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Pros: This card is ideal for a build I am starting. A mining rig with style, no milk crate for me!
Its a very appealing card, and it runs cool. The fans are hardly noticeable until you get past 50%.
I have this card mining in my garage at a nice and cool 50C at 50% fan.
Comes with a custom backplate, actually a very nice one. So take $30 off the price for that. This is a trend I would like to see more of with higher end video cards.
Believe me, the backplate makes a difference in temps.
Cons: Price and availability, I could have picked a more readily available card and modded it. This is why I did not purchase at the egg, has not been in stock for quite some time.
In terms of performance alone, it is a bit overpriced.
Length- it is easily over 12 inches long. Not a problem for me but just be aware. The fan/heatsink adds a couple of inches to the board.
Other Thoughts: I am currently mining with this card at 460kH/s. Efforts to push higher have been unsuccessful but I have not tried any BIOS mods.
I can mine at Intensity of 17, any higher results in hardware errors.
But as a gaming card, it is superior to my HD 6950's. One of which I BIOS modded to HD 6970, that card mines at 480-490 kH/s all day.
For mining I would look at much less expensive cards to acheive the same results.
Pros: The price is a big selling point of course, but until you buy one you'll have no idea just what a great deal this is.
I just finished a client build with an A75 motherboard, and I couldn't be more pleased.
Last night I fired up Skyrim with the pc on a 24 inch monitor, 1080p. The game originally detected my hardware and set the graphics settings to HIGH. The game intro was a little choppy, so I dropped the settings detail to medium. After that it was like butter.
Cons: There is only one con I've encountered. It appears there is no analog video. I have been unsuccessful at using a DVI to VGA converter to get analog video.
I am going under the assumption that since the video is on die that there are no analog components on the APU. Also the motherboard does not have a northbridge, so I believe there is no analog video available. I could be all wet, but I haven't seen any documentation either way.
This could be limited to my motherboard, but my understanding is that all A75 motherboard are without a northbridge which traditionally has handled the duties of integrated video.
The CPU temp has been running a bit higher than I expected using a low cost liquid cooler, 40-50C although I did see an idle temp today of 35C.
Other Thoughts: I spent quite a bit of time testing this computer, over a month and it really performed well above my expectations. I can't say enough nice things about this, but I will say that I was very impressed with the gaming performance and overall system responsiveness. I played a number of A list titles, including Portal, Skyrim, Mass Effect, and Dirt 3. No, you can't max out Crysis 3, but did you really expect to for under a hunnerd bux?
I am a gamer, modder and enthusiast and have been building systems for over 15 years.
Here's the specs:
AMD A6-3670k APU
Sapphire A 75 Pure Platinum mobo
Antec 620 Kuhler
Antec 380W green power
OCZ 90 GB SSD
8GB DDR3 1600Mhz Avexir memory
Pros: This is a fantastic looking motherboard and it fit perfectly with my latest build. I loved the water cooling option for the VRMs and chips around the socket and the color scheme is great.
Gotta love the voltage test points and the attention to detail for overclockers.
It seemed like the perfect match for my mod..
Cons: Unfortunately I was not aware of the PCI express limitations of the Z77 chipset. So just to warn users interested in multiple graphics setups, this chipset would be fine to run 2 cards (8X/8X) but any other devices will have to share bandwidth.
The big problem however was with the waterblock. I had a leak that I couldn't pinpoint, I finally found that one of the joints on the waterpipe was not completely soldered. This leak soaked my motherboard, of course it has not been energized yet. I have cleaned all components with alcohol, but I am still nervous about firing it up.
I would RMA but I am under the gun to finish this mod quickly and don't have 6-8 weeks to wait for a replacement. This leaves me in a bad spot, so I am not happy considering this board costs as much as a month in groceries.
I am attempting to fix the faulty solder joint, although I am sure this will void the warranty.
Other Thoughts: Ya know, I think this is the last time I will pay over $200 for a motherboard. The last one was $240 (a Crosshair I) and it was defective as well.
I'm assuming that this is not a problem in general for these boards, but still if you are interested in the water cooling it provides you may wish to look elsewhere.