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This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: 2 slots are handy, plenty of USB ports, contains what is needed and no more, tough motherboard
Definitely durable - very strong power surge took out lights in the house, knocked out the power supply, melted the power supply connector to the motherboard itself, but only damaged the connector. The motherboard still lives albeit needs a replaced connector - that kind of power surge would utterly destroy most boards.
Cons: Lousy BIOS that only detects some USB keyboards making management a gamble, GB's stock windows drivers are sub-par and often require reinstalling multiple times to get working, unusually slow startup speeds with the occasional minute hang at post.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I got this in early 2009. Since, it has served me very well. Not a single problem.
Combined with an Athlon II x4 620, 2 gigs of DDR2 ram, it takes hits like COD6 @ 1024 x 768 with medium to high settings with no AA.
I moved from a Geforce 8400 which, like my other 2 Geforces burned itself.
Cons: It doesn't play COD6 or Bioshock on ultra-high. But really, do you expect a $36 card to handle games like that? No. Which is why this card surprises me whenever it handles things like that.
Other Thoughts: It's a great budget card if you don't have much of a budget.READ FULL REVIEW