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Pros: Decent price at time of purchase
Twin Frozr cooler keeps temps low
Dual cooling fans, 5 heat pipe heatsink
Overclocks like a BOSS!!
Overclocked it gets into GTX 580 performance numbers
Cons: Can be a power hog-especially when OC'd
Generates lots of heat
You can find used 570s for about $200. I've seen EVGA 570s go as cheap as $175.
Other Thoughts: Power requirements are 550w minimum but I'd run a 650 at least. I overclocked my core from 750MHz to 920MHz, memory clocked at 2100 shader at 1800 with +70mv voltage. Rock solid at these numbers for 2.5 hrs in game and could probably go just a bit higher. Temps at about 68 on air in an NZXT Phantom full tower w/ all case fans.
I got a hard 60FPS in Bioshock maxed, the FPS never moved from 60.1. BF3 Ultra was a steady 60FPS average sometimes dropping into the 50s. The Witcher 2, maxed, I got steady 60s and occasional drops into the 50s and a few dips into the 40s.
Pros: -Can be had for about $100 when rebates are available.
-Stable for gaming with good framerates/temps
-New NVIDIA firmware update improved performance
-Easily overclocks to ZOTAC Ti AMP! specs
-Battlefield 3 numbers:1080p, 30FPS avg, 70-72 degrees, Ultra settings without the fan kicking in (lots of case fans :)
Cons: -Needs replacement of thermal paste out of the box.
-Loud cooling fan but hasn't needed it since Nvidia update
-Bumping up voltage isn't worth the amount of extra power consumption.
Other Thoughts: I've been running this card for a few months now and at first I wasn't all that impressed. My PC would crash, show artifacts on the screen or bsod if I pushed the card too much. I noticed that the thermal paste was really dry so I replaced it with Arctic silver. A short while later, I received a notice of an NVIDIA firmware update and since then the performance has improved. The fan hasn't kicked in since the update which is awesome because it's LOUD. I overclocked the card to the ZOTAC GTX550 Ti AMP! specs with ease. I use MSI Afterburner to keep tabs on everything or make adjustments. I run Battlefield 3 1080p w/ Ultra settings at 30FPS without the fan kicking in. Temps stayed at about 70 to 72. I should also mention that my PC is in an NZXT Phantom with 7 fans so that certainly helps stabilize temps. Couldn't be happier for $100.
AMD 1045T OC'd to 3.5ghz Antec(Asetek)water cooled
4 X 2GB RAM
ZOTAC GTX 550 Ti
Sandisk 120GB SSD
Pros: Easy overclocking in BIOS
Ready for FX chips
Excellent onboard audio/Dolby HD
32GB DDR3 max
High power USB 2.0 ports (charge my phone as fast as a wall charger, even when the PC is off)
Cons: PCI-E is 16x on one GPU
8X in X-fire or SLI
Doesn't matter much to me since I'm only going to run a single card.
Having trouble with the USB 3.0 drivers from Etron on Windows 7 64. They worked fine in Vista.
Other Thoughts: This is a very solid midrange board. I'm completely happy with it for $100. The only con is that in SLI or Crossfire the bandwidth is reduced, however, this won't effect me because I don't plan to use that feature. I think anyone who plans to use SLI/Crossfire will have purchased a higher end board anyways. My favorite feature is the high powered USB 2.0 ports that charge my phone as quick as my wall charger does even when my PC is off. My biggest gripe is the problem I'm having with the USB 3.0 drivers from Etron. They worked great before I upgraded OS from Vista to 7. Not sure if it's just me or I have a problem with the board.READ FULL REVIEW