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Pros: Fits in Corsair 250D, only takes up 2 PCI slots.
Cons: The problem I had with this GPU is that it 'restarts' itself randomly. My screens will randomly go black, my music keeps playing but sometimes does that thing where it does one repetitive tone after a system crash. It only lasts for a few seconds and then everything comes right back up as if nothing happened, but I get an error message pop up on the bottom right of my screen from Windows saying that the display driver has stopped working and recovered.
I've uninstalled/reinstalled the drivers twice, made sure I had the most up to date drivers, physically removed/reseated the GPU and power connectors, tried a different power supply, isolated each of the two sticks of ram I have (using ITX mobo so only 2 slots), and even did a full system wipe/restore. The only thing I didn't change out was the CPU or mobo because at that point I might as well build a whole new system from scratch.
When the 'GPU restart' occurs, the fans stop for a second or so, then spin back up as if the entire system had restarted. It mainly happens during 'graphically intensive' situations, like mass zerg particle effects in GW2, for example. It hasn't caused my whole system to crash yet, but I imagine it's only a matter of time. I will going back to the red team and try out the 290X. I have never had an issue with Radeon GPUs. This was the first NVIDIA GPU I've bought in over 5 years, and only because it was about $30 cheaper than 290X at the time. Performance wise, they are very close together. It's possible I just got a bad one from the batch of otherwise good GPUs. Either way I need a new GPU.
Other Thoughts: The GPU worked fine for the first month. After about 2 months, it started giving me the restart issues. I also undid the mild CPU overclock I had going on to see if that was somehow affecting power distribution but the issue remained. Up until the issues started, the GPU was good for the money. It runs hot, as expected, but otherwise good. I did read that other people had somewhat similar issues with 780 Tis, but theirs were whole system crashes and BSOD's as opposed to just GPU 'restarts' like I have. Price was good, but like all products, sometimes you just get a bad one. I will not say not to buy this product, but shop at your own risk, as always.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Small form factor, sleek and elegant design and appearance, it's made by Corsair (a company that continues to impress me with it's products and innovations), surprisingly spacious for cable management (it's nothing compared to a mid/full tower, but for the small size it's surprisingly good), sturdy construction, good airflow design with removable/washable air intake filters.
Cons: Nothing major, but the mounting plate for the power supply feels a little weak and flimsy. It is not a problem if you don't plan on moving this case around a lot (which I wont), but the power supply is really only being held in place by 2 thumb screws. For me it's not enough to take an egg off, but it's something to take note of. Be careful with it.
The case arrived with a minor dent. It's purely cosmetic damage, but I blame shipping via USPS for APO addresses, not Newegg.
Other Thoughts: The motherboard on my previous system gave out (MSI Z87 G45, it just stopped POSTing, it would do nothing even after I changed out everything except the CPU, reset CMOS, the works) so I did a little research and decided to try an ITX build since I had to replace the mobo anyway. I went with a Z87I AC mobo from MSI, dropped in my 4770k, Gigabyte WIndforce GTX 780 Ti, 2 SSDs and a 1TB WD Raptor HDD with a H850X power supply (from Corsair) and H100i (also Corsair.... yeah I think there's a trend here) and it powered right up and it all fits! It's a little tight for the H100i's hoses against the front 140mm fan, the GPU and it's power cables and the optical drive bay, the cables for the SSDs, but it's nothing major. It's tight but as long as you are careful and don't man-handle it like a fool, it will fit just fine.
I recommend routing cables to SSDs before you install mobo and saving optical drive for very last (need to remove mounting tray to install H100i but it's only held in by 4 easy screws)
You can route some cabling in a small area right underneath where the H100i would go. I routed all SATA cables, USB 3.0, and front fan cables through this small area. The wiring comes up right behind the H100i.
I routed CPU power and power/reset/front panel wiring kind of underneath the GPU with the small gap between the PCIe slot and the back of the case. It was not too tight, it allowed for some cable play and fit well enough.
No issues whatsoever installing Gigabyte WIndforce GTX 780 Ti. Power cables will end up underneath the optical drive mounting tray a little tight, but safe.
Overall I'm very happy with this for my first ITX build. I recommend this case to anyone with a little finesse, patience, and a desire to keep it small and simple. Thank you for another good product, Corsair.
Pros: Motherboard tray is rotated 90 degress, so the IO knockout is at the top of the case. It provides the necessary support for today's heavier GPUs. All the weightt is on the case itself as opposed to the PCI slot. This means no more warped PCBs! This is the main reason I got this case.
It looks great and has sufficient cable management for most systems. The power supply's orientation makes it even better, as all the wires come behind the mobo tray.
The SSD/HDD mounting behind the motherboard as opposed to in/under the drive bays is quite intuitive! It goes great with the cable routing. You can even 'hide' some excess cabling between the mounts and the back of the motherboard tray.
The fan control switches at the top of the case work as advertised, and the case has room for a few additional 120mm fans, but I ended up not needing them. All the included fans in the case provided enough airflow for my system, but the option is to add more is great.
Cons: The internal Power supply cable is a little short. I had to force it to connect to the power supply. It is connected and it works, but I don't like that pressure. It has me a little worried. I don't see why Silverstone couldn't add just ONE MORE INCH to that cable. Oh well, it still works, but to me it's enough of a concern to knock off an egg. No wiring should be subject to such stress. They need a little room to wiggle, and this case's internal power supply connector doesn't have that wiggle room.
Not really a con for me, but it might be for some: the white light at the top of the case is quite bright. I wouldn't recommend having this case face the direction of wherever anyone is sleeping.
Other Thoughts: Overall it's a good case. It's perfect for anyone who wants to take the weight strain from the GPU off the PCI slots. It has some issues that may or may not be trouble for some power supplies or overly large CPU coolers. The Noctua NH-D14 has only a couple of millimeters of clearance from the viewing window, but it fits. Anything bigger than that might not allow proper case closure. I still recommend it, though.READ FULL REVIEW
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