Joined on 03/03/11
Great psu, OK cables
Pros: -80+ silver -All black -Fully modular
Cons: -Cables are super stiff -Cables not sleeved all the way -CPU 8pin too short
Overall Review: I would've loved this PSU if not for the cables. They were extremely stiff and very difficult to bend to get behind the motherboard. The CPU 8pin was so short that you will 100% need an extension cable if you plan on routing it behind the motherboard, even in mid towers. Another small thing about the cables is that they arent sleeved all the way. I was really excited about having an all black build until i saw the ends of the pcie cables were bright yellow...Again, not a huge deal but should be noted. I suppose if you dont plan on doing any cable management at all then this psu is a 5/5, but thats probably not the case if you are buying modular.
Pros: XMP worked right out of the box Looks
Overall Review: Your probably thinking, well, sure theres heatspreaders but they will probably still fit underneath my heatsink. WRONG. These heatsinks are massive!!! The only way these will fit is it you are using a tiny stock cooler or you have a liquid cooling block on your cpu. Even the D14 with its adjustable fan height wont fit. Please, dont leave it up to chance. This will not fit, almost guaranteed. Thats the reason corsair came out with the "Low Profile" Vengeance. I'd get those intead.
XFX Radeon HD 6950 1GB ZDDC
Pros: Very impressed with this card. The dual fan design keeps it nice and cool and also quiet, because they dont have to be spinning at as high rpms as a single fan card. Maybe its just me, but i LOVE the look of the heat pipes sticking out the side. i cant wait to get another for crossfire so i can have ultra heatpipe action through my side window. All black/grey design looks very nice as well. Plus you cant beat the double lifetime warranty by xfx. Free copy of DiRT 3 was cool too!
Cons: Not a whole lot that comes to mind here. It is a bit more expensive than other 1gb models. Not a whole lot of overclocking headroom out of the box but there are ways around the limits. Google is your friend when it comes to overclocking this bad boy.
Pros: Decent cooling comes with two fans Black look
Cons: Fans are 3 pin not 4 pin PWM mounting was a bit frustrating, but not terrible
Overall Review: the back plate was a pita to line up in the holes. Not sure if thats corsair's fault or Gigabytes fault. I presume Corsair's. The fans are decent at best. There not noctua quiet and not ultra kaze fast, but they're good for coming stock. They are 3 pin case fans and not 4 pin PWM fans, but i knew that going in so its not a huge deal. To be quite honest there are better coolers at this price. Check out the scythe mugen 2 rev. B
Beautiful, feature rich, but expensive
Pros: -Absolutely gorgeous -Perfect cable management -Tool-less is great -USB 3.0 -Fan Controller -Side panel removal is genious -Plenty of ventilation (for a corsair case)
Cons: -Price -Fans somewhat lacking
Overall Review: What can I say. This case is amazing. Everything about this case just screams forethought on Corsair's part. Any idiot can do a supreme cable management job and just stuff the wires in the generous space behind the motherboard. I listed price in the cons, and thats not because this case isnt worth the $180 price tag, because it is, but in all honesty a case this expensive should only house an expensive build. A good rule of thumb is for your case to account for 10% of your total build. For me, this case was a tad overkill for a $1200 build. I can't help but think of the extra performance i woulda had if i put $80 more into my video card instead of the case. Either way, this case is just excellent so its hard to complain. My one caveat is choose wisely, because a good looking case doesnt mean anything while benchmarking :)