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Other Thoughts: Forgot to add other thoughts hah! Just wanted to share some opinions for those who are considering buying this card. Also wanted to mention this card runs within 5% of a stock gtx 960 due to the overclock! Wow.
If you are interested in this card, you probably fit into one of these scenarios: 1) You have a budget on your build / GPU and are looking to get a budget gaming card for cheap, especially towards 1080p or lower gaming purposes, or 2) You are looking to upgrade from an older GTX 600 series or AMD equivalent and wanting to not spend over $200, or 3) You are looking for a budget card to run multiple monitors at high resolution for business or professional use.
If you are looking to the best GPU for the money, this is not it, look at the GTX 970s. If you are looking for something that will play newest AAA titles at ultra at 2k or higher, again, this is not the right card for you. If you are looking for the best card around the $150-200 range, this is not it - try a Radeon r9 380 on sale or a gtx 960, and you'll get better performance for the same money.
However, If you are looking for a card that can play most titles on high or ultra @1080p on fluid fps, especially titles that are less taxing on GPU, like a few year old or older games, and really enjoy the gameresque look and features of the card, then this is a great card to add to your short list. I personally picked this card because I didn't need anything more powerful for my current use, and the extra features such as Titan X chokes, customizable LED, and 0db fan mode for this card really pulled me in! I have used an Asus strix 750 Ti and I can see a noticeable improvement in frame rates over 1080p (10-25 fps more) in the games I play (Blizzard games, Minecraft, steam games, other indie titles).
You can't really go wrong with this card if you know it's power and if your intended use is similar to mine. However if performance is more important to you than fancy LEDs and pretty back plates, then a gtx 960 can be had for very little more money and offer better performance, even with this card's huge OC. Happy buying!
Pros: - Massive OC out of box (reference 950 has 1024 base clock, 1188 boost, this card is set to 1203/1228 - 1405/1431 boost)
- Nice, quality, metal backplate
- The I/O for the card! (3x Displayports, 1x HDMI, 1x DVI-I)
- GPU Gauntlet Sorting (cherry picked card for highest and most stable OC of all of Gigabyte's cards)
- Customizable Windforce LED (7 colors!)
- LED Fan Start, Fan Stop signs (useful for detecting noise in case, besides looking cool)
- 0 db Fan mode at 62 celsius or lower out of box (can customize fan noise for any temp in included OC Guru II software)
- Shorter Card
- Moisture and heat prevention coating
Cons: -Plastic fan shroud (not sure if that's a con but notable considering the rest of the card is metal)
- Value is a little lower since it comes maybe $20 shy of a GTX 960, which has more architectural improvements like CUDA Cores, Shaders, etc.
Pros: This is a review of the Inwin 901! :)
- Tempered Glass Side Panels (tinted)
- Unibody Aluminum Chassis (except for the back side)
- Well thought-out design
- Plenty of room to do cable management, but you can't really hide cables since it's see-through on both sides hah.
- Plenty of room for all of your components
Cons: - Only supports two case fans: a 120mm intake fan in the bottom front area, where the space is located, and a 92mm fan mount for the radiator area next to the motherboard. Wish they were both 120mm.
Other Thoughts: In case you were wondering, this case is indeed tempered glass, which is stronger than regular glass and has a thick, purplish black tinting to it. This tinting invites users to use LED lights inside their case to show off their components.
The front air intake fan is a 120mm fan, not a 92mm like I originally thought. The 92mm fan is for the mount located above and to the left of the motherboard (if facing the case from the side that views the front of the motherboard).
It is important to buy the fans you want with the color scheme you want, as well as any sleeving or specific wiring because BOTH sides are tempered glass and so nothing will be truly hidden, unless you don't light up the case!
There is room behind the 92mm mount to place an intake 92mm fan and mount a radiator on the backside. Perhaps even room to mount a second 92mm fan, although it might have to be a slim one if you want it to fit behind the back piece of aluminum. Otherwise, just find a way to mount it to the aluminum backing.
The 120mm fan is mounted in a TRAY, which is located directly above the little pocket of air in the only part of the case that's not covered by tempered glass. You just undo a thumbscrew, slide the tray out and mount the fan.
There is a piece of aluminum that covers the door to the slim optical drive bay. I already tested one inside the case, and there are no problems with it sticking out or not sitting flush, so don't worry about that if you are thinking about it.
The hard drives already come with sata power cables and connectors, so all you need are the hard drives themselves. They are sleeved back and are covered enough to not see the inside wiring. Inwin got it right to sleeve all their pre-installed cables with nice, thick black sleeving.
Think carefully about the path of airflow in the case. If using a long graphics card, I can imagine that most of the airflow will either be sucked into the graphics card or blown upwards through the hard drive mountings. I'm not really sure yet on how the PSU or anything is going to get anything but lukewarm or warm air. The CPU will have a fan on a heatsink or a fan on a radiator, sure, but the air it will be exhausting will be warm air floating up from the back of a graphics card or the airflow from the hard drive cages that pushes over towards the motherboard. I think everything will stay within reasonable range, but don't expect ice cold temperatures in a case not really meant for performance cooling, but aethestics.
Overall, exciting and unique case, I am looking forward to making my build in it! :)