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Pros: - Cheaper than O8G
- Runs very cool
- Solid overclocking
Cons: - GPU Tweak II
- DVI Display Problem
Other Thoughts: I was able to bring my card up to 2114MHz/5508MHz while maintaining 68C using EVGA's software. GPU Tweak could never bring the card above 2062MHz/5508MHz for some reason.
Something is wrong with my DVI port as my monitor will have produce random red pixels on blacks. Tried using different cables, but the problem remained. Put my 780 TI back in the computer and problem went away. Solved the problem by switching to DisplayPort.
This review is from: Acer Predator X34 bmiphz Black 34" IPS 4ms (GTG) 60Hz/100Hz, 3440 x 1440 21:9, NVIDIA G-SYNC Ultra-wide Curved Gaming Monitor, ZeroFrame Design, Predator GameView Technology, VESA Mountable, Tilt/Height Adjustable, 2 x 7w Speakers
Pros: - Minimal IPS Glow
- No Backlight Bleed
- G-sync simple to enable (Nvidia program detected monitor and walked me through the process)
- Able to get 100Hz
Cons: - On-screen Display (OSD) with buttons doesn't work well
- Doesn't ship at 100Hz
Pros: - Integrated cooling looks and performs great: i5-4690k 46°C under load (pump & fans @ 20%)
- Basement for power supply and hard drive
- SSD mounts behind motherboard
- Plenty of cable management loops (and included zip ties!)
- Looks good
Cons: - Had to remove radiator to get 8-pin power to the motherboard
- Had to bend/twist radiator mount to align holes when re-mounting
- Had to remove front cover to put top cover on (lip and alignment pegs on top cover)
- Had to remove entire drive bay to mount hard drive
- Thumb screws need a screw driver to screw back in (paint causing tolerance issues)
- Radiator fan screws are as short as possible (moved fans to pull rather than push, one screw was shorter than the others and could not be used with mount)
- Thumb screws for vertical mount did not align properly with a card installed
- Case itself feels really cheap
Other Thoughts: The PCI extension (purchased separately) did not work, and once I get the exchange I will have to tear out the power supply just to put it in. An extra 1/8th inch between the basement and top of the power supply would have been nice to avoid this problem.
Hard drive mounting in this case is what I consider dated. It is not a tool-free installation which is fine, but there are no drive trays either. Having to remove the entire cage to screw in the hard drive is not great.
There also was no cutout for routing the PCI power vertically from the basement which would have been nice, especially since there are already other cutouts there. The vertical mounted card would look so much better if the power cable did not have to be pulled from the right side of the motherboard.
I ran into a lot of little issues along the way when building in this case, which added up to a very frustrating build. I am very meticulous when it comes to the way my finished builds look, and I had to spend a lot more time on this case than I was expecting. This case looks great, especially if you take the time to do proper cable management, but for the how much this case costs ($250) there were just too many flaws. I would not build another computer in this case and would not recommend this case to others.