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Cons: After owning for 2 years, have had ongoing front panel USB issues. When I touch the front panel, skin or usb device, it shorts out and freezes the system, followed by a very unpleasant static-snow sound through speakers. Thought it could be grounding or case issue but it must be a motherboard manufacturing defect. Newegg was kind enough to send a different case to see if the problem persisted and it does.
Other Thoughts: Wish I would've been more proactive in determining the source of the issue, but haven't had the time and I don't use front usb that often but BOY WHEN I DO! Guess I have to buy a new mobo, that stinks.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan
Pros: Great heatsync design. Single or double fan capable. Very quiet.
Cons: Fan died after 1 year - fortunately it's under warranty...right? You builders know how inconvenient it is to replace a heatsync. Which is the only option you have when their CS phone number hangs up on you EVERY TIME, their online support doesn't respond (waited 1 hour) and their online RMA system takes 2 days for approval then at least 7 additional business days to ship a replacement. Yes I understand their non-sense disclaimers of "availability" and such- but PLEASE, this is one of their most popular selling items of this type. That's just poor support. I hope mine is an isolated case as I and many others enjoy this item.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Anyone that has researched it know's this card is the best overall value, the problem however is getting one that is stable.
Despite the horrible reviews, I recently bought the Sapphire 100354OCL (price was 209) and like a lot of people, it died after light use. NEWEGG's RMA was smooth, I bought this one instead because of the extra fan. This card is longer so have a big case, I have the THOR and haveplenty of room but this won't fit in most mid towers.
Ran 3dmark on loop for 8 hours and temp never exceeded 56C. It's also quieter than other 7870's I've heard, 100354OCL and the XFX Double D.
If you're smart you'll buy this one, yes some people still get bad ones, but that's with any manufacturer, you're odds are prob best with this one.
I'll report back in 30days or if the card goes bad which ever happens first.
Cons: none thus far
Other Thoughts: AMD FX-8350 w/Cooler Master Hyper212 Evo
ASRock 990fx Extreme3 w/BIOS 1.50
2x4GB Patriot Viper3 1866 pc3-15000
Gigabyte GV-R787OC-2GD -- Radeon 7870GHz
480 GB - Muschkin Chronos SSD
1TB - Seagate ST1000DM003 /64cache
Corsair cx750 PSU
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