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Pros: Fast, Quiet, looks great.
Cons: None so far
Other Thoughts: I purchased this card in the hopes of breathing some new life into my 2 year old gaming rig. My previous card, a Sapphire 2gb 6950, had served me well but it was time to move on. After some research, and an internal struggle to try to stay within my budget, I decided on the EVGA GTX770 2gb.
My first impressions were very positive. The card just looks cool. I could care less about this, but I know that to some enthusiasts how it looks in the case is important. On that score this card does very well with it's sleek design and gold tones. It also comes with all of the adapters you may need to power it if you have a power supply without an 8 pin connector, which is a nice plus. Having had to make 90 minute round trips to a computer store in the past because I was missing a 2.99 adapter, this was appreciated.
As far as performance, my 6950 ran Battlefield 4 at medium settings, but couldn't do much better. Anything higher and I would get low framerates. After installing this card I decided to just turn everything up to ultra to see how it did and I was more than a little impressed. I played for about 30 minutes and I never saw a framerate drop below the high 50's. I then tested Shogun 2 and was really blown away. My old card struggled with this game even on medium settings, but the 770 had no problems at all. Smooth gameplay without a hiccup.
Another thing I really appreciate is a card that runs cool (it does) while remaining nearly silent (it does that too). I didn't notice much of a noise increase even under heavy load, and the temps remained well with comfortable limits.
One other thing that really needs to be mentioned is ShadowPlay. This feature is fantastic. Being able to record high resolution video with almost zero effect on framerates and gameplay is amazing. I have always wanted to record my gaming sessions, but apps like fraps really require a very high end rig to do it right, and I was always frustrated with the video quality. With ShadowPlay it isn't an issue. I recorded a few minutes of Battlefield 4 and was actually wondering if the recorder was working since I am so used to huge framerate drops when recording. When I looked at the video I was even more amazed at the quality.
I should also mention that "ShadowPlay can be configured to record continuously with a rolling buffer of customizable length, allowing the user to save the video retrospectively if something interesting has happened in their game, without having to remember to start recording beforehand." (Wikipedia) This is awesome. I have had a ton of moments in games that I wish I had recorded, and now you can capture them all. To be honest, this feature alone is almost worth the purchase price for me.
To sum up, this is a fantastic card. My main concern was getting another couple of years out of my cpu/ram/board and I have no doubt that this card will allow that and then some. The added features like ShadowPlay only make it more amazing.
This review is from: Nintendo 3DS XL Handheld Gaming System Mario & Luigi Dream Team Edition Silver
Pros: Awesome system. In my mind definitely worth upgrading to from the 3DS. Great screen resolution and an awesome library of games which is only getting better. You can also play all of the ds games on it as well.
Also has great battery life.
Cons: None I can think of
Other Thoughts: If you are on the fence as I was, I recommend just getting it. I wasn't sure how much I would use it (I'm a 40+ year old guy btw) and I find myself using it every day. I have always been a big gamer, but it's hard to find much time to play any more. this makes it easy get some game time in anywhere.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Pros: Simply the best SSD you can buy. For reliability, it can't be beat as has been shown over and over. Super fast (of course). My boot time after the bios splash screen is about 10 seconds now and apps load instantly. Also lowered the time it takes for BF3 maops to load to about 10 seconds, which is awesome.
Cons: None really, it's the cadillac of SSD's
Other Thoughts: I put off buying an SSD for a long time, my reasoning being that it wasn't worth the money for a few seconds of boot time. Boy was I wrong. Everything about my pc is faster now. When I click the Word shortcut, a blank document is open instantly. Everything is snappier and more responsive, not just shut down and boot times. Worth the money for sure in my opinion.READ FULL REVIEW