Joined on 06/12/03
So far so great!
Pros: -Tiny Size. Great for lan parties. -Painless to set up. Went incredibly smooth. -Enough room for a budget gaming build -Temps are surprisingly stable with only the PSU, CPU's stock heat sink, and video card doing the cooling. 0 case fans atm.
Cons: -Can only fit a single-slot video card, but I knew that going in. There is a video on youtube of a guy modding this case to fit a GTX 560, but boy it looked ugly.
Overall Review: Made a mini gaming build with this puppy. Played Battefield 3 fine on low settings. Installing TOR as I type. Card only reaches in the 70's during gameplay. CPU temps reach in the 70's as well roughly. That is with ZERO case fans. I'm happy :). As for video card space, I've discovered that the best single-slot options would be a GTS 450, a radeon 5770, or a radeon 6770. Each of those aren't a huge upgrade over my 8800GT. Also, the stock 220w PSU is powering the 8800GT just fine. I still decided to upgrade it to the 450w below. Full specs are: PSU: SILVERSTONE ST45SF 450W GPU: Geforce 8800GT 512mb CPU: i3 2120 3.3GHZ (Stock Heatsink) RAM: Kingston Hyperx 2 x 4gb = 8gb total MOBO: ASRock H67M-ITX LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDD: Western Digital 500GB Hard Drive
Pros: Very fast. Much faster than the 3 minute timing that the manual says. Don't get me started about the manual...
Cons: The manual is extremely misguiding from my experience. I was not able to froth the milk at all with the suggested water quantities. What I do now is make my espresso shots and pour them on one go, refill the tank quickly with MUCH LARGER than suggested amounts of water(quickly so the shots don't get cold), wait again, and use this round strictly for frothing. Then I get enough steam for my frothing.
Overall Review: I probably just need more practice. But so far my frothing has been very inconsistent. Don't hesitate to buy this product based on my review alone. As you can see, others have had great experiences with it.
Fit In SilverStone Sugo Series SG05BB-450
Pros: -Extremely quiet -Easy to overclock -Fits in SilverStone Sugo Series SG05BB-450 (See below)
Cons: -One of the largest 660 ti's
Overall Review: I was able to fit this giant GPU in a SilverStone Sugo Series SG05BB-450 case, making an awesome and very quiet portable itx gaming build. For those who don't know, that case is basically the smallest itx case that supports dual slot video cards. Make sure you don't mistake the 450w version with the 300w version if you need more juice. It required some hammering because I had to reshape the metal framing on the case to get it to fit. As a result I had to remove the front fan air filter on the case permanently. Totally worth it though. If you don't like that idea then you're going to have to get a smaller (and probably louder) card.
Pros: -Easy OC'er -Great in SLI -Great with triple monitor setup -Noise/Heat not nearly as bad as others have said. At least for me. -Eligible for Evga's Step Up program.
Cons: -None. Better than what I expected considering everyone bashing this card for heat/noise issues. -Running these in SLI, I still can't max out some games at 5760x1080 resolution. I knew this going in though.
Overall Review: Great value, I got what I wanted. I was pleasantly surprised at it's performance after reading tons of negative comments on other sites. I have these running in SLI with Nvidia Surround 5760x1080. I OC'ed them immediately to 800c/2000m and never looked back. Temps never passed 75 degrees and the fan never hit 100% after a few hours of Battlefield 3. Awesome! I was considering doing aftermarket cooling but not anymore. I heard several people saying they hit in the 90's-100's with this card. Case airflow must be a big factor it looks like. I'm using an Antec 900 and temps are fine. Idle temps are 41c top card, 38c bottom card And the noise. Totally tolerable for me. Maybe not for other people. Reason being is my case fans are already fairly loud. Noticed almost no noise difference in comparison to my SLI 460's 1gb Lastly, the main reason I got these was because they are eligible for Evgas step up program, which allows you to upgrade minus the cost of the card. Kepler anyone? :)