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Corsair Hydro Series H115i Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler, 280mm CW-9060027-WW
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Keeps temps low, fans are actually decently quite.

Cons: - Honestly, best bang for buck.. temps that I have seen in a REALLY long time.

EVGA 03G-P4-2781-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 780 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Let me first start off by saying, wow. I am by no means a fan boy of any sorts, but this card is simply amazing. I was a little reluctant to go from 680 SLI to 780 SLI. However, I am very happy that I did. Here are just a few notes for people that use SLI and multi monitor gaming (5760x1080). Remember, this only my opinion and some benchmarking notes.

- Going from 680 sli to 780 sli seemed like going from being able to play graphics on high (with sometimes low frames) to being able to play flawlessly on the highest settings with no low fps. I am pretty much saying this for most FPS games, some MMO's, and other various games that require beefy setups for multi-monitor systems.

- Sound, I noticed a substantial reduction in noise on full load. I was a bit nervous about getting the reference cooler, but these things proved to be quite impressive. They are extremely quite on idle. On full load, they are audible, but nothing too ridiculous. Nvidia is obviously making a go at reference being just as good as the 3rd party stuff.

- Performance (overclock-ability) - These things overclocked incredibly well. My old 680's OC'ed well, but nothing TOO impressive. My 780's I was able to put down +215 to clock and +500 to mem and these things dont even break a sweat. (FOR BOTH CARDS)

- Aesthetics, these things look and feel pretty solid. With the aluminum build these things carry, they feel impressive. Most cards you feel like if you hold it too tightly you might break something. Not these things...

- Drivers, the drivers that have come out with the card (latest from Nvidia's website) have already proven to be quite impressive. I cannot wait to see what they are able to do later.

Cons: - The packaging it came in made me kind of nervous. However, it's EVGA. They know what they are doing so I trust their judgment.

- Heat, these things get HOT (roughly 80 degree's C, after that it would start down clocking) with EVGA Precision's fan control. I did notice that EVGA Precision did help keep the temps lower by about 5 degree's. So I'd recommend installing the latest one, especially if you are using SLI.

- Overclocking is limited to heat (repeating myself here). This goes hand in hand with Titan as well. If you are able to keep these things cool, they will more than likely shine for you. I am considering the XSPC waterblocks for both of these things. However, it's hard to justify trying to push these things any further when I am able to overclock them so far already.

Other Thoughts: So many people have complained about the cost of these things. I just quickly remind them you are basically getting Titan performance for 350 dollars less. 650 dollars does seem a bit high, but it's early technology, you're going to pay a premium. All of us know this if your looking in this genre of cards.

My Overall clocks for the cards were something in the range of 1228 core clock and 7012 for memory after the boost had kicked in. However, their clocks would start steadily dropping when temps started to creep up. They would typically settle at 1202 and 7000(ish) once the heat leveled out. Honestly speaking, I'd buy these all over again in a heartbeat.

Hope my review helps your decision! If you get this card, you won't be disappointed.

My Rig:
i7 3930k @ 4.6ghz
XSPC Raystorm 360 w/ D5 Variable Pump
Asus Rampage IV Formula
4gb x 4 Mushkin 2133 mhz Redline Ram
2x EVGA GTX 780 @ +215 / +500
Corsair PSU 1200w
3x 24" Asus Monitors

ASUS Rampage IV Formula LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Great Board (when it works) Terrible Customer Service 10/02/2012

This review is from: ASUS Rampage IV Formula LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: - Super fast
- Clean looking
- Overclock ability
- Sound
- the amount of ports you get

Cons: - One of my Memory Dimms was not working when I got it and have been trying for just about 2 weeks now (originally thought it was a Ram issue, later to find out it was board) for them to recognize my advance RMA. You will spend about 30 minutes on a phone call just to start, and every time you do talk to them... you practically have to start over. I have called them 4-5 times with no avail... I love reading other "dear valued customer" auto reply to bad publicly statements here on newegg. I have also sent in my RMA request about 10 times (no exaggeration) by email and fax. STILL nothing, not even my RMA # is shown on their website, but received in email... SO buyers beware when having a defective product from Asus, right now it is HIGHLY aggravating...

Other Thoughts: If quality customer service is your thing. I warn you not to buy their products. However, I will say, their products (when they work) are usually the best in the market. For the money, they should be doing the Jig while helping out on customer service. It almost feels as though they try to avoid the possibility that one of their products is defective (at this level of product). Just my .02


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Display Name: Sam C.

Date Joined: 01/27/09

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