Joined on 09/03/05
How sweet inverted is.
Pros: You can ignore the previous review about poor cooling. Spring for the 230mm Bitfenix bottom fan, install a 120mm at the rear, and if you want to get crafty, a 120mm slim fan up front behind the front facia (pop the logo out for some extra flow too), plenty of cooling here for overclocking and big cards. Also, plenty of room for vga cooling, I fit a Prolimatech Pro-MK-26 on my GTX 680 in my first instal. Now running a Titan Black with no problems. Love the front mount PSU, love the inverted board for cooling. I'm an owner of a PC-A05N and a Raven 3 too, so I can enjoy the layout of this case also.
Cons: I second that the expansion bracket is a bit finicky, I miss regular old screws. But, once tightened down, it has supported the above heavy card and cooler, even while being moved from one house to the next.
Overall Review: Love this case, especially if you've got nvidia cards. I had no problem putting my EVGA Stinger Z77 in here, Scythe Big Shuriken, running an i5 3570k at 4.2 ghz and staying around 62C.
Cool little power house
Pros: Their new cooler does work well, compared to my sli 7900 gt's the temps are down to 36 C even after gaming for hours. The dual sli works well, Asus cards, Asus board, and an Athlon II X4 630 OC'd to 3.5 Ghz. I've been running Far Cry 2, Fallout 3, Fear 2, all on the highest settings in 1080p. The only 9800GT with tri-sli capability, I plan on testing that after upgrading to Windows 7. Low power means you can run these cards and not have to plunk down money for a >1000W PS.
Cons: If your board isn't spaced right the tall coolers may cause fitment problems. I was't impressed with the Asus software bundled with the card, SpeedFan and GPU-Z work perfectly for my use, and are much less obtrusive.
Overall Review: Still not as cool as slapping a Accelero S1 Rev. 2 on your vga, but that's not really a con now is it? Not sure how long it will take DX10 to be fully phased out to DX11, but with new games still being playable with DX9 cards (I've got a HD 3850 in a quad core AsRock AMD Athlon II X4 630, 3.5 OC for a back up rig), I don't think you have to be too worried. Five eggs for this product, I've had no issues, they run fast and cool, and the drivers from Nvidia haven't ever caused issues. I'll update when I get tri-sli going.