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This review is from: Thermaltake Core V21 Black Extreme Micro ATX Cube Chassis CA-1D5-00S1WN-00
Pros: It's nice, the side-panel controls are where I want them, has attachments for a huge amount of cooling and 2.5" disks. The 200mm fan is nice.
Cons: Loud. A 2500k/7950 build that was a bit annoying inside a thick, front-to-back-cooled case is loud (closed-cell headphones can't mask it) in this case due to 5 sides being perforated metal.
3 3.5" slots is more than I need, but this case has room for 9. I'm unsure if I'm complaining about wasted space or lack of cages.
The drive cage should be able to hold the disk rails when it's taken out of the case.
Drive cage should be mounted sideways.
Other Thoughts: Not a tough case. The window shouldn't cover the bottom-front of the case, which is where the wiring is not straight-forward to hide.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Good feature set
Cons: As other reviewers said, the BIOS doesn't support any currently-sold processors. Mine came with 1.1 and I require 1.6. That's how out-of-date the BIOS is; roughly 2 years. My contact to ASRock has been ignored so far.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 970 4GB Mini ITX OC EDITION
Pros: Fast when it works. Short card so its PCB won't droop. Noise is tolerable.
Cons: Crashes, unusable for even 1080p/60hz 3D rendering.
Other Thoughts: Running GPU-Z shows what you might expect, TDP is >80%, GPU is ~65C +- 3% (2C), and voltage is 1.2v. Gigabyte says they tested it and it ran for 4 days after my RMA. However, the card is well under max temp spec and there's no artifacting, so I doubt this is is related to anything Nvidia designed.READ FULL REVIEW