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Thermaltake Core V21 Black Extreme Micro ATX Cube Chassis CA-1D5-00S1WN-00
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Made for massively-cooled builds 07/09/2015

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.

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ASRock B85M-HDS LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs Ouch, bad support, bad BIOS 06/03/2015

This review is from: ASRock B85M-HDS LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

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 That's how out-of-date the BIOS is; roughly 2 years.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.

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GIGABYTE GV-N970IXOC-4GD GeForce GTX 970 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

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.

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Doug R.'s Profile

Display Name: Doug R.

Date Joined: 06/21/01

  • Reviews: 12
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 08/15/05
  • Last Review: 07/09/15
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