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Pros: It's got 980 level performance, using less juice to do it.
Serious overkill on the cooling
Due to the overkill, it's also inaudible at full load even with an overclock applied and a custom fan profile.
It has 8pin PCI-E power so it won't be power starved. I believe the FE only has a 6pin.
Cons: Size, the cooler make this thing huge. It's both longer and wider than the Gigabyte Windforce x3 7950 it replaced in my friends computer. If it were much longer it wouldn't have fit in his Corsair Vengeance C70.
And the only other con is price. It costs more than the FE with FE clocks. -1 Egg
Other Thoughts: For my friend whom the card was for, the overkill cooling is a good thing. His computer room does not have A/C and during benchmarking it with Firestrike it maxed at 60c both Stock and with an OC and custom fan profile. Which is quite a feat considering how warm it was in the room.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I do not own one, but I've built 2 systems for friends using it..
It is very aesthetically pleasing, it's mostly tool less for hard drives and ODDs. All screws needed are included. It doesn't weigh 40lbs empty like my case. The standoffs for ATX are pre-installed.
It fits a GTX780, and R9-390.
Cons: Cable management, the struggle is real. Unless you are using a single 3.5"/2.5" drive, and ODD, wiring quickly becomes a hassle. Even with Modular PSU's.
As noted in another review, no cutout ABOVE the motherboard for the 8pin CPU power cable means you have to run it over the board, or route it first and mount the mobo on top of it.
Rear side panel leaves little room for cables.
Using both top fan spots leaves little room for wires and requires fans be installed afterwards. With a tower air cooler one was blocked. An AIO cooler allowed both to be used in the second build.
Other Thoughts: Overall, I dreaded the second build after building #1. It was essentially the same experience as it had 2 HDDs/SSDs and an optical drive. Which if you think about it, it's kind of sad. Both used modular PSU's. I'd hate to see what a non-modular build would be like.
I don't know if the Spec-02 or 03 are any bigger, but if they are get one those.
IMHO this would be okay/fine if you have custom PSU cables like the ones from Cablemod, which are much more flexible than standard PSU cables. PSU cables were the worst part of the build. But if you can afford those, you can afford to get a case with more room.
Pros: Just updating my previous review. As of 361.75 my drivers are pretty much completely stable now.
Cons: none currentlyREAD FULL REVIEW