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Pros: plenty of memory, fast GPU, and very quite.
Cons: randomly started causing my computer to BSOD after freezing it up and filling the screen with artifacts. so now i cant use it.
Other Thoughts: lasted for about a year and 1 month. now if you start the computer with it, once windows loads the entire screen gets filled with small pink squares (artifacts). using my 550TI fixes the problem.
i figure it might have been a driver issue, from the most recent driver update. but the 550TI uses the same drivers, and runs perfectly fine.
i couldnt even try reinstalling the drivers, as the computer takes about 3 minutes from windows boot to frozen BSOD if i have the card in. this, coupled with the low quality ive come to expect from gigabyte for expensive products, make me sure im going to stick with ASUS from now on.
Pros: easy surround setup. a few preset "enhancements" that can make things easy for people who dont to spend 10 seconds tweaking an equalizer.
Cons: the quality of the sound is the same as an on board VIA chipset from this era. the "beamforming microphone" is just 2 worthless piezo mics, the lowest quality mic known to man. the speaker control is VERY limited.
you cannot run the subwoofer AND run full range front/side speakers.
you cannot simply expand stereo audio to the surrounds.
the equalizer attenuates very heavily. you cannot disable a clipping control, and as such turning up the bass, turns down the treble in a reactive manner. basically, you have to turn the EQ up to large amounts to get a good sound from it. this is the opposite as it should be.
the crystal voice enhancement is REQUIRED if you want to use the beamforming mic. otherwise there is massive echo and feedback.
the "surround" enhancement throws some terrible sounding reverb into your sides, making it worthless for REAL speakers.
"smart volume" dosent seem to do anything really. on one setting, everything gets loud, on another everything quiet. the same would be achieved by turning down the volume. it does not react dynamically to the sound.
NOT running the front channels as full range makes them have a noticeable lack of sound whenever you would hear low range things, while running them full range reduces availible signals to the subwoofer.
Other Thoughts: this is a waste of money. unless youre REALLY lazy and dont want to bother doing a few google searches and instaling a few things to have surround output through SPDIF, dont bother with this. the analog sound quality is on par with a VIA chipset on your motherboard, it just gets a little louder. but your speakers have an amplifier, so that dosent matter.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: YAMAHA YST-SW216BL Front Firing 100W Powered Subwoofer Each
Pros: an interesting little port you can take off and use on a good box/speaker.
Cons: very low power. though it CLAIMS to be 100 watts, it is not. the speaker burns out just slightly over 50 watts, and as such it is not possible for the amplifier to output 100 watts. pretty sure it says "45 watts" on the back plate even. terrible quality speaker with almost no response below 60hz, and being strongest around 150hz, so certainly not a "subwoofer". cheaply made box out of particle board surrounded by fiberboard, with a 2x2 inch square of paper thin carpet to use as "dampening". the amplifier will stop working if you use a different speaker. and i mean stop working forever. terrible "filter" that consists of a switch that has almost no effect on the sound. i imagine it drops the other frequencies by about 3db.
Other Thoughts: for some reason, my previous review was deleted. this one is a bit more harsh and realistic.READ FULL REVIEW