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ASUS GeForce GTX 970 STRIX-GTX970-DC2OC-4GD5 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support G-SYNC Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: NO COIL WHINE on either of them
Low power
super quiet
great temps
They SHRED every game I throw at them @ 1440p
Fans turn on at lower temps than 60-70C despite other reviews
Backplates are wonderful
Metal shrouds, not plastic
Worked right out of the box with the most current drivers

Cons: Backplate doesn't mitigate card sag as much as would have liked, PSU wires work fine to hold them up if used properly.
White LEDs above the power sockets aren't super asthetic, and as far as I can tell, they don't have an option to turn off. Not a big deal as my tower is under my desk.
They don't come with an SLI bridge
...No multi-color LEDs? I'm just being picky at this point.

Other Thoughts: These cards are wonderful for the price if you can find them on sale. I have read multiple reviews about coil whine, took the plunge anyway and it payed off. It may just be the quality of your power supply.

I'm running:
Intel 4790k
MSI Gaming 5 Motherboard
8Gb Corsair Ripjaws
2x Asus Strix GTX 970's (More is better?)
OCZ 850W PSU Gold Certified
2560x1440 Qnix 27' IPS @ 110hz
1920x1080 Asus 24' TN @ 60hz

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CM Storm Power-RX - Large Gaming Mouse Pad with Waterproof Surface
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This is a large mat with a great feel too it, plus it's highly water resistant and easy to clean if you ever spill anything on it. Mice slide around on it effortlessly with no scratchy feeling or audible sound. This is why I find the cloth feel to mouse pads to be superior to rubbery or plastic ones. Comes in a cool tube, rolled the right way so it doesn't fold up on your desk, but folds to your desk when you first get it. I've had it on both glass and wood surfaces, and after hours of use, it barely moves, maybe a half inch in any direction, but for the most part it stays where it is. All of the above for a good sale price of ~$20. Can't beat it, I love this mouse pad.

Cons: The only negative I've found is that the decals on the pad have come off after use. I still have the label at the top of the pad, but everything on the bottom right has come off and now just black. Looks fine without, not enough to take off an egg.

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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Although designed for Intel systems, my AMD system posted first try with both sticks of ram in and recognized it no problem.
MSI 890FXA motherboard and AMD 1100T cpu ran it at 1600 immediately with no trouble.
Got it for $75 with a free 2G flash drive.

Cons: None yet, and none expected.

Other Thoughts: I like to read what systems people have, so hears mine:

Mobo: MSI 890XFA-GD70
CPU: AMD 1100T 6 cores @ 3.3, Turbo core set to 4.0
GPU: MSI 6950 Twin Frozr factory speeds
RAM: obviously... 8G G-Skill Ripjaws X @1600
PSU: 650W Coolermaster
Case: Thermaltake Armor
Win 7 64-bit Professional

-Hope this helped!

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Joseph N.'s Profile

Display Name: Joseph N.

Date Joined: 02/01/08

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 05/09/11
  • Last Review: 11/04/14
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