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Pros: 1. Easy set up, they provide detailed instructions and you are able to play it "out of the box" or tweak it if so desired. Solid system with quality parts used.
2. Shipping was very fast for this purchase, purchase ordered on 6/19 received on 6/23 - it was a signature delivery, as expected for this type of shipment, plan accordingly or re-route pick up. It was 53lbs in box so bring a friend if necessary. I did check connections prior to turning on as things can happen during shipping, everything was properly connected.
3. 1080 Ti - Zotac per the driver installation CD provided not sure if this will vary from build to build as they do not specifically state what brand of GPU is provided (would need an external drive to use the install CD). It doesn't matter what brand or cooler for a 1080 Ti as frame-rates have minimal variance with the only main differences being noise/temperature as well as the silicon lottery if you chose to overclock it and spring for the extras needed for doing such. This card's been pretty solid with an ambient room temp of 86F playing Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation for about 3 hours which is CPU/GPU intensive on "crazy" video setting for 1080p (no 4k or 2k monitor to provide details on that I will get a 4k when the refresh rates are closer to 100hz+ at a more reasonable price point) at GPU temp of 85C with fan cooling, very good GPU temp with that ambient of 86F. Once I turned on the AC bringing ambient down to 78 things cooled off down to about 66C for the GPU still running Ashes with no break.
4. Noise level is barely noticeable - lower than a floor fan running in the room even with maximum load during testing so a non-factor for me. You could switch out fans for Noctua fans if you want to drop the $$ as their noise to performance is great. The system has 3 fans on bottom for intake, 1 on back for exhaust, and 3 for radiator for the closed look on CPU.
5. Got it during a sale for less than what I could purchase and assemble the various parts for plus some extras I would not actively look for or purchase and build into a system like wireless USB adapter, lighting, premium cabling, etc. Mine did come with a basic keyboard/mouse if you need it was not mentioned in the product list at time of purchase.
6. Stock OS installation with no bloatware - just some bench marking/stress test/hardware monitoring programs installed you can remove easily or keep as they are useful to have on a system if you don't have better. - Passmark 9.0 64gbit scores listed under "other" section. It came installed with this program so figured I'd list the scores here for reference. Tests were run out of the box after most recent drivers/windows updates were installed.
7. Came with GPU and mobo installation CD's. I don't use these unless there is an issue with the Ethernet on the board as I'll download recent drivers online since the CD's sometimes have outdated drivers. For this particular system build you also would need an external disk drive to use them, but they're provided for you if you want/need them.
Cons: 1. Front panel is tricky even with the instructions detailing what to do as it took me a few minutes to figure out to press down on both the left and right side of the release button to release the locking mechanism as pressing in the middle did not release it.
2. Would have liked Windows 10 Pro 64 bit to be installed via UEFI.
3. If you're looking for a sleek design with no LED lighting, obviously, this is not the case or fans for you but you could disassemble and re-assemble in a new case that the parts would fit into - but that pretty much defeats the purpose of a pre-built system. Or find a cover for the lighting if you're trying to sleep with the computer on if you have something running overnight and it's in the room with you.
All of these points are minor or personal preference so not subtracting an egg for them. Overall, quality build especially if you get it on sale or until prices drop as technology progresses.
Other Thoughts: Out of the box:
PerformanceTest Version: 9.0 (Build 1014) WIN64
PassMark Rating: 6938
6547 IN PCMark 10 V1.0
App Start-up Score 13 506
Video Conferencing Score 7 842
Web Browsing Score 9 210
Spreadsheets Score 10 155
Writing Score 7 728
Digital Content Creation
Photo Editing Score 10 510
Rendering and Visualization Score 10 413
Video Editing Score 5 960
20 104 IN Fire Strike (V1.1) Graphics score
Fire Strike 1.1 Stress Test = 86.1%
Time Spy 1.0 SCORE
7918 with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti(1x) and Intel Core i7-7700K
Graphics Score 8726
CPU Score 5194
VR Performance test 1.0
VR mark orange room score: 11,101
VR Mark blue room score: 3031 "The system did not meet the target frame rate. Try running the Orange Room benchmark instead."
GPU stayed below 84 C and CPU below 70 C under load with ambient room temp of 86F
GPUNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 TiMemory11264MB GDDR5XCode nameGP102ManufacturerNVIDIA / Zotac/PC PartnerManufacturing process16 nmDriver version220.127.116.1153Core Clock1481 MHz (1481 MHz)Memory clock1376 MHz (1376 MHz)
Display 1\\.\DISPLAY1 (1920 × 1080)
CPUIntel Core i7 7700KCode nameKaby LakeClock frequency4200 MHzCores4 (8)PackageSocket 1151 LGAInstructionsMMX SSE SSE2 SSE3 SSSE3 SSE41 SSE42 X86_64 NX VMX Manufacturing process14 nmCore VID1.330322 VMax Cache Level3Hyper ThreadingYesVirtual TechnologyYes
MotherboardGigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. Z270X-Ultra Gaming-CFNorth bridgeIntel Z270Total memory16384 MB
Module 18192 MB DDR4_SDRAM
@ 2132 MHz DDR
Module 28192 MB DDR4_SDRAM
@ 2132 MHz DDR
BIOSAmerican Megatrends Inc. 02/10/2017 Operating systemWindows 10 64-bit
Total storage2384.66 GB
Drive 1TOSHIBA DT01ACA200 (1907.73 GB)
Drive 2Samsung SSD 960 EVO 500GB (476.94 GB)
Time2017-06-24 21:44 -07:00
Interface Type: NVMe
Bytes per Sector: 512
RPM: Solid State
This review is from: Evapolar Portable Personal Air-Cooler + Humidifier - Blue
Pros: If you live in a desert with low humidity, this is an effective unit. If you do not, it will still work but you won't notice as much cooling as it is in essence a mini swamp cooler and they do not work well in high humidity areas above 65-70% humidity (do some research on swamp coolers if you're not sure if you want to get this for your area). For reference, it it currently 98 outside with 10% humidity and the room temp inside is 86.0F and this unit blows out 66.4F (30C to 19.1C) - side note very easy to switch from F to C so you can pick your preferred display mode. It does not have a huge cooling area as the BTU's of heat are just too great but this unit has been a life saver when it's set up about 2 feet away. I notice the heat as soon as I get up and walk away from where it's blowing on the desk. Unit has a small footprint, easy to set up and use. Power uses a micro USB cord like most phones use so unit is portable with a power pack that can do the 2V charging - not advisable to move it while it has water in it.
Cons: In desert conditions of 5-20% humidity the water tank with full power fan lasts about 2-4 hours, which the literature the company provides says 4-6 hours on average, just letting you know desert longevity. I only list in the con section since when sleeping it will run out of water with fan at full power so I run it a 1/4 power and it usually makes it almost through the night, the indicator light when I turn it on in the morning shows that it's bone dry upon waking, but it is still an air filter even when it's dry. There is no on/ off switch; however, it is more ECO friendly to disconnect unit from power so not really much of a con. The filter does have to be replaced, it is not washable. Seller recommends replacement every 6-8 months with replacement costing just under $40 full price.
Other Thoughts: Ran unit dry for two days before adding water just to get that new plastic smell worked out some.
Compact packaging, eco friendly came with everything needed to set unit up other than water/power.
I bought the blue version and I like the color - it's a little lighter than navy blue.
This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White Silent ATX Mid Tower Case
Pros: Case is super silent, sturdy, overall very high quality and perfect for a high end build.
Cons: It is a fairly heavy case about 30 lbs before any components mounted, be aware of that.
Doesn't come with sticker saying "Beware: Silent Killer"
Other Thoughts: I live in an extremely dusty climate the dust filters are awesome and I only have minimal build up of dust in comparison to what I used to get in my old case which also had filters. The two filters themselves are easy to take off and clean.
Case came with one front and one back fan. At minimum, I would recommend to buy one additional 140mm case fan to go in the front panel intake and a 120mm fan (Consider your PSU size/length as you might be able to do a 140mm) for the bottom. Side panel/upper panel fans would be your personal preference.
Box doesn't say this; however, it is possible with some minor tweaks to get an eATX inside this thing (recommend looking at videos before doing). Lots of room for everything you'd want to put in it. The two hidden SSD mounts behind the mobo are great. Look at some un-boxing/builds of any of the Define R-4 cases and you'll see all you need to buy this case.