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Pros: It is insanely fast. I used to have the superbly good the superbly good 570 OC2 from Gigabyte and this thing is a significant upgrade. I went from 25 fps average to 40fps running Planetside2 with everything cranked up to the max at 2560x1600.
It is extremely quiet. The giant radiator and 3 fans do a great job at keeping the temps lows. 60c on full load.
I went for the 4GBs version because I like running high res texture packages.
I am also playing Batman Arkham city all maxed with Physx running on the video card. Some times the card shugs a little when there is a lot of stuff triggering the physx at the same time. However this might be one of the many optimization issues that the game has. The performance test gives me 50fps. /shrug
Cons: This card is HUGE!. Not a problem for my case but it might be a problem for some low end cases. It uses 3 slots and is also a very heavy card so take a look at your locking mechanism for the card as some cases might not be solid enough to keep it steady. It is the price you pay for the giant radiator and the 3 huge fans.
Other Thoughts: I recently upgraded to a 30inch monitor so the 570 was not cutting it with everything maxed at that res and a friend wanted to buy a card at a budget so i sold him mine on the cheap.
Had it not been for this the 570 was more that enough for maxing any game at 1920x1280.
Pros: Same as before:
As fast as a 580
cooler than a 580
cheaper than a 580
Cons: Same as before:
I owned the card for 10 months ran smoothly. never when over 70C. Yet somehow I got graphic artifacts about 3 weeks ago. Updated drivers bios even waited 2 weeks to test the card on a whole new rig. Artifacts remained. Usually this happens due to heat but the card never went over 70C.
could it be bad manufacturing?
Shipped the card today. Gigabyte customer service is OK.
Other Thoughts: I never expected this card to burn with it's consistent low temperatures.
I wish they were the ones paying for the shipping on this $300+ product.
This review is from: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Looks great on paper, not very expensive.
Cons: It never booted. permanent black screen.
Debug error A2: IDE detect
Cannot even get to the BIOS.
tried different harddrives, SATA ports and cables. same error.
ASRock customer service and tech support is basically non existent.
Other Thoughts: Maybe I got a faulty board, but this is the first time in 18 years that I have had a motherboard that does not even get to the BIOS.
Not a good first experience with ASRock
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