Joined on 03/12/06
Love the design
Pros: On par with Noctua but with a more flexible design. The rubber corners allow the fan onto the Noctua NH-D15 by pulling off the 90 degree corner and installing the corner that is "flush". The mounting springs from the NH-D15 hold the fan in place perfectly. Fractal's fan pushes as much air and is equally as quiet as the Noctua. This was a big win for me because I didn't want noctua's dirt brown in my all black/white build and this fan cost $15 less than noctua's black'ish fans
it was free
Pros: It was free with the purchase of my graphics card. Like the size. Like the way it clips to the edge of the desk. Top quality materials and finish.
Cons: Does not lay completely flat where the foam is attached to the plastic front clip. The torque of the clip pinching on the desk, deforms the plastic between the left and right clips, this produces a bubble in the space between, which is exactly where I like to place the mouse. I tried to adjust my body position, so that the mouse would not sit on top of the bubble, but I am a creature of habit and could not make the adjustment. In the end, I used a utility knife to slice off the plastic clip. Now I simply have the foam laying flat on my desk...problem solved.
Pros: Beautiful case. Great Cable Management. Great water cooling layout and HD locations.
Cons: This is my third Fractal Case and the third time (R5, Node, S) I have had difficulty with the front I/O. With this "S" case, I am experiencing excessive audio interference from the front headphone jack. When I unplug my headphones from the front and plug them directly into the rear I/O on the Mobo the audio interference is gone. Yes, a simple fix but I really would prefer to use the front headphone jack. Now that the entire system is built, I don't really want to go through the hassle to RMA the case for a headphone jack that isn't working perfectly.
Solid 1080 card
Pros: Competitive Price. Solid 1080 performance Low Temps. 100% load runs at 71c Quiet. Beefy cooler, does its job well. Backplate
Cons: Card Sags slightly because it does not have a brace on the card. I have owned other ASUS radeon cards and they came with a brace but no back plate. Assuming ASUS made a cost consideration to offer a back plate but off set the cost by omitting the card brace. I would have been much happier to pay $5 more and get a brace AND backplate with the card.
Overall Review: Overall I am very happy with the card and its performance. Wish I could same the same about AMD drivers. Be careful using the Crimson driver and the inherent fan bug because this card is subject to the bug (as of the date I am writing this). Verify fans are working during full load. Mine were not and I had to install afterburner to fix the driver fan issue. For avoidance of confusion...the fan issue is NOT an ASUS problem. ASUS makes a fine product.
Worth the money
Pros: This card allows me to play modern games at 1080, at high or ultra, but did NOT require me to upgrade my CPU (i3-4130), or power supply (500w) or memory (8gb) or motherboard (z87). This was important to me, since I have a budget to stick to. As such, I feel that my R9-285 met my budget requirements and is well matched to my i3-4130 (performance wise). If at some point in the future I want to upgrade my CPU to an i7 (and upgrade the power supply), I can run another R9-285 in crossfire.
Cons: Compared to my GTX650ti, the R9-285 is a little on the loud side at full load. Not taking an egg off because I knew that when I purchased the R9.
Overall Review: For budget minded casual gamers, I highly recommend. Initially I considered GTX 760 & GTX 770 since their prices are dropping due to the release of Nvidia's 900 series. Without a doubt, I would love to own a GTX 970, but I cannot due to that pesky budget thing. I could have gotten a 760 for the same or less than the R9-285, but I would be buying tech that is on the way out. I liked the fact that the R9-285 is brand new and has Mantle, which appears to be gaining traction with developers. If so, this card should have a longer life horizon than a 760. At least, that is what I am banking on.
Pros: ATX power supply. Lots of head room for large CPU coolers. Quiet Fans included Great Appearance. USB 3.0 header.
Cons: The factory set all screws with way too much torque. I had to use an impact screw driver to remove the screws holding the HD brackets.
Overall Review: I'm using this case to house a HTPC and I love the fact that it doesn't look like a computer case.