Date Joined: 01/07/07
Pros: These fans run much quieter at full speed than the 3-pin version. I have no idea how and why this is possible if they're exactly the same except that these are PWM fans.
Cons: One of my fans has some sort of vibrating sound at high speeds and at initial spin-up. It sounds like the bearing is loose or something. That's the reason why I knocked off one egg.
Overall Review: These work well with the H100i V2. They don't come with the speed resistors that the 3-pin comes with, but that's not needed since they're PWM fans.
Pros: Silent operation, runs cool, plenty of cables, modular cables allows for easy cable management, the color goes with my build.
Cons: It's cheaper now than what it was 3 months ago.
Overall Review: Although 1000w is overkill for me, I needed something powerful enough for multiple overclocked GPUs and a highly overclocked CPU. I felt safer with a high overhead than running close to 100%. I don't think I have ever heard the fan kick on since it's at the bottom and facing down.
Pros: Great size, lots of space, good amount of room behind the motherboard tray for cable management, ventilation is actually quite good, and the front filter is easily removable to clean. I love that they bundle 3 fans with the case. The HDD cage is removable which frees up space and removes the airflow obstruction if you don't use them. This case fits my GTX 970 and Corsair RM 1000 without any issue, and with room to spare.
Cons: Doesn't come with a top filter, so it's not exactly a mini 450D.
Overall Review: This case is beautiful in person. Best mATX case in my opinion. I don't even want to ruin the aesthetics by placing my case badges on the front. Corsair could have included more zip ties...I mean they're like what, 5 cents for a billion? Needless to say, the case cleans up quite good in terms of cable management. My setup is too clean for me.
Pros: Bought two on sale, and received Corsair MIR, it's color is green and black, they're quite fast for a mid-range SSD. My PC boots up before I know it.
Cons: Not really a con, but it's not the best for games unless it's an MMO.
Overall Review: After installing these drives, I was mind blown at the speed. Make sure you download Corsair SSD Toolbox, the SSD doesn't come with a CD. I wasn't aware that you need to allocate space for Overprovision. Once in the OS, you can't do it on the boot drive.
Pros: Small, very underpriced for what you get, high overclocking cabability, easy to use UEFI BIOS, excellent build quality, and aesthetically pleasing.
Cons: No online guides to overclocking, cheapo SLI ribbon, BIOS has a bit of a learning curve for overclocking.
Overall Review: I thought I was going to get another bunk ASRock motherboard. The first one I bought was a 970 Extreme 3 which would throttle my FX-8350, so I swapped for a Sabertooth 990FX. After selling and going with Intel, I needed to readjust myself to using ASRock's UEFI BIOS. It took a few hours to figure everything out. UPDATE YOUR BIOS TO GET NICK SHIH PROFILES. Overclocking is a breeze now after updating and learning the BIOS. I haven't had a single issue with this motherboard, even after OnTrac tossed the package over my 10 foot complex gate.
Pros: -Reference Design
-Copious display outputs
-Does what it's supposed to
Cons: -Flimsy Plastic
-Makes a buzzing/sizzling/hissing sound during WEI score update and during gaming
-Design leaves a lot to desire
-Too many mini-display ports for my personal application
Overall Review: This card does just what it's expected to, but the presentation is lacking. Packaging is very minimalist, and the driver disk looks like it was mass produced in someone's garage. Mine had a shortcut that led to the nvidia page. It didn't even have a driver to install. Not sure if that's the case of other people, but that's just laziness on their part. It comes with a couple of display adapters. The card makes a strange hissing sound when it's under load. I guess it's commonly referred to capacitor whine? I don't know, but I didn't expect that sound coming from a brand new video card that isn't even overclocked. Speaking of overclocking, the ASIC on this card is 79.6% so that should be an easy overclock. I'm only knocking one egg off because of presentation and the hissing. Hopefully it does not become a bigger problem than what it seems.
Pros: Really roomy, good airflow, nice color and it fits everything with room to spare. Nice cable management perk, you can reroute your wires through the back of the case. Plenty of different fan position combonations. It's really quiet, quiet enough so you can use the PC at night and not bother anyone. The top fan that I put in the case is loud because it's a 100% all the time.
Cons: The stock fans are slow. There isn't much light in the case at all. That's just about it for the cons.
Overall Review: I ordered the last case before Newegg restocked today. Everything fits snug in my case. I think I'll buy different fans for the case though. I'm thinking about putting a green CCFL inside the case, it can use some light :).