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Pros: Can I say WOW! Like really WOW!
The fact that I almost cried when I took this out of its box hopefully shows a sliver of the quality that this card just excretes. The build quality is fantastic, it feels great to hold and it is sexy as hell.
The GK110 GPU is amazing! easily the best architecture in a gaming class GPU ever. This GPU gives you the feeling that it is just walking through games like Crisis 2 & 3, BioShock, AC4 all on Ultra.
It scored a graphics score of 5543 on 3D mark 2013 Extreme w/ no extra overclocking . And a 12398 on the First Strike (Regular) benchmark. Comparing these numbers it beats the Titan easy. Running the BioShock benchmark gave me an average FPS of 172 on Ultra with a high of 220 and a low of 120
Very Very Very happy with this card!
Other Thoughts: I bought this card and not the ACX cooler because I wanted to watercool this card and so I wanted the reference cooler on it in order to increase compatibility with water blocks.
If I felt like I needed it I would by 2 in a heart beat. But I don't need it for what I use it for so no reason spending another 800 between another card and waterblock. At least not yet :)
Asus ROG Maximus VI Hero
Intel i7 4770k
Nvidia GTX 780 Ti
G.Skill Trident x 8GB @ 2400mhz
Seasonic Platinum 850W
This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit - OEM
Pros: When I was looking for a new OS for my build I initially was going for Win 7 since I have always had a great experience with that OS and my general understanding was that is was better than 8. A few weeks before I purchase my build I decided to look into 8 and I found that there were far less complaints after 8.1 came out.
So I took a chance and was I wrong about my impression of Win 8.1 and that most of the negative reviews are wrong about 8.1
It is very easy to customize 8.1 such as; colors, look where things are located nothing is missing that was in 7. Everything also has a very ergonomic feel as far as accessing menus, folders and programs. It DOES take a bit of getting used to but maybe takes a week. Everything that was great in Win 7 is in 8.1
Next is the integration of apps so it gives you the option for phone/tablet like programs on your desktop which is great. You can have an app and a program being used side by side which is great. I didn't use this feature for about a month but now I use it for news, practicing math, videos and music; its the best of both worlds.
Lastly and most importantly is the new "Start Menu" or the Tiles interface. This I have always heard complaints about BUT when I read that you can change the setting so it always boots to desktop I was sold. Having it boot to desktop and not to Tiles makes it feel like a desktop AND the "Start Menu" becomes a BETTER start menu than the old one. I hit the windows button on my keyboard and the screen changes and all my programs are there in any shape, size and order that I want. It's fantastic and makes navigation quick and easy. It is such a better start menu than the old one. It is also easy to access the system management options by right clicking the "Start button" (thats also a way to shut down your computer too)
Another big pro is the use of Direct X 11.1 and 11.2 which is only found in Windows 8.1 This actually kinda sucks IMO stupid Microsoft forcing you to upgrade if you want to use these features but since I like 8.1 and I felt being able to use 11.1 & 11.2 increased the lifespan of my gaming then it turned into a pro.
Cons: One con however is the ergonomic layout but only because it takes a bit understanding where everything is at. An example would be I had to look up online how to turn off the computer on the first time I booted it up. But that is just once.
The cons slip away very quickly once you learn where everything is and you start to realize this is just a better version of Windows 7.
Only real con that is there is the integration with the windows email (outlook & live) which you need to set up in order to log in, instead of just usually logging in with a regular password. Now it is linked to an email account. The plus to this is that if you need to do a re-install it loads all your settings for you even desktop backgrounds when you reconnect your email to windows.
I would have liked to see the ability to use any type of email instead of a Microsoft email, also their Skydrive integration is Ok I prefer Google Drive so I don't use it but it tries to get you to use Skydrive.
I took an egg off because it is great but not 5 egg great there is still much to be improved, it could have gotten 5 eggs if it didn't force you to be all Microsoft (email login, Skydrive integration) It looses customization there and therefor looses an egg.
Other Thoughts: I was very surprised and kinda disappointed since there is sooo much negative hype around 8 and 8.1 that seems to be just bunch of people sharing stories that they have no experience with.
Overall this is a great and stable OS that leaves a lot to be explored and it surprisingly works well for a desktop.
ASUS ROG Maximus VI Hero
Intel i7 4770K (Coolermaster EVO)
Evga Nvidia GTX 780 Ti
G. Skill Trident x 8GB @ 2400mhz
Seasonic Platinum 850W
Raid 5 WD (1 TB x 3) & 3TB @ 7200RPM
Samsung SSD 840 pro 128GB
Antec P280 Case
Putting this all on water in another month!
Pros: -Cool looking, Small and Thin
-Hybrid 500 GB HDD
Cons: -No Backlite keyboard
-Keyboard is ok
-Inside of laptop case is plastic
-Speakers are a little dry
-2-4 hour battery life
Other Thoughts: I got this laptop for my wife. Who immediately loved and professed her love for it for the whole week. It is very attractive to look at, I found myself wanting to use it and I did more than she did for the first few days. The i5 and Hybrid drive make the laptop quick and easy to use. The first restart I did surprised me on how fast it rebooted. Having windows 7 is nice I'm not against windows 8 but I am a fan of having all household computers using the same operating system. It cools through the keyboard which is nice because you don't have to worry about heat if it is sitting on a bed or pillow. The fan can get kinda loud, just noticeable if you bother to listen to it. The battery is lacking lasting about 2.5 hours while listening to music, surfing downloading and installing going on. It multitasks well just don't do a lot of multitasking if you are away from an outlet for a long time. The longest I have used the laptop has been about 4.5 - 5 hours long which is not bad but I didn't buy it for its battery life. I bought this laptop because it was functional and sexy which is what my wife likes ; ) I payed 580 for this laptop which is a fair price I wouldn't pay more than 600 for it even though when this laptop first came out it was in the 900 range. The keyboard is a little lacking for my tastes but my wife likes it a lot. Overall this is a fine laptop that is light, pleasing to look at, quick and functional. It feels well built and because of the i5 it is falls under the Ultrabook category which is nice.READ FULL REVIEW