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This review is from: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 970 4GB G1 GAMING OC EDITION
Pros: The card stays cool and quiet. Performance isn't all that bad until you hit the 3.5GB memory limit. Recent driver updates have brought some good performance increases for this card.
Cons: The card cannot effectively use all 4GB of memory due to the design of the card. After 3.5GB of usage the performance drops off, and I have a surround monitor setup so I really needed all 4GB of memory.
The product was falsely advertised by nvidia and they have admitted to it now and suggested getting refunds if you were unhappy with this. The ROPs and bandwidth are lower than advertised.
Other Thoughts: I want to a refund for this card because I need all 4GB of memory to be usable to the full potential. If I was was only using a single 1920x1080 monitor I would not have less problems, but having 5760x1080 setup or 4K resolution I need all 4GB to be usable.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Using this cooler, my max temps are now 50°C in Furmark and 45°C in gaming usage. It is also silent up to ~65% fan speed.
Cons: Size is large, this is a 3 slot card going downward, but it also uses about a third of a slot above the card for the metal bracket. It didn't cause any issues with them placed right on top of each other in crossfire, but it did interfere with my Titanium HD sound card housing. Once I removed the housing on the sound card it fit just fine.
The four screws holding the metal bracket on the top of the card slowly loosen, and will increase temps by as much as 10°C after a few months. Just make sure to re tighten them as routing maintenance when cleaning dust out of your case.
VRM cooling is bad with this fan setup. The GPU keeps so cool the default fan curve set by AMD on my reference 7970s never increases the fan speed to get enough flow to hit the heatsinks on the VRMs effectively. If you don't set the fans to run at minimum of 60% during gaming, the VRMs will hit their max temp and you will get throttled. Good thing is, the fans are still silent at 60% anyway so I run it 65% fan speed 24/7.
Other Thoughts: Overall even with the cons I listed, I think this heatsink was a good investment if you don't plan on upgrading from your 7970 / 280x any time soon. Just be aware I found out the hard way cards with these coolers installed have very low resale value when it comes time to upgrade, worse than a reference card. So keep your original heatsink handy.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: THRUSTMASTER TX Racing Wheel Ferrari 458 Italia Edition
Pros: The force feedback felt very immersive and proper in Forza 5, as well as on several PC games such as Formula 1 2013 and Assetto Corsa.
I dare say this wheel base is the best force feedback to date and Forza 5 has the best FFB programmed into a racing game, making it the perfect match for each other.
The mounting system is quite flexible, easily clamped onto my computer table securely. It also features threaded inserts on the wheel base and pedals for mounting to a cockpit or wheel stand.
Vehicle handling in any racing game is dramatically better than using a controller, since you have 900° of rotation to work with rather than 1/2" of movement for a full wheel rotation with a controller.
Adjustable DOF comes in very useful since I can drop it down to proper spec for F1 racing or get it set to match steering in DiRT 3.
Cons: The wheel that comes with the set (Ferrari 458 wheel) is a grand touring wheel, which is meant for comfortable cruising down the highway. That means in racing scenario, it's not practical for high speed maneuvering and can cause you to lose a proper grip while turning. A round wheel is much better than the way this wheel is shaped.
When I initially took the wheel out of the box, I felt sick to my stomach because the wheel was all plastic and felt like a child's toy. Not something for a grown man to own and have any dignity.
There is a "gear" feeling when turning the wheel, which it shouldn't have since it's belt driven and electric motor.
This wheel has been out for 5 months, and there still isn't any sign of the pedals and shiftier add-ons being available for purchase.
I have a slightly negative feeling on the pedals as well. They have good resistance and are accurate, but they seem a bit cheap. Thrustmaster also limited themselves from having a clutch pedal since a Ferrari 458 doesn't have one so to keep with the theme, it's not there. Also doesn't help that the pedals that do have a clutch are still unavailable for purchase 5 months after this wheel has been released.
Other Thoughts: I returned mine until Thrustmaster can come up with a better combination of wheel rim and pedals to go with this great wheel base, or perhaps sell the wheel base separately. You can get better pedals and better rim for racing as "add ons", but it's wasted money owning the 458 wheel and pedals since they would sit in the box never used.
I do miss having this wheel set for Forza 5, however the 458 set isn't good for racing. Thrustmaster should have gone with a generic styled wheel that was round, and pedals which had a clutch pedal. Having to spend hundreds more dollars to remedy those two things is too much to ask for.
I'm leaving this product with a 3 egg "neutral" review since the wheel base is great, but the execution of making it themed off a touring car hurts driving performance in racing.