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This review is from: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 Mini ITX OC 6GB GV-N1060IXOC-6GD Video Card
Pros: I couldn’t believe how small the box was when this arrived. Compared to some recent video cards I’ve owned this is tiny. There are no extras with this card, only a small quick guide and a driver disk. The driver disk has a copy of the Gigabyte ultimate utility as well as a copy of the GeForce Experience, a PDF copy of the manual and some obligatory Google stuff. The only thing worth a look is the Ultimate Overclocking utility. I downloaded it from Gigabyte’s site just to make sure I got the latest one. It’s fairly easy to use and quite comprehensive. Supposedly the 1060 is an excellent overclocker so you will want to install this.
The card itself is small and only takes a six pin auxiliary power connector. It has a hefty 90mm fan and a big heatsink with copper heatpipes in contact with the graphics chip. The shroud is cheap plastic but at least there are no RGB lights. Strangely enough the plastic shroud has a noticeable bump on top that adds a quarter inch to the height of the video card. I looked and can see no reason this was added as the heat pipes are safely beneath it. If you find this card is a quarter of an inch too tall for you case then send Gigabyte a letter and ask them why they added this unnecessary protrusion.
Performance-wise this card is a good match for my 2560 X 1080 wide screen monitor. I’m using a Maximus Impact VIII motherboard and an i7 6700K plus 16 Gigs of memory. In Rise of the Tomb Raider I’m getting about 45 FPS with all the options set on very high and running DX11. Fraps won’t work on the DXZ12 version of Tomb Raider but the built in benchmark shows 52 FPS for DX12 and 59 FPS for DX11. In Far Cry 4 I’m running 55 FPS with everything set on ultra. This is with the Ultimate Overclocking app set on OC, no manual adjustments. To be fair this is only slightly faster than the ASUS 970 Strix I took out of this same system. At no time while I was gaming did the video card fan become audible.
Cons: The card is about $30 too expensive.
That protrusion in the plastic shroud that doesn’t appear to have a function.
Other Thoughts: I was thinking of buying a Radeon RX 480 but they were more expensive on New Egg at least for the 8 gig memory cards. Of course all the new generation cards are running above MSRP. But this card seems to be worth the money. It’s certainly the equal of my 8 gig 970 card and it’s not a power hog like the Radeon.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This is my second one and it's sublime. Best processor for gaming in existence.
Cons: None really. Maybe a bit too expensive but that's not really bad.
Other Thoughts: Beats the pants off AMD right now. Maybe Zen will change that in the future but currently I don't even bother to look at AMD.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Haier HPYD13XCN-P 13,000 Cooling Capacity (BTU) Portable Air Conditioner
Pros: It works. It cools and it's not noisy. It arrived well packed in a huge double box and the only thing broken was a plastic cleat on the bottom for wrapping the cord.
Cons: I have another Haier portable, a 12000 BTU single hose unit that seems to cool better. But this is a refurbished unit and it works well enough so I'm not complaining.
Other Thoughts: Buy a window air conditioner if possible. My small 8000 BTU Samsung window A/C cools better then this. But it does work and it was cheap so I knew what I was getting.READ FULL REVIEW