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MSI GTX 970 GAMING 4G GeForce GTX 970 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support G-SYNC Support Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It certainly delivers on the graphics end. I can bump everything to ultra and it looks fantastic, and I'm running on a 144mhz monitor.

Cons: When I play games, there's a constant grinding sound that changes in frequency depending on the terrain you're looking at. I watched a youtube video (07 How to get rid of coil whine) and as he explains it, it's based on the constant changes in FPS, and that by using vertical sync or by limiting FPS with something like Rivatune, that would solve the issue. I've yet to see a decrease in the grinding, and it's a clear, loud grinding, almost like a bad harddrive, but it's clearly the card (I'm running SSDs).

The easiest way to know if you've got coil whine is to use the MSI Kombuster app that comes with the software. Running the benchmark makes the card start screaming. When people described 'coil whine' before, I always assumed it was something that came from the fans or something, but no, it's like a high-pitched error sound that's constant. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Otherwise, it's silent. Only when you're playing games or actually utilizing the card does it make these annoying sounds.

ASUS VG248QE Black 24
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It's supposed to be a great monitor.

Cons: Overshadowed by a dead pixel slightly off center. About an inch north-east of a centered crosshair, so it's more obvious than it would be if it was off on the side. In fact, I first noticed it on a foggy Hossin while playing PlanetSide 2.

Asus 'dead pixel policy' means I'm stuck with it
Newegg's 'dead pixel policy' means I'm stuck with it
I've tried the 'massaging it' method.

Other Thoughts: Since it's impossible to find the Gsync boards for this monitor any more, it might just be worth returning for a refund.

Dell ST2321L Black 23
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Nice Monitor

Cons: Ama-zon is selling this exact same monitor (and free shipping) for only $134.99 right now (11/18/12) while Newegg sells it at $159.99 during a 'black november' event?

Dell ST2321L

This makes me sad Newegg. Now I feel like i should be questioning all of my purchases here.


Jerry S.'s Profile

Display Name: Jerry S.

Date Joined: 03/21/02

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 11/29/10
  • Last Review: 12/15/14
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