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Pros: -Like everyone has been saying, it's dead silent. Fans are completely off when the card is below 67c. Playing less intensive games like TF2, the fans only occasionally turn on so I'm sure for even older games this card will remain passive even during gaming. That's just plain awesome from a card of this performance.
-Good price for great performance, this is probably the new 8800GT that Nvidia has been shooting for.
-The backplate is very good at keeping the card rigid.
-I haven't experienced any of the coil whine some people are talking about, even when the card is stressed. It's a nice relief from my previous card.
-The card comes with both a "Gaming" and "Silent" overclock and underclock presets in GPU Tweak. I can't really comment on this cards overclocking ability but I pushed it past the "Gaming" preset quite easily.
Cons: -There's a power LED next to the 8pin power connector. It's rather bright and some people might find it annoying at night in an otherwise dark room. Not worth subtracting an egg and probably not an issue for those who don't have windows on their case.
-If flashy IS what you're looking for, the STRIX logo on the side of the card does NOT light up like the rivaling MSI Gaming 970. This isn't a con in my opinion but worth mentioning since some people might be disappointed.
-It's a somewhat large card both in width and length. It comes almost as close as my Prolimatech Megahalems to touching my case door. Not a problem for me and most people but something to consider if you're planning on putting this in a micro or ITX build.
-GPU Tweak isn't very good compared to the cards rivals, MSI Afterburner and EVGA Precision. If you're just looking to set the clock frequencies, there's nothing really wrong with GPU Tweak. However, if you use the program more in-depth (e.g. tweaking the monitor graphs) you'll quickly realize it's not quite as mature as the other two. Of course there's nothing keeping you from using the other ones so there's no need to deduct an egg. It'll be a sad day if any of the brands decide to start limiting their software to only their line of cards.
Other Thoughts: If you're struggling to choose between the MSI Gaming card and this one like I was, just pick whatever your gut tells you. They're both similar and fantastic cards. They're both quiet and run fanless when under low load. They both overclock great. You can't really go wrong.
While nearly identical, the STRIX 980 heatsink appears to be a tad larger than the STRIX heatsink on this card. I wish ASUS would have just given this card the same heatsink. I would assume it would help the card need the fans even less often as well as keep the card dead silent under heavy overclocking. Don't get me wrong though, the cooler on this thing is still fantastic and more than enough and if you're interested in extreme overclocks you're probably not planning to keep this thing on air anyways.
Pros: Reaches advertised speeds just fine with AHCI and SATA6GB/s. I get to my Win8 logon screen before my motherboard fully initializes my USB and turns on my keyboard...
This is also probably one of the few times I've really liked software that came with hardware. Samsung Magician is genuinely useful and easy for a handful of things.
Cons: Blue screened on me once. Checked for a firmware update in the Magician software and sure enough there was one.
Other Thoughts: This has to me addicted to drive speed now. I got to play with an Intel NUC with the SSD over PCIE. Kind of want to upgrade to that but it's almost complete overkill.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel / Plastic compact ATX Mid Tower Case
Pros: -Cable management for cheap
-Decent room (but still a little tight) on the side for unused cables with non-modular power supplies
-The tooless mounting is one of the better designs I've seen
-Can easily fit the 120mm or 240mm radiator on top for watercooling
-Rubber feet to reduce vibration to desk and any sliding around
-Dust filter for both the honeycomb intake at the front and the PSU intake underneath (PSU filter can easily be removed without opening the case)
-USB 3.0 on the front. The cable reached the motherboard no problem
-White power/reset buttons go nicely with a white and black theme
-Four 2.5 HDD slot; nice if you want to do a SSD RAID
-Fairly wide, so should fit most aftermarket CPU coolers
-The lack of a tall HDD bay means you could fit pretty much any GPU in there
-Motherboard risers come pre-installed
-Fans are pretty quiet
-Side slots for fans will align nicely with a GPU or CPU if wish you push air onto them.
-Can mount an additional 120mm fan to the front if you desire
Cons: -The HDD cage is far less open on the right than the left. This doesn't make much sense to me and it makes it harder to push air over the hard drives if you mount a fan fan there*
-Cable holes aren't rubberized, but they're not sharp so it's not a big deal.
-There is some spacing between the motherboard and the top of the case in the event that you put a radiator there, but I would still prefer another half an inch or so.
-While the case feet are nice, they are very short. This means no sitting the case on anything except hard surfaces if you want the power supply to get any breathing. If you have to put the case on carpet, I would mount the PSU upside down and use air from inside the case.
-USB3.0 connector seemed a little loose when plugging it into the motherboard. Probably not Corsairs fault as I'm sure that's a USB standard.
-Did not have a riser or spot for the bottom right screw of my microATX motherboard. Not that big of a deal but sort of weird how they missed that considering how much attention was given to the motherboard mounting.
Other Thoughts: *I moved the 120mm in front down to the HDD bay. It works fine but like I said, you need to turn up the fan a bit of you want any air getting pushed through there. Ideally you would add an additional fan yourself so you can keep your case pressure positive AND your hard drives cool. I will be doing this soon.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Kevin B.
Date Joined: 12/25/03
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