Date Joined: 07/05/06
Pros: Roomy, three 200mm fans + one 140mm fan included, inedible number of fan and radiator options, filters on all but rear fan opening, attractive styling, clever functional engineering, large window in door.
Cons: I don't see any yet. One of the front fans had a missing mounting screw, but such a minor issue doesn't even rise to the level of hinting at quality control problems.
Overall Review: If you're interested in a full tower case with lots of cooling and radiator options, this is the case for you. I reviewed a lot of cases over the past week and none came close to this. You can mount radiators in the top, front bottom and rear. Not just single120mm radiators, but big ones (up to 420mm on top). This case has space for 120mm bottom fans even with a 1200W PSU. There are no obvious fan mounting holes in the bottom, so you're apparently supposed to use the holes of the fixed bottom grill using the screws provided.
The top and bottom rear filters are easily accessible, but you have to remove the front to get at the front or bottom front filters. It's a little tricky pulling the front panel off because there is nothing to grab onto. Not exactly a serious issue, though.
Some of the pictures on the website make it look like the left side door is hinged. It is not. It's removable with two thumbscrews as is the right side door.
The drive bays are held in place using a top-to-bottom brace which will interfere with super long (greater than 310mm) GPU cards. If you don't plan to install a front radiator, you can invert the brace and mount it in front of the drives. It SEEMS like that might allow you to remove one of the drive cages to fit a longer GPU card, although I could be wrong. Most cases allow the removal of a drive cage to accommodate longer GPUs, but the instructions on this case have a simple statement at the beginning that says GPUs must be no longer than 310mm. Does anyone even make video cards longer than 310mm these days?
The top I/O panel has audio jacks as well as two USB 3 and two USB 2 connections that connect to the motherboard headers. There is a large round power button in the middle (away from other buttons). On the left top there are buttons for reset, fan LED on/off, and fans speed high/low. The 200mm fans have LEDs in the corners. Buttons are solid, not mushy, and provide a reasonable tactile click.
Despite the adaptability of the fan positions to 120, 140, and 200 mm fans, the mounting structure is open to provide reasonably unobstructed airflow. While not as open as a fan mount dedicated to a single fan size, I think the design is well done.
This case provides a large opening under the CPU for access to CPU cooling mounts. There is plenty of room to route power cables under mobo floor and even allows you to mount two hard drives under there. In other words, you could remove the three main drive cages completely and still mount two HDDs behind the right side door.
Since my components haven't arrived yet, I haven't installed anything or applied power to the fans. But, I couldn't find any reviews of this case, so I though I would post what info I can. I am very pleased so far.
Pros: The most power for the money, although some new cards have come out since I got mine.
BFG customer service is excellent in terms of sending a card back for repair. They turned it around in 24 hours. I have never had to get phone support from them, though, so I can't comment on that.
Aside from the rebate problem mentioned below, I love BFG. All the video cards in all of my computers have been BFG and they have all been winners.
Adding the second card increased my Crysis frame rate from about 30 to 40 (maybe a bit more) with my particular system and game settings (E8400 CPU @ 3GHZ, 4GB RAM).
Cons: Some games, like Crysis, will really heat this card up. I turn up the fans when playing those games. Wish it had better automated fan control. The fan control chip provides that functionality, but the drivers and Nvidia utilities don't work very well. Note that, in my experience, most games do not cause GPU heating like Crysis. I keep the fans at 45% and change to 75% for Cysis.
One of the two cards I bought would shut down when it got warm during games. BFG replaced it and everything is great now.
Overall Review: I bought two of these but I never did get the second rebate, even though I followed the instructions to the letter. I normally only ever get half the rebates I submit anyway, so I try to take that into account when comparing prices. I try to avoid rebates like the plaque, but sometimes it just can't be helped.