I Wanted something with style and bite for about $1000. The last computer I built (Pentium G4500) is still performing flawlessly as a productivity computer, but I recently started editing video from time to time, and the lack of a dedicated GPU on that computer plus having only 2 cores meant I could not do video editing in any sort of reasonable time frame nor quality.
That is why I decided to build this. It is doing very well in terms of the light video editing that I do. Plus needless to say, heavy multitasking performance is great. I use 2 monitors at 1080 P, and all works well.
I have stress tested it; the CPU maxes out at 66 C. Although, in real life loads, under consistent 100% CPU loading (for example while rendering video), it never even reaches 60 C. I believe the difference is caused by the variable load applied by the stress test; the CPU cooler simply lags a bit in terms of reacting to temperature changes.
Update Oct 21, 2016: Just noticed that the CPU cooler was wobbly! I fitted it correctly and stress tested again. This time the temp maxed out at 56 C.
Big Update Nov 21, 2016: After several weeks of contemplation, I decided to swap the stock CPU cooler for something quieter - it was not the sound level that bothered me so much, but the persistent whine that came with that cooler. Opted for a Noctua NH-U12S because I heard that it was quiet, reliable, cools well and would in theory fit on my mATX motherboard inside this specific cube case. Installed the Noctua cooler without any clearance issues whatsoever. After that, ran a stress test and the max temp is 48 C - during which the cooler remained inaudible. In terms of clearance, the cooler installs easily and does not overhang ram slots, and even if it did, my installed ram is not tall enough to come in contact with the cooler. On the GPU side of things, we have a clearance of about 1.25 cm (about half an inch) - I did not measure with a ruler but eyeballed it. I reckon with my existing GPU (which lacks a back plate) I could have gotten away with a 14 cm cooler, however, if the GPU had a back plate, then the 14 cm cooler would probably touch it, but I am only eyeballing this and estimating. In terms of clearance towards the rear case fan, there is more than enough space there to install a second fan for a push-pull configuration - although the cooler is performing so well, I don't see a point (in my situation). More photos added showing the full setup and the cooler with highlights of clearances.
Unless you are a very heavy content creator, this is all the CPU you will ever need.
Good quality, easy to install, informative manual, dead silent in operation and reduced temps at full load by 8-10 degrees lower than stock cooler.
There is nothing specifically wrong with this MB, but I struggled to get the 24 pin cable plugged in. The plug that it goes into felt somewhat cheap. In contrast, everything else on this MB seems to be of high quality. The heat sinks for example are beautifully made, and I/O Shield is nice and solid.
Performed way above average in the benchmarks that I did. Easy to handle and stylish too.
Good value, average performer. But for the money, no complaints.
Runs quiet and performs without a fuss. No additional power connector needed, which is great for a clean looking build or for retrofitting into an older computer. I edit video (not professionally) with Resolve and it seems to be doing a good job since Resolve utilizes GPU power. I wish they would offer a version with 2 x HDMI connectors though.
Gorgeous case. Limited room to work inside if using mATX MB. I recommend going with a modular PSU if you are going to use this case. Could not find even one nasty or sharp edge inside or out. The included case fans are very quiet. My entire family and all my friends love how it looks.
Very quiet and has a high quality feel to it. The screws that were supplied with it are not as good as they should be. They included a nice little bag with the cables in it.
Loud (boy is it loud!) but works fine.
It is what it is. The best version of Windows to date.
Good value, although it came only with a VGA cable (seriously Samsung?). So I needed to purchase 2 additional HDMI cables (using 2 monitors). Other notable complaints, you can only connect this to either HDMI or VGA. My graphics card had 1 x HDMI, 1 x DVI and 1 x DP. I needed to buy a DVI-HDMI adaptor to plug in the second monitor. Finally, there is no VESA mounting option.