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Pros: - After two years, this board is still running strong
- Easy BIOS to setup
- Easy overclocking
- Rock solid
- I've had my FX-8320 overclocked to 4.4 GHz for the whole two years and I've never had the smallest issue with boot, freezing, errors, or anything else
- Small size but everything fits. I have the big Arctic Freezer A30 and my RAM fits perfectly. The SATA ports are facing out so that they don't contact the cards.
- A million USB ports
- PS/2 for people who still use those (I did up until about 6 months ago ;) )
Cons: - I honestly can't think of anything
Other Thoughts: Any of the DOA's you see, I usually chalk it up to mishandling or not not being aware of ESD. Most people probably order this board, walk across their carpeted bedroom, and then handle the board without being grounded. Obviously, as technology has progressed, electronics are becoming more resistant to ESD, but that doesn't eliminate it. Still, I've received boards before and they just simply did not work, but there's always going to be a bad egg or two in every manufacturing run. They are designing and producing an EXTREMELY complex product and selling it to the end customer for a little over a hundred dollars. That's crazy. So if you get a bad one, just RMA it and get the next one. No need to whine about it. Mine has been solid for over two years and I couldn't be more happy with it.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: PNY GeForce GTX 970 4GB Rev 2
Pros: - Obviously the price is great (got it for 329.99 with a 10% off code and $40 rebate plus "The Division")
- Pretty fast. The GTX 970 seems to be the sweet spot right now for price vs. performance. This card performs as expected for the reference clock (1050MHz) as opposed to some others that are clocked significantly higher from the factory. This card benchmarked at about 4% - 5% lower than most 970's, no doubt as a result of the aforementioned reference clock. The eVGA, MSI, etc. are shipping with nearly 10% faster clocks. Taking that into account, this one's not bad.
- The card installed easily and quickly on Win7
Cons: - The only thing that bothered me about the card was when I first opened the box, there was no ESD protection whatsoever. It was just sitting in open-celled-foam... no dust bag, no ESD bag. I have worked for a while in an industry that manufactures and sells micro-electronics and this has always a big deal, both for initial operation and longevity. Maybe the foam has some kind of property where it does not generate or conduct static but I've never heard of a material like that.
- Some would say that it looks boring but I much prefer the clean lines over the "saw-blade" look of most cards. It looks like a grown-up card instead of an adolescent.
Other Thoughts: I ran a Blender benchmark (found here: http://blenderartists.org/forum/showthread.php?350975-The-new-Cycles-GPU-2-72-Benchmark ) on my CPU and then on this card. My CPU is the FX-8320 eight core OC'd at 4.4GHz. It took all eight cores running in parallel 39 minutes to render this scene. The GTX 970 did it in less than 9 minutes... over four times faster. That's pretty impressive to me and will make workflow much faster and easier.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I have been using the second PSU I received for almost three years now. Currently have Athlon X3 450, Radeon 6870, Sound Blaster X-Fi, two HDD's, one DVD, and several fans running.
Cons: First one arrived DOA. I replaced an old, cheap PSU that finally died after several years with this one. Naturally, when the PC didn't even attempt to boot with this BP550, I thought it was the motherboard that was bad. I finally traced the problem to the BP550 not outputting a regulated 5V and 12V.
Other Thoughts: After Newegg RMA'd and shipped the second unit very quickly, the new PSU worked like a champ and has been working ever since March 2010.READ FULL REVIEW