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Pros: Works perfectly for gaming at resolutions lower than 1080p. You can pretty much expect >50fps in all games up to 1080p, provided you go easy on the antialiasing in the more demanding ones like Metro or Crysis.
PhysX is great, and runs well enough to enable in the games I have that use the feature, while keeping >60fps.
I was able to overclock it +75 on the core, and +200 on the memory at stock voltage and Power at 110%. Results in a 7% performance boost.
Card is very short and the fans do a great job keeping the card cool. Pretty quiet, too. I've set a custom fan speed of 60% in Afterburner, and the card never cracks 70C even when overclocked.
Playing Crysis 3 on Very High with an average of 35fps!
Cons: Really only 1.5GB of usable VRAM. Nvidia pushed the last 512MB onto a single memory controller, so the card tries its hardest to stay under 1536MB to stay at full-speed using the three memory controllers (192-bit). You can go over if you use Ultra textures + MSAA in some games, but it gets pretty choppy as a result. Luckily almost all games (even Crysis 3) don't go over 1500MB on Ultra @ 1080p + MSAA. The BF4 beta does, though - even with MSAA disabled...
Another niggle is the boost clocking... If the GPU usage is less than 100% it stays at 1176MHz but drops a lot (even down to 1046) if you're maxing it out. GPU-Z says it's because it's hitting its power limit. This causes some longer frametimes that make the game you're playing feel a little jittery - it's not worth taking an egg, but something to be aware of. That may also be why Boost is now determined by temperature in the GTX 7xx series.
Other Thoughts: I have a 1440x900 monitor and since Nvidia allows custom resolutions and timings, I'm running my desktop at native + 75Hz which is very nice, and I've set several custom resolutions up through 2160x1350 @ 75Hz which I use for many games (downsampling rocks!)
Works perfectly using my TV as a second monitor via HDMI, something my Radeon could only do with select games... (That "override scaling settings" checkbox is a Godsend)
The ability to add FXAA to almost any game is imperative for me, and Adaptive Vsync works as advertized without a hiccup in the smoothness.
Newest beta drivers added injectable HBAO+ to a few of my games (GRID, Mirror's Edge, Mass Effect) which combined with downsampling makes them look that much better - playing through them again now!
Pros: I've had this thing in my rig for over a year now, and it's still performing perfectly. I have had zero issues with it, even after 3 versions of the Dataplex software, a firmware upgrade, and two Windows reinstalls. It's been through several power outages, in which it always recovers (rebuilding cache) within a few minutes. And I've used it on two LGA 1155 motherboards to date.
No user-interface. Set and forget.
Even when its capacity is full, it keeps Windows, Office, browsers and other daily-programs in, just knocks out things like game saves and levels it's cached least-recently to make room for new caching.
Cons: The 100GB version would've been absolutely perfect for me, since I get HDD-speeds every so often on a program I haven't used in a while.
Caches about 15 game saves at a time, along with the levels, so it understandably runs out of capacity.
Other Thoughts: Price went up since last year?READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Understated design, yet not boring. Lightweight, yet rigid. Construction quality is top-notch, plenty of space for large components, great cable management, plenty of expansion slots, places for 4-5 extra case fans, great airflow, I/O panel on top, PSU mounted on bottom, black fan and I/O cables to match case. Probably the best feature is the brass knob in the middle that will hold the mobo in place as you’re screwing it down.
Cons: Side panels are pretty thin, but not flimsy. Front 5.25” bay covers can pop out pretty easily, I wish they snapped in more securely. No dust filters, but at this price it’s hard to nitpick, considering all the higher-end features this case has.
Other Thoughts: Cable management helped greatly with my non-modular PSU, and there was an opening exactly wherever I needed one to route cables. GPU, CPU, and HDD temps stay below 40C at idle, and when I added a 120mm front intake fan, they dropped even lower. My machine stays silent, too – never exceeds a soft whoosh.
My headphones jack has some buzz to it when playing games, but Bitfenix replaced the I/O panel at no cost. They said it was a grounding issue. In conclusion, I love this case, and I love Bitfenix. They’re a small company whose number one priority is builders’ needs.