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Pros: -Runs GTA V, Rust, Dragon Age Inquisition, Battlefield 4, Civilization V, Skyrim, Fallout 4, and the kitchen sink at ultra at 1920x1080. Thanks to the slowdown of Moore's Law, you'll get at least three years of that with this card.
-Blower-style fans ensure the air actually exits your case. This keeps my processor about 10C cooler than my old graphics card with the traditional double blow-into-case fans.
Cons: -I thought my GeForce 560Ti was huge. This is easily 6 centimeters or so larger - even though it uses 50 less watts and one less power connection. It barely fit in my large midtower - had to stretch a lot of wires around. Would be nice if they could design smaller coolers that were blower-out-the-case style.
-Only one DVI output.
Other Thoughts: Well, it's been five years since I've upgraded from my Nvidia 560Ti. After barely being able to turn on GTA V or Rust (with heavy stuttering, since it's only got 1GB of RAM) or Dragon Age Inquisition or Battlefield 4, I thought to myself that it's probably my processor's fault for being so old (it's a 2010 AMD Phenom II X4 865). But I figured I'd be able to get some time before I upgraded by buying a new graphics card. Man, was I surprised when I saw the benchmarks: turns out, it was just the 560Ti being obsolete.
(I mean, the Phenom II is old, but it's still oddly relevant. It's on parity with today's AMD Athlon X4, which is still a better buy than today's 6000-series Pentium. Turns out multithreading is finally coming into its own!)
Now everything runs on Ultra with no compromises - thankfully breathing life into my otherwise ancient rig!
So if your question is this: should I spend $300 on my processor and motherboard, or $300 on the graphics card? Go with the graphics card!
Pros: Great specs, great screen, fast. Hopefully a dream come true. It wasn't :(.
Cons: I've had this thing break twice over the last year. First, it was because of a simple installation of an SSD. Somehow that magically broke the trackpad and caused it to overheat. Weird, right?
The second time, I was gaming on it like a normal person. Everything was properly ventilated because I'm not a dummie, but started getting random BSOD. Random BSOD later became regular BSOD within one day and eventually locked up and corrupted the system mainboard. Well, that's not fun.
Avoid this, avoid anything ACER. This is my second laptop with them and definitely my last. All they create is overheating cheap garbage, despite the two fans. I bet the thermal paste is mayonnaise.
Other Thoughts: Don't buy this or its newer cousin. Don't buy any ACER.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: *SATA (so it replaced an awful 8 year old DVD-RW drive with IDE)
Cons: *NoneREAD FULL REVIEW