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ZOTAC ZT-90101-10P GeForce GTX 970 4GB 256-Bit DDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support G-SYNC Support  Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: + Unbelievable performance. I replaced my 7970 GHz Edition, which was already a pretty good card, with this card. I thought it had to be a joke at first, considering how huge my old card was in comparison, but man was I wrong! Sizable FPS increase and I can now max out AA on games that I couldn't before. Absolutely beast.

+ Overclocks like crazy! I was able to get 1423MHz core and 4000MHz (effectively 8GHz) on the memory without tweaking the voltage or power percentage. I plan on pushing this card more once I get it on water, but for right now, this is great!

+ Power consumption. This card draws significantly less than my old 7970, while destroying it.

+ Tiny. This card could easily be used in a small form factor machine and still maintain that high level of performance. Of course, this could be a negative as well (see cons).

Cons: - Thermal performance. Now, I know some people are getting really lucky with their cards, but I was not one of them. At stock, I was hitting over 80C while testing in Metro. I ended up building a custom fan curve to try and prevent it from going above 70C, but this requires some pretty aggressive fan speeds. After a long gaming session, my rig sounds like a jet. Of course, this will be resolved once I put it on water, but for the average gamer this can be annoying. This could have been resolved if they used a larger fin array, and extended the card a bit.

- Voltage cap. There seems to be a voltage cap. Afterburner will not let you push the power draw above 106%. I would assume that this is due to them using lesser-quality chokes, but I have no way to test this. Of course, this could just be a simple BIOS limitation. We will need to wait and see.

- FireStorm is laughable. I had frequent crashes when just trying to monitor temps. Of course, this is the first iteration of it, so it will get better over time. Right now, Afterburner is leaps and bounds above anything, and not using FireStorm does not take away from anything.

Other Thoughts: In the end this card has a few hiccups with it, but every card has something. The performance of this card still outweighs any of the negatives. If you are playing at 1080P, this IS the card to get, hands down.

Rig:
AMD FX-8320 at 4.3GHz
Gigabyte 990FXA-UD7
16GB Corsair Vengeance RAM
Zotac GTX 970
120GB OCZ Vertex SSD
2TB Seagate 7200RPM HDD

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AMD FX-8320 Vishera 8-Core 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor FD8320FRHKBOX
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: + Chip is an absolute BEAST. Destroys multithreaded applications no problem.
+ Overclocks like a BEAST. Currently have mine running at 4.3GHz at 1.35V, so a TON of headroom for further overclocking if I want.
+ Pricing like a BEAST. I payed $125 for mine at a local computer shop.

Cons: - Memory compatibility. Sadly, this chip has some limitations when it comes to faster memory. This is an architecture limitation, so no way this can be changed.
- Heats up a bit, but if you have good cooling it isn't a problem. Have a Kraken X60 and core temps never break 50C under 100% load.

Other Thoughts: Rig
Case: NZXT Phantom 630
MoBo: Gigabyte 990FXA-UD7
CPU: AMD FX-8320 (OC to 4.3GHz at 1.35V)
CPU Cooling: NZXT Kraken X60
RAM: 8GB Corsair Vengeance (soon to be 16GB)
GPU: Gigabyte AMD Radeon 7970 GHz Edition (1200 core, 1700 memory)
GPU Cooling: NZXT Kraken X40 (w/ Kraken G10)
PSU: Cooler Master 1000W Silent Pro
Lighting: NZXT Hue

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NETGEAR WNR3500L-100NAS 802.11b/g/n RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit router up to 300Mbps/ DD-WRT Open Source support/ USB x1
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: + Gigabit ethernet
+ Decent wireless speeds
+ Pretty

Cons: - NO OFFICIAL DD-WRT SUPPORT
- Default firmware is a joke. Supposed to be more user-friendly, but just an absolute PITA.

Other Thoughts: I bought this because it was a reasonably priced router with gigabit and it said it had support for DD-WRT. I didn't bother checking on their site, because I wouldn't expect Newegg to lie about something like that... Well, kinda lie. The WNR3500LV1 has full support for DD-WRT. V2 has been in "WIP" for well over a year. Development has completely stopped on it. Our only option is to attempt to compile it ourselves (seemed to work, but cannot flash standard BIN files after that, so pretty much stuck on whatever version you flash), or choose a different firmware. I found a decent build of Tomato with a lot of extra features (including OpenVPN, THE REASON I wanted DD-WRT), so I will see how that goes. That, however, does not excuse the fact that it is advertised as having support for something it doesn't. Newegg, you REALLY need to change that tag. Just put "open source support."

I am probably not going to return this, because it still gets the job done. But I am extremely unhappy.

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Corey E.'s Profile

Display Name: Corey E.

Date Joined: 02/04/11

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 07/22/11
  • Last Review: 10/30/14
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