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ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti GTX980TI-6GD5 6GB 384-Bit DDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great card - looking to buy a 2nd one for SLI 02/26/2016

This review is from: ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti GTX980TI-6GD5 6GB 384-Bit DDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Pros: I've had this card since August, with no problems of note. Gets decent frame rates on just about every game at 1080 resolution. Since NV had the better card during my last build, that is what I went with, instead of AMD. There's a few differences between the NV and AMD cards - in some older games like Kingdoms of Amalur, which has lots of distance/atmospheric effects, the 980 makes them much more noticeable than my old AMD 7970, I guess due to the driver differences. Took a bit getting used to, but now I enjoy it.

Cons: The latest Win10 drivers seem somewhat flakey - I will get the occasional Win10 system message that the driver stopped and had to be restarted. However I haven't seen this in any games so far, maybe just a Win10 update at fault. I notice that IE 11 seems to crash and restart a lot lately since the last couple of Windows updates, which is about the same time that I started getting these graphic driver system messages too.

Other Thoughts: Hope Newegg gets these back in stock soon. I just bought a 48" Samsung SUHD TV to replace my wimpy 27" display, and am now gaming at 4K resolution. So I need to SLI to get decent frame rates. For anybody who has a multi-monitor setup, a 48" curved TV at 240 Hz native refresh (although the card only goes up to 60Hz at 3840 x 2160 resolution) and zero bezel edges should be on your short list of upgrades for a seamless, totally immersive gaming experience sitting 3 ft. away. I got the curved Samsung 6.1 sound bar to go with the TV, so the only thing better would be a total VR headset.

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ASUS ROG RAMPAGE V EXTREME/U3.1 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Seems like a fast mobo if all the features would work.

Cons: Updated BIOS to latest version 1502, and now I only get 3 boot drive options and my boot SSD is not among them. So it boots into UEFI and I have to manually select the SSD. Will have to downgrade to the previous version which worked. Also, the mobo driver disc is incompatible with Windows 10 on my new build. I cannot install the WIFI driver, and Asus has just a few Win10 updates on their web site. Despite Win10 builds being available for months, Asus is clearly not ready for it with their flagship mobo.

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ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Manual error for orientation 08/01/2015

This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED

Pros: I've owned various Zalman coolers for years now. Bought this one for my new 2011V3 build with Corsair Dominator DDR4 that comes with the clip-on coolers, as it is thin enough to use the clip-ons on both sides of the CPU. My original choice - the Noctua NHD14 - was too large. Zalman looks better and cools almost as well according to the stress tests I've seen.

Cons: The manual is wrong - says to orient the cooler so that the thinner side faces the rear, but the picture next to the text shows the airflow passing from the thinner side to the thicker side. So obviously you want to orient it with the thinner side facing the front of the case, to avoid conflicting airflow patterns. The online manual at Zalman.com shows the same thing. Guess Zalman can't be bothered to correct the error.

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David H.'s Profile

Display Name: David H.

Date Joined: 05/03/12

  • Reviews: 13
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  • First Review: 05/21/13
  • Last Review: 02/26/16
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