Joined on 11/10/05
Blazing Speed, but with Heat and Noise.
Pros: This card is blazing fast, which is to be expected. You get what you pay for and the ease of overclocking is great. Comes with an HDMI cable which surprised me - most companies skimp on every little thing.
Cons: While it is blazing fast, it is also blazing hot. However, I will say that while it easily reaches 90-92 (even while playing something like Civ 4) the fan speed on auto doesn't break the 80's. It seems to have a bit more range before the fan goes all out. With the case open, that speed sounds about like a hair dryer on low; no kidding - it is loud.
Overall Review: With the case closed, the noise from the fan is bearable. In fact, it just becomes background noise after a while and you don't even notice it. It may sound horrific for the few first seconds you hear it compared to whatever you had in there before, but overall it is not nearly as hurricane-like as some people make it out to be. I will, however, be paying for a better cooling component for it in the end simply because I don't like anything in my setup being that warm. Despite the heat, it functioned fine and as Nvidia claims, it seems to be just fine running at those temps. I took off one egg because for this price, I believe a better cooling solution should have been used. What they have works, but paying a premium price should award someone with a completely premium product.
Pros: Great features like the easy snap in drive bays and fan bays o' plenty. The front panel controls are great - easy to access and stylish. The hot-swap SATA drive bay on the top of the case is amazing. I've used it multiple times already and it makes backing up things on spare internal drives a breeze. It is also nice if you need to quickly slave a drive to check it for errors or such (from a failing pc).
Cons: I'm not a fan of the 'slide-and-lock' side panels on cases. I prefer the newer style that acts more like a hinge and closes shut like a door, latching in the back. But, that is my personal preference, and I knew this case didn't have those when I got it, so I'm not knocking an egg off for that.
Overall Review: I paired this with my Rosewill Extreme 950 PSU, the Asus Rampage 3 mobo - WARNING: the Rampage 3 does fit in this case, but the second of two molexes for the GPUs is right by the PSU with only a very small amount of space. You will likely need a 90 degree molex adapter if you need to use it for 2+ GPU's in the box. I only have one graphics card in now so I didn't actually have to utilize the molex in question.
Pros: - 67A on the +12V - 8 pin and 6 pin PCIe connectors - Tons of cables* - Two fans
Cons: - Tons of cables*; this isn't an issue for me as I have plenty of space for them out of sight. Should be mentioned for those people with smaller cases, however.
Overall Review: I've been running this on my box for over two years now with no issues at all. It has been with me over two mobo upgrades and I just put a GTX 480 Fermi in my system too. Running a QX9650 Yorkfield.