Date Joined: 12/22/06
Pros: Removed the fan shroud for a Node 202 install with 2 Noctua 120mm High Pressure fans.
Without the case top the card would never go above 60c using Furmark. With the top it took 10 mins to finally hit thermal throttling. I cut a hole on top of the GPU side using a black mesh and rounding the edges sanding everything down.
Hits 69c a max load using Furmark for 5 hour burn in. Boosts to 1995Mhz the entire time.
Cons: There is a bit of cool whine but with a 90% power limit in MSI Afterburner it’s far more tolerable, with no noticeable loss of boost.
Pros: This is one of a very small selection hot swappable short depth rackmount cases. If looking at this case you have a 600mm or less rackmount setup. Mine is 600mm and there is about 6 inches in the back with the front of the case being 2" from the front of the rack mount.
Folks have commented on the airflow for the hard drives and I can confirm it's not great. I had to use some of the cardboard from the newegg box to cover 85% of the front grill. The grill can come off but its going to take you 30 minutes to remove all of the small screws and basically disassemble the entire case. It's not that serious because its a server case, just get it done.
Before the HDs were hovering around 40-44c and afterwards they are 37-41c or so.
The cardboard was able to fit in between the case and grill after removing the air filter, you cant see the cardboard at all so don't worry about it.
Cons: Oddly, the underside of the hard drive bays is completely wasted space if you use an ATX or smaller motherboard. It goes under it around 2" but there is a lot more room under there for all sorts of options had they done something with it.
The front grill does NOT fit 120mm fans it's literally only a few mms off from being able to hold them. I don't think it would matter anyway because I doubt they would improve temps for the hard drives given them HD enclosure is almost completely sealed.
The EVGA 850 G2 is the EXACT size to barely fit the cabling + HD enclosure once everything is connected. Depending on your PSU or the cables they use it might not fit so keep that in mind. The rear of the molex connectors are literally touching each other (PSU side and 4pin side connected to HD enclosure) the cabling was able to be moved around thankfully.
Overall Review: I don't believe anyone has mentioned this but the USB3/activity lights cable are connected and on my mother board it was one or the other. There is only about 3" if that to connect the USB3 cables and I needed more so it's just hanging there.
I needed SF8087 cables just like everyone else.
I gave the case 4 stars because its a 4u 8x hot swappable case that's short depth, the only other ones I could find were from a company in the UK that didn't ship to the US.
Pros: I've ordered 5 of these cards for mining purposes and they all came with Samsung memory. 2 overclock to +650 and 3 overclock to +850 on the memory.
At -200 core, +650 a single card will get you 22/23 Mhs, at +850 you'll get 23/24.
Power was set to -60 on all. Pulling 440w from the wall with all 5 cards.
Cons: Some of these guys run warmer than I would like. The ones that clock at +650 run 4-5c warmer than the ones that are set to +850.
I'm assuming I could replace the thermal paste but it's not a big deal.
Overall Review: The plastic shroud can come off I believe while leaving the fans on, I'm not positive but if they can come off it would easily make it breath better under load.
Pros: Got this for MSRP a week ago thankfully instead of the inflated prices.
Unit has Samsung memory and clocks nicely. It matches the ASRock B250 Pro 4 perfectly.
Cons: With stock settings I get 72c max temps with an open case. Memory set to +750 and GPU to + 200 and adjusted fan profile it never goes above 69c. Fans are not loud.
Overall Review: Don't pay more than MSRP, might as well buy a GTX 1080 for 100 bucks more.
Pros: This card meets a few requirements that puts it in its own market segment somewhat. Namely its a 9.5" card at the 200 dollar price range that exhausts the air out of the PC as opposed to most other cards. This is a huge issue with someone like me who have a GD06 HTPC case filled up completely.
- exhaust for tight cases and setups
- excellent performance at 1080p
- adaptive vsync is excellent for Home Theater gaming on HDTVs
Cons: Since we are discussing the pros of this card in terms of specific uses, there is a con.
The power connects through the side and with some cases it will be tight possibly even bending against the case side/top.
Considering the card itself is shorter than the enclosure I'm not sure this could have been fixed just keep it in mind.
Overall Review: I was looking for something that would work for me, if you are looking to SLI don't buy this, get at least the Ti version or preferably the 670. If you have any normal mid sizes case with even average airflow, get any of the other dual fan versions.
If you need something that meets certain requirements don't over look ATI or nvidia, look for what you need to given the situation and focus on what starts to develop.
Pros: - Works as intended
- UEFI Bios simple and works with Logitech wireless mouse/keyboard setup
Cons: - None
Overall Review: I bought this motherboard as a standby for the new Z68 motherboards coming out soon on the m-itx form factor. It was a simple a clean install.
Only cavet was that I had to side purchase a wireless adapter since I need WiFi to connect to the internet for it's location in the home.
Pros: While the 9800GT is similair in performance this card uses less power and has less heat, and it also does not require a 6pin power cable.
The benefits are great for those people looking to upgrade a slimline PC from OEM's with low power PSU's (250w-300w) and those without the ability to add a 6pin adapter.
It's basically this or spending an additional 130 dollars on a 5750 LP (or GTS 250 LP) and 300w TFX power supply.
Cons: None given the stipulations: 250w PSU, no additional 6 pin cable without the ability to even use one.
Overall Review: With the ATI 6000 series of cards basically just around the corner this is the best you can muster for what it is but Caicos should start shipping Q1 2001. I'm hoping for 5750 level performance without the 6pin but it might not happen.