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Pros: Sturdy. Looks nice.
Cons: Had 2 of them fail inside of 2 days -- the second one didn't last 2 hours. Brand new PSUs powering brand new hardware. And it was Ivy-bridge, not Haswell.
Other Thoughts: Seasonic is a renowned brand in the PSU industry that are recognized as being head-and-shoulders above their similarly priced competitors. I've gone through 12-15 SS-300/350/400ET for all of the new systems and PSU replacements here at my office. Not a single failure -- some are still going strong after years. Really not sure why these 2 particular units failed, they were both S12II 430Bs b/c Newegg didn't have the SS-300ETs in stock at the time.
They were powering a fairly typical run-of-the-mill business system(s) (19 systems like this total):
ASUS P8H77-M/CSM or P8Q77-M/CSM
Intel Core-i5 3570K
8GB (2x4) Corsair Dominator Platinum 1600 1.5V
Samsung 840PRO 128GB
Western DIgital Black 500GB
Plextor PX-891SAW or PX-L890SA
Fractal Design Core 1000
Pros: Fast, runs cooler, essentially a more refined 6970
The fan shroud makes the card too "thick" to stack on top of another card. For a mobo like mine (Rampage IV Gene PCIe x16, x16, x8), this meant that I couldn't install both cards on the x16 bus, which downclocked the entire setup to x8.
2. Screen Tearing:
Display port seems to be on a different internal clock than the "legacy" connections (DVI-D, HDMI, etc.), resulting in screen tearing on the DP monitor (if your pri monitor is DVI-D/HDMI), or screen tearing on the 2 legacy monitors if your pri monitor is DP. VSync does not correct the issue. Very annoying. The legacy bus does not support 3 monitors, so one monitor has to be DP.
This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 Micro ATX Computer Case w/ 1 x 120mm fan
Removable HDD Mounting Plate.
Entire front of case is filtered mesh.
Looks good, simple.
Cons: Quality control:
- The feet are stick on adhesive. All of them are off center. One of them did not have all of the adhesive backing removed before being applied. It was loose in the bottom of the box.
- Dying fan, it rattles and squeaks. This is a new case.
- The most irritating thing was the cutout for the motherboard backplate. It was slightly out of square and not parallel with the rear of the case, making the motherboard ports not line up with the cutouts on the backplate, blocking access to most of the upper ports on the motherboard. I had to get creative and stack a couple of washers underneath the upper motherboard standoff to force that corner of the motherboard out a little bit so everything would line up.
Other Thoughts: Would be a very good budget case if they had better quality control. I work IT for a business, we've bought several of these in the past. This is the first one with any noteworthy problems.READ FULL REVIEW
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