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This review is from: Thermaltake Suppressor F31 Window ATX Mid Tower Chassis
Pros: +Ample water cooling support.
+Nice, modular design: 2 removable 5.25" ODD trays, replacement of HDD tray, can mount HDDs and/or SSDs on the back side (behind the motherboard)
+Good distance off the floor
+Plenty of space for 120mm, 140mm, and even 200mm fans, supporting 8, 7, and 3, respectively.
+Sound dampening material on top, front, and back side panel, with the top being able to be removed for added fan support.
+I'm not sure if this was even supported, but the back panel and window panel were interchangeable. So I can actually move the window panel and place it on the side with all my cable routing and put the sound dampening panel on the front. Helped with sound deadening.
+Dust filters for almost every opening: front, bottom fan placements and power supply, and even the top has a long magnetic dust filter; something missing from other silent cases. Only places that don't have dust filtering are the back vent holes and back 120/140mm fan port.
Cons: -With any case that's silent branded, temps rise due to the sound dampening material. Saw a jump in temps coming from my Phantom 530: idle went from 22-24C to 27-29C.
-Removal of top sound dampening pads completely eliminated my almost dead silent build before the panels were removed.
Other Thoughts: This was a good alternative to the highly popular Fractal Define line. It's missing a fan controller or hub that a lot of case manufacturers are including with their cases, but the fact that by default the F31 is all black, including the included fans, makes it a winner for me. No accent colors, except the HDD activity light (red) and power button (blue-purple-ish). Fractal does have their blackout versions, but they add a bump in the price.
Trying to add a 200mm fan at the front didn't work out as planned. I placed it on the front, after removing the front panel, but noticed after replaced the front panel and front fan filter, there was very little room for the fan to breath. Placing my hand where the air comes in I wasn't able to feel anything. Granted I was using NZXT's RF 200mm fan, so maybe it's thicker than Thermaltake's 200mm fan? instead I just added 2 140mm fans. Also, I didn't try placing the 200mm fan inside behind the mounting point. So it possibly may have fit that way.
I had no problems building in this case. It was pretty straight forward. The only concerns I really had, but didn't prevent me from completing my build exactly how I wanted it, was some of the screws may be cross threaded, so they were difficult to unscrew initially, especially the panel screws. I like that the screws stay with the panel, though. But along with the panel screws, the pre-applied motherboard stand-offs were also oddly pre-threaded. As I was trying to screw in my motherboard onto the case, the screws would stop just shy of touching the board, so the board would actually be able to freely move up and down whenever I'd put pressure down on it. The board will stay, but I have to be careful with transporting.
Some thoughts about the back panel HDD/SSD mounting: it was a bit confusing. The manual mainly showed just pictures, and the description was a little lacking. I was able to mount them correctly after a little fiddling, and the mounts are very sturdy. Only thing I wish Thermaltake would include were some straight SATA cables, and a couple of straight SATA power supply cables. I wouldn't mind an added price for those if it meant easier assembly. The way I have my 90 degree SATA power/data cables is very cringe-worthy, but should last the life of the build.
Overall, I'm very pleased with this case. Reason why I went for this case was I actually just built a mATX build in their Core V21 case and loved all the features and dust filtering on that little cube so I wanted to give their Suppressor series a try since a lot of the features for the Suppressor got me as excited as I was for the V21.
Pros: +Fantasic build, with little room for air to escape out of the sides. Premium feel
+Quiet compared to most 120mm pressure optimized fans, with PWM control. No noticeable PWM "voltage" noises
+Braided, lengthy cable.
+Packed with black screws, and a single 2-to-1 PWM splitter
Cons: -Really pressure optimized? I don't feel much air through my H105 in just push configuration, but the H105 is a thicker radiator.
Other Thoughts: These are awesome fans. I purchased 4 for a push/pull config for my H105. At first I was only using 2 in pull, expelling air out of the top of my case. The air certainly was warm, but I felt no air being pulled from the bottom of the radiator.
CPU temps on my i5-3570k overclocked slightly to 4.2Ghz, were ranging idle at 34-40C, at load using Prime95 it would range from 66-69C sometimes hitting 70C at ambient 29C in my Thermaltake Suppressor F3. By adding the second two in push/pull, my temps basically just dropped about 2C without adding extra noise. Worth it? Not right now, but during summer when it gets hotter (I have no A/C), it should certainly help.
Overall, great fans, nice heavy premium feel to them. Doesn't add too much noise to my case. Love the braided cables and their length. PWM splitters are very much welcome.
This review is from: HyperX FURY 2.5" 120GB SATA III SSD - Cloud9 Edition SHFS37A-Z/120G
Pros: -Worked out of the box, no firmware update needed.
-Recognized by my B75 motherboard just fine (See Other for full system specs). Set BIOS to AHCI mode, so can't tell if IDE would work for this.
-Has had no issues with my build
-Very good price to performance
-Came with SATA cable
Cons: -None at the moment.
Other Thoughts: Cheapest "performance" SSD I could find at the time, although the SSD performs just as good as my Samsung 840.
Came with tiny HyperX sticker/badge.
Honestly not sure why it's called the "Cloud9" edition, besides the fact that it's labeled after HyperX's gaming team.
-Gigabyte B75M-D3H mATX motherboard
-Intel i5-2500k (not overclocked, Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro 3)
-8GB Corsair Vengeance LP (2x4 DIMM)
-PNY GTX 670 2GB