Joined on 09/25/09
nice HTPC case
Pros: - pretty easy install for a small case. - I got a cooler master 120M siedon water cooler to use in this and it installed just fine except I needed to add an extension to the fan cable to reach the motherboard. - case is well thought out and will handle quite a bit of equipment for such a small space.
Cons: - directions are convoluted. I found a couple reviews on the case with pictures that helped show proper placement of the disk drives. - There isn't much room for an air cooler. You can get away with a stock cooler or low profile. Water coolers will work fine. - The feet are plastic and the case slides pretty easy. It would be nice if they switched to rubber feet instead.
Overall Review: - If installing you need to remove the front fan to install a water cooler, I used a screw driver to push the pins on the back of the fan which then come out very easy. - If you plan to use a water cooler, keep in mind that it will take up about 1.5" of space where a video card will go. - If you can afford it, get a modular power supply otherwise you'll be cramming a lot of extra power supply cables in the unit that do nothing. - Overall, I'm pleased. Matching this case with a water cooler gives you a nice silent setup with a small footprint.
Pros: - Plenty of velcro stickies to allow you to stick it where ever. - switch to add to the back of your PC to turn on and off
Cons: - It's orange not red. I have three red LED fans and comparing side by side, this thing is orange. - When you try and control this with the LED switch on the CM Storm Scout, there isn't enough umph to turn it on. You have to use the supplied switch and connect directly to the PSU through molex.
Overall Review: Wish it was red and at least controlable with the front panel LED switch.
Changing the fans makes a BIG difference
Pros: - Very good cooling when paired with Corsair's ML140 RGB fans. I was ready to send this back as the stock fans they send get VERY loud. I put in the ML140 and they are nearly silent at 100% load. WQow, what a difference. Stress testing of my OC'd I7-6700K peaks at 68C. This is much better than the Artic Freezer 240 I tried which pushed my temps to the 90s. However, it is not as good as the Noctua NH-D15 I had which never allowed the CPU to go over 55C. I moved my components to a new case and the Noctua would no longer fit. - Install was straight forward.
Cons: - the cpu bracket seems a little flimsy. I hope it holds up over time. - As stated above, the fans that come with this are loud except quiet mode when using Corsair's Commander Pro. Forget about setting it to 100%, it sounds like a helicopter taking off. Thankfully, I had a pair of their ML140s and they work great with this. They cool better, look great and are nearly silent at 100% load.
Overall Review: - I recommend this product if you can swing the RGB fans to go with it. It would be nice if Corsair gave those fans as an option.
Noctua fan for life!
Pros: I had another Noctua on my Phenom x4 965 for 7 years and never had an issue. I researched other coolers for a new build that was to be used for my Intel 6700K. I looked at water options and other air coolers. I had a water cooler in another PC and didn't like the noise from the fans and pump. I settled on this guy and am glad I did. This monster keeps my 6700K overclocked to 4.8GHz idling at 22C and maxes out 68C with fans in Smart Mode on the mobo which during stress testing were at ~1100RPM. During the worst stress testing, you can hear the fans a tiny bit. During normal PC use, the PC is almost silent. This is a wonderful CPU cooler!
Cons: - none
Overall Review: - This is a big cooler so make sure you have room. - install was easy on my MSI Z170 Gaming M5 mobo. - no issue with running into RAM, - connecting the fans to the mobo CPU connectors enable smart fan when keeps this thing nearly silent.
Great product with a load of features if you need them
Pros: - Very quick install - real nice user interface. - overclocking is as simple as selecting gameboost OR changing ratio in UEFI.
Cons: - I wish there were more sata connectors, I'm already maxed out
Overall Review: - My first board was DOA; it wouldn't post. I had the dreaded "00" on the installed LEDs. Talked to Newegg and they did an easy switch. Next board came in and viola, it worked like a charm. I have it team with a I7-6700K and have zero issues. It seems to be lightning fast.
a little better than stock
Pros: - simple install - comes with a fan controller - using it in a HTPC on a6-5400K. I can run the fan down to 25% which is quiet enough for a HTPC.
Cons: - At full throttle, it's loud.
Overall Review: For the price, it's better than stock plus you get a fan controller to boot.