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Pros: Obviously easy to install, out with the old GTX 770 and in with the new 1070. It plays everything I've tried on very high/ultra settings @1080p. The fans don't even come on when playing less demanding games like World of Warcraft, Counterstrike GO, etc. so it's completely silent. When it does need fans in more demanding applications, they are whisper quiet and somehow still manage to keep the temps (under full load) at around 67C. I can't audibly tell when the fans are on, I have to physically look. It's also a really pretty card, and matches well with a red themed motherboard. I am completely happy with this purchase.
Cons: The MSI software isn't very good. I played with it for a bit, and uninstalled it. It's not really necessary unless you want to mess with the LEDs or with MSI's performance/efficiency settings. Some people have mentioned that they're upset that the LED defaults to white. That's not a con to me, but I'm mentioning it because it might bother you.
Other Thoughts: I am not currently overclocking this card at all, it's running completely stock. It is not a small card, but it had no trouble fitting in a Corsair C70 (mid tower) with a full ATX board. It's also quite heavy, so be sure to secure it properly.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit
Pros: Fast, extremely stable, excellent hardware support, easy to use. I like the menu that pops up when you right click the start menu. Software raid from Windows 7 works just fine in Win8.
Cons: The metro interface should not be the default startup screen on a desktop PC - you should be given the option to choose during installation. You need to download aftermarket (free) software to gain a familiarly functional start menu. The background images that come with the OS are inexplicably terrible quality. They did away with the option of the Windows 7 Aero interface in favor of a more bland one.
Other Thoughts: Despite Microsoft being obtuse and heavy-handed with their implementation of some of the more annoying Windows 8 features for desktop, this is a pretty solid OS. A few minutes spent customizing it to work more seamlessly with a desktop PC is well worth the effort.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE 3X OC EDITION
Pros: This runs quiet and surprisingly cool even under heavy load. Compared with benchmarks against my GTX770, this card seems to be about 20% faster, but it also runs cooler. It's a fantastic value in the high performance graphics card market, I look forward to adding a second one at some point.
Cons: None. This GPU shreds all modern games I tried.
Other Thoughts: I have not attempted overclocking it, so I can't speak to how well it handles that.READ FULL REVIEW