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This review is from: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming GV-N1080G1 GAMING-8GD Video Card
Pros: - Performance in every game I've thrown at it has been flawless. (Fallout 4, Xcom2, Battleborn, and a few older but more graphically demanding games like Metro Last Light) I'm not going to list generic benchmarks as they can be found anywhere so I'll just say that coming from a 4GB GTX680 running games at 2560x1600 I have seen a 3-4 times increase in my fps. I can finally play Fallout 4 at 1600p with every single setting set to its highest and maintain over 60fps almost 100% of the time. Most newer games I play maxed out sit between 80 and 120fps versus the 25-50ish I would see on the 680 with the same settings. There are just a few games (and only in certain areas) where I've even see the frame rate dip below 60 and by dip I mean mid to high 50's.
- Continuing from that is the factory overclock. While this card is capable of hitting 2Ghz on the GPU with a little effort, the factory overclock speeds are respectable and until I see a reason for a higher more permanent overclock, I'll be leaving the settings where they are.
- 8GB of memory. If you are a multi-monitor gamer or playing at 1440p or higher resolution than this is for you:
8GB goes a long way with textures (texture mods more so) at high resolutions. I've almost maxed the 4GB on my old card with mods installed. When you use all your GPU memory, you're going to have a bad day.
And I feel the urge to remind those stepping into the high end GPU market, SLI does not mean you add the memory. So two 4GB cards does not mean 8GB of memory. It's still 4GB. Two 2GB cards is just 2GB of video memory for games to use. SLI sounds good in theory and looks even better on paper, but from personal experience I can tell you, "just go with the single fastest card you afford."
- Power consumption by comparison to my 680 is mind boggling. The improvements made on this generation of GPU's is amazing to say the least. Less power means less heat and less money spent. The fact that this is all accomplished on a single 8 pin connector... just wow. This is important to note because if you're coming from a 5/6/780 series than your PSU will be just fine handling this one.
- Gigabyte cooling. I've had cards from EVGA, BFG, Asus, etc. There's just something about Gigabyte's cooling (and design) that I like. This card under full load is virtually silent.
Cons: - This is more of a QC issue but there was a tiny sticker on the inside of of the fan housing which wasn't completely stuck on. Not sure why it was there but the center fan was hitting it. Audibly noticeable and quickly addressed. Should you start this card up and hear something similar look under the fan housing.
Other Thoughts: I did a TON of research before pulling the trigger on this card so let me save you the time.
If you're gaming at 2K (1440p) and want a single card solution that destroys almost every game out there to date, this is it. And note, I'm at a slightly higher resolution than 1440p so if it handles mine at those frame rates, it'll do even better at 1440p. I can't speak to 4k personally however every review and benchmark I've seen shows that a single 1080 does give you "playable" frame rates however it's still not a single card solution for that resolution yet. (And playable is subjective but let's use 30fps based on the reviews/benchmarks)
The big question is, do I upgrade with what I have now?
If you have a 980ti, I would say no. Wait for the 1080ti (assuming they're making one) as the performance increase doesn't justify the cost. Or wait it out until the next generation.
If you have a 980, I would say maybe. If you have the cash to burn and you're not happy with the performance, do it. If not, that 980 should hold you over until the 1080ti.
If you have a 780 or older than this card is a dream upgrade come true. Seriously, make the jump; the 1080 series is really that good.
Pros: - 32GB of storage will last most users quite a while. Even while shooting more than usual amounts of video and pictures on my S5 I barely made it over 6GB of storage. Based on my average use it would most likely take me a year to fill this card.
- Fast transfer speeds moving pictures off to my PC. Just shy of 80MB/s during my testing.
- Write speeds, while sporadic, were generally in the ballpark of about 10-15MB/s. This is more than enough for HD video and "should be" for rapid picture taking however I'll touch a little more on this in my cons.
- Price is subjective but for this card you're getting quite the bargain given its specs.
Cons: - The only single con I had over the last few weeks of testing were in regards to rapid shooting with my Galaxy S5. Picture taking speed would slow down a tiny bit past half a dozen or so shots. The current card I have in there doesn't have this issue however to be fair it's twice the size but 4 times the price. (At time of purchase.) I don't normally rapid shoot pictures so this isn't really an issue for me however I know there are those out there that do and newer model phones/tablets may have larger buffers for pictures making this a non-issue. For that reason alone I'm not knocking an egg off my review score; if I was basing it solely on my 2 year old smart phone's performance then a 4 out of 5 would be more appropriate. Take that for what you will.
Other Thoughts: I like reviewing products like this because the reviews are very short and right to the point. If you go in expecting the performance of the high end cards you're spending a lot more money on than you would most likely be dissapointed in this card. However its current price point for 32GB of storage paired with its respectable performance make this a very solid buy for the majority of users shopping for a microSD card.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Linksys AC1900 Dual Band SMART Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (EA6900)
Pros: - 2.4Ghz + 5Ghz networks as well as B,G,N, and AC.
- Out of the box setup is easy and straight forward. Once you get your password changed and networks setup and secure you're good to go.
- Fast but unenjoyable interface. While responsive there is just something about the UI that I don't like. I won't knock an egg for personal taste but things could have been laid out in nicer fashion. However all the features you'd expect: parental control, remote access, guest networks, etc are all there.
- Smart app is cool. I like being able to access the router from my phone in a way that makes sense.
- 2.4Ghz network performed great over 2 weeks. No drops and great coverage through the entire house. I'll address the 5Ghz in the cons.
- USB connectivity for media.
- Runs relatively cool given what's under the hood. The processor they used for this model doesn't have a lot of breathing room in that case.
- Aggressive pricing for the features offered by this model.
Cons: - I have one complaint about this router and it's the 5Ghz range. It's literally half of every other router I have. As part of Newegg's review program I've gotten to test quite a few and have 4 others to compare to. If I go more than 20 feet from this router I have 1-2 bars where every other router can at least maintain a 2-3 bar signal 5Ghz strength to the opposite end of the house.
Firmware is up-to-date and the router location doesn't seem to make a difference. YMMV, but this is the case with mine.
Other Thoughts: I really do like this router however I'm sticking with what I currently have due to the one issue with the 5G range. In my eyes that is worth a one egg deduction. For many though this would be quite and upgrade to any older models. Granted I've only had the router for 2 weeks and I'm a bit worried about longevity due to previous issues with Linksys routers and dropped connections, but for now it seems like a pretty solid buy.READ FULL REVIEW