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This review is from: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE 3X OC EDITION
Pros: Great performance @ 1440p. Runs cool under load (75C) and idle (27C). Note that temps quoted are in a cramped uATX case, thermal performance should be even better in cases with lots of airflow. Quiet fans inaudible at idle, noticeable but not loud at load. Sustains maximum boost in multi-hour sessions. 3xDP and up to 5 simultaneous video outputs.
Cons: Cooler shroud is a little flimsy, and the PCB could use a backplate for rigidity. Card is 12.20" long, so check your case for compatibility. As with all GTX 970 cards, the last 512 MB of VRAM is slower than the rest, but as long as your game doesn't use more than 3.5GB of VRAM, the price/performance of the 970 is fantastic. Sadly, the fans do not completely spin down at idle, but it makes up for it with amazing idle temps (typ. only 1-2C higher than case temps).
Other Thoughts: The Windforce is a great GTX 970 card if you have room for it. The cooler can't be beat for pure air cooling, and it is quiet enough that there is no noticeable tradeoff in terms of noise. 3xDP is a great output cluster choice, as G-sync only accepts DP, should you choose to go that way. Note that this card is compatible with MSI Afterburner (tested), and presumably with evga PrecisionX tuning and monitoring software, should you decide you prefer them to Gigabyte's own OC Genie II. Lastly, since the cooler is not wider than the PCB, the 12.2" Windforce actually ended up being easier to install in my case (Silverstone Precision PS-09) than my previous 10.2" long MSI 760.READ FULL REVIEW
Cons: DO NOT USE THE SCREWS THAT ARE SHIPPED WITH THE BRACKET
I cannot stress this enough - they are the wrong pitch for standard 3.5" hard drives and will strip the thread from your HDD if you're not careful.
Assembly was fiddly as the screwdriver cutouts are not large enough to access the hard drive mounting screw location.
Other Thoughts: I can't really recommend this product. You'd think a hard drive bracket would be impossible to screw up, but with a fiddly design and shipping with the wrong screws, you end up wasting a lot of time and/or damaging your gear when you use it. In the end, I got it working and installed, but only because I had spare parts lying around, and was patient/careful enough not to try and force the screws that came with the bracket into my hard drive.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - Blazing fast Tegra K1 SoC with Kepler graphics
- Great speakers
- MicroSD expansion slot
- Good battery life
- Crisp 1920x1200 8" display
- DirectStylus 2 works very well - it's easily the best passive stylus out there right now
- Stock Android KitKat with prompt updates
- Unparalleled gaming options (Android, Shield Hub, Gamestream, nvidia GRID)
Cons: - Screen color temperature a little warm. Switching to native screen space instead of sRGB helps.
- Ports are jammed too closely together. I use a 1/4" to 3.5mm adapter to connect my headhphopnes, and there's not enough room to plug in a miniHDMI when an oversize headphone jack is connected (it works fine if standard headphone jack is used).
Other Thoughts: The nvidia Shield Tablet is the Jack of all Trades, and master of several. It is hands down the best Android tablet for gamers, but even if you don't game (whether on Android, PC or Gamestream), its convergence of performance and features (microSD, DirectStylus, great speakers, stock Android, mini-HDMI out with console and mirror modes) makes it one of the most rounded and versatile Android tablets out there.
Battery life has also been impressive so far. After playing Cytus (Android game) for 3.5 hrs with wi-fi on, I still had 47% battery life. I've been holding out for an Android tablet with the right mix of features and performance until now, and nvidia checked all the right boxes with this one.