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This review is from: NVIDIA® SHIELD™ - 4K Streaming. Advanced Gaming. Android TV.
Pros: Had mine for a few months now and love it. Streaming gameplay from a PC to the living room has no lag, have used it often. No artifacting, no lag, it really is like the pc is connected to the tv.
Also paired it with a HD Homerun TV tuner on the network for free over the air network stations and use it daily for media consumption. The use of the microphone on the remote to do youtube searches is very accurate. I have found myself potatoing out on the couch alot more than I ever did with Chromecast because of voice searches.
Cons: it has problems, and people have been vocal on the forums about them. By no means a deal breaker. The controller it comes with is just stupid. You can find all about how much people hate this gamepad with google. Thumbsticks are too close together, the way the gamepad slants doesnt feel comfortable gaming for prolonged times. On the gamepad is that silver area at the bottom which is supposed to function as a trackpad for PC games.. but they removed support for it quite along time ago. Oh well, you can pair up your favorite gamepad anyway.
Other Thoughts: I mostly use this for media consumption. The thing I absolutely love about this is, it is a very powerful graphics device. Totally kills chromecast and any competitors out of the water. The best part about it is it comes with video codecs. So ... if you add a network storage box on your network, NAS, it will be able to handle your media without transcoding. This baby is low power and cool, so is a NAS server. Think of it that way, not some overpriced "console" to play mobile games on your TV .. you can get an Ouya for that.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Coming at this project to be used as a media server for Plex and after a lot of research. This really is a fantastic unit. Using the lower speed WD Red drives, this baby runs very very cool and is quiet, while capping out my home's gigabit lan speed. For my purpose, no plans on ever utilizing virtual station, so for me anything only the default 4 gig memory is just overkill. Really is a fantastic unit and in regards to the guy below who posted 1 star I'm guessing this was resolved in a firmware update because it really is quiet and cool.
Cons: None that I've encountered or read about.
Other Thoughts: Did a lot of research to select one as a Plex server. One issue I kept reading people post about was issues on Transcoding at high bit rates at 1080p, trying to upsell to the $1000 intel model. Everyone's milage varies so can't take that to heart, who knows. they could be feeding it to a raspberri pi. I have networked it to my Nvidia Shield TV device which is a fantastic device that just kills chromecast performance. The Nvidia Shield TV has built in codecs and anything I through at it with high bitrates from the Plex Server installed on this QNAP ran without a hitch, using direct play and no transcoding. Why oh why even transcoding to mobile phones is even brought up is beyond me... but for my setup, this QNAP and Nvidia Shield TV is a fantastic pair to handle media.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB AMP! Extreme
Pros: Upgraded from a r9 290x and the difference is night and day. Dying Light and Alien Isolation on max settings is butter smooth. Maybe too smooth for my taste, the experience was like playing some old 1990's 3d game on a modern rig where the camera movements are just... unrealistically smooth. Good thing?
Other Thoughts: Really is a good card, but for the price I know I probably should have waited next year for Pascal. Tinkering around with an Oculus Rift DK2, the r9 290x is not a good baseline requirement for Virtual Reality just around the corner, and looking forward the 980 ti and gpu's from next year are a realistic guideline.
1440p gaming on a 60hz monitor was all good. The only thing I ran into performance issues was the ultra-amazing Unreal 4 demo "A Boy and his Kite".