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This review is from: Fractal Design Core 500 Mini-ITX Small Form Factor Case (FD-CA-CORE-500-BK)
Pros: -Fits EVERYTHING
Cons: -You gotta learn what order things can go into the case in
Other Thoughts: I was able to mount my 120mm rad/fan for my CPU up top, my 120mm rad/fan for my hybrid 980ti, two large hard drives, an SSD, a modular 160mm power supply, AND my bluray drive! I thought no way was I going to fit the optical drive too, but it fits! I was hoping to post pictures of it, but I don't think Newegg lets you...READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: MSI GeForce GTX 980TI SEA HAWK
Pros: -Boosts to 1400+ without any overclocking!
-Stable overclock of 1500+ without topping 60°C!
Cons: -Does NOT have variable 120mm fan speed based on GPU temp as claimed by MSI.
Other Thoughts: Just received this card a few days ago and took some time to adjust things to where I like them, but everything is nearly perfect with a few tweaks.
First off, my card had some rattling when I first took it out of the box, and after opening the shroud, I couldn't seem to find what it was that was shaking about. Whatever it was, it's settled now though. Also, the first time I powered on the computer with this GPU in it, there was a loud CRUNCH and my computer shut off. I hit the power button again and the computer turned on like normal and everything was running fine! A little unnerving though... I still have no idea what caused it.
The radial fan is a tad loud at idle out of the box, and unfortunately you can't set it to run under 33% in MSI afterburner without doing a bios flash to remove the 33% limitation. After doing so, with the fear of bricking your new $750 card, you can set it to a nice non-audible level of 20% on idle. The temps stay safely around 25°C, so even 20% might be overkill. It's only cooling the VRAM anyway...
Also, it might behoove you to know that the pump and radial fan are plugged into the same header underneath the shroud. I heard a slight buzz and assumed it was the pump running at 100%. My intention was to throw a "low-noise adapter" in there to quiet the pump down, but the pump is going to be running at whatever percentage your radial fan is running at, so in my case, 20% at idle. Since it's not the pump making the fan, it must be some sort of coil whine. It's really not THAT loud, and I can't hear it sitting across the room (HTPC). I guess I'm just OCD enough that it bugs me just knowing I can't get rid of it. Maybe the card will work in enough that the sound disappears in a few weeks? Wishful thinking?
As for the 120mm fan, I didn't even try it. I had a Noctua NF-F12 on standby to use instead. As stated above, the fan does NOT run based off of the GPU temp, but rather whatever motherboard header you plug it into. I just set the fan to a steady 50% and even with the GPU overclocked to 1500+ running at full load, my temps never seem to exceed much more than 60°C with the pump running at 40%. Yay $100 premium AIO water cooler!
Also, in case anyone is wondering, the length of the tubing is pretty much spot on to what is shown in the main picture on this website. NOT LONG. I'm sorry I don't have an exact measurement for you...
As for overclocking, this things a beast. Every higher end game runs silky smooth 60 fps in 1440p, and older games, like Dirt 3 run at ultra settings in 4k with 8xMSAA and don't even break a sweat at 60fps. It's nuts... The only exception is the infamous Crysis 3. 1440p and 2xMSAA warrants 45 to 60 fps. My goodness, it's so beautiful though!
Anyway, thanks for reading my essay. Hopefully I get at A+! :D
Pros: Should have cooled way better than the stock fan on my 650 ti. Also, nice that it comes with little heatsinks for the VRM, Mosfets, and so on...
Cons: After spending a few hours tearing my graphics card out, meticulously installing the vrm heatsinks and main heatsink, all while wrestling my 1-year old away from grabbing everything he deemed interesting... I plugged the graphics card back in, booted the system, only to find that the fan wasn't spinning. That's okay... I'll just try using the molex adapter that was provided... no, that's not working either. Okay, I'll just pull the fan off and use something else I have lying around. No, that won't work either, because a 25mm thick fan attached to the heatsink won't fit in my case. Well, I guess I'll just RMA it!
Other Thoughts: I guess I'll try the vf900-cu from Zalman!READ FULL REVIEW