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This review is from: EVGA 04G-2978-KR GeForce GTX 970 FTW 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 ACX 2.0 PCI Express 3.0
Pros: - Easy installation
- Decent temperatures under heavy loads (under 70 Celcius so far)
- Factory overclocking is impressive (1404 max boost so far)
- Doubled my 3D Mark Firestrike score, coming from a GTX 760 which
OC'd kept up with my XFX 7950 OC'd (sometimes even better frames)
- I use a 42" TV as a monitor, so it's limited to 60 FPS, but this card won't dip under that 60 mark with most settings set to the highest they go
- Fairly quiet cooler looked well-made from what I saw on the card and looking at a review where they took it off
- It's a pretty handsome card
Cons: When using a TV as a monitor, some games will have a scaling issue, especially when turning on Vsync. It can be little annoying to have to try different combinations of settings just to get a game to show right (FIFA 15 for example I cannot get to show Fullscreen correctly, has to be windowed)
The XFX 7950 had the least issues like this, the GTX 760 a little more trouble, now this GTX 970 is similar to the GTX 760.
(But I do realize I'm not using a monitor that's meant for a desktop)
Having to register just to get their OC tool is a little frustrating, I wish you could install it from the DVD. For now I am still using MSI afterburner, will probably register the GPU soon and try out EVGA's software.
Other Thoughts: This card is incredible, it is smaller than some but packs such a punch. The bench-marking is amazing. This card does not have the cooler setup that frustrated some people about other GTX 970 cards (where only 2 of 3 heat-sink pipes were touching the CPU) - I have not heard any coil-whine or other weird noises.
(Does not come with an SLI bridge)
This review is from: APEVIA CVTAUDIOE25 11" Audio Extension cable for a standard audio motherboard
Pros: Cheap cheap cheap. I could buy 2 for less than the cost of one ... so I got 2 :)
Does what it's described to do, extends the length of the front audio jacks.
Cons: Not sure here if it's the cable or my front audio jacks, but my mic doesn't pick up my voice very well (especially compared to when using the rear jack)
Other Thoughts: Personally I rarely have used front jacks so I've usually left them unplugged, just plugging in the USB and hiding the rest. Recently I wanted to be able to use them after using a mic more and more with the back panel being less accessible than in the past.
My Mobo was too far away from those ports, so I couldn't plug them in. This extender lets me reach just fine...
HOWEVER: the main purpose was for the mic, so this was the first thing tested. (new build, no mic settings had been changed) - I was having a very hard time getting my voice heard even though I could tell the mic was working by the levels reacting to (loud) noises.
Basic troubleshooting including reseating all the connections (mic cable with an extender) and even taking out that extender completely, boosting mic levels in Windows, checking drivers and restarting computer.
Eventually I plugged it into the back panel again, works fine.
I will be testing this again soon and will reseat the external audio extender connected to the mobo, trying the other one I got, and If possible, I will also be trying newer front jacks. If there is improvement I will see if I can change this review.
The cable basically does what it was designed to do, still trying to figure out if my issues are related to it, or faulty front jacks. (audio with headphones seem normal)
This review is from: APEVIA FF-120BK 120mm Black Fan Filter 3 in 1 pack
Pros: Cheap, easy to install, easy to bend (and stay sturdy) for specific situations.
Cons: Not quite as much of a "filter" as I was hoping, more of a grid. (This will stop some of the dust) and I was also expecting it not to necessarily be a full-fledged filter, judging by the images on Newegg.
Other Thoughts: For my purposes the lips got in the way (or are pointed outwards) - I'd expect that if these were attached directly to fans they'd fit quite well with the bit of play they have.
I might try removing the lips off the spare one I still have left over, to see if it can be done cleanly.
I still gave them 4 stars, basically what I was expecting, they fit where I wanted them to and do help keep dust out, just not quite as much as I was hoping. Will be looking for some cloth? filters soon to add under these.