Joined on 11/21/09
It's a 3070
Pros: -It works -Slightly better than a 3070, but still not even half way to a 3080
Cons: -Horrible price to performance increase with regards to standard 3070 -Fans at 100% are loud, though in a good airflow case, take off speed is not required -No lights, extremely bland styling
Overall Review: In todays crazy market is a review really needed? Will this ever be available again? The smarter money choice is to get a 3070, if you really want performance, get a 3080. Desperate for a graphics card? Get this, get anything you can. What really gets me with this card is the lack of lights. $1,000 and no lights? I'm not all into the RGB thing, but I really like the standard white "RTX" "GEFORCE" "MSI" "insert model number" along the side of the card.
Good + Bad = Average
Pros: -Smooth and rounded edges -Doesn't feel cheap and thin. Side panels are pretty beefy -Dust filters galore -Decent cable management and back plate cut-outs -Easy to remove front panel
Cons: -Only 1 USB3, super dated front IO -Strobe light disc use LED. Seriously bright, will blind you. Don't plug it in -2.5" SSD placement on the back panel is awkward. Screws behind PSU and cables are tight -Only 1 usable 5.25" bay with radiator mounted on top -Mine had one side panel retainer bent
Overall Review: Overall it's a quality budget case if you absolutely need a dvd drive. There are better, or cheaper cases without the 5.25" bays. It really has some awesome good features to balance out some terrible ones to give you an average case. It does only come with the 2 front fans, so if you are air cooling you would need to source an exhaust fan. Worst feature by far is probably the aircraft grade strobe light used for the disc in use LED(HDD LED).
Bad listing, Mostly good product
Pros: +Radiator and fans fit nicely* +280mm radiator fits* +4 front USB ports +Super easy dust filter cleaning +8* HDD bays with 2 bonus SSD trays in back +Front I/O fitted with rubber plugs for shipping/non use +Manual fan controllers may be useful for someone +Rounded edges, clean design
Cons: -Plastic side panel(Newegg listing states glass) -No way a a 360mm radiator will fit up front(Newegg listing says yes) -Doubtful a 360mm will even fit up top but can not confirm it -1 standoff short of what my MB needed -GPU longer than 280mm/285mm will require the removal of 4 HDD bays -Top plastic shroud comes off too easy when trying to move the whole thing
Overall Review: It should be a 4.5 egg product. Offering tons of 3.5" and 5.25" bays, and reasonably well built. No sharp edges, decent cable management offerings, provisions for 6 fans. However, an oversized GPU will require the deletion of 4 HDD bays. Probably not an issue for most, but be warned a large 3 fan card likely will not fit with all 8 bays installed. So what's the problem? As of this review: the Newegg listing is, in my opinion a straight lie. The side panel of the unit I received is plastic. A 360mm radiator will not fit up front and I am extremely doubtful it will fit up top as it appears it will contact the front I/O wiring/PCB. A 240mm will fit up front and top. The listing does not specifically state a 280mm will fit up top, but there are mounting holes for one(or two 140mm fans). I had to drill 4 of them out as they did not line up right. Credit to Newegg for being helpful with these issues Using a Corsair H115i RGB PRO XT and MSI 3090
It's RAM, it works
Pros: -It works -No RGB. I grew tired of the glowy lights
Cons: -A bit high profile. If you have a massive air cooler, be mindful. Corsair vengeance(non RGB) is not as tall -No RGB if you're into that
Overall Review: It's stable thus far at full 4400mhz in my system. AsRock Z590 Steel Legend. I9-11900K.