Joined on 08/12/03
Amazingly Cool Case!
Pros: -Toolless design for 5 panels is a live saver when compared to other cases. -Only 2 screws to access the side bracket, and 2 more for the power supply cage. -Aesthetically this thing is amazing. Simple and sleek design, nothing much to be upset about visually. -Not aluminum, I hate building in aluminum cases so it's a huge plus that this thing is rock solid. -Massive amounts of ventilation, back in the 2000's this would have been part of their HAF (High-Air-Flow) series I'm sure. -Temps are great, idles at 28-32c on the CPU with a NZXT X52 on a 9900k and full load is around 56-58c. The GPU stays around 34-36c idle and 55-57c full load on a RTX 3080 Founders Edition in standard configuration (Not vertical). 2 included top fans as exhaust, NZXT radiator on the side bracket with 2 fans as intake, and 2 fans under the GPU as intake on the bottom. Manual fan curves were used, no overclocking.
Cons: -No carrying handle. -No USB Type-C port on the front. -Didn't include 92mm fan for the back side like the standard NR200, and like most reviewer copies YouTuber's received did. -Newegg used UPS for shipping and I ordered on Monday, and didn't get it until the following Monday. UPS said they attempted delivery on Thursday and lied, I have a doorbell camera and they never came. Had to wait until the following Monday for them to deliver it to an "Access Point" and go pick it up myself. -Can't confirm yet, but it would seem like taking the top panel off will shake loose all the dust that's accumulated and it's going to go everywhere. Unlike the other panels that come off without much guff, the top panel requires enough force to knock loose all the dust in the filter. -Cable management was a pain, plan it out more than once, test fit parts, pretty standard stuff for an SFF case. Just took awhile to figure out what would work for my particular parts. Being this is a relatively new case, there wasn't much material on the internet to reference to ensure my parts would fit, but they all did.
Overall Review: CPU: 9900k @ Stock CPU Cooler: NXZT Kraken X52 (Side mounted) GPU: RTX 3080 Founders Edition @ Stock PSU: Corsair 600W SFX Gold 80+ MOBO: ASUS ROG STRIX Z390-I RAM: 32GB (2x16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 CL16 NVMe: 2x Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB SSD: 3x Samsung 850 EVO 1TB The PSU works fine at stock speeds for CPU/GPU, but I'd like to overclock. The 600W was pulled out of another rig to get this one up and running and will be replaced ASAP with 750W or 850W depending on availability due to The Rona.
Pros: Tons of space (but not too much), easy to install motherboard, optical drives, harddrives (in front bay or inside case), USB 3.0 on the front, bottom mounted power supply, looks amazing and the build quality is solid!
Cons: I didn't use all the intended pieces/functions of the case. i.e. the plastic cover for your power supply area (keep cables all nice looking?) and the side fan guide.
Overall Review: Highly recommend modular power supply!
Good, once it gets going.
Pros: The 5.25 bay, the optical in/out, the sound quality, the options in the Creative Audio Control Panel, the enclosed card makes it easy to handle during the install and the dolby and DTS features.
Cons: Drivers: A few hour long excursion, which resulted in wanting to break something. Working on Windows 7 64bit (SP0), getting the drivers to work was THE #1 reason this is not a 5 egg rating. Beta drivers from 10/21/2009 off the Creative support site was the answer to a smooth install and working 5.25 bay, and all the other goodies... All other drivers (Disc, and official released drivers) wouldn't even install. Version 22.214.171.1248 was the only working one. The front bay DOES NOT surpass the one included with the Audigy 2 ZS Platinum (item N82E16829102163 on Newegg, in/out midi and a remote were the ups over this one). This can be overlooked if you do not care about a remote (I now use a Logitech G700 wireless mouse as a remote for audio/video controls on the couch) or the midi jacks (midi-to-USB converter costs about 10-50 dollars depending where you go).
Overall Review: If I could attach my Audigy 2 front bay to this card I would be ecstatic. Also, do not count on Creative for ANY kind of support with your product. If you can't get new drivers (1+ years old) on their "best" card, do NOT expect anything else, as I did. My Audigy 2 lasted about 7 years, ordered 7/21/2004. Until it finally took a dive recently and started having issues with the mic port. If I could purchase a brand new ZS Platinum Pro (External unit for hookups, not the 5.25 bay), I would buy that over this unit any day. As most would say, get this on sale or you're getting robbed, the price is pretty high sadly.
Pros: Awesome design, just the right size for a basic media center for my room, great price, and absolutely rediculously fast shipping!... 26 hours after ordering (with standard 3 day shipping) the package showed up on my door step. 26 hours!!!!.... I can't say much else, I have to wait 2 more days for the rest of the stuff that was ordered.
Cons: None!... Yet.
Overall Review: Pairing it up with: ASUS AT3N7A-I Intel Atom 330 & NVIDIA ION Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB w/ 32MB Cache G.SKILL 2GB DDR2 800 Sony DVD Burner Can't wait to put it together!
Pros: Completely fanless!... Heatpipes do all the work, also looks great under nice lighting. Placement of ports/connectors/screwholes was very good as well! Comes with 2x right-angled SATA cables... very very useful for larger GPUs. Great board for overclocking, simple layout in the BIOS (coming from a Pheonix AWARD BIOS)... Lots of handy little features build in. Love the bootup screen, tells more than normal about things going on in your computer.
Cons: Didn't come with at least 3x right-angled SATA cables. The placement of the SATA ports will be horrifying to someone with a large GFX card. If at least one more right-angled SATA cable was in the box, I could make use of more of the SATA ports. I have two ports I cannot use and that I need. May have to purchase a PCI SATA card to make use of more HDDs. Not taking an Egg off the rating for this CON because I only have 4 SATA drives at the moment, but for future purchases... I won't have the ability to use the other 2 ports on the MOBO.
Overall Review: Built with a Q9550 2.83ghz Quad-core, eVGA 9800GTX+, 4GB of G-SKILL DDR2 1066 and WD Raptor HDDs... Very stable build so far, have had it up and running for a few days now on Vista Ultimate 64bit. The first few times attempting to boot, settings were not what they should have been in the BIOS to make things seamless. Primarly RAM/HDD and boot priority settings.
So far so good...
Pros: Great price for the power it's offering... Almost bought when it was a lot higher in price, which would have still been worth it!... Load times in Windows Vista are unbelievably fast compared to a 4800+ (socket 939) that I came from. Notably faster even doing simple things like opening a window. Install of the CPU/Heatsink was a huge plus for me... Last Intel I built was a P4 and the heatsink was the absolute biggest pain to get on. I can say the cpu/hs install took all of about 1 minute. GREAT setup!
Cons: Not 3.0ghz out of the box? =)
Overall Review: Have yet to max out all 4 cores doing anything... Haven't tried anything major yet, but it keeps gaming load times to a minimum. Seemingly cut load times in half coming from a 2.4ghz dual-core. Have two raid0 74GB raptors (16MB cache) for storing games. Coupled together I am always the first into an online game, sometimes by an extreme amount of time!... Paired this up with a ASUS P5K, eVGA 9800GTX+ and G-SKILL 4GB of DDR2 1066.