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Pros: Card works well, runs quiet, and so far not too hot. It was a great deal for the price, and is a good upgrade from my old GTX260-C216.
Cons: Lightweight, feels cheap, flexes easily. You can tell they saved you a lot of cost by cutting corners on materials and construction.
Other Thoughts: If it works, it works. I just hope it lasts, since it didn't strike me as overly durable. If you're concerned about construction quality or want to do a lot of overclocking on it, I recommend seeking another card, or going full aftermarket on brackets and cooling.
I will update this review later if my impressions of the card change after breaking it in.
This review is from: NVIDIA Gift PC Game Assassin's Creed 3
Pros: Free (unless the game was a selling point for the video card which you used to justify the cost, and if so, tough luck.)
Cons: You get what you pay for (or less, if you consider your time valuable.)
Other Thoughts: It's a slip of paper with a lengthy redeem code printed on it. The redeem code is not, in fact, a game license key, but rather a code that starts you on a headache-inducing but ultimately fruitless wild goose chase to obtain your game.
Once you type in the URL of the page to redeem the code, and the code itself, (and several irritating captchas, and personal info), it spits out a coupon code and instructs you to use the coupon code to redeem your game from Ubisoft's store by first adding the game to your cart, then checking out with the coupon code. When you go to Ubisoft's store, probably the first thing you'll notice is it's broken. Nothing works here. Some people reported being able to input the coupon code and then being told it's invalid, but I couldn't even get that far. I tried it in 3 different browsers, and every time I add the game to my cart, the cart comes up empty. I even tried the workaround another reviewer provided here, which was to add the game AND the optional paid DLC "season pass" to the cart, then remove the DLC at checkout, but the cart STILL comes up empty. After wasting almost an hour of my time, I've given up.
The video card is still worth the money, and I wasn't really expecting this to work anyway knowing Ubisoft. I guess I was right. If you take a lesson from this: Don't buy Ubisoft titles, and never trust Ubisoft not to cheat you out of even free stuff.
Pros: Looks nice.
Cons: heat spreaders just for show, don't seem to be made out of quality materials. When I put these in my machine, it wouldn't POST. One of the modules shorted, and the short fried my memory controller. Now it won't post with my old RAM in that channel either. Smells like ozone.
Other Thoughts: I went to Corsair directly with this problem because of the Collateral damages, and I'm holding out further judgment until I hear back. Hopefully they're willing to work with me to resolve this, and I'll re-review then.READ FULL REVIEW