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Silicon Power 64GB Elite microSDXC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter, Speed Up to 85MB/s (SP064GBSTXBU1V20NE)
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Pros: • Price to performance ratio is on par.

• I've written 2.2 TBs of data to the card in stress testing and it still performs as it did when first opened.

• You can contact Silicon Power through e-mail, phone, or live chat. All three were helpful in their responses to my queries.

Cons: • The imaging on the card to make it look white (the actual plastic is still black) is tacky and sticks slightly in certain devices. Nothing too serious but it's not worth the look, either.

• In real world applications, copying random files of different sizes, (same files used to test both cards) this card actually performs about 40% worse than Silicon Power's 32 GB Elite MicroSD card.

Other Thoughts: -----------------------------------------------------------------------
CrystalDiskMark 5.1.2 x64 (C) 2007-2016 hiyohiyo
Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/
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* MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s]
* KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes

Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 19.398 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 8.389 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 4.627 MB/s [ 1129.6 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 0.654 MB/s [ 159.7 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 19.084 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 8.180 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 4.238 MB/s [ 1034.7 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.662 MB/s [ 161.6 IOPS]

Test : 1024 MiB [F: 0.0% (0.0/58.2 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec]

Barely makes it to the minimum spec of UHS-1 and for a larger card these numbers should be slightly better.

I personally wouldn't use this card for more than anything beyond media storage for playback but when on sale it's a good bargain card. When not on sale it's a poor value. I'll update this review if the card ever fails on me while it's still being sold.

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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme, ZT-P10800B-10P, 8GB GDDR5X IceStorm Cooling, Metal Wraparound Carbon ExoArmor exterior, Dual-blade EKO Fan, Spectra Lighting, PowerBoost, FREEZE fan stop
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Pros: • Absolutely perfect for 2560x1440 gaming and even at x1080 you'll enjoy a nice buffer zone for the future. Benchmarks in Other comments section. Adequate, and the best single card, for 4K gaming but if you want to hit 60 FPS with everything maxed, you'll definitely need a second card. Still, with slight compromises you can game at 4K and have it still look great with a single card.

• Consistently doubles or even triples my frame rates at 1440, max settings compared to my old GTX 970.

• GTX 1080s almost universally overclock to 2.0-2.1 GHz, reference or custom design. This card is no exception hitting 2,075 MHz with GPU Boost.

• For me, it's one of the better looking 1080 cards. RGB lighting is nice and bright and you can customize it to a decent extent.

• GPU Boost 3.0 almost completely eliminates the need to manually overclock. Every card I've seen seems to boost itself to almost exactly its max potential.

• Massive 2 slot cooler making this card 3 slots total. This should be great, in theory. It should mean a virtually silent card only needing the lowest fan speeds to keep cool. But see cons as to how ZOTAC makes this not so. I'll still leave this as a pro under the assumption my issues are from first production runs or a fluke since no other reviews are out for this card, currently.

• This card does have the potential to run cool if it could sustain fan speeds at 10-20%. As it stands, left at a constant, but audible, 30% this card never went hotter than 68C for me when at 60% power target. At stock fan profile and power target this card would hit 82C before jumping from the revving issue to a sustained 50% fan speed and then cooling down to 74C.

Cons: • This card's fans will rev from 0 RPMs to 2000 RPMs literally every single second if set to below 30% speed. It'll do this at any curve, any temperature, auto or manually, and it'll sometimes have a problem automatically bumping itself out of that revving issue at stock fan profile until it hits 80C. The fans also make a loud click-like noise every time they start in addition to the sudden whoosh fan sound. This is what I wrote to ZOTAC about and after nearly 2 weeks they still refuse to understand. Even when I sent them logs and pictures.

Here is the GPU-Z screenshot I sent them showing the revving, almost immediately during a game: http://gpuz.techpowerup.com/16/06/30/mqu.png . Notice the graph for the RPMs isn't steady. This is something that I have heard happened to their 980 Ti cards and they simply updated their bios to address it. I would be fine with that solution, even if it took time. But ZOTAC's support (I don't know if it's just one person or a team because they don't sign who is responding) is basically denying it this time around or blaming me for being ignorant. The fan will rev like this all the way up to 30% fan speed. Some fans do this because they can't support low voltages and sometimes its the card's bios. Either way, for being one of the most expensive fan cooled 1080 cards, I don't find it acceptable. Especially when I had a Gelid Icyvision 1.5 slot cooler that dealt with hotter cards better and had absolutely no problem running its fans at 10% while being virtually silent.

• The reason I don't like this card needing to start at 30% fan speed is because the fans become loud and audible at the speed. That's a compromise I don't think should be made on a, relatively, low power card using a massive heatsink except under the most intense circumstances. Easily louder than any other fans I have if set to 30%, but all my other fans are at minimum speed and are virtually silent when the case is closed. This card breaks that silence quite a bit.

• Consumes way too much power. Pulls an extra 115 watts if left to its own devices. If I set the card to 60% of its power target it'll still boost itself to 2,075 MHz, and stay there, but it'll consume 75-115 less watts depending on the scenario. So, that's wasted power and extra potential heat for absolutely no practical reason.

• This card won't let me manually overclock the GPU or Memory without becoming unstable. Even underclocking it or setting it to what it boosts to, the card will become unstable.

• ZOTAC. Easily, the absolute worst support I've ever dealt with. One e-mail reply a day from them, if that, regardless if you instantly reply back to them. Phone support is non-existent. If they pick up, you get put on hold after asking your question. E-mail support is broken English and they either can't understand why my card's fan is revving or don't want to. I've dealt with non-native speakers before, I know how to make it simple for them. ZOTAC's support refuses to listen to what I am saying. Dismissing my issue from the very start.

• ZOTAC's software is easily the worst out there, but at least you can use other software to adjust the card settings and log parameters.

Other Thoughts: Make no mistake. If I were to review ONLY the capabilities of the GTX 1080 I'd be thrilled. But this AiB card is sloppy at best and support is absolutely terrible. Please take this review seriously and don't dismiss it simply because the 1080 itself is awesome or you never had a problem with ZOTAC. Ultimately, I would have lived with the fan and power issues but that coupled with ZOTAC's abysmal customer support really makes this a deal breaker for me. -2 eggs for card issues, -1 egg for failed customer support. YMMV and this isn't the worst card to bet on, I'd still choose it over a blower fan card, but early quality issues may be present.

Benchmarks, all at max settings at 2560x1440 resolution FPS:

• Rise of the Tomb Raider: SMAA4X 42FPS average, FXAA 92 average
• Star Wars Battlefront - Endor Chase: AA off: 98-135, TAA: 89-122
• Far Cry 4: AA off: 68-112, TXAA4: 53-87
• ARK: Survival Evolved: AA Off: 38-50 as of v244.1
• DOOM Demo: AA off: 103-187
• The Witcher 3: AA off: 56-97
• 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score: 24009 and 23974 with power target set at 60%

Test Setup:
21C Ambient room temperature.
Windows 10 Pro with Nvidia 368.39 drivers
Intel Core i5-4570 @ stock speeds
16GB RAM
CORSAIR RM750X 750W 80 PLUS GOLD PSU
Asrock Z87M Extreme4 motherboard
Fractal Design Define R5 case with 4 Case fans.
QNIX qx2710 DVI monitor OC'd to 72HZ and 96Hz during all tests but also on stock 60Hz to confirm no bias.

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Silicon Power 32GB Elite microSDHC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter, Speed Up to 85MB/s (SP032GBSTHBU1V20NE)
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Pros: • Price to performance ratio is on par.

• I've written 4.5 TBs of data to the card in stress testing and it still performs as it did when first opened.

• You can contact Silicon Power through e-mail, phone, or live chat. All three were helpful in their responses to my queries.

Cons: • The imaging on the card to make it look white (the actual plastic is still black) is tacky and sticks slightly in certain devices. Nothing too serious but it's not worth the look, either.

Other Thoughts: -----------------------------------------------------------------------
CrystalDiskMark 5.1.2 x64 (C) 2007-2016 hiyohiyo
Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/
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* MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s]
* KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes

Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 20.395 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 13.370 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 2.708 MB/s [ 661.1 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1.270 MB/s [ 310.1 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 20.135 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 13.212 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 2.595 MB/s [ 633.5 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 1.172 MB/s [ 286.1 IOPS]

Test : 1024 MiB [F: 0.0% (0.0/29.0 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec]

So, no surprises there, really. It's performing just above the bare minimum to fit the UHS-1 class and you get what you pay for.

I personally wouldn't use this card for more than anything beyond media storage for playback but when on sale it's a great bargain. When not on sale it's a poor value. I'll update this review if the card ever fails on me while it's still being sold.

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