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EVGA GeForce GTX 970 04G-P4-2972-KR 4GB GAMING w/ACX 2.0, Silent Cooling Graphics Card
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs One of the best cards that EVGA and nVidia released 11/13/2014

This review is from: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 04G-P4-2972-KR 4GB GAMING w/ACX 2.0, Silent Cooling Graphics Card

Pros: The biggest plus for me is that I received the card as a Step Up from EVGA and only paid $45 including shipping to them for it, can't beat that!
- Amazing performance with very low power consumption.
- EVGA sent a free back plate with it, so that its self almost covers the money I paid for the Step Up.
- Boost right out of the box is 1254mhz
- 5 minutes later and first try the clock is 1400mhz core and 8000mhz memory. When I have a bit more time will see what is the maximum, with the 1400/8000 passes Valley benchmark 5 times on a roll with no issues, temps stay around 73 with room temperature of 22.
- Almost no Coil Wine, but I am not worried about it, read below about it.
- Very good packaging and outstanding warranty and support by EVGA.
- Completely silent till about 50 degrees, before this point the fans are not spinning and after that they are pretty silent in my humble opinion.
- I like it so much, I will actually grab another one from NewEgg as soon as they become available.

Cons: Not really big cons, just nit picking by me:

- The connectors for power delivery are kind of a pain to reach with the PSU cables, I would have preferred if they were on the end of the PCB and not almost in the middle.
- The fans and heat-sink plastic shroud feels a bit flimsy and cheap, but no big deal, just don't put too much pressure on it.
- With the StepUp I didn't qualify for the free nVidia game, which is kinda ridiculous, since is a new cared and should be considered a new purchase.
- Small amount of Coil Wine, read below about it.
- Had to wait almost 2 months to receive the card, but hey beggars cant be choosers, right.

Other Thoughts: So about the Coil Wine, I see a lot of people really being frustrated with it and I can understand that, but keep in mind that is not EVGA fault, all brands and I mean all brands, have the same issue, read the reviews for Asus, MSI, Gigabyte and the rest, they all do, some more, some less.
The thing is, and a lot of people report the same, with time the Coil Wine goes away, 2 to 4 weeks of heavy gaming and benching and it will vanish, all the people that had that issue initially are now reporting that things are great and the Coil Wine is not present.
Now if yours is really loud and mixed with other electrical buzzing noise, you can always RMA and hope the next one will be better.

NZXT HALE90 V2 850W 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active@0.99(Typically) PFC Power Supply
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - Full modular.
- 5 year warranty.
- Quiet.
- Like the color white for a change, goes great with Fractal Design cases that are Black and White combination.
- Plenty of power especially for up to date hardware, which uses less and less power.
- Price was good too.

Cons: Not really a lot or big ones, maybe that this series is produced by FSP not one of the other better manufacturers, but is not a big issue.

Other Thoughts: Buy it, with every part there is always a chance to fail, but that's why they gave you 5 years, and you are covered.

Acer GN246HL Black 24
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Just received the monitor today and I think is great! The first big plus - No Dead Pixels!!! Thank you Acer and whoever supplies the panel for that model.
- Price - purchased this in Shell Shocker deal for $209 shipped, by far the best price for a 1ms 144hz gaming monitor.
I know is not VA/PLS/IPS panel, but really dont care, for the price again this monitor is great, and to get similar response time or Hz from one of the other superior color panels, you will have to pay at least 3 times more.
- HDMI, DVI inputs, I wish there was another HDMI, but that is fine.
- Good looking design, with a slim frame.
- 3D Vision and 3D LightBoost support.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I personally think 24 inch is enough and 1080P will relevant for a long time and this resolution will be dominate at least for the next 2-3 years, so I am good for now.


Ivan G.'s Profile

Display Name: Ivan G.

Date Joined: 08/31/06

  • Reviews: 52
  • Helpfulness: 20
  • First Review: 05/09/07
  • Last Review: 11/13/14
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