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Pros: -Free backplate offered at the time
-Free Arkham Knight & Witcher 3 at the time
_Rebate at the time that came in a timely manner
-4GB of VRAM
-Hardware switch on card(seen in photograph 5 of this listing) for silent operation
-Extremely wide range of fan cooling
Cons: -LOUD! Maybe it's just me, but fan speed over 40% is just audibly loud. My PC is in the living room and I wouldn't want to have the fans running over 40%. It interfere with family members watching TV.
-Light coil whine when I start gaming. I did not notice this before when I had my GTX 260. I am fairly certain that it is coming from the card. The coil whine is fine, I just turn the fan
up a bit higher to drown that out.
Other Thoughts: It was about time to upgrade I suppose. My BFG GTX 260 could not play DX11 only games. I had knowingly purchased games like Alien Isolation and Crysis 3 on sale before I could
even play them. I was getting very anxious to finally upgrade to a newer generation card that be more powerful and use less power while at it.
I cannot put temperatures in either Pro or Con sections. We don't use the AC here during the summer so of course the card will reach 80C. Of course the card will reach 80C because I don't crank the fan speed up to dissipate heat. So how I use my card has a bearing on its cooling performance. I removed the GTX 970's cooler and fan shroud to see what the application of thermal paste looked like. Ugh what a nasty application. I cleaned the die and re-applied. Did I get better cooling results doing this? I do not see any worthwhile changes. It's Fall now and it's cooler weather anyway. I don't recommend changing the thermal paste. I see no benefit from doing so as of yet, but again my circumstance is different. I don't want to run the fan beyond 40%. There are 3 copper heatpipes on this particular model that has a large square copper plate spanning across them. Full GPU die to copper contact is made. I do not know if the different variations of this EVGA unit are the same in that regard.
In the Pros section, I mentioned 4GB of VRAM. Many of us heard about the 3.5GB+512MB issue regarding this GPU. If that controversy bothers you, don't let it. Get this card if you're looking at it. This is a great card. There is only one game I played that went up to 4GB of VRAM according to MSI afterburner. That was Batman Arkham Knight. That game had problems from the start anyway and I do not believe any issues I experienced were due to this VRAM setup on this Nvidia chip. I found Arkham Knight to be fine. I played it from start to finish 100% with the forced 60 frame cap before the major patch. I didn't always get 60FPS, but everything was at maxed settings and I had a playable experience. I use a 900p monitor so an HD monitor would want more power out of the card and the experience would probably be different.
I expect this unit to last me a long time. You see how long I waited before upgrading from the GTX 260.
My PC configuration
Case: Corsair 300r
CPU: Intel 3570K (stock clock) w/ Hyper 212 EVO
Motherboard: ASrock Z77 Extreme4
Memory: 16GB(2x8GB) 1600Mhz Corsair Dominators
Video Card: EVGA GTX 970
SSD: Samsung 840 Evo 120GB
HDD: 640GB WD Black
OS: Windows 7 Pro
Power Supply: Corsair 750TX
This review is from: Newegg.com Orange Pocket Notepad
Pros: I work overnight throwing freight at a big box retail store. The overstock pallets I place in the overhead need to bet tagged with SKUs, quantities and dated. Before I print out my tags I must jot down all the information necessary to be typed out later. This little orange booklet met my needs. It fits right in my work apron pocket and is the same color as the company I work for.
Cons: I've had it for a couple months and the plastic coil binding it all together has broke in a couple places. I'd like it more if the coil was metal. Anything in my apron pockets is subject to crushing since alot of lifting at work is involved. I hope to fill all of those pages before too much of the binding coil is damaged.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The RAM sticks look sleek. Their heat sink shroud allows you to hold them without worrying about static discharge. They can even stand on their heads while waiting to be installed. I performed a single test with Memtest86. It ran the test across all GBs with no errors. It took about an hour. I did this test 2 months after having them installed. It probably should be the first thing you do to make sure your RAM is defect free. I just had to set the XMP profile in the UEFI and away they went at their proposed speed. I have a 3570k CPU to support the native 1600MHz RAM speed. I was half thinking I wouldn't have had to set the XMP profile myself.
Cons: These have zero cons. I knew that these sticks were tall and could interfere with aftermarket heat sinks' fans. I needed to adjust the fan cage on my HSF. No biggie.
Other Thoughts: I clipped the bottom piece of the fan cage on my AC Freezer Pro 7 ver. 1 and flipped the rubber stems attaching the fan to the cage. This left just enough space between the 2nd closest slot to the CPU. I have an ASRock Extreme 4 socket 1155 motherboard. My HSF only worked with 775 boards being version 1, but the motherboard allowed the installation of 775 cooler mount. They would be slightly crooked though. I am now using a Hyper 212 EVO cooler. If I were populate all DIMM slots, there would be some pressure put into the closest module to the CPU. It might even be blocking the slot preventing this height of RAM altogether. That's okay, 16GB is sufficient for me, heck even 8GB would've been. Here is some information that I would've been interested to know from Corsair before my purchase. This is some info pulled from Hwinfo32: Number of Banks 8, Module Density 4096 Mb, Number of Ranks 2. Ranks x Module Density = 8GB is how its derived I guess for each stick. You don't hear too much about ranks. This isn't to be confused with channels. They also rate a 7.8 on the oh so very all important WEI -___-. I'm using Windows 7 Pro.READ FULL REVIEW