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Pros: ..he would have Alfred order the Trooper from newegg.
First off, the thing looks styled after Batman's Tumbler. Awesome. Coupled with the asus z87 wifi magnetic card stuck to the side, mine looks like it has bat ear coming off the back. Fantastic aesthetic.
Second, Ive already used the rubber handle numerous times during the build process as a solid gripping point to maneuver efficiently, which was a priceless experience. Also, I just like the idea of my pc being easy to carry. Ive had to transport my prior pc many times during moves and it was always a pain in the rear.
I love the space for building, the cable management is perfect, it looks better IRL than any pictures/videos ive seen. One the newegg video review I thought the front facade looked cheap, but I was completely wrong. Quality materials. I love the tactile rubber coating on the metal. I also love that there is no window fan. It looks so much cleaner than other cases for this reason.
There may be more expensive cases out there, but nothing comes close to the bang for the buck as this case. I could go on forever about the features, but lets just say its worth every penny.
Cons: Although Im in love with this case there are shortfalls.
- The BEEP noise that adjusts fan speeds is absolutely ridiculous and obnoxious. It sounds like your mom's microwave oven from the 80's. Bypass this problem by hooking up the hard drive fans to your mobo.
The utility compartment in the bottom front is the most useful and innovative part of this case to me. WHY DONT ALL CASES HAVE THIS?! (the con is coming) I found myself accessing this compartment more times than I can count during the build, and I like that I wont have to rummage in some forgotten corner of a closet in the future when the time comes to revisit the build.
Unfortunately the plastic tensile latch that snaps the lid down broke, and that was pretty frustrating. I hope in future builds they upgrade this to metal components. Fortunately mine still closes. Just keep that in mind and open/close it carefully.
When my order arrived from newegg, I was concerned when I saw the package, thinking they had shipped me the wrong case. Apparently Coolermaster never changed the look of the packaging to match the windowed case, (as opposed to the dated mesh side) and that concerned me enough to almost call newegg right away without even opening the box. Minor gripe, but still I think Coolermaster should have changed the packaging accordingly.
Finally, just a bit of advice from my frustration - mount your SSD(s) before installing the PSU and save yourself some headache.
Other Thoughts: In some ASUS/Newegg video out there, JJ from ASUS discusses reversing the ceiling fan from exhaust to intake. At first I was inclined to disagree, but with this particular case, I believe thats an effective and reasonable solution if you keep your hard drive fans in the factory perpendicular setup. Because otherwise you have no intake fans pulling air inside! Even though heat rises, I think that controlling the airflow is a powerful enough solution to manipulate the heat path in the compact environment, and I want to make sure cold air is blowing over my ram and mobo components.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I dont know that I would ever buy a non-modular psu ever again. Once youve used something like this in a build, you never want to use anything else.
The cables were sleeved extremely well - no obnoxious red and yellow exposed wires, and plenty connection types for the average to enthusiast level build.
After running a game for several hours, I put my hand behind the psu fan - imagine my surprise - there was barely any heat whatsoever coming off this thing. The fan is ultra quiet.
Although getting a rated psu is more expensive, IMHO its in your best interest. Not only will it last a long time, it is much more efficient at pulling and cleaning power, which means all your parts inside are running happy.
Before buying, I used a "Psu calculator" website to figure out my power requirements. Do that.
My enthusiast build (including a heavy duty gpu and high power firewire card) estimated a 500 watt power draw, including some space for headroom. But having 750 watts gives me peace of mind that I have plenty of space for overclocking and future additions.
Cons: none so far, although ive been grazing the reviews concerned about the RMA's . Hopefully I can dodge that bullet.
Other Thoughts: I am grateful that it came with molex connectors for my firewire card and case/lighting/fan connections.
Incidentally, molex must be the most abysmal connection type ever conceived. I cannot stand working with molex. /end soapbox.
Pros: I am simply amazed. I planned my build around this chip and the Asus z87 expert mobo, and im so glad I did.
Asus' 4 way optimization gave me a light 10% cpu overclock and a 13% gpu overclock (integrated graphics) right out of the box.
The integrated gpu architecture on this thing must be incredibly special. Im running Diablo III on close to max settings without a hiccup. Its absolutely strange and a little disturbing to look into the case and realize theres no graphics card inside...
I had to stagger my build because I couldnt afford the graphics card I wanted right away. If youre in the same situation, wait on the card, and pay more for the better chip!
Cons: The cost, but in retrospect I would have easily done it again.
Other Thoughts: If you are someone who does graphic design or uses DAWS like ableton/cubase to compose music ( i do all of the above) this thing is worth its weight in gold simply for the multithreading technology. Ableton, cubase and other DAWs all have the capability to take serious advantage of this tech. Capitalize on it.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: David M.
Date Joined: 03/02/08
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