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Pros: - Runs cool and quiet
- Runs all the games I play at max settings
Other Thoughts: I bought this card to replace a competing card that did not work out for me. The other one had a better price, but it was far from a better value. It overheated at standard clock speeds and sounded like a vacuum cleaner. After trying to make it work for a month, I returned it without a hassle (thanks Newegg).
After entirely too much research, I chose this card based on performance, value, relatively low heat output, and low noise (which I never used to worry about at all prior to the other card).
In short, I could not be happier. No problems with installation, and it does exactly what it is supposed to. It works well for all the games I play, though they aren't bleeding edge in terms of graphics requirements.
This review is from: PowerColor PCS+ Radeon HD 7870 MYST. Edition (Tahiti LE) DirectX 11.1 AX7870 2GBD5-2DHPPV3E 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (UEFI Ready)
Pros: Most bang for the buck at the time I bought it. Performance is excellent, when it performs.
Cons: - Overheats like crazy even without overclocking
- The standard cooling profile for the card is a joke, and will cause immediate overheating
- Even a custom cooling profile via MSI Afterburner cannot stop it from shutting down my computer when the GPU stays maxed out for any length of time
- This thing is a brick. I wouldn't even consider it for tight enclosures.
Other Thoughts: I wanted to upgrade my old I5-750 system without spending a fortune, so I decided my old Radeon 5770 needed to go. I'm now questioning that wisdom.
My old card was quiet and reliable. The new PowerColor GPU is noisy and causes my computer to shutdown, and I don't even tax it with really cutting edge games. Why should I have to deal with this?
I ended up installing software I didn't want (MSI Afterburner), creating a cooling profile I shouldn't need, and installing high performance case fans that my system had not required in four years of use. Suddenly I found myself wishing I had spent more money on a nicer card that ran more predictably. Buyer beware.
This review is from: Rosewill Blackbone - Black Steel & Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: - Inexpensive
- Plenty of ventilation
- Good cable management
- No problem fitting a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus heat sink
- Plenty of USB ports and a ESATA port on the front
- All black
Cons: - Thinner steel than my previous Rosewill case, which wasn't much more expensive if I recall
- Enclosure uses thumb screws instead of a latch (not a biggie)
- The case's power supply screw holes weren't well aligned to my BFG GS-550 mounting holes. I made it work, but I had to force some of the screws at an angle.
Other Thoughts: This case does what it's supposed to, though the fit and finish were better on my previous Rosewill build. The black cables made it a little trickier for me to identify polarity on some of the front panel inputs. I had some minor alignment issues with my P7P55D ASUS mother board and the case mounting holes, but nothing insurmountable.READ FULL REVIEW