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Pros: -Keeps my chip 30-35* idle and no higher than 66* during stress tests and prolonged heavy loads
-Quiet after initial power up pump spool, just hums, no air bubble noises or rattling beyond initial boot and pump start
-As is widely known, it is (was?) pretty much the best budget chip for gaming. Plenty of overclockability (running stable and relatively cool at 4.0GHz with this product.), and overall the chip boasts excellent performance.
Cons: None I can think of or am qualified to announce.
Other Thoughts: Excellent chip, great performance, mine runs like the wind.
-When I purchased it it was more or less the same price as it is now, if you're pure enthusiast, may want to sink the extra $50-$100 for an i7 if you have the cash to throw around...
Pros: I feel bad for the Purolator/UPS guy, who actually for the first time ever delivered the item straight to my door instead of the store beside my home.
He must have had to ring my apartment buzzer 100 times before I got to it, but regardless, shipping was super speedy. (est. delivery the 8th of this month? Standard ground shipping? And it arrived in 3-4 days? Excellent!) Item arrived in great shape, *very* minor scuffs here and there but the material is a bit flimsy so it was expected.
I've been playing with fitting spare hardware and mini-mobos int to check fits, seems great to me an I doubt I will have any issues.
Case arrived almost entirely unharmed, and included a warranty info booklet, a good amount of extra screws, and a printout diagram of each feature/part of the case.
-Nice and compact, perfect for what I needed
-Power/reset? buttons feel sturdy enough for my aging mother, I doubt she'll end up breaking it (she gets tremors, broke the power button on her old dell)
-Included a single case fan for those on the most scrutinizing of budgets
-Overall decent value for $20
Cons: Case material is very flimsy as other reviews have mentioned, if you are a big guy or have a cast iron grip, be sure to mind how much force you're applying to just about any of the case doors when you take them off, and also be careful when popping out the drive-bay "filler plates" if you intend to use either of the bays, because you can bend the chassis very easily.... which leads me to...
--> EVERY SINGLE EDGE IN THE INSIDE OF THIS CASE
-ouch. ouch again. oh no! I've severed my radial artery on the case I bought to do a nice thing for my mother! It's brutal, like you could successfully use a can opener to do interior case mods on this,
entire thing is VERY sharp, not a smooth edge to be found. I sliced up my fingertip a little. I recommend wearing gloves or just being very careful if you need to do reachwork, such as laying in your motherboard... watch the skin.
Other than the sharp edges and somewhat flimsy material, I can not complain truly. For $20 this is great value.
Other Thoughts: Normally I would give this case 3 stars if I were trying to be strictly objective about the quality etc, but I can't help but take the sheer affordability into account here.
For what you pay, it's an excellent deal. 4/5 eggs
Pros: -Great looking card overall
-More than acceptable performance for it's price range
-Has handled absolutely everything I've thrown at it greatly, but there is of course that last shred of performance to be desired, as this isn't top of the line, but when I picked it up it was definitely a contender near the top.
-I'm a big fan of the dual fan design, and this card looks fantastic in my system
-Quiet enough, it makes sound under load about as much as it does when it isn't, I honestly have never needed to concern myself with how it's running.
Ran multiple 8hr. stress tests when I first slapped my system together, and it performed very well.
-avg. temps under heavy load for extended periods of time are around 70*, short periods of time it rarely exceeds 67*, idle temps/non-gaming are in the range of 40*-50* depending on the day and temp of my place.
-Was pleased to find that FarCry 3 ran @ 45-60 fps smoothly on high+ultra @1080p, I did not expect that great of performance, but I am almost completely out of the loop concerning GPU's at this point.
Overall if you're looking for a VERY decent single card solution, this is a good one to take a look at. The cooler on this thing is great, very quiet.
Performance is very good, no complaints there but for screen snipers/ uber enthusiasts, you'll obviously want to look higher.
Cons: No cons really...
Although one thing to mention is the heatpipe on the side can get RIDICULOUSLY hot, despite the card temps reading massive increments cooler. I don't know how these sinks work, but I assume that's why the pipe is there and that it's keeping that heat away from the card itself. Just a heads up though, if you're ever testing + swapping cards in and out, you'll want to give this one an extra bit more time before trying to grab it, or just watch out for the pipe.
Other Thoughts: -Not a con, but worth mentioning.
Again, I am out of the GPU loop,
but this card is very heavy. Heavy enough where I wish I had a support of some kind, as it does *ever so slightly* pull down on my motherboard.
The board can handle it, but I still don't like thinking about the constant bit of strain on my board and the slot this card is hanging out of.
However, not a complaint, because I love the durable and cold-steel feel of this card, was actually very chilly when I unpackaged it, took that as a sign of good design/cooling, turned out to be true in my case.
Although one thing to mention is the heatpipe on the side can get RIDICULOUSLY hot, despite the card temps reading massive increments cooler. I don't know how these sinks work, but I assume that's why the pipe is there and that it's keeping that heat away from the card itself. Just a heads up if you're ever swapping cards for test runs etc, leave this one extra time for that pipe to dissipate more heat, it stays hot a while and REALLY collects that heat up.