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Pros: * Excellent Build Quality
* Pretty Quiet Operation
* Decent Cooling
* Solid Warranty
* Backplate provided
* Dual Bios
Cons: * Fans can get loud if ramped up
Other Thoughts: I had been using my MSI GTX 980ti Gaming 6G happily since 6/2015, but I have always been a fan of the EVGA Classified cards, with my last one being a 780ti that I loved. With the recent sale at NewEgg I decided to give one a try.
So how does it compare to my MSI 980ti Gaming 6G? Build quality of both cards is excellent with backplates, memory cooling plates and excellent design. The Classified has a couple small advantages over the MSI including extra power phases, higher stock boost clock and slightly more robust cooler, but for most users, the differences are minor if using the stock cooler. Stock Boost Clock on my Classified was a hair under 1400Mhz.
Overclocking on the Classified topped out at 1494Mhz on the core and 8100Mhz on the memory @1.21v and 115% power target. My Asic was 71% and came with Samsung memory. The core will game/bench higher than that, but not with 100% stability, so 1494Mhz is where I settled and the power limit is never tripped so the clock speed is rock steady at all times. With the fans manually set to 70%, max temp was 71C after a couple hours of gaming with the new Tomb Raider @ 1440p. At 90% fan speed, temps drop well down into the 60's, but are pretty loud at that speed and not personally what I would use daily. Using default fan setting is very quiet but allows the temps to get to 80C, so I opt for a custom fan profile. Compared to my MSI Gaming, which clocks very similar @ 1.23v, but often hits it's power limit so it throttles down to 1450-1460 range under the same gaming situations.
Cooling ability per decibel is similar on the Classified compared to the MSI Gaming 6G. The MSI at 80% fan has a similar noise profile to the Classified at 65% fan with temps being very close at those speeds, with perhaps a couple C advantage to the EVGA cooling solution. 60-70% fan speed on the Classified is very tolerable in my opinion and not very loud. Beyond that, noise does start to scale unfavorably.
Overall I am very pleased with the EVGA 980ti Classified. My personal example is just a mediocre overclocker, but there is no denying the high quality of the build. Throw in EVGA's excellent customer support and a solid 3 year warranty and you end up with a great card. For $620 after rebate + two free games (at time of purchase), it is impossible to not recommend.
This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H50 120mm Quiet Edition Liquid CPU Cooler - Intel Only
Pros: * Easy installation
* Quiet Operation
* Awesome 5 year warranty!
Cons: * None
Other Thoughts: I recently purchased the H50 to pair with my NZXT G10 on my MSI Gaming GTX 980ti in an effort to better cool the overclocked GPU at reduced noise levels. With this in mind, I can say that the H50 succeeded!
Since my experience does not use the standard mounting procedure, I cannot comment on it. But hooking up to my 980ti using the G10 bracket was quick and easy. The base of the waterblock was nice and flat. Worth noting, I did remove the supplied thermal paste and used my own as I wanted to make sure I got proper coverage in the exposed GPU die.
The tubing of the H50 is pretty easy to move around. It is fairly thin diameter tubing, but since this is a small AIO cooling solution with just a 120mm radiator is likely is sufficient. I must note that I used this with a front mount and because of my other intake fans, the radiator was mounted sideways to allow clearance for my other fans.
Performance with the H50 is great. The provided fan is very quiet, even when rotating at near max speeds and the pump, while makes some slight noise, is not really noticeable. With my 980ti Overclocked to 1520Mhz @ 1.23v, I have yet to see temps exceed 57C with 100% GPU load over extended periods of time. This is 23C improvement compared to the stock cooler and at reduced noise levels.
Overall I am very happy with the H50 based on my usage. It is quiet, cools well and has a excellent 5 year warranty and was only $40 after rebate and promo code. Approved!
This review is from: NZXT RL-KRG10-B1 Sleeve Kraken G10 GPU Bracket
Pros: * Easy install
* Good universal cooling solution
* Supplied fan is quiet
Cons: * Supplied fan is sleeve bearing
* Questionable VRM cooling for some cards
* No provided gpu fan header for supplied fan
Other Thoughts: I purchased this in an effort to allow for overclocking my MSI GTX 980ti Gaming at near silent sound levels. I decided to pair it with a Corsair H50 quiet edition AIO.
Removal of my old GTX 980ti heatsink was easy, as was installation of the G10. My only modifications to the instructions was to remove the backplate pad and replace with a thinner pad as my 980ti already had a backplate. The foam spacers also had to be cut slightly to ease installation of the bracket. Due to my case layout, the H50 needed to be mounted sideways as my other intake fans would not allow it to be mounted horizontally. This made routing the hoses in the advised location impossible, but realistically is a non issue.
The supplied fan is a sleeve bearing fan, which tend to wear out a bit faster in my experience, but at least this one is pretty quiet, even when rotating at max speeds. The fan location may not provide adequate VRM cooling on certain graphics cards, but thankfully my MSI has a front plate that eases heat distribution.
Performance when paired with the H50 is excellent. My 980ti OC'd to 1520Mhz @ 1.23v on the core and 8000 on the memory, looping Valley my max temp was 57C after 20 minutes and the OC was rock solid and never budged. With the MSI air cooler, in my sealed case I would eventually see 80C at 90% fan with the same test and the OC would drop to below 1500Mhz with temp throttling, so a vast improvement and it is very quiet.
Overall I am pleased with the G10. Is it perfect? No, but as a universal solution it does a great job.