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Pros: Heavy steel. Durable. Cool lights if you like that sort of bling.
Cons: Outdated. Cheap fans that are poorly placed. Case released in early 2008. Much more modern options out there. For same price you can get a Corsair, Fractal Design, Phanteks, etc
Other Thoughts: It was a good buy for me in 2009. Passed it on to my son in late 2012. Buying him a Fractal Design R4 for his birthday. The Smilodon will live on when sold to one of his friends .READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Fantastic card. Ranks between a GTX 570 and GTX 580 in performance. Uses 100 watts less power than a GTX 570. Very quiet compared to a GTX 570. Runs 30 degrees C cooler than the 570 it replaced. 2GB VRAM compared to GTX 570 w/1.25GB. Plays BF4 on high on my son's computer. His computer is CPU limited however (Phenom II 940 running at near 100% in multiplayer all the time!)
Cons: I instinctively shook the card in my hand as soon as I took it out of the plain jane EVGA box. My heart sank to the floor when i could hear something rattleing around in the card. I figured I got a dud!!!. I noticed one of the securing nuts on either side of one of the DVI connectors was missing. I was able to eventually gently shake it out of the card and screw it back on. Card works flawlessly but EVGA refurb techs should have secured that nut tighly on. It could have ruined the card.
Other Thoughts: This card is for a backup gaming computer I am building so my son can have a Lan party at our house to play BF4 with a friend. I took a chance on a refurb and got lucky. If only my own GTX 780 would run as stable as this card !!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Great price. $199.99 AR. Plays BF3 on Ultra settings at over 60fps on a 1680x1050 22" monitor. Shorter than my GTS260. Same lenght as my old GTS8800. Looks much better in real life than the photos. I was an EVGA man but so far so good with Zotac
Cons: None really. Comes with only one cooling fan. Some other 570's come with 2 or 3 fans. Gets louder during BF3 in my opinion but I would not say the card is "loud". My case could use better airflow.
Other Thoughts: I wanted a GTX for 570 for $200 and I got one....Now I want to SLI it. With my AMD FX4100 CPU and this card both maxed out in a stress test I draw a total of 300 watts.(waiting on AMD FX8350)READ FULL REVIEW