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Pros: This card is one sexy specimen. It barely fits in my Antec Nine Hundred Two case, and it's really the center of attention with its LED lighting and aggressive bare metal aesthetic. The fans didn't add at all to the system noise, whether in benchmarks or in idle. In any but the most graphics intensive games, this will give 60 or close to 60 frames easily, and in the most intensive games, you can always compromise on a bit of anti-aliasing or shadow quality, two of the less noticeable features. With the two 6-pin connections, you can probably squeeze just a bit more juice out of it.
Cons: I'm an Assassin's Creed nut, and, I know this card is under the recommended specs for Unity, but I was hoping to get a nice compromise, maybe turning down a few settings, medium textures, and running at 900p. But the stuttering is too awful, and, if a game in the SECOND year of the PS4's lifespan runs this terribly, I can't say this card has much of a life left.
Also, more importantly, it only worked for a few minutes at a time, so I had to RMA it. Every so often, the drivers crashed, saying "Nvidia Windows Display Kernel Driver stopped responding," which crashes any benchmarks, and either black screens or just crashes any games. No amount of driver sweeps in safe mode, rollbacks to launch drivers, or tweaking power options did anything to help.
Other Thoughts: I was frothing at the mouth for some inexpensive, quality graphics. That's mostly what I got, and I think others will be happy if they aren't too choosy. But if you have the extra $120 and you want smooth sailing for the duration of this gen's demanding or just plain shoddy console ports, get the 970 instead. Also, the Gigabyte "GPU gauntlet" is just so much marketing speak - DOA's still happen.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: PS3 Consoles
Pros: Awesome, uncompressed sound for all your music and games - you can hear crystal clear HDMI sound coming through if you have good speakers, and they're so worth it if you have a PS3. There are also a ton of great exclusives, this is the right time to jump into this hardware cycle because there are so many games, but the PS4 is still a ways off. Great time to be a gamer. PSN is also free.
Cons: Backwards compatibility removed, but that's less a con, because it increased the stability and performance in the slim model.
Other Thoughts: Buy it if you're deciding between 360 and PS3, unless your goal is to play online on xbox with friends, because xbox wins for multiplayer support, and for co op games. PS3 is the clear winner in multimedia capability, though.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It's put up with my abuse for about a year and a half without flinching. I use the heck out of this thing every day, whether on PS3 or just my computer. It's got an HDMI-in and output speaker jack for crystal clear lossless HDMI audio from my PS3 to my speakers, and this makes it pretty much the perfect combo TV/monitor for this college kid's entertainment system. It's a great junction for whatever you want to plug into it, be it console, desktop, or laptop. And Blu-ray images are flawless, because it also happens to be 1080p.
Cons: The stand wobbles, but only when you move it, and the speakers really do suck, don't even consider using them. Get any other audio output and you'll be fine.
Other Thoughts: I have a desktop motherboard, netbook, and monitor through Asus - they're not only reasonably priced products but they're rock solid quality and construction, and I really will have my eye out for them buying any other PC accessories. I was sitting here thinking of how beautiful this monitor is and I just had to post how much I love it.READ FULL REVIEW