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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
Pros: Excellent color scheme. This is the first mobo I've had with a EUFI bios. I like EUFI! Runs my 1866MHz memory without a problem after simply selecting an XMP profile. Overclocking is breeze, and this is coming from a mild/amateur overclock user. Change a couple of numbers and BAM.
Cons: It comes with Killer NIC network adapter.... It works fine in Windows 7, but the physical hardware on this motherboard is (for now ) NOT supported by WIndows 8.1. I haven't tried a BIOS update yet, but I don't think that's the issue since the drivers for the network adapter driver installed just fine on Windows 7. I attempted to install the network adapter from the CD ROM that comes with the board. I've never had any issues with loading the drivers from the CDs that come with the mobo. Since WIndows 8.1 is so new, I'm quite sure that it's Killer NIC's drivers not being compatible with WIndows 8.1. I haven't found any info yet on an update for this thing, though.
Other Thoughts: Unless you have access to updated drivers for Killer NIC's network adapter on this board that are compatible with windows 8.1 (as I said, I haven't found any yet), I don't recommend loading Windows 8.1 on a system using this board. You will not have network access (no internet). It works fine in Windows 7. Aside from that, this board works great, looks great, and I recommend it for anyone building a Haswell based system.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
Pros: Keeps my 4770k at like 30C. It only has a mild overclock of 4Ghz, but it works! The cooler itself looks great in my Silverstone Raven RV03. Installation was relatively easy and straight forward. It works. I recommend this to anyone who does not want to mess with water cooling or can't afford to. The price is questionable to some, I'm sure, but all of us system builders knew the costs when we picked this hobby.
Cons: I'm not a fan of the color of the fans. That beige/brown color just doesn't suit my aesthetics. I wish they came in a black housing/white blades configuration, but meh.
The cooler is right up against the top most PCI slot (MSI Z87 G45) where I have my sound card installed. I installed it there to keep it out of the way of my GPU's airflow. I installed some rubber padding and a small piece of cardboard because the mounting clips for t40mm fan rub against anything installed in the top most PCI slot. Do keep this in mind if you plan to use this cooler with the MSI Z87 G45 motherboard. A small piece of really thin cardboard is all you really need. The pressure from the clip will hold it in place.
Other Thoughts: The fans need different colors, but otherwise great cooler. It is large and has like 2-3 millimeters of clearance from the SIlverstone Raven RV03's window, but it fits. The 120mm fan hovers right above the 2 nearest memory slots. Use a low profile memory module like G. Skill's Sniper Series.READ FULL REVIEW