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Corsair Carbide Series CC-9011030-WW Black Steel ATX Cube High Airflow Cube Case ATX (not included) Power Supply
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: With the ability to use a 3x120 radiator in the front and a 2x120 radiator on the top of this case, this makes for a fantastic case for a 4x290x mining rig. This alone allowed me to bring my cards up to speed, from the air cooled 950/1250 880 kh/s each to 1025/1500 985 kh/s. Nothing like hauling around a near 4MH/s mint! Can't say about stock fan airflow, as I replaced the front fans with fans with higher static pressure for the radiator and added two more to the top.

Cons: I wish someone would create a case with a modular SATA hot bay. I have a pair of the old velociraptor drives with the SATA connection in the middle of the drive instead of the standard SATA location, and this case, like every other that has built in ports, does not work. The front and top grill being made of plastic comes off as cheap as this price level. Should have been steel at least. Lack of fan filter for the PSU opening should have been included.

Other Thoughts: All told, I'm quite pleased with the case. Having the ability to have a dual rad setup with ten 120 mm fans made for a very nice liquid cooled mining build. Cards went from inferno (80+ degrees with fans running 75% and a 20" box fan running on them in a HAF XB) to very chill (64 degrees with rad fans running at 1800 rpm and no box fan). Digging the white case lights, it's a different touch than the standard red/blue/green you see every day.

DIAMOND Radeon HD 7970 DirectX 11 7970PE53G 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Voltage unlocked, lots of headroom for overclocking. Running it currently at 1015/1750 for Litecoin mining 24/7 with a few breaks to game with it. Stock cooler keeps the card under 70C, even at these settings. Plays everything I throw at it at 1080p with max settings without a problem. In all reality, way more video card than I needed for gaming, but makes for a great LTC miner (running 710kh/s most of the time), picking up a second one to double my output. Easily replaced a pair of 5850s with this single card and reduced my power footprint by a couple hundred watts easily.

Cons: Fan, like all radial fan based coolers, is loud. Unstable above 1750 MHz memory/1075 clock without a ton of voltage, causing the card to get crazy hot. But that's a minor con given that I'm pushing a 150/400 MHz OC already with a very minimal voltage increase.

Intel Celeron G1620 Ivy Bridge Dual-Core 2.7 GHz LGA 1155 55W BX80637G1620 Desktop Processor
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This is an insanely efficient CPU. Fully loaded, CoreTemp is reporting that its drawing 16-17 watts. Idle is around 3-4. Coupled with a Radeon 7750, 16GB of ram and 7200 RPM hard drive, fully loaded system draw during gaming is around 80 watts total. That is an insane amount power for such a low power draw.

I understand why the cooler is so small with this processor, it could very likely run a passive cooler in a case with good airflow and still stay cool..

Cons: Not sure there is any other than the lack of TurboBoost and Hyperthreading. But its a $60 processor, what can you expect.

Other Thoughts: If you're looking for a small enclosure based htpc, this is a great foundation for such a system. Go with an itx board and single slot card (Radeon HD7750 the current champ here) and you've got yourself a very capable htpc that you can actually play some games on. Was able to play World of Tanks at near max settings and World of Warcraft at near max settings without any issue at 1080p resolution.


Richard A.'s Profile

Display Name: Richard A.

Date Joined: 10/21/11

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 10/27/11
  • Last Review: 01/27/14
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