Date Joined: 07/07/02
Pros: POWER! Easily beats my brother's AMD Bulldozer processor. I'm capable of playing the most graphic intensive games out there while creating a video and uploading another to Youtube.
Able to handle 3DMark's 2nd toughest benchmark with no problem. Toughest is reserved for crossfire systems with multiple graphics cards and probably about an extra $1000 to $2000 dollars worth of equipment.
Cons: Heat. Obviously this much power produces a lot of heat. I do not recommend using any kind of fan & heat sink system out there. It'll do fine but it can quickly overpower such systems. Get a decent liquid cooling system (anything over $90 should be good) and stress test/monitor its heat output as much as possible during the initial phase.
Pros: Everything I needed fit into the case without any problems. Has a decent air flow and the 5 built in fans do help a lot though one of the fans I think was busted since it could run a maximum of 980 RPM.
I liked the top filter covering and the front panel but I had to remove the top for a cooling radiator and the front I removed just to give more air flow. The front is pointed away from people so its appearance doesn't really matter to me.
Cons: The back, which is used primarily for wire management is too small. Found myself stuffing as much of the wires as I could in the space for extra hard drives and there is one wire going right across the mother board because I couldn't fit it around the back and through the holes made especially for wire management.
Cannot remove Motherboard tray. Big Negative in my book. So much so that it docked a full half of an egg for the rating.
Overall Review: If the case had an extra half inch in the back for wire management, consideration for larger motherboards covering up the wire holes and the motherboard tray was removable this would be an excellent computer case.
Pros: This PSU has got to be the coolest I've ever had. I've got an intel motherboard, an intel CPU, 2 $300 graphics cards, 5 fans, dvd burner, SSD, and two 2TB hard drives and even after the fan broke a couple hours after installation the PSU remains really cool. Barely any heat comes out from it even during tough testing and high graphics & data transfers.
This thing is pretty thin too.
Cons: "It's so quiet you wonder if its even on, oh wait. The fan isn't on." -ME
After only about an hour after installation the fan slowed and stopped and hasn't turned on since. I've heard of ultra silent and efficient but this is taking it to the next level. True, the PSU barely produces any heat, but any and zero are 2 separate numbers. The fan should turn on at SOME point. Especially during initial boot.
Overall Review: Going through RMA process right now, but other than the fan this PSU is the best I've ever had and to be honest I'm not even sure it really needs the fan!
Pros: -Looks nice
-Doesn't require any kind of aquarium expertise
-Keeps my new intel i7 processor very cool (around 22 C at desktop and around 30-40 C at stress testing)
-Came with all required pieces for Intel/AMD processors
Cons: -Dark solid tubing (I would have preferred to be able to see)
-Will be unable to clean out water/fluid in the long term maintenance (I hope they have good clean chemicals inside)
-More silent than an after-market heatsink & fan CPU cooling system, but there are still fans required and fans make noise so there is still a little bit of noise.
-there is the occasional 'slurping' noise. Once every couple of hours. Have been unable to find any kind of leak, pump works fine, and the cpu remains ultra cool so this is acceptable and not a problem.
*This is the big one. CHEAP INSTRUCTION MANUAL. Left me confused as to what to do when I had questions about the installation. Suggested that I go online for any problems... but my computer has no power so how would I do that?
Overall Review: My case required me to put the fans on the inside and the heat sink on the outside. While this made installation a little more tricky it was alright by me and completely do-able.
When Installing the mounting brackets do not be alarmed if there is a lot of wiggle room before placing the cpu related part. There will be zero wiggle once the cpu chip is in place and the thumb screws have been applied.
Pros: Works on the oldest SATA hard drive I have (a 260GB) as well as the newest 5TB hard drive that I have. Clips are strong and hold things in place. Absolutely no problems with data transfers or writing at larger speeds.
Cons: Average length cable. If you have a very large tower (say anything above 25" tall) this might not work for you.
Overall Review: Note: While I put in the pros that the clips are strong, it could also be a con. I had to flip the cables once due to the casing & motherboard combo not liking the corner pieces (still used just had to have corner going into hard drive and straight going to motherboard). When I tried to remove the cables I was afraid that I would damage the connections due to how much effort was needed to remove them.
Pros: excellent product.. greatest atribute is that it does what it is supposed to. this is my first tool of this type.
Overall Review: excellent shipping/service
Pros: excellent, not an expert rice cooker so this brings me into the world of rice
Cons: non that i see