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Pros: ☻Quiet operation (the fans pick up pretty good but I have an audio system + good headphones to easily drown it out).
☻Runs below 80C (top card) under heavy load for many hours w/ no O.C. to this day (haven't needed OC yet).
☻Not a single BSOD or any flaw of any kind.
☻No stuttering like some have complained about.
☻Handles all of the NVIDIA features and new technologies very well to this day.
☻Plenty of VRAM for 1600p (what I built it for) and mods galore. I've got my 60" LED hooked up to it too.
☻Set SLi up and forgot about it. Checked later and everything is still set up and running as it should be. No issues.
Cons: ☻256 bit
☻Cost but it has only come down $40 in 1.5 years, so I don't feel all bad.
Other Thoughts: I bought 2 of these cards over 1.5 years ago and this is merely an update. I built my computer around 1600p to handle everything I throw at it on ULTRA at reasonable fps and these cards do a great job running my Dell U3011. Crysis 3 ran around 45fps with dips as low as 22fps (very low but still playable). BF3 ran an average 80fps with dips as low as 55fps. Loved that game. Glitchfield 4 (I deleted that garbage and swore off DICE/EA forever) got slightly less fps but not much less. Hell, almost couldn't stay in a game long enough to really test it.
I am loving how this setup runs and being able to compete very well in fps games at ULTRA 1600p is just a blast! I can see people behind a bush miles away better than I could in lower resolutions. Sometimes, it's a bit too much for my eyes to decipher in CQ situations but I have gotten used to it and did pretty well.
As I plan on moving to 4k sometime later this year, I decided to pop in here an give this great card another lookover for anyone somehow interested in buying good but not new and know that longevity is a non-issue with these cards. EVGA has NEVER let me down in well over a decade of service.
i7 3770K no O.C. (got a nice 2x 240mm fan cooler on it)
1050w Corsair PSU (I've got a 7 year old 750 Corsair PSU still rocking beautifully to this day)
ASRock z77 (eth port died)
2x EVGA 670's 4gb
SoundBlaster Z (great headphone amp/DAC)
CM Storm Stryker case
16gb Corsair XMS3 1600
Dell U3011 2560 x 1600 (beautiful display)
This review is from: EVERCOOL FAN-EC6020M12CA 60mm Case Cooling Fan
Pros: -Good airflow
-Came with screws (some fans boldly do not)
Cons: -Way louder than advertised. -3 eggs
Other Thoughts: Buddy had an old dead HP I brought back to life. I noticed his HDD was running a little warmer that I liked and I wanted this crapper to last a while at least so I mounted this little bugger right on his HDD bay. Before, the computer was really quiet with just the PSU and CPU fans only. Now you can hear this thing running from at least 2 rooms away. Fan is much louder than they claim. If you use a controller it would help but I don't see buying a controller as very practical. If the HP m/b had an extra fan slot I would just control it from the bios but alas.../rantREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: APEX AL-8250SFX 250W SFX12V Ver.3.1 Power Supply
Pros: -Tested good and works well
Cons: -Size...Not gonna knock an egg off for this as it is my fault for not looking over the dimensions.
-The fan isn't a super long lasting design but I'm putting this in an old dead HP to get it by for a year or two more.
Other Thoughts: A coworker needed vital tax docs off of his old HP for his business and was curious if I could get it running as opposed to taking it the joke of a local shop that charges a fortune to not even fix the problem. I extracted the data first then I ordered this PSU. I was surprised to find that it is quite...small. I need to look a little harder before just clicking that buy button.
I did however buy this because it was cheap and had the exact connections I needed to swap out of the old HP I was raising the from the dead. My buddy didn't care how it looked at all. He was just happy it was running again especially after I cleaned up his OS.
Good buy. Just remember, it's a small form factor lol derp
New PC est.: $400-600 (my cheap solid custom build)
Shoddy PC shop: $300+ for nothing