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Pros: ASIC scores, temps, clocks

Cons: noise, WF3 logo

not sure what your past experience is with GPU's, right now I have SLI GTX 770 WF3's and they are by far louder than all my previous set-ups. fact that they are slightly more noisy then those isn't a big deal considering the WF3's do have a third fan. so do not let that turn you off, they are still quiet enough even @ load but I have came from ultra quiet air cooled cards: (SLI) N460GTX Talons (SLI) N560GTX-Ti 448 TF3's (SLI) EVGA GTX 580 SC's (SLI) N670GTX PE 2GD5/OC's the first WF3 I received scored ASIC 85%, the second was 84.7% which are both very very good. not surprising though since the GTX 770 is a non cut chip, that's the reason why Titans and 780's do not score as high. OEM...
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HDD for gamers with too many games for SSD but want all the possible speed from a mechanical you can get.


Pros: 10K speeds, with or without ice block variables

Cons: NIB retail pricing when NOT on sale.

600GB model is even faster than the 2GB Caviar Black. also known 'white label' models from goharddrive.com you find one for $120 or less then go for it.

i5-3570K overclock on $40 AIR CPU cooling solution (CM TX3 w/ dual 92mm fans)


Pros: performance of four real solid cores without any gimmicks. on average runs on lower voltages than previous generation.

Cons: documented heat / TIM issues.

Group 'B' 3570K chip. 4.4GHz @ 1.368V.. CM TX3 with dual 92mm fans, grabbed a matching second fan to go with the OEM TX3 cooler. 140mm top fan with 120mm back fan; AS5 thermal paste. current temps: (idle) case 23C core package 29C / lowest core 23C. current temps: (gaming max'd) case 23-24C core package 76C / highest core 76C ================ OK swapping of 3570K's is complete. NEW: Costa Rica batch # 3237B882 serial # MC240246A2005 4.4GHz @ 1.256v (not verified stability yet, might go up or might go down) idle voltage currently @ 0.920v OLD: Costa Rica batch # 3228B572 serial # 3E221049A2015 4.4GHz @ 1.368v idle voltage @ 1.060 ================= OK guys and gals.... this chip...
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Corsair name worthy..


Pros: looks and style. quiet, sturdy and roomy enough for ATX set-up. plenty of fans including 140mm up top.

Cons: clearance for 4/8-pin for CPU, needs work and should have been wider.. slightly more back panel gap for tucking away cables better.

upgrade from NZXT Beta Evo, like the 200R so much I just bought the 300R to upgrade my other case.. quietest case yet for me with right fans, by far the coolest and best looking. do not worry about the 120mm single fan in-front, add a second 120mm to the bottom or very bottom and it compensates. CHECK THE MOBO STAND-OFFS

king of the mid-towers, flexible solution, customizable..


Pros: almost big enough, instead of all 140mms in the front and back, depnding on cooling you might need some 120mm instead. light weight but solid.

Cons: almost big enough, instead of all 140mms in the front and back, depnding on cooling you might need some 120mm instead. light weight but solid.

Pros and Cons are indeed the same to me in this brief review, more of a build summary.. 2x 140mm fans in the front are doable easy, but I didn't want dual blue LED's in front so I have the top front 140mm blue and the bottom is basic 140mm (black). the top part is where it got interesting.. top front can't be a 140mm fan if you have your optical drive in the top 5.25' bay, has to be a 120mm because it will block the optical from seating correctly and flush. the back top fan can't be a 140mm if mounting a H60 or H80 rad in the back slot. the length again of the 140mm fan will block install of this configurations as well. so to counter this I swapped the fan controller in the top 5.25...
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Gene V now on 'test bench'


Pros: top mATX board on the market. Intel LAN with GameFirst. Extreme Engine DIGI+ II. mPCIe Combo. Onboard buttons (power and reset) + UEFI Bios..

Cons: none for me because I wanted this mATX board, I knew what I was getting. For others running dual double slot GPU's might need to fabricate spacer and

updated BIOS first thing after successful boot cycle. red LED's and illumination is a big change from all my blue themed set-ups, so it's staying on the 'test bench' for now.. this board is non compromising (good way), it just runs fast period.... watch and 'auto' settings. I also have the second best mATX board from ASUS the Z77 M-Pro and you can tell that this the Gene V is a step up from that and I love that board as well.. not a Virtu user.. cheers.

test bench in da house...


Pros: open air test bench, easy accessibility for troubleshooting. looks real cool and functional..

Cons: protective coating is a pain to get off. instructions are shotty at best.

make sure you look at the pics real good in the instructions, the dull side is up on the bottom panel, realizing this will save time. have patience. install mobo stand-offs before you install optical and HDD/SDD's. package comes with extra screws and hardware, do not be alarmed when finished and still have extras. Most importantly the designer of this product got the 'logic behind the function' aspect down pat. The placement of parts is very logical and everything is easy to access. This was my #1 criteria when purchasing this product. Some other bench cases seem to focus on form before function... And I do not believe in buying a bench case ' just to look cool'

did a little sidegrade..


Pros: got mine for $35 out of pocket

Cons: should have went to a GTX 670 instead

I was running an EVGA GTX 580 OC'd and very happy with that but the itch to 'sidegrade' to this came up when someone offered to buy my 580. $265 for the 580 and I grabbed this for at the time $300, so it cost me $35 total. Specs: 3570k @ 4.2GHz ASUS P8Z68-M Pro (BIOS 3806) N660GTX-Ti PE/OC 2GD5 dual 1080P 23" ASUS monitors Yet to experience and detriment from the 192-bit bus @ 1080p resolution. Did notice drop in Crysis2 FPS, but next driver release will address that one. Runs so cool and quiet, that part is amazing. Max'd at 70C during gaming. As to the upgrade/sidegrade from the GTX 580 excpet for Crysis2 presently I can tell it's a better running card aside from compute, speaking...
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P8P67 WS Rev B3 - raw power board


Pros: NF200 (x16/x16), VRM management, ASUS, quality, BIOS update - Ivy

Cons: P67 chipset so no SRT or Virtu like newer boards

I got a deal on this last year and considering the price I got it then and the price it is still today, I win.. Updated the BIOS and this thing runs so smooth I can't wee myself getting rid of it not even for a Z77 mobo, not right now. The BIOS in this board is wicked and has so many controls that you can get lost. Overclocking is wicked and I boot @ 4.8GHz ON AUTO before I tweaked it out, I was just testing. Massive cooling with fully extended heat pipes and massive mosfets, do not worry about clearing for most CPU coolers. Diagnostic card that I leave in because of the tricky case I have and the front USB 3.0 header, my issue not the boards (I think).. Runs flawlessly and cool, AI Suite...
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TX3 with dual 92mm fans, air cooling mini-monster


Pros: total price with added fan and AS5 paste

Cons: should have been my default cooling solution from day one

CM TX3 comes with the single install 92mm fan of course and includes hardware to mount a second 92mm fan, I suggest you do so and grab some aftermarket thermal paste. Extra fan same make and model as the OEM that comes with the TX3 is $8-9 and AS5 thermal paste was $9. After that there will be no need to worry about your cooling solution anymore. So for the $23 for the TX3 and the add-ons it comes to around $40 or so. You have a smaller size workhorse that can fit almost in any set-up, comes close but does not interfere with any RAM slots or cooling mosfets and push/pin for the easiest of installs. Currently cooling the following: 3570K @ 4.2GHz 2500K @ 4.5GHz 2500K @ 4.0GHz
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