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Pros: I bought this to replace my EVGA GTX 480. I was looking at the 980, but after several reviews and benchmark reports, I opted for this card instead.
I have not been disappointed; here's why:
-- Easily overclocking via the Precision X software
-- Quiet (even when the fans are on. This card is 20% (no empirical data; this is my opinion based on my experience) quieter at its highest fan speed than my 480 was on its lowest fan speed)
-- DirectX 12 support
-- 30 - 45% faster than my GTX 480 (on a good day, going downhill, with an overclock via a warp core)
-- Handles everything I have thrown at it - on the highest settings; no lag, FPS below 40 or driver crashes
-- Appears the squealing I have read about has been fixed
-- Did I mention it is quiet?
I emphasize quiet since I am coming from a strong but LOUD card (when it was wound up, the 480 sounded like I had a jet engine installed in my case) while still providing a significant increase in capability and FPS. My benchmarks are easily 20%+ improved over the 480/560 Ti configuration I had (the 560 was used as my PhysX card; the 970 handles this and all other GPU duties with more particles, better physics and still maintains high FPS in games (with the settings at High or Ultra (if present)).
Best bang for the buck in my opinion. If you have the money to get a 980, look at this one (or one or more (if you want SLI)) instead. The 970 can meet or exceed the 980 in performance for less money. I only have one installed and have not encountered a game that I have not been able to set the highest graphics settings and couple that with (at least) 4x Anti-Aliasing and all with no noticeable FPS lagging.
Cons: -- I intended to use my 480 as a stand alone PhysX card, but it was not available. In researching, I discovered that the 4xx and 5xx cards rely on WDDM 1.3 where the 9xx uses WDDM 2.0. Windows 10 does not allow a WDDM 1.3 and WDDM 2.0 card to co-exist, preventing the card geared to WDDM 1,3 from ever 'starting'. I found this out after researching why it displayed as disabled in Device Manager. This is a con, but not necessarily a serious one. If you are upgrading, you do not need the older card for PhysX as the 970 handles it (and all other GPU related duties) quite well.
-- EVGA no longer offers lifetime warranties but does provide the ability to purchase a 10 year warranty and their extended RMA service (I highly recommend this)
Other Thoughts: I have been an NVIDIA fan for many years. I only buy EVGA cards due to their proven reliability (to me), the Step-Up program (if you wish to do so within a 90 day window), their extended RMA service (there is a cost (I won't say nominal because they start at $29.95 US)); card malfunctions, initiate the extended RMA and they ship you the new card, you replace the faulty one and ship it back (using the same box and the label they provide); they register the new card for you and then you can de-register the old one upon confirmation it works. I listed this RMA process because this has proven invaluable to me over the years. Even without the lifetime warranty (disappointed by that EVGA), this pays for itself if you have an issue with a warrantied card.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: -- Weighted (adjustable)
-- Fits my hands (large) comfortably
-- Excellent DPI response makes for outstanding FPS and RTS gaming
-- Works on any surface and without a mousepad - even works on my glass table (albeit not that well)!
-- Outperforms 2 different name brand $150+ gaming mice with fewer options
-- Profile change is quick and easy (small lighted button just below the center wheel
-- Braided cover over the cable - usually found in the higher dollar gaming mice
Cons: Not necessarily cons; more like observations:
-- Sometimes wish the DPI were a tad bit higher (some FPS may need more control, but have not played any yet)
-- No direct support in Windows - still have to load the A4Tech driver/software (this applies to all manner of specialized mice - not just this one)
-- Weren't more available when I bought mine (purchased at a brick and mortar geek toy store (not NewEgg) - they only had one but for $15)
Other Thoughts: For anyone looking for a good deal on a great gaming mouse, this is it as far as I am concerned. It is well built and responsive (buttons and DPI). The addition of the adjustable weights (in a peed loader style module) helps make it comfortable for just about any one; for example, I sometimes loan it to my wife and she is able to quickly open the weight compartment, remove some of the weights and reassemble in seconds.
Don't pay more if you can help it; this mouse beats most of the other ones I have owned (one of them was a Razer mouse (model escapes me ATM, I sold it to a friend just under a year ago).
This review is from: Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield Quad-Core 3.06 GHz LGA 1366 130W BX80601950 Processor
Pros: Very fast - overclock capable with the right cooling and no lag even when running a game with two virtual machines running in the background (I'm a geek - do you really need to ask?)
Cons: It died after 4 years.
Other Thoughts: Sadly, my CPU looks to have died and this entire class of i7s (1st Gen) are no longer available except as used and they are priced way too high. So, let's have a moment of silence for my dead gaming system.READ FULL REVIEW