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Pros: The last few previous versions Twin Frozr cards had been getting louder and louder because of the fans MSI were choosing to use, but thankfully they stepped up and used larger fans with their new gaming series cards and rectifies the noise issues that weren't supposed to be present with what was supposed to be a quiet open-air cooling solution.
I have my card overclocked and running at 1176mhz core / 7000mhz vram everyday 100% stable. Temps will ramp up to the mid 70's Celsius with fans hitting 62% out of the box when fully stressed (good but not great considering the pedigree). Like I said above, noise is not an issue - fans are BARELY audible at 60% and I value quiet operation over brute-force perfomance.
Cons: I was a little disappointed by the temps I was getting compared to others who purchased this same card. Curiosity got the best of me and I pulled the heatsink off to discover enough TIM application to cover multiple (more than 2) GK110 chips. It was way, way over applied. I cleaned it up the best I could, reapplied some good TIM, and now temps are stabilizing at 69 C with the same fan profile and overclock.
Other Thoughts: It's a great chip, great card, and great cooler, but MSI needs to do a better job of TIM application. Also, this card is VERY large - the biggest 2 slot card I have ever held in hand. If you have a tight case, be wary.
I got the card with the masterpass 10% discount plus a $20 MIR, plus it was on sale for $499 so I think I got a an outstanding deal for this kind of performance in 2013.
Pros: Rock solid board. Post and boot into Windows 7 is lightning fast (fastest I have ever seen). The bios screen is easy to navigate and has tons of tweaking options. My favorite thing about this board, though, is the CPU socket placement. You can use 120mm tower coolers with this board (which I prefer over closed water coolers due to pump noise).
Cons: Only two fan headers (not a deal breaker, IMO) and the auxiliary power connector is very close to the CPU socket, making it hard to work around if you are using a large CPU heatsink.
Other Thoughts: This was my first Asrock motherboard and I am pleasantly surprised. Currently running my 4770k undervolted and with a small overclock of 4.0ghz.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Worked flawlessly with ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z motherboards. I also prefer typical / low profile and these sticks fit the bill
Cons: Did not work with Asrock Z87E-ITX board. Very frustrating.
Other Thoughts: Incompatibilities happen from time to time, but it's frustrating when supposed "high end" ram sticks are stil plagued with incompatibilities between different motherboards.READ FULL REVIEW