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Pros: -Small form factor
-Can hold full sized GPU
-Motherboard lays flat, eliminating GPU/PCIe stress
-Can use Corsair H100i CPU cooler
-No glossy plastic, sturdy rubber-like exterior coating
-Came with modest amount of cable ties
Cons: -Using a Standard Bluray/DvD drive in the bay will almost completely block the airflow for one of the fans on the top mounted H100i. You will have a gap that is about 1mm. If you can get a slim optical drive it will be good.
-Optical drive bay sits right above the power connections for my GPU (Sapphire Tri-X R9 290X), making it impossible to connect power when GPU is in slot. Had to connect it first and then kind of force it in place to go into the slot
-The large front fan blades on the case I received are a little wobbly. At first system power up the fan would not spin, I had to hand start it with my finger. It starts moving on it's own now, but it stays at low RPM. I'll just replace the fan later, no biggie.
Other Thoughts: -Cable management can be a little tight, but manageable. Case can hold Corsair HX850 power supply, but it barely fits with connections. If possible, use a power supply that's a little shorter, or if you are really fancy, get some custom length cables.
-The rotating bay for the SSD trays is held in place by a standard screw in stead of a quick release latch of some sort. It's not really a con, just an annoyance
-If you decided to use more than one standard 3.5in HDD, it will make cable management more difficult. I had to route cables through the area where the second HDD would go, so just get one really good HDD in there and leave out the tray for the second.
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.