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EVGA 04G-P4-2978-KR GeForce GTX 970 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support FTW ACX 2.0 Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Where to start...

1. Great overclocker! You'd think that already being overclocked over the reference speeds by so much that you wouldn't have any headroom left for more. Well guess what, you can easily achieve an extra 90-100MHz on the GPU and over 300MHz on the memory. Using PrecisionX, I have mine clocked at +70MHz GPU, +290MHz memory, and 107% Power. My numbers are lower than the ones I listed for thermal purposes. Speaking of thermal...

2. Excellent cooling! At idle, temps are 35C. Using the stock fan profile, the cooler fans don't spin up until about 60C. After that, it increases more as heat increases, though the increase is quite mild. I was averaging 75C under load on a stock clock and fan profile, which is still below the 80C throttle limit. Using PrecisonX, I adjusted the fan profile to be a bit more aggressive to fit my overclock needs. The fans don't make a lot of noise until they get above ~40%, so I simply adjusted them to spin up to 35% when my GPU hit 72C. The result is under load I rarely go over 72C and the fans are silent - the highest temp spike I've seen is 74C at a fan speed of 40%.

3. Performance! This goes without saying as you're poking a stock 980 in the back with this card, if not matching or surpassing it when overclocked. I play a 100+ mod Skyrim using 2K textures or higher on just about everything and this card handles it like a dream - even in heavily forested areas where frame rates drop to their lowest. I upgraded from SLI 760GTX Superclocked and this card is noticeably faster. I can only imagine how these would perform in SLI.

4. Free Stuff! Just icing on the cake at this point.

Cons: Coil Whine! I've never heard it so loud. It's most pronounced when I'm playing a game that runs 100+ fps (WoW, some 3DMark benchmarks). In more demanding games, it's still there but I barely notice it unless I'm paying attention to it. If you have a fan outlet in the side of your case, you'll probably hear it more often than not. I almost took an egg off for this - in fact, if I could, I would deduct half an egg.

Other Thoughts: Overall, this is an impressive card and definitely worth the money. If you see it in stock, don't hesitate as the 900 series are selling crazy fast!

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Manufacturer Recertified Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT/RF2 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Works without error. Fast, faster than my Intel SSDs! But is it as reliable? We shall see...

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Bought this while it was on sale. It was recognized by my system so installation was easy. Didn't come with a mounting bracket but I knew that going into this. I put it into my HTPC as a boot drive, windows now starts in just over 10 seconds - couldn't be happier!

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PC Power and Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I don't even care if this thing is out of stock permanently, I bought it back in 2008 and it's still chugging hard! Zeus himself would be impressed.

Cons: Still waiting for this thing to die so I can get a modular PSU...

Other Thoughts: I miss the old PC Power and Cooling =(

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David J.'s Profile

Display Name: David J.

Date Joined: 07/01/04

  • Reviews: 10
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 03/17/14
  • Last Review: 11/04/14
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