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Edit 11/03: Added one of my R9 280X Sapphire Vapor-X Tri-X gpus for mining duty. This card started life as a miner card (purchased from a miner back in 2015).
Edit 7/15: Moved the RX480 to a different machine and replaced it with another EVGA GTX 1070 SC. Both 1070s mine when not being used. The secondary card mines full-time while gaming/streaming.
Edit 6/15: Added potato picture of latest "Madness" mod. The RX480 has been mining for the past two months now while the GTX 1070 lets me play games. Both cards end up mining when the computer isn't in use for gaming or video/photo editing.
My old build (https://pcpartpicker.com/b/dZNNnQ) had served me well. She was even updated to an i7 4770K based system this past holiday season. But I felt the need to build something. Something new. And what perfect timing for AMD to release the R7.
I took a chance and pre-ordered the R7 1700X through Microcenter. Day of release, unfortunately, I was the first loser and the customer ahead of me grabbed the last (2) Asus CH6 X370 boards they had. Only other option I had was this Asus B350 Prime Plus. So I downgraded myself to an R7 1700 and called it a day.
Building in the Inwin 303 was a frustratingly fun time. If you've every watched any Youtube review of the case, an ATX motherboard with lower intake fans can be a bit of a challenge to make work. IT'S TIGHT. The center fan and USB3 header on the motherboard needed some counseling so they can work out. At the end of the day, cable management on this is going to be a continuous work in progress. Once ITX motherboards are readily available, I'll go down that route. But for now, this will do.
For the price, there's nothing I can really complain about when it comes to its performance. At the moment, the core clock is set to 3.8ghz at 1.325v. Temperatures has not exceeded 65c through stability tests via P95 and Aida64. I may be able to tune the vcore a little better. But for now this will do.
For the tasks I throw at it, so far it hasn't given me any reason to doubt the investment. Whether it's streaming video games or watching movies while playing games, it hasn't given me problems.
At the time of purchase, this cooler was offered with a free AM4 adapter. It's currently a placeholder while I wait for AM4 adapters for a Cryorig H7 and Corsair H80i V2. Because of the R7 1700's performance potential under an air cooler, the system may stay air cooled until a full custom loop will be done.
Although it may no longer be the best budget cooler in the market, it still lives up to its name. I managed to overclock this particular R7 1700 to 3.9ghz at just over 1.38v. But that was pushing the 212 Evo to 72c max temperature during stability testing. Dropping it to 3.8ghz at 1.325v stabilizes load temperatures at 65c.
Maybe in the future this board can/will be improved. A very limited (in function) release bios and slow updates from Asus keeps this board from being a very good budget board. In most cases, this probably won't be close to an honorable mention.
Given the lack of support and functions, I was still able to navigate through the bios and achieve a decent overclock (see cooler review for more details).
As basic as ram can get. It doesn't even have a fancy heat spreader.
In Win is known for their unconventional case layouts and style. And they definitely push those boundaries as far as they can. The 303 is no exception. It incorporates an attic for the psu and exhaust fans. But what makes it creative is its sideways exhaust direction.
But that doesn't come without a few challenges. The bottom fan opening/s does have a dust filter tray. Where that becomes a bit of a headache is if you want to place (3) intake fans AND you have a full size ATX motherboard, those fans and the motherboard's lower connections will interfere with each other. You will have to get creative with some of those harnesses/connections (e.g.: front io and/or usb3 connector).
Another design cue that does get interesting is the attic. You can fit 3 exhaust fans along the panel, but the left most fan will be blowing air directly into your PSU. As for your other two exhaust fans, even if you keep your PSU cables managed, the honeycomb designed cutouts on the back panel seems restrictive.
Overall, I still am completely satisfied with this case and what it brought to the table. You do have to get creative with your cable management. Not only does it have a tempered glass front panel, but it also has an easy removal method which makes doing minor adjustments very easy.
These fans were not the original choice for the build. But upon installation, it was clear it was the right choice. I could have just purchased a single color fan since I keep it static on one particular color, but it's always nice to have a choice in case I change my mood. Also, the orange color fans were hard to come by at the time of purchase.