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ASUS STRIX-GTX970-DC2OC-4GD5 GeForce GTX 970 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support G-SYNC Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Extremely quiet, and silent when not gaming (a huge plus for me).
Works like advertised, no problems
Massive, beautiful piece of gear...shiny!
Makes my games all look amazing
Has enough vram to perform well on a modern large monitor

Cons: ummm...well, a 970 is less OP than I sort of expected, tbh, coming from a 660. Still, very nice, and substantial upgrade from my ASUS GTX 660 OC.

Other Thoughts: I haven't tried this on a 4k screen yet, not having one currently, so I can't say if the performance is satisfactory for gaming on hi at 4k for my needs. But at 1920x1200 it's fine (can do all high, but "nearly all" high seems to work better for me, avoiding stalls and all). Also, I've had fewer compatibility issues w/ Asus branded gpus than others I've tried, so i"m slowly becoming a convert I guess. I've tried 'em all, and am likely to stick w/ Asus based on trying 4 other brands of 900 series.

ZOTAC ZT-90301-10M GeForce GTX 960 2GB 128-Bit DDR5 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Nice, but compatability issues 02/16/2015

This review is from: ZOTAC ZT-90301-10M GeForce GTX 960 2GB 128-Bit DDR5 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Pros: Card is much classier looking than the online pix; very sharp, very solid. Super quiet. Fast, helpful, nice tech support w/ real live human beings.

Cons: incompatible w/ my mobo, tried several cards, tech support unable to resolve it. (500W PSU, 3770, B75 mobo). All bios updates and drivers applied, hangs at bios screen. Before you buy search to see if the card works w/ your mobo. Based on forum traffic and some testing I think it is a general 960 issue, not specific to Zotac.

Other Thoughts: I know some mfgs (asus) have updates that allow it to work w/ some B75 boards, or legacy pci modes that work, but mine has neither of those options, sadly. My mobo mfg (g'way, using an OEM AMI B75 mobo) has no further updates & won't support (outside warranty period), so I'm out of luck. Would have to basically build a new machine to use the card.

SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD250BW 2.5
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: quick reads, silent, reliable

Cons: incredibly slow write speeds, far less than advertised. My cheap barracuda writes far faster on both sequential and random, despite being on a slower sata port. And so does my 830.

Other Thoughts: this thing works, and the lack of noise is great. The migration utility is great. But the write speed is seriously disappointing.


Christopher B.'s Profile

Display Name: Christopher B.

Date Joined: 12/12/05

  • Reviews: 23
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 09/09/08
  • Last Review: 03/08/15
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