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Pros: Made the purchase after reading favorable reviews at techpowerup & tomshardware, and since then have found those write-ups to be accurate and on-point.
This card runs cool, at Max Settings w/ a ton of graphical mods (Flora Overhaul, SMIM, etc) in Skyrim the fan speed barely ramps up, and temps sit nicely in the mid 50's.
Cons: None to say. YMMV installing (physically) it, depending on how cramped or not your rig's interior is.
I had a smidgen of trouble getting one of my Enermax's PCIe power cables to reach around to where the port is located on the card, which is the side, not the end, although that may be actually easier to get to again depending on you've routed your cables.
Other Thoughts: Build, Assembled 11/30/12:
[Chip] Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz
[Cooler] XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283
[PSU] ENERMAX NAXN 82+ ENP650AWT B 650W
[Motherboard] ASRock Z77 Extreme3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77
[Memory] G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1866
[Case] COOLER MASTER HAF 912
[Storage] SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD120BW 120 GB SSD
[2nd SSD] Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC
Pros: It works. It quickly reads CDs and DVDs. It was very affordable at the time of purchase (11/22/12): $18.
Cons: None noted so far.
Other Thoughts: I write my reviews as I observe and use components - this was purchased for a new build back in Nov '11, but I only actually got around to testing with a DVD in the last month.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Just an update, I couldn't edit my previous review, this addresses the SSD not showing up under My Computer.
Cons: Just an update, I couldn't edit my previous review, this addresses the SSD not showing up under My Computer.
Other Thoughts: The SSD was not recognized under My Computer when I booted, although it was there under Device Manager and the BIOS.
I did some research at the Kingston support site:
Open disk management, initialize the drive, then create a new simple volume to format and partition it. (Windows 7)
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