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be quiet! DARK BASE PRO 900 ATX Full Tower Computer Chassis - Black/Orange
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4 out of 5 eggs Advanced builders only 03/05/2017

This review is from: be quiet! DARK BASE PRO 900 ATX Full Tower Computer Chassis - Black/Orange

Pros: -Incredibly spacious.
-Plentiful screws and other accessories to complete your build
-Fully modular
-Cable routing, tie points, etc ate all where you expect them to be. Designed by people who build, obviously.
-Full tempered glass window is gorgeous
-Great airflow with fans maxed out (didn't try it with just the stock 3 fans)
-Sexy as ****

Cons: -Does not contain any instructions on anything except a few components. There are no guides on disassembly or proper placement/mounting. This information is also absent from the website, so you're on your own! Hence the title. I would HIGHLY recommend against choosing this case if it's your first build
-I still have no idea if I mounted the power supply correctly due to an inane layout.
-Led strips only seem to fit onto included controller (not your motherboard RGB connectors)
-Expensive as far as cases go

Other Thoughts: Neutral:

-If you have a somewhat longer power supply, you probably won't be able to fit both fans on the bottom, or a radiator for that matter.
-Orange LEDs on strips are kind of yellow
-Assembly can take a long time if you are going to be tearing down a lot, so plan a good chunk of time for this

SAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon RX 470 100407NT+4GOCL 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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Pros: -When it works, it works well.

Fast Framerates. Pretty much on par with the RX 480.

-Fairly Quiet

I never heard it over my case fans.

-Sexy looking

Cons: -Constantly crashes to a blank single color screen

Sometimes it's black, sometimes another color, but it always requires a hard reset.

-When it didn't crash it would sometimes only show 1/4th the screen

Required a reset of display settings, which wasn't easy to achieve with only 1/4th the top left screen.

-Random graphical anomalies between resets

Strange bands or other artifacts that distorted the screen requiring another reset.

-3 different drivers all had no effect on the stability of this card

The same issues were present on all 3 of the latest drivers I tried. Earlier drivers than that don't seem to work with this model. This suggests to me there may be something inherently wrong with the card I received.

Other Thoughts: Overall I really liked the card, but it just didn't have any stability. I am returning it in favor of an RX 480, which I know first-hand from someone else doesn't have the problems this 470 had. Whether or not you will have the same experience, I don't know, but I can't game like this. If it's just a driver problem, Sapphire should have worked with AMD before releasing the product, because none of the available drivers work.

GELID Solutions Slim 12 PL 120mm Blue LED Case Fan
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5 out of 5 eggs Way better than Scythe 12/20/2012

This review is from: GELID Solutions Slim 12 PL 120mm Blue LED Case Fan

Pros: Just got these guys installed on my Corsair H100 (not the H100i.) Previously I had two scythe SY1212SL12H slim fans installed.

In their current configuration they are pulling, and I also have two regular size blue LED GELID fans (with the nanoflux bearing) pushing. Both sets of fans are horizontally mounted. I require the slim fans on the top because of clearance issues with my motherboard, and I don't want fans mounted outside of my case.

Temps on my Intel 3930K are around 27 - 29 C idle. (I don't have it overclocked), and 43 - 44 C under full load. Previous temps with the scythe fans were 32 C idle, and 46 C under load. Not a huge difference, but What's really nice is the noise level. They feel like they're moving a lot more air than the scythes as well, despite the grating along the radiator mount.

I honestly can't hear these or the other GELID fans while my computer is on. Now granted I have about 16 fans on my setup, not counting the video card, but The scythe fans used to really let me know they were there. They had a high pitched whining noise that was unbearable unless you made them sit at 75% or less, even then, they weren't completely without that whine.

The blue LEDs are nice to look at, but if you don't like them you can turn them off with a switch on the fan (I believe that's what it's for). I didn't try this as I just mounted them straight from the box to the top of my radiator.

After getting these, and using other GELID fans for about 8 months, I have found my new favorite brand.

Cons: Haven't owned them that long, but no cons so far. If I find any I'll write another long winded review stressing my discontent. :P

Other Thoughts: If you're like me and don't have the room for a full size fan, or just like a slimmer profile, you'll love these fans. They don't quite have the static pressure or CFM of the regular models, but for what they offer, and how slim they are, they are more than worthy. I'm convinced if I had slims on the bottom my performance would still be pretty good.

When I get the itch to start overclocking, I can be sure I'm in as good a place as I can be. (You know, without donning the gloves and pulling out some liquid nitrogen.)

Props go out to GELID for thinking of those who need slimmer fans, and then delivering them with unparalleled performance.


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Display Name: Thomas H.

Date Joined: 09/17/05

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