Joined on 10/14/12
Wow. Consider me impressed.
Pros: - Ease of use - Picked up windows OS 8.1 and booted right away with my SSD from my old system... Wow - Great size - Excellent fan options - PRICE $70 - Plenty of Sata ports for this price - Working smooth so far - Nice aesthetic - Great packaging and manual
Cons: - HD Audio connection for front IO is put in a very poor spot that leaves few options for proper cable routing often leaving your cord crossing the entire face of your computer or interfering with 1 pci slot if not routed properly
Overall Review: UEFI Bios works great. It boots properly and automatically recognized my SSD with Windows 8.1 installed without a hiccup. All USB slots, RAM Modules, Graphics Card etc were recognized and configured right away. Needed to download newest drivers onto a Flash Drive on another computer because I don't have a disc drive and the board didn't recognize my ATT Uverse modem out of box. Not a big deal. My setup ASRock Z97 Anniversary LGA 1150 mobo Intel i5 4460 processor Be Quiet! Pure Rock CPU cooler 8gb HyperX Savage DDR3 memory MSI GTX 660 TF Video card EVGA 650W Bronze Power supply Deepcool Tesseract White case 2X Fractal 120mm Silent fans Samsung Evo 120GB SSD Hitachi 1tb HDD
At this price, it Bests the competition
Pros: - Looks gorgeous - Incredible Quality heatsink - 120mm CPU fan is truly quiet, even quieter than my silent 120mm case fans - Keeps i5 4460 super cool at 30 Degrees Celsius and 33 under load!
Cons: - does block 1st ram slot ONLY if you have high profile ram. I bought newer standard height ram to prevent this for this cooler specifically
Overall Review: I was debating between this and a Hyper 212 Evo for the same price. The Evo is a great cooler but this cooler has been benchmarked and performs better in silent operating and equivalent or better cooling performance. You can find the videos on youtube for yourself. For the same price its a no brainer. My setup ASRock Z97 Anniversary LGA 1150 mobo Intel i5 4460 processor Be Quiet! Pure Rock CPU cooler 8gb HyperX Savage DDR3 memory MSI GTX 660 TF Video card EVGA 650W Bronze Power supply Deepcool Tesseract White case 2X Fractal 120mm Silent fans
Better looking in Person!
Pros: - I thought they looked slightly tacky in online photos but they do look fantastic in person. Very sleek and not over the top. - Posted at the proper speed and timings automatically with my z97 mobo - Great Stuff!
Cons: - I really hoped this set of memory would shoot lasers and fireballs... they don't.
Overall Review: My setup ASRock Z97 Anniversary LGA 1150 mobo Intel i5 4460 processor Be Quiet! Pure Rock CPU cooler 8gb HyperX Savage DDR3 memory MSI GTX 660 TF Video card EVGA 650W Bronze Power supply Deepcool Tesseract White case 2X Fractal 120mm Silent fans
Low cost, Low noise, Excellent quality
Pros: - Low cost for High quality - Sexy and fit my case theme - Black sleeved cables - Cable extenders (didn't use)
Cons: - I didn't use the "super silent" rubber brackets the fan's came with and didn't need to in order to achieve quiet operation. They seemed a bit silly and that they might have a reverse effect of having a loose fan that vibrates. This is all an assumption because I didn't use them, I used the screws that came with the fans and they work great.
For the price... PERFECT!
Pros: - Great finish - TONS of features at this price point - Lots of drive bays - Enough cable management room - LOTS of fan combinations possible - Dust filters over every intake and exhaust vent!!! - Everything worked flawlessly out of the box - Very light
Cons: - Light = somewhat flimsy (still stable enough) - Not a super quiet case even with quiet fans installed (this applies to any case that's not as thick and has mesh front. - Rear pci slot brackets bend back plate when breaking off - Rear pci brackets have to be broken off instead of removed (somewhat expected for this price again) - HEIGHT Measurement DOES NOT include the 4 plastic feet (see other thoughts)
Overall Review: The case measures 16.93 inches high on the website. This measurement does not include the feet that are NOT removable. If you have plenty of height clearance than this won't be an issue. I have a desk cabinet my pc sits in which happens to measure 17.5 inches. The case JUST fits but my top air intakes are blocked off. I will be doing desk modifications to fix this issue which isn't a deal breaker on the case, just a situational concern.