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Pros: These are excellent 120mm fans. The main draw being the unique look they are really some of the best looking fans I've owned. They are also quiet as advertised. The LEDs are not overpowering and tasteful.
Cons: Price, although I should mention the fans come with a full complement of adapters and connectors. Also there is a 7V adapter just in case you find the 1500RPM loud.
Like a lot of fan manufacturers lately, there is a kind of rubbery sleeve on the cables. I ended up cutting it off and sleeving with paracord, but the rubber sleeving is kind of stiff. Don't like this trend.
Other Thoughts: These are 3 pin fans so they are not made for CPU cooling, as such the cables are quite long. I did use one for a CPU cooler, so I tucked the extra cable under the heatsink.
I could wish Aerocool would come out with a 4 pin PWM version with shorter cables.
Pros: This card is ideal for a build I am starting. A mining rig with style, no milk crate for me!
Its a very appealing card, and it runs cool. The fans are hardly noticeable until you get past 50%.
I have this card mining in my garage at a nice and cool 50C at 50% fan.
Comes with a custom backplate, actually a very nice one. So take $30 off the price for that. This is a trend I would like to see more of with higher end video cards.
Believe me, the backplate makes a difference in temps.
Cons: Price and availability, I could have picked a more readily available card and modded it. This is why I did not purchase at the egg, has not been in stock for quite some time.
In terms of performance alone, it is a bit overpriced.
Length- it is easily over 12 inches long. Not a problem for me but just be aware. The fan/heatsink adds a couple of inches to the board.
Other Thoughts: I am currently mining with this card at 460kH/s. Efforts to push higher have been unsuccessful but I have not tried any BIOS mods.
I can mine at Intensity of 17, any higher results in hardware errors.
But as a gaming card, it is superior to my HD 6950's. One of which I BIOS modded to HD 6970, that card mines at 480-490 kH/s all day.
For mining I would look at much less expensive cards to acheive the same results.
Pros: The price is a big selling point of course, but until you buy one you'll have no idea just what a great deal this is.
I just finished a client build with an A75 motherboard, and I couldn't be more pleased.
Last night I fired up Skyrim with the pc on a 24 inch monitor, 1080p. The game originally detected my hardware and set the graphics settings to HIGH. The game intro was a little choppy, so I dropped the settings detail to medium. After that it was like butter.
Cons: There is only one con I've encountered. It appears there is no analog video. I have been unsuccessful at using a DVI to VGA converter to get analog video.
I am going under the assumption that since the video is on die that there are no analog components on the APU. Also the motherboard does not have a northbridge, so I believe there is no analog video available. I could be all wet, but I haven't seen any documentation either way.
This could be limited to my motherboard, but my understanding is that all A75 motherboard are without a northbridge which traditionally has handled the duties of integrated video.
The CPU temp has been running a bit higher than I expected using a low cost liquid cooler, 40-50C although I did see an idle temp today of 35C.
Other Thoughts: I spent quite a bit of time testing this computer, over a month and it really performed well above my expectations. I can't say enough nice things about this, but I will say that I was very impressed with the gaming performance and overall system responsiveness. I played a number of A list titles, including Portal, Skyrim, Mass Effect, and Dirt 3. No, you can't max out Crysis 3, but did you really expect to for under a hunnerd bux?
I am a gamer, modder and enthusiast and have been building systems for over 15 years.
Here's the specs:
AMD A6-3670k APU
Sapphire A 75 Pure Platinum mobo
Antec 620 Kuhler
Antec 380W green power
OCZ 90 GB SSD
8GB DDR3 1600Mhz Avexir memory