Joined on 02/13/10
Recently purchased :)
Pros: Very good PSU. Somewhat loud with higher loud but I run my fans on very low with watercooling. Delivers what it says...I'm running 4 R9 290s in quad fire with an i7 4770k all overclocked pulling 1300-1400W from the wall. Soooo many cables...more than you will ever need. To the reviewer Alex - I want to clarify for other people intent on purchasing. 90% efficiency means that it pulls FROM THE WALL 90%. Your system can still get 1600W max, but from the wall it will pull 1780W...your breaker and electrical wiring better be able to handle it. Also the EVGA 1600W should be able to handle SLI no sweat with 133A single rail. Either your unit is defective or some of your wiring may be loose...double check your wires :)
Cons: Can get a bit loud with high loud with high output but that is to be expected when under 1300W loud. :) Very long PSU so plan according.
Overall Review: All in all....excellent PSU!
Very well built!
Pros: Very nice 5.25 in bay hotswap for my SSDs. Works as intended. Speeds are SATA3, maximizing my SSDs. Blue glow from the LEDs not overpowering. Fans are not loud in my system..but I have 10 fans.
Cons: If you remove the fans, the LEDs will blink RED for fan failure. Learnt this the hard way as I was removing the fans since I was only installing SSDs...had to remove the device and reinstall the fans...haha. Not a big deal but there should be a warning somewhere (maybe there was but I didnt read) :D
Pros: The case is very very VERY roomy. Can watercool extremely well. I have a 420mm EK XTC on top and a XSPC RX360 in front. This still leaves me with 3 5.25 inch bays on the top to play with. Case looks clean and has an understated look, which I definitely enjoy. The LED lights are noticeable, but not overbearing. No component seems to rattle from vibrations, and this is with 14 fans in the case. The removable HD bays allow me to move it anywhere in the case, which is great considering the XSPC 360 rad now lives where the HD bays were originally.
Cons: If you do choose to watercool using a 420 on top, then the first 5.25 bay will be cut down to half its length in the case. You can't squeeze a DVD/Bluray drive in, but it was a perfect place to put a fan controller. At least for me, the 3 pin molex hun for fans, although a great idea, got in the way of the radiator on top and had to be removed. This was okay as I had a 12 channel fan controller.
Overall Review: Definitely recommend putting the wheels on the case! With all components inside + watercooling it can get very very heavy. Plus, the wheels give more breathing room for the PSU if you mount it on the bottom. Overall very happy with the purchase. One of the best cases out there this large - for the quality and price...it is very hard to beat. The 12 5.25 bays up front give you alot of room to play with, and in the end, this is a case which is the perfect canvas for your build...giving you the flexibility to create whatever kind of system you want. Even if you dont have an SR-2 (which I don't) you will have a lot less frustrations in watercooling bc of the size.
ATI 5850 Crossfire
Pros: Bought the VF1000 for 5850s, since from forums it is compatible with no modding required, allowing me to keep the stock base plate on for VRM and RAM cooling (from what I gather, the base plate is better at cooling VRM and RAM than aftermarket heat sinks currently). I like to overclock and the stock fan was getting too loud for me, even at 35%. 1) Installation (specific to 5850) - very easy once base plate is reassembled (google around). I used OCZ freeze instead of the thermal paste which came with the VF1000. 2) Temperature - with addition of a 120mm fan blowing on my crossfire system (see below for a con of VF1000 in crossfire), I was able to get temperatures down substantially. No real testing done, but for crysis I was getting 81 C (OC = 875/1150 @ stock voltage) with stock cooler, but amazingly max 71 C (OC = 985/1150 @ 1.2V) with the VF1000 CF + 120 mm fan (sounds < 26% stock fan). Ambient temp, as a confounder, was greater during VF1000 testing than during stock testing
Cons: 1) "Choking" of top card - With my 2 x PCIE slots having only one PCI in between, the cards were approx 1 cm apart. After initial installation, There was a difference of approx 10-15 C between top and bottom in crysis. Bought a 120 mm coolermaster fan, blowing on both cards, brought difference down to 5 - 6 C, and I'm pretty sure (not tested) overall temps declined as well. 2) You lose autoregulation of fans, unless you buy a 3 pin to 4 pin converter. However, autoreg fan control is not tuned for VF1000 fan anyway.
Overall Review: Sound - Stock fan was very loud with OCing (@ 35% and greater). VF1000 very quiet, esp at medium settings. Buy a quiet, but powerful 120mm fan. Bought 3.25' fan controller for 13 dollars, works like a charm controlling both VF1000s and the 120mm fan. As temps show, VF1000 is a very good aftermarket solution for 5850 crossfire. Need to take into consideration "choking" of top card, but easily remedied with a 120 mm fan blowing on both cards. In the end, you get a $300 5850 + $40 mod, beating $430 5870. Of course 5870 can OC as well, but ceiling approx same for both. Some say 5850 can get higher max clocks (maybe I'm biased :P ) System: Thermaltake V9 (with side fan removed bc of CPU cooler) i7 920 @ 4.2 Ghz OCZ 12800 ram @ 1600mhz 5850 crossfire w VF1000s (985/1150)