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This review is from: EVGA GTX 970 SSC Backplate ACX 2.0+ Model 100-BP-3973-B9
Pros: Easy install, looks great
Cons: Should have come with the card in the first place.
Other Thoughts: So, I picked up an EVGA GTX970 a couple weeks ago, already knowing that it didn't come with this back plate. Now, don't get me wrong, the plate itself is nice and it adds just that extra bit of "something" you want to your rig. Got it on sale for $20 (plus shipping), which is way better than EVGA's site.
The fact that EVGA is the only company not supplying these with the 900 series cards is downright ridiculous.
I went to EVGA's site to see if I could order one. I sure could, but they were sold out! That's two strikes, but it's still a good card and back plate, but if this is how EVGA is going to be doing things, I'll hook myself up with another brand that have just as good ratings.
Thank you Newegg for having these in stock and on sale.
Pros: Quiet, runs cool(er), more ports than I would ever use. No coil whine!
Cons: Long card is loooooong, power cables plug into side (though, I'm sure because it's so looooong, they had to), only one DVI out, no backplate. No backplate.
Let me repeat that for EVGA so they know what I'm talking about:
Other Thoughts: I'm glad I waited to get one of these. I watched the first 970s come out and the reviews about the coil whine, it really put me off. Then the 960s came out and I thought I'd go with one of those for about $100-150 less than this, but I still had my heart set on the 970.
I'm stepping up from an EVGA GTX460 SSC, so you can imagine I wanted something good for my money. The 460 was one of the best cards I ever owned and will be good for another rig or backup for something.
These new 970s that just came out seemed to have better reviews and the sale price along with the rebate finally pushed me to get one. I was glad I didn't have to use the included power adapters, so cable management wasn't an issue. I'm still rocking an Antec900 case, so my top drive bay had to be pushed forward just a smidge to make the card fit. I'm glad it could do that.
I had made the mistake of thinking this had dual DVI outs, but thankfully my monitors have HDMI in as well as DVI, so I just had to unplug my Bluray player and use that for now. I'm using dual, 5year old Samsung Syncmaster XL2370's. Both can run my Bluray at full 1080p, so I knew this card would give me excellent picture. I wish they still put dual DVI outputs, but I suppose they're becoming kind of obsolete. A Displayport to DVI adapter would have been a better choice than the now antiquated VGA to DVI since there are so many Displayports on this card.
It took some work to get everything set up software-wise, the computer/card wouldn't recognize the monitor on the HDMI, so just for the heck of it, I reinstalled the drivers from the supplied disk (with 'clean install' option selected) and that instantly solved my issue. Then I had an issue with that monitor not matching the contrast of the other, a quick poke in nVidia control panel, clicked on 'Adjust Desktop color settings', selected the monitor and then the 'Digital Vibrance' slider, once up then back and that solved my contrast problem. Also made sure to select 'Desktop Programs' from the dropdown box about the content reported to the display.
I haven't heard any coil whine at all, which was my biggest fear since ordering, but so far am very happy it's so quiet. The temp has been sitting nicely around 60-62 degrees C. with WoW running at ultra settings. My 460 would be nearly 75-79 C.
Now for the rant...
NO FREAKING BACKPLATE. I guess I can just buy one, but for the amount of money you spend on something like this, it had better have all the bells AND the whistles. We live in the wilderness and dust from the road can be an issue, even with filters, harder to clean a PCB board than a backplate. You don't buy a Corvette expecting a V8 and end up with a V6 with the dealer saying "but it's still a Corvette". This obviously didn't sway my judgement to buy the card, I already knew it didn't have it, but still, nearly everyone else has backplates, I'm sure some will disagree with me, but this is just lazy
Pros: Fast loads, runs cool, quiet
Cons: It doesn't solve world hunger or allow me to take over the world.
Other Thoughts: Been rocking out this 840pro for over a year now and unlike a lot of traditional hard drives, this little thing still boots/runs as fast as it did the first day I installed it. Just think, no more defrags, everything stays on the drive and doesn't get jumbled around from one side of the drive to the other (if you use the correct software to manage it, basically it "defrags" as it writes the data).
I don't have the fastest load times of some other people's builds, but I restart my entire system in about 17 seconds. That is massive compared to some of my older "fast" systems where a reboot could take a full minute or more! It's especially awesome for Windows updates, so many of them need a restart and when you have 200+ updates on a fresh install, speed is everything to ensure you don't go crazy waiting.
I chose this pro over the regular version because it had a warranty that lasted two more years. Since this was my first SSD, I figured I'd spend the extra money, I wasn't so worried about the faster read/write times, since I don't use any programs that can harness that kind of (constant) speed. I was a bit worried about the capacity, but I figured I store the majority of my files on a secondary drive, leaving this as my main program drive, I'm still only using half the drive!
My current setup looks like this:
Intel i5 3570k (not overclocked)
Geforce GTX460 SSC, 1gig with dual Samsung XL2370 monitors at 1920x1080
8gigs G.Skill RAM
Seasonic M12II 620watt bronze PSU (overkill for my system, but the price was right).
Also running a Western Digital, 1.5TB HDD as backup/storage.
I keep looking at other SSD's, but I keep coming back to Samsung. I think the ONLY other alternative I would choose is Intel, I read somewhere that they still outsource one of their components, but it's made by Samsung anyways. I'm thinking if I have to replace this, I'll step down from the Pro series and go with the standard drives, I figure by the time that happens, the technology will be better, faster and cheaper (these drives used to be over $1000).