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Michael S.

Michael S.

Joined on 02/19/17

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700 Watts for $20???

Thermaltake Smart Series 700W SLI / CrossFire Ready Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply Haswell Ready PS-SPD-0700NPCWUS-W
Thermaltake Smart Series 700W SLI / CrossFire Ready Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply Haswell Ready PS-SPD-0700NPCWUS-W

Pros: - 700 watts - Sleeved cables - Ample connections for many applications and expandability - Will support two GPU's with one 6/8 pin PCIe each

Cons: - The 4+4 ATX cable had one half a few millimeters to long making it difficult to secure in the socket - Too many 4-pin peripheral connectors! - The sleeves aren't quite as flush with the connectors as one would hope

Overall Review: If you can catch this on sale with the mail-in rebate for $20, buy it! It's fairly reliable, the fan noise is acceptable when it kicks on, and has enough juice to power my OC'd 7700K at 1.35v, an OC'd RX 480 at 1.15v, three HDD's, one optical, seven fans, and one water cooler. I'd check for better options at the full price with rebate, but would likely be hard pressed to find a better deal than this for even $45. I'll be sure to update the review if it fails any sooner than expected.

Incredible Price/Performance!

DIYPC D480-BK Black Dual USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Build-in 5 x White Fans (2 x 120mm Fan x Front, 1 x 120mm Fan x Rear, 2 x 120mm Fan x Top), Fan Controller
DIYPC D480-BK Black Dual USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Build-in 5 x White Fans (2 x 120mm Fan x Front, 1 x 120mm Fan x Rear, 2 x 120mm Fan x Top), Fan Controller

Pros: - Ample room for top 240mm rad with MOST mobo's - Front 280mm rad support - Right side cable management - PSU and HDD array shroud for those without modular supplies - 2 Toolless HDD mounts for cage, 2.5" drives can be mounted with screws - Convenient SSD mount on chassis - Comes with 5 fans! Certainly not the best, but decent airflow - 2 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0 - Integrated fan controller for case fans - Two 5.25" Disk Drive slots - Great overall build quality for a rock-bottom price - Beautiful, minimalist design - Fits long graphics cards

Cons: - Hard drive cage is riveted in place (the other 5.25" disk drive cage can be removed though) - Some screws for mounting the motherboard were stripped by the mobo standoffs (More than enough screws were included as well as extra standoffs for extended ATX mobos, though I'm failry certain eATX will not fit with 5.25" drives mounted) - Only three settings for chassis fan control - High, Low, and Off - Fan control switches feel "cheap" - Dust filters's feel "cheap" - The front dust filter in combination with the aesthetic metal grate HEAVILY restricts airflow, though the filter can be removed - The front dust filter is difficult to access for easy cleaning, the front plastic face must be removed, the fine metal grate must then be removed from the plastic face to wipe off the filter (I went ahead and removed the front dust filter as I'm unconventionally using it as an exhaust for a 280mm radiator) - Some CPU air cooler's may have difficulty fitting (EVO 212, NH-D15) - Right side cable management could benefit an extra couple millimeters of space - No side fan mounting - System header cables are a little difficult to mount due to such limited space between the PSU shroud and motherboard, but this is fairly universal to all cases - 1 of the dust covers for the USB ports was pretty deformed, but still functional, doesn't look all that good

Overall Review: I would wholeheartedly recommend this case to anyone looking to save a few bucks in building a powerful rig. The overall feel and quality of the case is excellent for the money! At a glance, it certainly resembles a top-tier case, though closer inspection will reveal a handful of potential issues, albeit minor. Some of the screws/mounts are a little iffy and will require some experimentation and patience during the build while. Additionally, the front airflow is pretty restrictive unless you remove the dust filter (the aesthetic grate already acts like one anyways). Lastly, this case has the hallmark budget-build feel in certain respects; there are appreciable gaps at joints and the front disk drives. For those of you with some extra money, you might enjoy better mounting options/versatility and cable management in models from Fractal Design or Corsair, but this is nonetheless a great value for money! Also of note, it took me a while to configure and install my front 280mm AIO radiator in push/pull. The PSU shroud/HDD cage makes it difficult, though still reasonable, to install the lower fan after the radiator is mounted. I ended up mounting the push fans on the inner face of the radiator, then placing it on the inner portion of the case and mounted the pull fans on the outer side of the case between the metal mount and plastic face. I have three of the 120mm case fans on the top and rear set as intake and the 4 280mm push/pull radiator fans as exhaust in the front. This setup is obviously not optimal, although the effect of convection is negligible with all the case fans, as the lower fans will try to pull air from the PSU shroud which essentially has its own airflow pattern from the PSU itself (bottom intake, rear exhaust). However, there is apparently decent airflow as I can sustain a 5.0ghz OC'd 7700k with peaks of 85-87 C on IntelBurnTest and averages around 65 C during gaming/benchmark conditions.

King of Budget Gaming Boards, Great Buy for Personal Use

ASRock Z270 KILLER SLI/AC LGA 1151 Intel Z270 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Motherboards - Intel
ASRock Z270 KILLER SLI/AC LGA 1151 Intel Z270 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Motherboards - Intel

Pros: Dirt Cheap - excellent value for OC and gaming Can handle a lot of power for CPU and GPU OC UEFI is incredibly intuitive with mouse and keyboard support, manually editing parameters to OC was simple enough for anybody even marginally interested in overclocking to squeeze out some free processing power. It also supports numerous advanced overclocking parameters for more experienced overclockers Decent 7.1 Audio with connector for chassis header, also supports SPDIF for audiophiles seeking to use their own hardware applications Integrated AC Wifi Reinforced PCI for dual-GPU support (SLI and Crossfire) Water Cooler Pump and 3 additional fan connectors (for the perfect total of 4 fans) all of which are 4-pin with 3-pin support Integrated DVI-D and HDMI for people who have completely gotten rid of VGA 1 USB 3.0 connector for the case USB 3.0 with 5 additional 3.0 ports on the rear and one USB 3.0 Type C Fan-Tastic Tuning allows manual setting of fan curves to ensure low noise, incredibly easy to use Dual channel RAM with 4 slots for up to 64 GB RAM that may be overclocked to 3733 with compatible memory and supports XMP profiles

Cons: Only 6 SATA ports (1 is disabled for every M.2 slot in use although this is standard) - other products overcome this with a separate controller for 2 additional SATA ports to compensate, not really a big deal unless you have a boat load of storage devices to connect RGB is only on the Z270 chipset although you can use the RGB Aura Connector to sync any additional RGB components (I think RGB is pretty gimmicky anyway and I ahve this feature disabled on my closed case) Two fan connectors are placed at the bottom of the board rather than the side (Fairly standard but awkward for cable management) and I wish the CPU Fan connector was designated as as Water Pump connector rather than one of these chassis fan connectors at the bottom. This latter issue is essentially ameliorated with ASRock's literally Fan-Tastic fan tuning (see Pro's above)

Overall Review: I would wholeheartedly recommend this motherboard for most applications! This mobo has everything you need for a top-tier rig, albeit some limitations I'll get into later, and excellent options for expansion. M.2 slots support up to 8 cm NVME SSD's, but using these will disable corresponding SATA connections. The 6 SATA ports are 6GB/s and enabled for RAID 0/1/5/10; a RAID 10 setup on 4 SATA connections can still be used with the M.2 slots occupied; this unit also includes two SATA wire connectors. The integrated AC Wifi with included antennae is a godsend! Overclocking the CPU is wicked easy in UEFI and the XMP profiles work like a charm. The Fan-Tastic tuning is equally intuitive and allows for the quietest possible rig at idle and under load. Plenty of USB 3.0 connections with some additional USB 2.0 are present, but these are mostly on the I/O and there is no Thunderbolt connector (but there is a USB Type C). There are two PCIe 3x16 ports for dual GPU (SLI/Crossfire) with an included SLI HB bridge where each slot runs as x8 (I don't think any mobo supports true dual x16 and that GPU's don't need anymore than 8 lanes of bandwidth) in addition to 4 more PCIe 3.0x1 slots. The plastic covers for the I/O and audio are kind of lame, but still give a nice overall look to the board. Last but not least, the audio. It's good, certainly good enough, but not great. There is some feedback and noise with the design of the analog circuit, but most people won't be able to tell. If it is an issue, you can always buy a soundcard for one of the PCIe x1 slots, use a USB DAC, or use the optical output. The frequency response is fairly flat to my ears through some V-MODA Crossfade LP2's which typically accentuate the low-end frequencies. For you audiophiles who want top-tier sound quality and niche features like high impedance support or low noise on an LGA1151/z270 in a similar price range, I recommend checking out ASRock's Extreme4 or Gaming K4. Similarly, if you need a 3rd PCIe x16, two additional SATA connections, or want more RGB, check out those motherboards as well. Overall, the Killer SLI/AC is an incredible buy if you can catch it on sale with the $10 rebate (I picked it up for $120). I'm currently running a 7700k OC'd to 5.0 at 1.35v (h110i 4-fan push/pull) with 16gigs of 3000mhz memory and an RX480 at 1340mhz and 1.15v with the intention to upgrade to a 1080 in the future. Do be aware of concerningly high CPU and case temperatures at these specs though! I'll be sure to update with any additional concerns or failures if they occur in the future.