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Pros:

I found a few weeks after ordering that this card is no longer sold by newegg. That's a shame. Performs as well as the rest of the other makes of the GTX 560 but with a very VERY nice feature. If you have a full height 6-7 inch long card (sound card in my case) in the VERY next slot after the videocard ends, this card WILL work for you. You can even see this in the width picture for the card. there is a good 1/2 inch between the fan and the card in the next lane, not so for virtually any other design. Also speaking of the design, it dissipates heat FAST. If I let the gpu temp get up to 75C then kill the game process, you can get it back to idle temp (about 40C) in about or under 25 seconds. As it stands, with the custom fan profile I have, where the fan will go at 100% at 67C, it never goes over 70, ever.

Cons:

Like I said, I have a custom fan profile set so it will get up to 100% speed if the card gets to 67C and the fan at that speed is pretty loud, but in a sealed case, and if you are wearing headphones, or have your computer under your desk, no biggie. You'll probably stop noticing it for good after a week or so of gaming.

Other Thoughts:

In addition to the pros section, this must be noted. If you already have an aftermarket sound card, a full size PCI X-Fi in my case, HOOOLLYYY BALL BEARINGS DO NOT INSTALL THE HD AUDIO DRIVER FOR THE HDMI. It will distort and slowly kill any functionality of your aftermarket device. Even with the HD audio disabled in device manager (it actually installs 4 instances of the driver, for different HDMI output or some such reason) there is still a very large possibility it will eventually completely cancel out your soundcard, and render it useless. This is speaking of the drivers/OS of course, it doesn't actually harm your hardware, just makes a 15 min job of installing a new videocard successfully into a 3 day project. Bottom line, install the driver, install the 3D if you want to, but do NOT install the HD audio drivers if you already have a sound card, unless you really really like troubleshooting complex computer problems, in which case, why aren't you at your tech support job?

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