Date Joined: 02/08/05
Pros: Super easy installation (2011)
Fan attachment is simple and elegant
Big enough to run fanless if only mildly overclocking
Cools really well
Can install/remove cooler and its fans with mobo in case
Quiet at full speed (to me)
Fan splitter adapter
Cons: The mounting bracket holes didn't line up 100% with the 2011 posts. Maybe 99%. Had to wiggle a bit to get bracket onto posts. No big deal
Overall Review: LOVE IT. I have a 4930k under this at 4.4ghz with 1.35v. This cooler is quiet and cools like a champ. It looks awesome too. I have it in an Antec 1100 case. because my ram heat spreaders are a little tall (G-skill ripjaws), the intake fan sits a little high, it almost touches the case side panel. I expect this cooler to last through many builds.
I love how easy it is to take fans off and get right at the mounting screws with the board still in the case. Blows away my old dark knight 2's ease of use and cooling performance. I ran it fanless to test it, and there was no point. I couldn't detect difference in noise with the phanteks fans on over my others.
Pros: Packaged really well
Plenty of room to work
Motherboard back cooling option <3
High build quality
Dedicated ssd slots
Big backplate cutout
Punched out side panel for hiding cables
Outstanding cable management options
Included fans are quiet to me
Great airflow capabilities, 2 120mm internal fan mounts
Fan PCB thing for powering included fans from molex
3.5" drive rails work really well and don't fall off easily
Tooled PCI brackets instead of flimsy clips
Cons: No eSATA port
Tool-less 5.25" bay doesn't hold my card reader very well, I got screws into one side but cannot get screws into the other side
Overall Review: First, I love this case. I have never owned a case of such high quality. I put 2 120mm green led cougars in the front, 1 green CM sickleflow 120mm inside, 1 120mm ebmPapst running at 7v for motherboard back cooling (way too loud/powerful at 12v). What impressed me most was how much that extra fan dropped my vreg temp. It's about 30°C cooler than I have ever seen it (45° idle, 59° load). My board does have some transistors or something on the back under vregs. I am sure the temp drop is due to cooling the back of the board. For this reason alone I would recommend this case to overclockers with high vreg temps. I'm running an old EVGA x58 ftw3 with an i7 930 @ 4GHz. Totally confident in my case/hsf's ability to cool my 3(4?)930k in the future!
I suggest powering the fan hub thing before inserting a board with a large cooler attached. I did not do this and had to remove the rear 120mm to reach the molex connector because my HSF was getting in the way. I was too excited to read the directions, but I am sure they mention this.
The cable management in this case is great. All my cables are behind my motherboard tray thanks to the punched out back panel. May need longer sata cables, one of mine was too short to reach my optical drive up in the top bay, so it is not going through the cable grommets.
Had to get an eps12v extension for my PSU (Corsair tx750 - non modular).
Because of the way I laid out my hard drives (3 plus one ssd) airflow is not obstructed from the front intake. The internal fan behind the drive cage gets this cool air right to my GPU. I do plan to get two more green cougars for these internal bays.
I've worked in a lot of cases over the years and this one has to be my favorite.
Pros: Very quiet
Looks amazing, great shade of green
Seems to be of high quality
Fan spins effortlessly (probably the bearing at work)
Moves nice amount of air considering how quiet it is
Long sleeved cable
Rubber mounting options
Comes with molex adapter
Cons: Maybe price, though you get what you pay for
Bright (not an issue for me)
Overall Review: I ordered 2 of these and installed them today.
I was apprehensive about buying $20 fans. I'm glad I did though! These fans are made so well. I have no qualms about them dying on me anytime soon. They are like artwork. Look so great in my case. So quiet too, when my new case arrives I'll be buying more and my wife wants some for her machine too :)
I replaced a super loud but powerful ebmPapst fan and a CM SickleFlow with these. I think I have found my new go-to fan manufacturer.
Pros: Size, airflow, looks, ease of use, cable management, bottom-mounted power supply. Hard drive installs from back side of case, making for a cleaner install.
Cons: Unable to use top fan exhaust with larger CPU coolers, had to move it to side intake.
Hard drives install from back side, which was confusing until I looked at the pictures :) I was wondering how anyone could install any hard drives because the side wouldn't go on
Overall Review: I did not buy this item from newegg.
I love this case. I stepped "down" from an xclio windtunnel (actually it was an ABS monolith but its the same thing). I was expecting to lose some cooling potential. However, that has not been the case. After prime95 for several hours the maximum core temperature is 60C. The CPU surface temp never breaks 46C. I used a single cooler master R4 at the rear exhaust. Kept the stock blue fan in front but may switch it out for another R4, we'll see.
major heat producers:
i7 930 @ 4.02ghz
sapphire radeon hd5850
3x 3.5" HDD's
added heat killers:
xigmatek dark knight CPU cooler
xigmatek HDD cooler (came free with my RAM a while ago)
Evercool FOX-3 guided missile GPU cooler
It's also really nice to not have to deal with a door on the front and easily accessible audio/usb ports... oh yeah and being able to fit my computer under normal desks again :D
Pros: It just works. Even with a 4 GHz overclock! 24GB of RAM is so great. I was originally going to get 12 and I am so glad I went with 24 :D
Overall Review: Had to enter manual timings.. I am running this RAM at 2:8 but because of the CPU overclock its running close to 1600MHz (about 1690 actually)
Pros: Feels natural to use, unique style, high quality product
Overall Review: I bought this for an HTPC, and it works great. The trackball is under the right thumb, and the right and left click buttons are under the left with the keyboard underneath. Browsing the web feels more like a game due to the double-thumb style. Very neat, very intuitive, very usable.
Pros: Looks, build quality. no tools required, PRICE! It felt like a $60 case for half the cost...
Cons: A little cramped, a few motherboard standoffs had to be forced in. Big video cards might be hard to work in there
Overall Review: I got this for an HTPC build with a 3-disk RAID 5 array. It was a littl ehard to get all the drives connected, but that was due to my motherboards 90-degree SATA plugs. Excellent build quality, no sharp edges. tool-less system is great. Black standoffs? Never seen that before. I use HDMI on the motherboard, so I didn't worry about the small size. This is definitely on the small side of ATX.
Excellent case, will be using this for all my budget builds for as long as newegg carries it.
Pros: Beautiful shade of green
Moves lots of air
Includes 3 to 4 pin adapter
Smoked translucent blades
A piece of art. Gives a nice alien green glow to the top of my case.
Cons: Sleeve bearing?
Overall Review: I bought a pair of these to push/pull on my Dark Knight CPU cooler. I was not impressed. I switched to a high static pressure 120mm with fan shroud for the CPU heatsink.
I instead cut two 114mm holes in the roof of my case (ABS Monolith AKA xclio windtunnel) and mounted these as blowhole exhaust fans. Two of these together pull tons of air out of my case. Before this I noticed that my temperatures would slowly rise as stress testing wore on. Now that these are in place the air has no opportunity to sit inside and heat up. the air is completely exchanged and the intake to exhaust ratio is perfect:
~300 CFM in
~270 CFM out (if these really do push 90CFM each)
Don't know how long they will last being mounted horizontally, time will tell.
Pros: blows air quietly
Overall Review: I got this for my EVGA X58 3X SLI VREG heatsink. works wonders.
Pros: A joy to work in, beautiful
Overall Review: I have a full tower. I got this for my wife. It makes me consider going mid-tower, for this case. It is just great. cooling is excellent. very roomy inside
Pros: passive mosfet heatsink, active NB cooling, great overclocking
Cons: passive mosfet heatsink, picky about ram.
audio connector in a bad spot, makes one PCI slot unusable.
sata ports are mounted sideways, makes it hard to reach them even in my monster case (ABS monolith)
Overall Review: Make sure your RAM is on the compatibility list. Othgerwise you may not be able to use all of it. I had to add some fans to the MOSET heatsink because it runs HOT
overall I am very happy with this board, 5 eggs easily.
Pros: Vapor-x cooling really helps, power connectors on end of card (could be a con for some)
Cons: Big? any new card is though, just get a big case
Overall Review: I originally figured I would need to run crossfire to get good performance, but so far I have not felt the need for it. So far I can run anything on max settings. I have not tried newer games yet though. So far I have played
Just Cause 2, works perfectly
City Of Heroes, same
Half Life 2 episode 2, 300fps lol.. old game though
Pros: Great drive
Overall Review: I have two in a RAID 0, but plan to get more for a RAID level with redundancy
Overall Review: other than prime95/linx or compiling something, I cannot max out this CPU. There is always plenty of horsepower for whatever I feel like doing. Outstanding.
Your ram will limit you before this CPU does
Pros: Works great as an auxiliary GPU exhaust
Cons: Power cord a bit short
Overall Review: Brought Sapphire HD 5850 Toxic down 10C under load. I got it to take heat off the back of my GPU and prevent it from heating the air that the CPU fan uses. Turns out I had adequate case exhaust exhaust anyway and it did not affect CPU temps. But it works GREAT as a GPU cooler. I inverted the unit in its bracket so that it is mounted upside down, pulling heat that rises out of the back/top of the GPU's PCB and exhausting it. My GPU already has vapor-x cooling (which provides a great increase in cooling over reference) and this is the perfect compliment. Heat-seeking missile is right! I don't break 65C under load now.
Pros: Great cooling!
Overall Review: I got this to help exhaust some heat from an adaptec 5405 raid controller. without this thing running the controller got about 80C. I took the side off of the machine and placed a 120MM fan hitting the card. It then stayed at 52C. I installed this fan and closed up the case and now it (raid processor) stays at 52C !!! For $7 that is unbeatable. I can feel the heat it is exhausting, this product definitely outperforms my expectations.
Pros: Excellent cooling. Have yet to run prime95 (want to let thermal paste cure before thrashing the chip), but my athlon 64 x2 5800+ runs at 3.0ghz and idles at 22 degrees C. TWENTY-TWO! room temp is ~24 C. That is astounding. Playing City of Heroes (old game, but still) max temp gets to 38C after a few hours of playing. Will run prime95 later... north-south so "hot" air from CPU is exhausted straight into PSU intake to be blown out the back.
Overall Review: I have an ABS monolith beast of a case with the two 250mm fans on the side, but they were off for these tests. 1 80mm exhaust on top, 1 120mm exhaust on back, 120mm intsak in front.
Fairly outdated processor but those numbers impress me..
22 degrees at idle. that's insane. that is lower than room temp lol
will definitely be overclocking as soon as thermal paste cures :)
Pros: Size, professional look, ease of use, good airflow. 120mm rear fan included, front 120mm fan mount, side 80mm fan mount. Outdated stock HSF (from Athlon 64 X2 4600+) on Athlon 64 X2 5800+ idles at 32C with 120mm front intake fan, 120mm rear exhaust fan and 80mm side intake fan (fan configuration can of course be reversed)
Cons: Audio wiring a bit short, might not fit 120mm HSF or 13" video card. Side duct is useless, mount a side fan without the duct and it's fine.
Overall Review: I have bought five of these for various builds. It is my choice for anyone who asks me to build them a computer. I would recommend this case to anyone who is looking for a case for a mid range budget machine. I see that it's on sale for $19.99?! I paid about $30 for every one I have bought. With every build I love this case more. I hope Newegg never stops carrying these. I would get one of these for every computer in the office if given the opportunity to build all new machines. It just works and works well. Add to it a PSU that has dual fans and the cooling you get from a $20 case is unbeatable.