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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
Pros: At idle, and during light gaming using a GTX 970, the fan remains off, and so completely silent. During heavy GPU utilization, the fan spins very slowly and quietly. There is no coil whine, or indeed any noticeable noise during operation. Being fully modular, it's easy to install and tie down each power cable individually. It makes for a very clean look.
Cons: None. I wanted a quiet PSU and it was even quieter than I expected.
Other Thoughts: It takes a little bit of strength to get the plugs to seat properly in the PSU, but this is comparable to other high end power supplies I've purchased (Firepower Silencer Mk III)READ FULL REVIEW