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Pros: Very powerful card. I get an average fps of 55 in Unigine Heaven with everything maxed out, 1600 x 900 resolution.
As for the noise, it was pretty noisy when I was running benchmarks. However, when you start playing some music you'll barely notice it. You don't necessarily have to play music to drown the noise it makes, when you're playing games the normal sfx from the game is enough for you to not notice the noise it makes. Under 90 - 99% load the card isn't that noisy with fan speeds of 60 - 70%. Normal game audio is enough for you to not notice the noise it makes with fan speeds of 70%.
As for temps, I have no idea what other people are saying. First of all you have to know how to configure your fan curve, it's common sense, really. No in-depth tech knowledge required to learn it. The airflow in my case is above average, I have an intake fan directed to my gpu, but I don't really need to direct it to my gpu.
Running my system idle, with 2 monitors at 1080p and watching Youtube videos my temp is 39c w/ a fan speed of 45%. Under 90 - 99% load, I never got above 74c with fan speeds of 70%, at most. That's already overclocked with the GTX 670's max voltage.
Cons: I dunno who's fault it is but I'm pretty sure it's Nvidia's fault. It really sucks how there is a 1.175 voltage limit. They meant it so people won't just buy GTX 670's and roll over 680's when they oc the 670. I mean with 70% fan speeds and never going above 74c, I could probably get another 150 - 200mhz on my core clock, if there was no core voltage limit.
That is why I gave it 4 eggs only, same goes for most GTX 670's. The only one's that have a slightly higher voltage limit is EVGA's ftw and a certain model from Gigabyte. The limit is .2 higher I think. Heard people getting to OC their GTX 670 all the way to 1390mhz and even 1400mhz.
Max I went with this before coming across stability issues was 1215mhz.
Other Thoughts: Overall, I'd say this is a great card. Definitely one of the best in the market right now.
- Runs cool
- Not as noisy as people said it was, it was rather quiet
- Solid benchmark score in Unigine Heaven
- Card isn't that big in terms of physical size
- Voltage limit for overclocking
Pros: First of all, do not listen to people who gave this a low rating here, on newegg.com, and other customer reviews elsewhere. Those people did not do their research properly / do not know how to set up basic PC components. Just to give you guys a heads up you can NOT run this at 120hz with an hdmi cable. HDMI cables are not capable of reaching that bandwidth. You need to use the dual-link DVI, from what I understand and noticed, it is just as capable of 1080p full HD 3D.
Be sure your GPU is compatible with dual-link dvi's w/ HDCP. Most if not all new GPU's come with dual-link dvi-i, these are compatible with monitors which have dual-link dvi-d. For those saying 3D is a gimmick...these guys just don't know how to set it up. Obviously it won't look as good if you don't have SBS 3D movies, and use 2d->3d.
120hz is really an eye-candy. I use dual-monitors, 120hz and 60hz, the difference is noticeable. 120hz is really smooth as compared to 60hz. If you go gaming a lot, make sure you can achieve an fps of at least 90 to see the difference.
Gaming on 3D is really fun, it's good but not perfect. I bought this for 3D movies and 120hz gaming (not a fan of gaming hardcore in 3D, gives me headaches..literally). Served both purposes perfectly and I'm a happy customer. Samsung once again, hits the nail on this one.
Cons: 3D control can be a nuisance since you have to manually configure it everytime, wish there was a software to control it instead.
Price...I guess, but I got mine for $110 off so I'm not complaining about the price.
Other than those none.
Other Thoughts: My background and credibility: Management IT graduate, built my gaming desktop pc from scratch, continually added parts to my rig over the years.
i7-950 oc'd to 4.25ghz, gtx 560ti oc'd to 955mhz and 2253mem. 14gb 1600mhz ram at default clock speeds/timing despite CPU oc. Corsair h80i liquid cooling. 2 SSD's (not RAID) 2 HDD's.
I basically work with computers, and building computers is a hobby of mine too. Most probably building another rig this spring. It's probably safe to assume that I know what I'm talking about with this review.
Pros: -Easy to set-up
-Win 7 compatible
Cons: NONE..so far
Other Thoughts: I made two speedtests at speedtest.net
1st speed test WITHOUT this item, using stock wireless card of my Compaq laptop. Speed was about 14mbps
2nd speedtest WITH this item, Speed was...20mbps! Really impressed with this product!
Then again Thanks Newegg! Less than 1 week shipping.