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Pros: They installed easily and with no issues. Ran a 5% to mem and a 7% to GPU OC and worked very well in all Benchmarks with factory Cooler. The cards run hot, they seemed to hover around 90c to 94c. And yes the throttle back until they cool a bit at peak loads. I play rift and went from playing in low settings to all out ultimate+. All I can say is, it’s like playing a whole new game. Both the graphics and sound (I use HDMI) is awesome. And don’t get me started on BF4 on maxed settings. Now I am going to have to learn to play with zero lag lol… I am very happy with these cards.
Cons: They run hot and while they were designed to, they were throwing too much heat in my projector room turning it into a furnace. Plus with the fan set at 80 max at times it sounded like a airboat.
Other Thoughts: Last night I installed koolance water blocks on both and had a dramatic improvement on temps. With same overclock they now run between 40c to 44c ( From 90c to 94c prior) with 6 back to back haven benchmarks in 1080p ultimate/extreme with anti maxed. I am also happy to report as expected with the water blocks I get zero throttling down and best of all no sound they are now quiet. I really liked these cards before but with the water blocks, I out right love them now. Can’t wait to get home from work and play with the Oc’s on them. Very happy with these cards.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Very nice CPU and worked very well with my MB. With ASUS software was able to OC to 4.5 with no problems and with temps at mid to low 40’s.
Other Thoughts: Worked well with a software over clock can’t wait to start manually Oc’ing it to see just how much juice I can pull from it. I also used a Corsair H100I to cool it.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
Pros: Easy to install, and was able to load to be up and running in a little bit over an hour after all the updates were installed. Installed and worked flawlessly with all my components to include my 290x’s in crossfire.
Other Thoughts: Had a bad crash when I played with the Rampage Extreme Blk Ed Bios in an attempt to overclock. When the system rebooted it said there was a problem and it could not fix it no matter what I did. Even safe mode and trying to load at the last good config didn’t work. And when I tried to do a system restore it said no points were available which I know was not right because I made sure I had some just in case. So my advice is make sure you burn an image of your system as soon as you get all your drivers installed and get your computer the way you want it or you too will waste a full day having to re-install windows. And yes even though it was an OEM it allowed me to re-install it and re activate it without any problems.READ FULL REVIEW