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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti DirectX 12 ZT-90501-10P 6GB 384-Bit PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Works perfect, though a little concerning 11/04/2015

This review is from: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti DirectX 12 ZT-90501-10P 6GB 384-Bit PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card

Pros: Works exactly like it should. True boost clock is the same as my reference ASUS 980ti.

Cons: Runs quite a bit hotter than my first reference 980ti, even on its own. Possibly received a refurbished or used card.

Other Thoughts: My concerns about this card are as follows:
-Screws holding the cooler on (not the 4 with the springs) look like they have been slightly stripped
-There is evidence that a tamper-proof sticker was at one time on one of the 4 heatsink screws but has since been rubbed off
-GPU had enough thermal compound to be used on 2 1/2 GPUs

I don't know whether I received a refurbished or used card but either way after replacing the thermal compound everything works to my liking as a second card in a SLI setup. I am just concerned about the real reason why it looks used even though everything else points to new.

Phanteks Evolv PH-ES515E_AG Anthracite Gray Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Beautifully crafted case that's simple yet stylish. Large unobstructed interior makes building easier. Grommets are in just the right places for clean cable management. Side panels are hinged at the rear and swing outward and can then be lifted off. Even with a side panel window the 3mm thick aluminium panel doesn't flex like most do. 2 SSD and 2 HDD mounts are hidden under the PSU cover keeping the interior clean looking. 5 (3 included) removable SSD/HDD hanging trays can be mounted inside for additional storage capacity. Top fan/radiator bracket slides out making installation easier. More than enough space and mounting points for large radiators. Multiple places for mounting pumps and reservoirs. Front comes off by pulling from the bottom plate revealing a large removable dist filter which has a handle.

Cons: Side window isn't tinted like the mATX and windowed iTX versions are. Plastic I/O panel clips break easily, though not really a con as it actually looks better with it off. Only supports up to 3 dual-slot graphics cards.

Other Thoughts: I got this as a review case and as such it is a pre-production model so there are some issues with it such as the front SSD tray mounting being a bit tighter than it should be and the top fan/radiator bracket being a bit more snug that preferred. Aside from these minor issues this case is perfect. It's as good looking as it if functional and I would not hesitate to order more just for the sake of having them. This case does NOT disappoint.

GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GeForce GTX 960 DirectX 12 GV-N960G1 GAMING-4GD (rev. 1.1) 4GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support ATX Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Runs all but the most demanding games on high-ultra settings. Very quiet in terms of fan noise. WINDFORCE light is controlable through NVIDIA Geforce Experience. Overclocks a decent amount. Metal backplate has the brushed aluminum look (well it IS brushed aluminium). Fan shroud is metal.

Cons: Thermal compound is a joke. If you've ever seen the dried-up compound used on the older 8400gs cards then you'll know what this compound is like. Doesn't overclock as well as my MSI GTX 960 Gaming 4G does.

Other Thoughts: Being the heat snob that I am I replace the thermal compound on every graphics card I own with Arctic Silver 5. I haven't seen such poor compound used on a graphics card since the 8400gs cards. After replacing the compound temps dropped about 4C. That's quite a bit. Now on a better note the WINDFORCE LED lighting isn't a bluish-turquise color like the photos show it to be. It's pure blue. At full brightness it does have a slight turquise look to it but nothing like the photos.


E-Cycle L.'s Profile

Display Name: E-Cycle L.

Date Joined: 12/04/12

  • Reviews: 54
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  • First Review: 12/10/12
  • Last Review: 11/04/15
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