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Pros: Very quiet even with fans turned up high for comparison my Noctua 80mm on the cpu is louder than the gpu fans on high.
MSI gaming app is pretty cool with preset clock profiles for the gpu,LED effects customizer and monitor color profile selection for gaming.
Videos are on youtube now with people showing you that 4gb of Vram on the GTX960 is critical to running GTA5,Farcry 4,shadow of mordor at maxed out 1080p settings the vram usage is always around 3GB except SOMD it was consuming 4022mb of Vram roughly. in the 3 benchmark videos i saw the gameplay was smooth and hitting around 50-60fps.
most review sites routinely state their hitting 1,500mhz on the core for overclocks thats pretty nice and does translate into free performance at stock voltages.
gains will vary between titles.
i can play anything on the market at great settings and with the gpu being DX12 ready the future feels not so overwhelming for now.
Running it off my corsair CX430watt psu no problems what so ever.
DSR tech from nvidia makes skyrim look amazing at 1440p ultra settings on my AOC 1920x1080 monitor
A core i3 haswell 4150 is good enough to push this card and run the latest titles nice and smooth.
Cons: people still dont understand this card and how its compression/memory engine is better, all they see is 128bit bus and jump on the roll your eyes bandwagon.
4GB wont give any GPU instant FPS increases thats not the point of Vram, Its their in a large enough quantity to be able to load all the games assets for the gpu to process WITHOUT having to offload the games data to system memory which adds a latency penalty when that data is then needed causing game stutters or complete freezes for a few secs until it gets done playing catch up. no different then the windows OS needing X amount of ram to load programs and features without Thrashing the page file to death with R/W requests until the hard drive explodes. thats why i spent the extra 39$ and got this 4gb card and it was worth it.
no point spending almost another $100 on a GTX970 when the 960 overclocked is nipping at it heels in benchmarks.
Did not come with case badge swag? gamers like their stickers MSI . :-)
honestly i dont see any cons, the card is top of its game, i knew what i was getting into and buying,
Pros: everything still running very well, i did a little overclocking with the bios and the core i3 4150 dual core cpu haswell refresh part its not much but was able to net another 150MHZ out of the cpu and got it to 3686.75 GHZ with a 104.30 Base Clock the system would not post at 104.50 base clock. my system memory only had to bump up 72mhz which is nothing.
did not add any voltages to anything just left it at auto and disabled all the power management settings. was hitting super pi 1MB times at 10.235 almost broke into the 9 second realm and that was with little effort i didnt even bother to boot into safe mode and disable explorer.exe and all unnecessary processes or msconfig anything, so might of been able to hit around 9 secs, for the benchmark folks out their who might of been curious. thats with a Corsair CX430M bronze power supply so it dosent have that super super tight voltage control that overclocking demands for perfection.
Cons: None yet.
i guess if i had to list something as a con, i mean im really nit picking here, i would say the mounting system for the heat sinks on the power regulator circuitry could have been mounted a bit more securely they wiggle to easily for my taste. But thats an easy DIY fix Imo.
Other Thoughts: Audio is still great, i love to turn the crystallizer setting all the way up in the XFi MB3 suite software and be able to hear finite audio details in my games i never noticed before lol. im asking people all the time "Did you hear that" and they say i cant hear anything at all LOL, the headphones im useing are not super great just some Logitech G230's for 50$.
i got tripped out a few times and had to take my headphones off to check and make sure that some sounds where not coming from inside my house when i was playing Path Of Exile
Pros: *Low Power Consumption
*Very high instruction per clock calculation, runs circles around A*D 6 core cpu's in efficiency for both power usage and data processing
*Literally half the performance of a $300 core i7 Cpu for only 120$ with the current rebate
*Can handle playing planet side 2 on high settings with 100% render distance at 1080P with a GTX650ti GPU and standard 8GB 4x2GB DDR3 1600mhz at a solid 60FPS in heavy battles 50+ people and hell on earth going on every where.
* Can handle Live streaming to Twitch.TV at high resolution with the GTX650ti that im useing. unfortunately my internet connection cannot lol
CPU Usage on windows 7 dedicated strickly for gaming reaches around 70% load while streaming and gameplay still holds solid and smooth while it streams. that to me is amazing how a dual core can take that kinda punishment and not choke.
dual core cpu's from intel have not only improved from an IPC stand point and power usage but they have become such a bargain for the performance your getting that they basically scream at pc gamers
"BUY Me and you will not regret it"
Other Thoughts: dual core cpu's from intel have not only improved from an IPC stand point and power usage but they have become such a bargain for the performance your getting that they basically scream at pc gamers
it handles any PC game on the market like its nothing. and scales well with higher end GPU's
Pair this CPU with a samsung 840 evo ssd 250GB and standard frequency ram like ddr3 1600mhz and you'll be blown away at how fast your games load from level switches/zones, to texture loading.
Display Name: jonathan R.
Date Joined: 02/23/07
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