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Pros: Runs cool and quiet, no coil wine during furmark, or gaming on high/.ultra for extended periods of time.
This thing is small compared to the other GPUs in it's class. 9.5" is great, it's only an inch or so longer than my previous 550ti. Also, it takes like 30watts more power than my 500ti, which is also quite lower than the competitors.
Runs most new games on High at above 60gfps, Ultra on some more intense games is very playable.
After doing some research, this card lands nicely at the intersection of price, performance, power draw and size.
Cons: None so far, I have had no coil whine, the fans are quiet and the card works. If something happens with more use, I will update here.
Other Thoughts: This card is great if you don't have the room for a cheaper but comparable option. I looked into a lot of AMD cards, but I would have probably needed a new PSU, and a new case to fit as my Antec mid-tower has a max GPU size of 11". I couldn't find a smaller card at this performance level.
I have an i5 3.4ghz ivy bridge processor, 16gb of RAM, and this nice new 970. With this set up I pulled the follow FPS on 1080p.
BF4: Ultra settings, 100+FPS, never dipped below 90 even when all hell broke loose on screen.
Shadow of Mordor: Settings on Ultra, ~60FPS, no dips noticeable enough to disrupt immersion. My 550ti could run this on lower graphics at around 40fps. This was the biggest difference visually.
GTA5: With most things on max, extended distance scaling included,I was getting 50+FPS. I did not have the following advanced settings on: long shadows, high res shadows and high detail while flying (Options in advanced graphics in the GTA5 menu) With those settings off, I average 50-80FPS in both story and online mode, and while the 550ti ran it beautifully, this is the next level of visuals. I parked beneath a huge neon light and the reflection off my car caused me to stare at it until somebody flew past me and blew me up with an RPG, this card great.
All things considered, if you're looking for a smaller card that doesn't take a lot of power and will perform cool and quiet on games that range from BF4 to GTA5, this is a great card. I can only speak for 1080p, but I have heard that at 1440p it still does pretty well.
This review is from: Rosewill - Pellucid HD Series High Speed HDMI Cable - 6 Feet
Pros: Does everything it should.
Cons: None, it works, seems quality.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: RAZER Goliathus CONTROL Edition Soft Mouse Pad - Medium
Pros: Excellent control. It's easy to overlook how much your mouse slides on a normal mouse pad. This pad allows you to stop on a dime while effortlessly gliding across it's surface.
Sticks to a variety of surfaces, not like those cheap plastic pads that tend to slide around as you use them.
Durable cloth that can withstand being washed in a washing machine if it gets liquid spilled on it.
Works especially well with my Razer Deathadder. I noticed a small, but noticeable increase in my ability to be more accurate in Battlefield 4.
Cons: The design makes is a little audacious but I like it.
Other Thoughts: This mousepad is easier on the wrist, and more precise. Some people might look at this as an unnecessary luxury, but if you have 20 bucks to spend and care about both control, and wear and tear on your wrist, this mousepad is worth your money.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Owen W.
Date Joined: 10/06/12
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