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GIGABYTE GV-N780GHZ-3GD G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 780 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card
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Pros: It's a bad dude.

For reference, my monitor is a Vizio operating at 1366x768.

It can run ARMA III on very high settings at about 30 FPS, which sounds underwhelming if you're not familiar with ARMA III, but that's a good framerate for this game.

Skyrim runs well over 60 fps (I use vsync, not exactly sure how many, but it never stutters) maxed with many, many graphical mods and an ENB installed.

It's also very quiet. The default fan speed scheme keeps the card quieter than my case fans.

When I'm not gaming, I have it mine Dogecoins for me. For scrypt-based cryptocurrency, it gets about 610 KH/s with CUDAminer. During this, with the default fan scheme it operates at a volume just above my case fans (I have a very quiet rig) and hovers around 72C. If I turn the fans up to 3000RPM (quiet, but audible), it hovers around 67C.

Cons: I really haven't had any problems with it so far. The only downsides are that it's pricy (but you knew that already, and if you're looking into this card, you're ok with that) and it's big. I have a full ATX tower and this thing is still big. You'll probably want to get the dimensions of this and measure inside your case to make sure that it won't be blocking and motherboard ports or RAM slots before you buy it.

Other Thoughts: Excellent enthusiast card. Big, powerful, and quiet.

PNY Optima 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model MD4096KD2-667
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Pros: They are cheap, and actually work 25% to 50% of the time!

Cons: Out of 4 purchased RAM modules, one stick was erroneous on arrival and caused frequent BSoDs, which is perfectly acceptable for cheap RAM and was easily Isolated.

A second stick was insidiously erroneous and would have inconstant errors. It would cause program crashes, but not always. I had to run Memtest86+ for several passes on the three remaining sticks to track down this bad module.

Furthermore, I am still getting random program crashes, though less often (this absolutely did not happen before this upgrade). I highly suspect that a third module out of the four is malfunctioning once my case heats up a bit (I have a reasonably well cooled case, and I do not OC currently; it's not that hot).

Other Thoughts: I understand that a RAM stick is likely to be dead on arrival -- especially with lower end RAM. It happens and they can be replaced.

But these, even for cheap low-end modules, have an unacceptably high failure rate. I used to love PNY in the early 2000s. However, this will not do. I am sorry to say I will not be buying PNY products again.


Jake R.'s Profile

Display Name: Jake R.

Date Joined: 03/14/09

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 11/16/11
  • Last Review: 04/07/14
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