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Pros: Fast. I'm throwing everything I can at it and can't seem to slow it down. The thing is, this is not the top of the line card, the GTX 1080 is!! Yet, you wouldn't by how things perform on it. This card comes with Zotac's Firestorm software which enables the user to overclock, adjust voltage levels, and monitor temperatures. I don't care to overclock; I hate to push my card and wear it out for just a few extra FPS. For those who are into such this, this utility looks and functions great.
Cons: - Under heavy loads, the card can get hot. The thing is, the fan can start to get a bit loud as it speeds up to keep the GPU cool. I'm not worried as it is performing as it was intended and designed to do. This type of thing can be typical for high performance cards. Those of you with poor system cooling and/or a room where the temps are high. Ye have been warned.
- When I got the card, it gave an odor off. The hotter the card got, the worse it was. It wasn't a foul odor (it kind smelled good actually...) so it was bearable. I never had a GPU do this before and it concerned me. I considered sending it back for a replacement as it is still under Newegg's 30 day return policy. I figured it was some sort of a burn in or break in period and the smell would go away. I'm glad I held off as the smell is basically gone now.
Other Thoughts: I'm not taking an egg off for the cons I wrote. The card is doing fine.
I originally wanted to get a GTX1080. Short supply of those cards made me look at this GTX 1070. I'm glad I jumped on this. For those of you like me who have a 1080P, 60hz monitor, the GTX 1080 would have been a waste of money. So, I decided to save some money and get this card. Things worked out great!! I dare say you cannot get a better card for the money. The GTX 1070 sits in a perfect spot for people who got enough money to spend but don't need the most powerful card so would like to save a touch of money while still getting fantastic performance.
I hope to move up to 4k gaming next year when HDR monitors come out and a new generation of HBM2 enabled video cards with even better GPUs to push them. Finances willing of course. Till then, this card will last a long time. I'm happy.
Pros: - performs great
- CAS 12 while being overclocked to 2400. Not many memory sticks offer CAS 12 at all. This was the only pair I found in 4x4 16GB which offered that while also being overclocked. Nice.
- Stuck sticks in motherboard with no issues. Enabled XMP in BIOS to get the speed, CAS, and other timing set right. Everything worked right the first time. Flawless. No fuss. The way it should be.
- System runs rock solid with no issues.
- Little to not heat. Low power too.
Cons: The heat sink/spreader on each stick rises really high above the memory making each stick rise really high above its slot. I was initially concerned about this seeing as how I own a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU cooler. Memory sticks and these wide, large coolers can sometimes bump into each other. This happened on my last system. The way I resolved the memory bump problem was I had to position the cooler fan a bit higher on the cooler than normal. It worked on my previous system and was no big deal. However, these sticks stick up so far I was initially worried.
Luckily, on the X99s motherboards, you put the memory slots in the furthest slots away from the CPU first, one per channel (if you have four sticks like me). After sticking all four sticks into the motherboard as required there will be one empty memory slot between the memory sticks and the CPU cooler on each side of the CPU. If there hadn't been a spare slot, there would've been a bad problem.
Beware of this. If you only get two or four sticks of this type of memory you should be fine as there will be plenty of room between any cooler you have and the memory sticks. However, if you fill all the slots up with the memory, then those with large CPU coolers will have a problem.
I'm not taking an egg off for this. But HyperX, which appears to have the tallest memory sticks, needs to thank the designers of motherboards and Intel for bailing them out as 99.9% of people o8ut there won’t fill up all eight memory slots on X99s based motherboards. This could've been a disaster.
Other Thoughts: I don't know what happened but when I bought this memory the price was $240 before taxes and shipping. Now it's $285, even with a 14% discount. I was lucky: the price I paid for this memory was a freaking steal as I write this (all memory prices will fall in the future). Considering the current pricing, all is still good. However, watch the pricing as it appears it is all over the place. The pricing could go higher making other memory more attractive.
Despite my observation of how tall the memory sticks sit in the memory slots thanks to the heat spreaders, this memory rocks. Get it.
Pros: - Fantastic amount of room in this case. Freaking easy to install anything and route cables. Only a fool would have a hard time installing a system into this chasis. Speaking of installation, the center of board has a prebuilt standoff which sticks up from the tray. Just sit the board on top of it. It helps to hold board in place and assists in lining the board up with the other mother board standoffs to put screws in.
- Hard drive cages made it easy to install drives. Just slide drives in and they snap into place, both 3.5” and 5.25” bays.
- SSD drives can be mounted behind mother board trays. Easy to install as well.
- Fans are high quality and produce great air flow. My fans are hooked to my mother board and running at 50%. System temps are low and system is quite.
- Plenty of dust filters and they are all easy as can be to remove.
- Case looks really nice and classic.
- Huge hole behind CPU makes mounting any aftermarket cooler a snap.
- Hard drive cage can be moved up or down depending on how you want air to flow. If you have only SSD drives, mount them behind the motherboard. This will allow you to remove the HD cage permanently which will increase air flow.
- Cables inside the case (power, HDD activity, USB 3.0, etc.) appear to be fairly long and are well routed. Should be no problems here.
- Left side of case has a huge clear panel. Easy to see inside the case and you see everything.
Cons: - Cable management could be a touch better. It’s good but not great. An extra quarter or a third of an inch of more space behind the mother board would have made a major deal. Or, have the back cover bulge out a bit to allow for more room for the cables. For a typical system with a single video card along with 2 or 3 HDs with a DVD/BluRay drive the user should not have a problem although people with non-modular PSUs may have a little extra work to do.
- Front and back covers are a bit thin. They flex a fair amount when removing them or putting them back on. Not bad but noticeable.
- Front air filter for the front fans may need to be a bit more course to filter dust better. I haven’t had my chassis long so it is hard to say how the filter will do. Plus, the area my system is in isn’t bad about dust so I may not ever notice a problem. Others may though.
- LEDs on the front fan would’ve been nice.
Other Thoughts: Great job Corsair. This is a very well made case combined with some thoughtful design elements. This review gives four eggs though. The devil is in the details and the details hold this case back a bit. My last case, an Antec Nine Hundred Two v3, was a horrible case. The 450d beats it hands down.
However, this case does flex a bit here and there. The cable management on the backside could easily be better as well. Adding a touch more space behind the motherboard would have made this an awesome to great case. In that case, I would have given this case five stars.
I suggest Corsair come out with a 450D+ and fix the very minor problems with this case.
To those reading this, don’t let my four star review deter you from buying this case. It’s a fantastic case. I seriously doubt you can find a better case for the price. Get it.