Wanted to try something exciting instead of yet-another-mid-tower with my new build. Fell in love with the case and planned the build for a high-performance gaming and photo-editing.
Being able to remove all 4 sides was a big plus, I'm sure it would've taken triple the time otherwise. With a friend helping, took about 3 hours on the initial build. There's only 1 way to get the psu installed, so make sure to watch a video on how to arrange it to avoid a likely mistake. The vertical gpu bracket wasn't a huge issue, cable management took a reasonable amount of effort (although the psu cables are VERY stiff, annoying to route through small areas), and everything worked perfectly on first boot.
However, the 2 radiators were an extremely tight squeeze. I was only able to fit a 15mm fan in front of the gpu rad (near the front panel). I also put a 15mm push fan below the cpu rad and a 25mm pull fan above it. With the Kraken M22 + EVGA Hybrid you only have ~41mm vertical space above the floor of the chassis until you hit the cabling for the evga hybrid rad, so the 15mms are REQUIRED if you want to use these coolers in this case. I disassembled and reassembled with different fan arrangements for another few hours until I eventually got to this setup. For final touches, I bought a sheet of carbon-fiber-colored vinyl and used it to cover the 2.5" drives and the psu, and added an rgb strip behind and around the top half of the window.
This case has pretty bad airflow, so there's limited overclocking opportunity. I added a few tiny fans above the IO shield blowing up to help out the rad fans pull in cool air from the base of the case. Removing the front panel will also lower temps by a few degrees if you're really struggling. I think I got an unlucky 8700k since I was only able to get it to 4.8 stable after a few hours (I blame the mini itx mobo a bit too), but it gets ~70fps in Assassin's Creed Odyssey, ~85 fps in Monster Hunter World, ~100fps in Blops 4. I ran all on max settings at 3440x1440. I also notice significant speed improvements (from my old 6700k/860evo) when opening hundreds of ~50mb raw images in Photoshop - about 1 second per 20 images when reading off the nvme drive.
Aura sync is pretty, but runs at a continuous ~3% to 5% cpu usage. Annoying, but I'm bottlenecked by the gpu the vast majority of the time so it's not a dealbreaker. OS installed on the m.2 without any hassle. It's a little annoying stuffing cables through the top-back opening, but overall I love the case's aesthetics and it's an amazing convenience when needing to move it.
Was only able to get it to 4.8 on a mini-ITX mobo with a 120mm radiator, but 12 threads are amazing for streaming & rendering.
Love the looks, software is absolutely awful. Keeps cpu about as cool as any other rad. Rad cables look good in any situation, usb cable not so much.
Gets the job done, but I suspect it's partially to blame for not being able to get my 8700k to 5.0. Also wasn't able to get my ram to listed 3200 but that might be more of the dimm's fault. Love the color scheme though, and aurasync is neat but eats a LOT of cpu cycles (constant ~4%).
Best looking RGB ram IMO, was able to get to 14-14-14-30 at 3200mhz - very satisfied!
Very fast (hard to tell how much faster vs an SSD though), love not needing any cables, and the OS installed onto it without any complaints.
Just barely fits in my mini-ITX case. Runs smoothly, lightly overclocked. Got it after the disappointing 20xx series was announced. No complaints beyond seemingly low overclock headroom.
Fantastic premium case, strikingly beautiful form factor, awful airflow. Still worth it, plus it's not too annoying to build in.
VERY STIFF CABLES. Definitely recommend getting the "Corsair Individually Sleeved Cables" (can find them on amazon). I haven't tried them but almost anything would be better than these.