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This review is from: EVGA 04G-1972-KR GeForce GTX 970 Superclocked 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0
Pros: Power efficient and solid warranty that will transfer to another owner.
HDMI 2.0 great for future displays if it ever catches on
Cons: Fan noise, coil whine and not ready for 4K at Ultra settings. Only a 256 bit memory bus, which is a bottleneck for 4K. Micro stutter in 3 way SLI
Other Thoughts: I purchased 3 of these to run a 3 way SLI setup to upgrade my existing MSI 290 Gaming 2 way Crossfire setup. Under 4K gaming in BF4 with Ultra settings, with no MSAA or AF turned on, I pretty much get about the same performance as I did with my 290 setup, despite having one more card. I know that scaling doesn't work well with 3+ cards, but with 4K gaming, you won't see any of the performance jump as you do with 1440p or below due to the memory bus of this card.
On top of this, the fan has an annoying "whirrrrrrrrr" sound that is on constantly even when idle on windows desktop. When put under load, you hear the coil whine, which is a new thing for me... perhaps I just ended up getting a bad batch of these, but who knows.
All in, for 1440p or below, you cannot go wrong with a GTX 970, but for 4K, this just doesn't do anything significantly better than the rest of the competition. The fan noise and coil whine just kill it for me.
Pros: Amazing cards due to speed
Lights may work for you, but depends on your build/scheme
Packaging is perhaps one of the best I have seen from a video card, but at the end of the day, you just set it aside when you're done opening it.
Cons: HUGE and weighs a lot.
That round plastic thing at the top of the card may make it tough to install if you have a large CPU heatsink without proper slot spacing on your motherboard
LED lights on the Lightning logo flicker between blue and red (Purple) when gaming.
Other Thoughts: This is by far one of the best GTX 780 boards out there, giving you around 10% extra speed from a reference 780.
The LED light scheme may go well with your build, or it may completely clash with your system, but you be the judge of that.
Even though the packaging is great, perhaps a standard one would have been better with a slightly lower price.
Bought two of these for my SLI setup and coming from a 680 SLI setup, at 2560x1440 I can now turn on 4X MSAA Ultra settings on BF3 and get a higher FPS than my 680 SLI setup on Ultra without any MSAA turned on.
Pros: Mechanical keys (Even the function keys)
No ghosting of any kind
Red backlight looks AMAZING
Has a full wrist pad
No lame G keys like the K90, which makes it fit under a keyboard drawer on my desk.
Switch to enable operation in BIOS
Cons: Expensive, but make sure to go for it during a sale.
Other Thoughts: This is hands down the best keyboard I have used for Work and gaming. I also own the Corsair K90 and this is essentially the same thing, except without the useless G keys that just took too much room. The red color goes perfectly with my PC and it's nice to have color options. Another feature I wish my K90 had was the BIOS switch that would make this keyboard work with certain BIOS. Anytime I wanted to change a BIOS setting using my K90, I had to unplug it and switch to my Microsoft Natural keyboard, not anymore with the K70.
The red backlighting just looks amazing compared to the "boring" blue. I fell in love with the red LED lights when I first bought the Microsoft X6 keyboard, but that one ghosted real bad, so back it went.
The old K60 only had a partial wrist pad, which I have no idea why they decided to do that.
In summary, Corsair really took the issues with the prior keyboards and it shows, not you get a more mature fully mechanical keyboard that any gamer will love.
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