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Pros: I have owned this HOTAS for about 4 months now.. Let me clarify, Im on my 3rd one in 4 months. So the third time is a charm? Yes so far so good. IF you get a fully working one, its very decent for the money considering there is noting between $200 and $400. The next step up being a Warthog which after receiving my second bunk X-55 I just about splurged for.
I play War Thunder, Star Citizen AC, Mechwarrior etc.. All of which work well with this setup. I do like the ability to change between 4 included springs or running no spring at all for Helicopter flight. The LED's make it easy to see in the dark and the overall ergo if the Throttle is very good and has adjustable tension. Obviously plenty of hats and programmable buttons for even the hard core sim player. Software is ,, ok.
Cons: Again, given you get a fully functional one there are still a couple cons depending on your hand size etc..
If you have medium-smaller hands, I would consider a different flight system. The throttle is fine but the flight stick is quite large and with my palm rested on the lower plaform (how its actually supposed to be) I have a very hard time reaching the thumb hats and the red "A" button at the very top of the flight stick. I wear a Large sized motorcycle glove so I do not have small hands. I have to contort my hand off the pinky button to reach them and that is simply not intuitive. Other places on the Web are full of reviews about this very subject. Also one other con worth mentioning is the thin and lite weight plastic used on the flight stick. If I grip it even moderately tight I can feel the plastic flexing and creaking. I have tried tightening the screws to no avail.
Other Thoughts: So, I got 2 bad ones at first. Both had non functional buttons right out of the box. To a previous reviewer.. That is not OCD its called unacceptable quality control. If I pay $200 for anything it better be worth every penny..Period.
Having said that, this third one has been fine so far aside from a few squeaks and creaks which are fixable to a degree. And yes at $200 a HOTAS with these features is about the best you're going to do.. So I say, buy at your own risk and good luck getting a good one :)
Pros: Before getting this MSI 970 I had tired a GIGABYTE and an ASUS. This one overclocks higher and more stable then both of the other 2 with some other advantages. The MSI is the quietest out of the 3, is the lightest and also is the shortest by almost 1 inch. The fans, like the ASUS, do not spin up until it reaches either the default temperature limit or you can set it with any current overclocking software like Precision-X or MSI Afterburner. So basically dead silent until about 60c for me. The fan RPM ramping is very gradual up and down. Even at 100% fan speed, with my open air test bench its very, VERY quiet.
Performance wise at 2560x1440 I am able to max out games like War Thunder, BF4/BF3, Planetside 2 at 60+ FPS no problem. That is NOT overclocked. For me this card will hit nearly 1500Mhz Core. But I have no reason to run it at that frequency currently. Its that good.
Cons: There are 3 cons in my opinion.
-No back plate
-Plastic fan housing
-Only 1 Displayport
Some may be concerned about flexing given it has no back plate. Its a very lite weight GPU. I wouldn't worry at all about that.
Other Thoughts: The GIGABYTE GTX 970 G1 Gamer is by far the most robust of the 3 I tried. It has a nice metal fan housing, back plate and 3 Displayports. Unfortunately, I got a bad one and had to exchange it. If you have the space (its huge) that is my runner up. The ASUS model I did not like. The aftermarket heatsink was very loosely attached and I had some metal buzzing when the fans ramped up. It also had much louder fans.
So the third times a charm?!.. YES it is. Even though this MSI model may not have the robust construction of the GIGABYTE and some preferred extra Displayorts, it's the most stable, compact and quietest. I would recommend this one all day.
Pros: First off let me say I purchased these from a local retailer when Newegg was out of stock. So this review does not reflect badly on Newegg, you guys are great.
As far as frame rates at 5760x1080 in game like BF4, Planetside 2, War Thunder... all settings on Ultra, an SLI config is breathtaking. I never drop below about 75 fps. I have also used a single card just out of curiosity and it performs surprisingly well at that resolution. About 45 fps slightly overclocked with a mix of HIgh and Ultra settings and AA turned down to 2x. My problems with these GPU's were a mechanical flaw that showed its ugly face about 10 days in.. Read below>
Cons: I bought 2 for SLI running 3 27" ASUS monitors in Nvidia Surround via Displayport at 5760x1080 and for the first week or so, they ran flawlessly aside from a few early Nvidia driver issues. Last night I sat down to play some games and could not get my right side monitor to pick up a signal from the top Displayport on the GTX 970 in PCI-E slot #1. Unplugged it from the GPU and tried a different Displayport and it worked fine. Then the third Displayport on the GPU, also worked fine. I ended up testing both cards individually with fresh drivers and all available ports to find one Displayport on each GPU was NOT sending out a signal anymore! Contacted Nvidia Tech Support thinking I was going crazy and after about an hour of troubleshooting, Indeed I had 2 bad Displayports. One on each GTX 970. I have since contacted GIGABYTE's Customer Service to alert them of the issue. They actually got back to me in a reasonable amount of time but with a very generic response which didn't surprise me. Basically telling me to send them my system spec. and gave me a ticket #. By that point, already anticipating a lengthy warranty process, I took advantage of my return policy from the retailer and exchanged them for a single GTX 980 from ASUS. Didn't feel like taking another chance.
I have owned GIGABYTE GPU's from the 600, 700 and now 900 series and this is my first ever problem. But 2 in a row is alarming and a sign of something gone terribly wrong from either faulty hardware or lousy quality control and testing.
Other Thoughts: Up until this Model from GIGABYTE you would have heard me talking them up and recommending them left and right. I simply can no longer do that unfortunately. Im really hoping that this is a first run issue and that with enough bad review GIGABYTE will look into the flaws we are having and devise a solution.. Until then my hard earned money with be spent elsewhere.READ FULL REVIEW
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