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Pros: So far this PSU is powering
6x 120mm fans
Cons: 7 years? No there are definitely no cons here.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Ultra settings are no longer a problem for any game I have, Farcry 4, BF4, AC Unity.
Mid tower case may need some "tweaking" for this card to fit, I have an Antec P182 full tower so I have over 6 inches to spare.
The card is just stunning to hold in your hand/s, a massive, machined to presicion marvel to behold. The backplate eliminates sag which will add extra life to your card in the long run. The configurable "Windforce" logo is cute, you can have it flash in different ways or pulse it like a heart beat, or to the beat of sound. Completely superflouous for me as I don't have nor like windowed cases so I just turn it off.
Zero! coil whine, and this is due to having a good PSU, it is not the fault of the card. With cards as energy efficient as the Maxwell GPU's your PSU will be put to the test, but not for brute force but for clean power. I bought a Xigmatek 750w 5 years ago and it has rock solid, stable and clean power. I ran various benchmarking programs and put my ear to the card and it was practically silent aside from the very low fan noise. There was no noises from starting stress testing to stopping the tests and restarting them again.
Do not listen to anyone who tells you that the 970 cards are defective (any brand), because they are not, its their PSU's which are not delivering "clean" power is the main reason. That's why they get their cards straight back from the manufacturer who state there is nothing wrong with it.
EVGA PSU's are known for their stability and clean power and many people who switched their PSU's to EVGA have said their cards no longer whine. I have talked to people who bought brand new Corsair PSU's way more powerful than mine who get instant coil whine. Corasir do not make high quality PSU's, they are just a company who slap their badge on PSU's, that's all. You may be lucky and get a good one but that would be nothing more than luck, so don't follow the herd where your PSU is concerned, find out the actual manufacturer and research them instead.
The heatsink is probably one of the most efficient I have ever witnessed let alone owned. The card Idles at 26C with a single 1080p monitor connected and 32C with 3 monitors, and maxes at 63C, that is literally unheard of for an air cooled graphics card. There is literally no need to water cool these cards unless you're into bragging about pointless overclocking benchmark numbers.
Overclocking these cards right off the bat is pointless to me. You only overclock when you need the extra power to drive the latest software, not so you can fill up forums with "oooh look at me aren't I awesome" posts. Benchmarking should be done at stock speeds to truly test the card at its most common state. But if overclocking does it for you then Gigabyte have gave you a better than most chance of doing with with their GPU selection for the G1 series, other companies do the same with their OC cards too though.
Cons: There are no cons for me, so just taking the space here for more information you might need.
I have 3 monitors hooked up to My 970, an old 18" LCD Microtek (via VGA to DVI connector), an Acer 22" (1680x1050 DVI) and an ASUS VX38H 23" 1080p HDMI (main monitor).
The VGA monitor is the only monitor where my post screen and BIOS show up. Which is odd but not a deal breaker. The other two monitors were also disabled until I installed the Nvidia drivers.
I really have no idea if any of my display ports work or not and I really don't care that much either, I am done buying anything else for my PC so a 4K monitor is a distant future upgrade for me.
$370 is a lot of money but for that price you not only buy yourself the peace of mind of being able to handle games for the next year or two with max graphics, but even higher resolutions due to the massive 4Gb VRAM.
I came from an AMD 6870 crossfire setup and this single card destroys them in everything, less power draw too which will save me a few pennies per month.
Other Thoughts: For anyone who may be wondering about compatibility, here is my setup.
CPU Intel i5 3570k @ 4.4ghz
Mobo Gigabyte Z77X-D3H (BIOS f16)
RAM 8Gb (4+4) Kingston HyperX 1600
PSU Xigmatek NRP-MC751 Ver2.2 750w Modular
Monitors Microtek 18" VGA / Acer 22" / ASUS 23" HDMI
Case Antec P182 Full Tower
Stop "thinking" about it, and just do it, you will not regret it I promise. I wouldn't even consider a 980 over this card, the price/performance is that good.
This review is from: Far Cry 4 [Online Game Code]
Pros: Better graphics.
Cons: The game just feels no different than FarCry 3 with different missions. Basically the exact same, sorry I bought the game to be honest, its far too easy.
Other Thoughts: FarCry 2 is still the best int he series.READ FULL REVIEW
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