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This review is from: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GD5T OC
Pros: Powerful card. Quiet and power efficient. What you'd expect from a card with NVIDIA technology.
Cons: On my third dead card and MSI has been little/no-help except for sending me scrap refurbs that last a month or two before breaking down. First card lasted me 6 months before freezing/locking up and giving me the red screen of death. Refurb card came in six weeks later, worked for about two months and then eventually just died (wasn't receiving power or anything). Replaced my PSU, didn't resolve the issue. RMA'd the card again, next one worked for a few weeks and then my rig wouldn't even power on anymore unless the card was removed. GPU was pretty much cancer.
Other Thoughts: My rig has excellent airflow, sufficient cooling, and sufficient power. There are no reasons why these cards didn't last as long as they should have. Go with EVGA or Gigabyte. Better customer service, and much more reliable products. I wish Newegg would kind of help me out here seeing as how MSI isn't, but I know that this isn't the retailers fault. Stuck with a $340 paperweight. DO NOT GO MSI.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Beyond powerful, runs cool and very quiet, zero performance issues. Will be able to keep up with upcoming games' maximum graphics for the next 4 years at LEAST.
Cons: Heavy as all hell and barely fits in an ATX Mid case, requires 4 molex connectors. Not cost effective for gaming.
Other Thoughts: I bought this card because I do a lot of gaming and some graphic design as well. Before this card, I was running Intel Graphics HD 4000 on an i5 3570k @ 4 GHz, so this was a tremendous upgrade. When I received it in the mail, the card alone weighed as much as a 2 liter bottle of soda. My dumba55 forgot to bolt it down so when I stood my case up to work on cable management, it started to pull my motherboard off of its risers. Also, I couldn't SLI them if I wanted to because it only fits in one of my ports (HDD bays are in the way of the bottom port, so it will not fit lengthwise). Anyway, after installation and drivers and stuff it ran amazing. Crysis 3, BF4, Skyrim, etc. all on highest settings, graphics enhancing mods, etc. I realized that even with all of these settings tweaked, the card wasn't even using half of its capable power and peaked at (maybe) 55C. I'm sure the 2GB would have been just fine, 4GB is not necessary for gaming.
If you're looking for a good graphics card and are on some sort of budget, the 4GB model is not the one to get because you'll find yourself not even using what it's capable of. I'd only recommend it if you're doing video production, graphic design, quad monitors, etc.
Pros: Absolutely amazing. I purchased this for my computer build just because I already had an Ivy Bridge board, couldn't afford the i7, and couldn't afford to upgrade to the Haswell. I am more than happy with what this thing can do. I've been beating the hell out of it's stock speed + turbo with 1080p rendering without a GPU and I haven't seen temps rise about 65C. The speeds on it are fantastic, and the heatsink that came with it seems to be doing much more than I had expected. I figured the GPU was going to be the last part of my build (since a computer can run without dedicated GPU), and the Intel Graphics 4000 with this are able to run games I'd never expect it to run. Because of this, I could hold off on rushing to get a GPU so I can save and get a GTX770.
Cons: The heatsink was a pain in the neck to get on to my motherboard correctly, but I highly doubt that was the heatsink's fault. Probably user error and/or motherboard issue. Like I stated above, the heatsink seems to be doing its job so I'm not worried.
Other Thoughts: If you're looking to build a budget gaming computer while avoiding AMD products, this is the CPU to get. Performance is excellent, and I'm sure once I get a dedicated GPU my rig will be ready to conquer everything I'll want it to do.READ FULL REVIEW