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Pros: I wouldn't call it silent. It is quiet though, about as loud as the cheap fan that came with my PC case, but it moves a lot more air.
Cons: NoneREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: This thing is crazy fast. Video encodes so quickly. Will be fast enough to use for many years.
It runs cool, but I know some people have said they run really hot. I don't remember the exact temperatures when I stress tested it at stock speed, but it was not hot at all.
Other Thoughts: I upgraded from an original i7 920. I felt the 920 that I'd used for 6 years was still crazy fast, but my motherboard's specs were getting pretty dated, so I upgraded, and the 4790 blew away my old 920.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: MSI GeForce GTX 970 GAMING 4G
Pros: This card handles anything, and it should continue handling anything for quite some time. It's nice to see a card in this price range that's actually a new architecture, not some refreshed and renamed high-end GPU from 2 or 3 years ago.
It's very quiet and runs cool. No coil whine that I can tell. I see a lot of complaints about how the fans don't spin unless the temperature reaches 65C. The hottest I've seen mine idle with no fans is 45C, but that was shortly after gaming. Normally it's under 40. Not bad. If you don't like it, set up your own fan profile in the MSI software. As for temps under extreme load, I've never seen it go much over 70C, and even then I can't hear the GPU fans over the rest of my PC's fans.
Cons: A backplate would be nice, as would a metal cover instead of plastic. But these are no biggies.
The included mouse pad is too big for my desk. This is an outrage.
Other Thoughts: I had just bought a GTX 770 when the 970/980 came out. Promptly returned the 770. Had a tough decision between EVGA, ASUS and MSI. I was a little leery of MSI, as I haven't owned any MSI products and have always dismissed them as the cheapie "MicroStar" brand from years ago. Normally I'd have gone with EVGA, but they dropped the ball on this one. Reviews pointed to MSI as the technologically superior 970, so MSI it was, and it's been great. They're definitely not MicroStar any more.
My last couple cards have been AMDs. The deciding factors that brought me back to NVIDIA were the build quality, the heat/power efficiency, and ShadowPlay. AMD has been lacking in these areas for a while, and with the price point of the GTX 970's there's no comparison.