Date Joined: 09/30/12
Pros: One step above vaporware
Cons: You're looking at this product because you have 4-pin, 12v rgb headers on your motherboard, and you want a way to control & sync 5v rgb accessories on your computer. Logic dictates that you do not need more 12v headers, you need more 5v access. This has ONE 5v rgb plug in the typical style. It has a second "5v" plug that is of a style I've never seen, and it's differently labelled. But it has TWO 12v rgb plugs on it. This thing should have at least two 5v plugs, if not 3 or 4. Who designed this thing? It's also cheap, light, and flimsy but I wouldn't care if it worked, because unfortunately...
Thing doesn't work for me, or at least it partially works. READ CAREFULLY! If you plan to control a Fractal Celsius AIO cooler with this, think again, it doesn't work. Don't ask me why, I don't know. It'll try to color change with the rest of the Aura controlled system, but will flicker random ugly colors during it, with a strobing effect. Not good. I think it has something to do with the Celsius not liking the "color change" effect. If I leave it static, it works well enough. Still, having only one 5v port is inexcusable.
Overall Review: I got burnt on this one. It just won't work the way I want it to. Asus' Aura software won't let me control JUST this header, either, so I can't set the AIO leds to a static color while leaving the RAM variable. Wish I could do that. I'm gonna blow some money on the Fractal Design Adjust R1 so I can at least have the cpu static color while having the ram color change. This is the reality of compled LED builds, they nickel and dime you like crazy.
Pros: Beautifully designed, well made, exactly what I wanted.
Temps are good with a 280mm AIO. My gpu is a 3-fan setup.
Cons: The case came with some damage which had obviously happened PRIOR to shipping, it was damaged during packaging or assembly. The front AND side glass both have a few scratch marks, they were scratched so hard that the protective film on the glass was cut all the way through. It seems RIDICULOUS to me that an NZXT employee would box this up in good conscience, as if they didn't see the ultra-obvious damage. I don't want to go through the hassle of shipping this thing back, but I do wish they would send me a replacement front glass because in my opinion this is b s .
Overall Review: The case is 10/10 love it (wish it came with two NZXT led controllers, instead of just one).
NZXT quality assurance gets a 5/10, as this thing never should have been shipped this way.
The whole point of this case is a premium, luxury glass-and-metal look. If the glass comes damaged, it doesn't feel so "premium" anymore...
(Yeah I'm kinda agitated)..
Pros: I write this review knowing that most likely nobody will read it as this laptop is older now and likely won't be stocked for long. But if you are reading this, I hope it helps.
This laptop packs good horsepower for the price range. The 8300h boosts reliably and performs in games, and the 1050ti holds its own. I have been pleasantly surprised. I can run games like Witcher 3 on reasonably high settings with good framerates.
Backlit keyboard is nice, screen is good enough for me, looks are red and black but tame, I can deal with it.
It's got bluetooth. Nice.
Cons: It gets too hot. When I first purchased this laptop, I noticed it was getting really hot- we're talking 98C hot. (Also we are thermal throttling, which impacts performance) Not acceptable for a cpu to be running at that temp. The GPU was seeing high 80's. I took apart the laptop and repasted both the cpu and gpu with Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut, which helped temps but they still got too high. I then applied a -.0145V undervolt to the CPU with intel's XTU software. That also helped. But, I STILL see the cpu hit 96-99C. I use the laptop with the rear propped up about 1" by these cube paperweights, which gives the laptop optimal air intake. Combine that with my undervolt and my repaste. All fans speed set to MAX. Playing Kenshi, or Battlefield 4, I see CPU temps of 97C. NOT acceptable.. Not to mention, that max fan speed makes it loud AF...
In other news, the touchpad sucks. Like... It S U C K S. It's bad. I could talk about how it's bad and why it's bad but who cares, it's overall bad. I always use a mouse with my laptop because I'm typically gaming, but wow....
The speakers are OKAY sound quality but.... The're on the bottom of the laptop? Who designed this lol?! If you prop up the laptop so the front bottom has space, the speakers will sound okay. But watching Youtube with your laptop on your bed? Good luck hearing that muffled sound. Plug in some DT 770 Pro 80 Ohms and forget about it
Overall Review: I could never recommend hardware to a friend that can't utilize it's own horsepower without overheating itself. It doesn't matter how good this laptop is IN ANY WAY if it can't be used to it's own ability. I understand it being a laptop, it won't run ice cold. It's going to be warm. But I took the thing apart myself and saw the cooling solution, it is visibly lacking. I wish I could have paid $30 more and funded putting MORE copper cost in there with more heatpipes. It simply needs more mass on it's cooling solution. More heatpipes. Utilize both back vents (one is fake, one is real) thus allowing more fans for cold air intake, thus keeping RPMS down, lowering noise.... etc etc. I would have preferred they put a much beefier cooling solution on it, and I had to pay a bit more money. It would've been worth it.
I know they have newer iterations of the Nitro now, I don't know if they beefed up cooling, I hope they did.
Pros: The card is great, honestly more powerful than I thought. Pretty quiet cooler ( I've never heard it, though I have a semi-noisy PC). It runs games pretty dang well. Will run Skyrim on high (1080p) with an Athlon II X2 @ 3 GHZ with 45-55 fps. Without texture mods though. I've yet to see it run BF3 or anything, but so far:Robust card, worth the money, ESPECIALLY if it's on sale.
Cons: The only con I can think of is that it came DOA. After 3 day shipping taking 9 business days. Granted it was during the holidays, but still, 9 days and then DOA? The card was worth the wait but it was still a bummer. Had to RMA.
Overall Review: Other than the DOA, a nice card. Had I known about the GTX 650 being a little better, I might have gone with it... But hindsight is 20/20.