Joined on 08/04/07
Pros: Everything i had in my old Thermaltake Full Tower fit into this case. Which was, an ATX mobo, 1 cd drive 2 SATA hard drives 4 sticks of ram and a giant x1950. the 90 on the back is quiet enough, and the side air duct is only slightly off center of my CPU heatsink. Swinging front door is a neat little gadget and i like the giant power button. Both the lower HDD cage and the middle one are removable, which is nice when installing things.
Cons: a little tight inside, it might be that i'm used to full towers but i found some things a little awkward. the cables that connect your power button to mobo were a little short for my comfort, they fit tho. Also if you use the lower HDD rack the power cords, at least on a SATA, were nearly rubbing on those little pins on the mobo, that the on button connects to, that i was already paranoid about. I can't imagine a ribbon cable fitting there. Taking the front plate off to insert my CD drive was a scary experience, i unplugged my front USB, Audio and power wires before i tried, because of the tightness. the front vents for two 80mm, like stated before, vent to the floor, so if you have carpet forget about it.
Overall Review: after you get passed getting your stuff into the case, its a nice case . Maybe not the WOW, THAT THING MOVES AIR!!! kind of case that over clockers want, but a good looking average person case. BIG NOTE! the swinging front door doesn't PULL open, it CLICKS open, you have to push down on where it latches, and it unlatches and swings on springs. I spent about 5 minutes wondering why the darn thing was so hard to pull open until my knee pressed on it while i was installing my GPU and it swung open on me.
Pros: This case is great, it looks classy nothing to crazy like some of the more expensive cases. The screwless design of the drive bays work smoothly and there is cavernous space to hide wires for neat wire management. The three 120mm fans come with LED's built in and work very quietly as well as are incredibly bright, the darn things light up half my room and all of my loft. This case is fantasticly easy to use and i'de recomend it to any of my friends.
Cons: The only con i can figure out is pretty much negated by the rest of the case. What i found wrong with this case is the 3d core fan design. The bar that supports the fans looks horrible from the outside, and you have to unscrew the left foot of the case to get at the screw to take it out. Only after you take out the bracket for the 3d core fans can you start installing your hardware and once my hardware was in, the 3d core fan was worthless to fit around my x1950 so i left it out completly. The only redeaming factor to the 3d core fans was that i could take the 2 fans off the bracket and mount them in the case so they didn't go to waste.
Overall Review: I can't use the brushed steel door as a cutting board because it dosn't come off.
Pros: Fantastic processor, 3ghz of dual core action is fantastic and the 45 nm keeps this thing running 20degrees Celsius cooler then my old AMD 4200 + which was 2.2 ghz i haven't over clocked it yet, but i don't think i need to this thing eats games.
Cons: Stock cooler doesn't like to work sometimes, but i think it might be a problem with my mobo.
Overall Review: Over-clocking one of these things is like handing you free candy