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This review is from: Fractal Design Silent Series R2 FD-FAN-SSR2-140 140mm 140mm Fan
Pros: I have 5 of these in a white Fractal Define R4 (with window) and they are nearly inaudible running at full speed about 3 feet away from me. They also match the black and white of the Define R4 and look awesome through the window if you care aesthetics.
Cons: Somewhat expensive at $18 a piece, wait until they go on sale for around $12 or so.
Other Thoughts: I would absolutely recommed these to anyone who wants to improve the airflow in their case without adding noise, especially if the case has a black and white theme.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This monitor came in perfect condition and had zero dead pixels. The picture is amazing and gets extremely bright. Being IPS, the viewing angle is also great. Aesthetics are nice and it's a great substiture for dual monitors.
The built-in speakers are loud, but lack the bass that would be present if using a set of speakers with a sub woofer (duh). Overall the speakers are adequate and I have no complaints.
I have this paired up with a GTX770 and can play all of my games at max or near max settings at 2560x1080. I think this monitor really shines in first person games since the extra width allows a better peripheral view.
Cons: Third party support for the 21:9 aspect ratio isn't quite all there yet, so I would recommend checking up on whatever it is that you plan on doing or playing to make sure it supports 21:9 to really get the most out of this monitor.
Other Thoughts: I don't know if I would purchase this at $650, but for ~$380 it is an awesome deal and I would recommend it to anyone who doesn't need the extra vertical space that going to 2560x1440 would offer.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I bought this to upgrade an aging Radeon 5770 and the GTX770 is unsurprisingly a huge improvement. The build quality is excellent and the card feels extremely solid, it just looks and feels like a premium product.
So far I've been able to max or near max every game I've thrown at it running at 2560x1080 resolution (21:9). Games I've tried so far include Star Citizen, MechWarrior Online, Diablo 3, Planetside 2, Assassin's Creed 4 (included at the time I bought this card) and Wasteland 2. I haven't run FRAPS or any FPS monitoring software, but that's only because the games all run smooth and I haven't felt the need.
I have the card in a Fractal Define R4 with 5 near silent 140mm fans about 3 feet away from me and I can only vaguely hear the GTX770 if I'm filtering out everything else and trying to listen for it. Overall though, I'm usually in a game when the GPU is being taxed and I don't notice it at all. Temperatures are great and usually get maxed out around 68 celsius or so on stock profiles. I haven't overclocked it yet, but there is definitely headroom there based on how it behaves on stock settings. I'll update when I've had a chance to mess with it.
Cons: The only downside I can think of is the size if trying to use this in some mATX cases, although it's to be expected if working with an mATX case. I had a Lian Li PC-V352B that this GPU would not have fit in since the heatpipes come out the top of the card a little bit. On it's own merit though, the card is not very big when considering the performance capability.
Other Thoughts: Case - Fractal Define R4 (White w/ window)
Mobo - ASUS P8Z77-M
CPU - Intel i5-3570K @ 4.2 GHz
RAM - 8 GB G.Skill Ripjaws @ 1600 MHz
GPU - ASUS GTX770 DirectCU II
PSU - Rosewill Capstone 450-M (450W)
Monitor - 29" LG 29EA73-P (2560 x 1080 resolution)
Display Name: Ryan G.
Date Joined: 02/20/10
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