Witcher 3 with ultra settings or very near.
Cons: None- Seriously could not find one thing to knock about this card.
Other Thoughts: I understand that Zotac may not have the same following as EVGA, MSI, Gigabyte, or ASUS, but they are making a strong showing with this card that is in many ways is better than their aforementioned counterparts. If you're considering a GTX 1070, give this card a go and you might pleasantly surprised.READ FULL REVIEW