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Pros: The most quite and coolest running 660 on the market according the all the tests I looked at. In my experience I don't hear the thing, and in my case it's tops out at around 62C. After about 50 hours of gaming, if your card isn't acting up, then it should be a good card, I have at least that and there hasn't been anything serious.
Cons: Seems pretty heavy, that's why you screw GPU's into the case anyway.
Coming from a tiny 7770, this things is much bigger and blocks the airflow through my case pretty good, my CPU use to max out around 30C, (my basements about 65F), now it'll max around 38C while gaming. Part of it I'm sure is due to warmer weather, but almost 10 whole degrees, there's more to it than just the ambient temperature. So, I ordered a case fan that I'm going to stick in the upper side panel. Not that my CPU temps are bad, but I kind of want to see what it'll will do. It's worth noting, I'm running a CM TX3 with only the one fan it came with, so adding a second fan is still an option.
Other Thoughts: The ASUS 660 is faster, but it runs hotter, louder, is longer, and does not cool the VRAM as well as this card. So you should be able to OC this card to match or pass the ASUS one.
I had a problem with screen tearing, even when it's enabled in game it'd still happen, I had to force it in the control panel, but I did with my Radeon card as well so it must be something with my monitor.
I usually go with budget cards so spending $215 on a card was kind of a big deal so I did a decent amount of research on all the different 660's before going with this one.
This review is from: MASSCOOL FD12025S1L3/4 120mm Case Cooling Fan
Pros: Nice long cable, nice sleeving, spins around 1100rpm all day in my computer and doesn't make any noise that I can hear, still pulls a decent amount of air through my fan filter though
Cons: No 4 pin fan connector
Other Thoughts: I buy the cheapest fans I can find, I bought this for about $6 left it in my desk forever and finally put it in my case before summer.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: -Looks nice, yet not to flashy
-large heatsinks on important parts, and still short enough to stay out of the way
-stays very cool while gaming
-room for as big of a GPU as your case will allow
-2 chassis fan headers, and one for PSU fans
Cons: I get blue screens on startup, I'll say about 20% of the time. Its related to some driver for sure, I thought it was sound drivers so I downloaded them for the website, but it doesn't seem to have helped at all. So far it always starts up on the second try if it BSOD's the first time without any other problems, but still, it manages to freak me out a bit each time.
I plugged two side case fans into both the fan system fan headers (both fans were 3 pins), and for whatever reason they run at 100% all the time, perhaps a setting in BIOs needs to be adjusted or some software would fix this but I don't care to spend to much time on the issue so I'm just leaving them unplugged for now, perhaps I'll buy some silent fans in the future. The CPU fan header controls the CPU fan just as it should.
My case isn't the largest so plugging in SATA cables was a bit tricky.
Other Thoughts: BIOs is the same as any other Gigabyte board, which, although not as flashy as some of the newer BIOs from other boards, they're simple to use.
With the two problems listed in mind, I still recommend this board. Both problems I think can be somewhat easily fixed, I just don't really want to spend time on them right now. If your an OCer, this one is great because it has the larger heatsinks that will help keep your Mosfets cool when you adjust your voltage.
If the board stops working properly in the future I will certainly write another review. In which case you can search reviews for my name and if nothing else comes up, then I didn't have any other problems,
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