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This review is from: MSI GTX 780Ti GAMING GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card
Pros: Several people have mentioned how quiet this card is, but I feel like it really cannot be overstated. With its stock fan profile, this card is essentially silent, even under 100% load. It's really quite amazing, even with my ear less than a foot away from the card I can't pick it out over the ambient room noise!
As a long time MSI customer, MSI's Twin Frozr 4 has made some dramatic improvements over Twin Frozr 2 and even 3. The dual 100mm fans keep this Ti much cooler than the reference models with seemingly none of the noise. I've been running mine on a test bench and it's yet to even break 70c.
Also worth noting is the factory OC on this card is quite high. In "OC mode" mine boosts to 1150 core right out of the box, making it one of the fastest Ti models available.
Cons: Price. But GPU prices have been inflated across the board this generation, and relative to other 780 Tis, this one is actually very competitively positioned.
Other Thoughts: I really can't say enough good things about this card. It's insanely fast, power efficient and backed by MSI's very reliable 3 year warranty.
With its factory OC, it even outperforms the older dual gpu cards (GTX 690, HD 7990) in several titles. And manages to do so while staying inaudible.
The people at MSI have outdone themselves with this one!
Pros: This card is an absolute monster. So far this card has shredded everything I've thrown at it in 1440p. Including Crysis 3! With a tiny overclock it surpasses even stock Titan performance at 2/3 of the cost!
The cooler is built like a tank. It feels incredibly sturdy, and is by far the quietest reference shroud I've ever seen. Even with the fan turned up to ~70% the motor is inaudible.
Best of all PNY is the only manufacturer offering lifetime warranties on their GTX cards for FREE. That was a huge selling point for me, because honestly, if I'm dropping over 600 bucks of a graphic card, a good warranty is pretty important.
Cons: Price tag is still a little steep, but this and the Titan are in a league of their own for the moment and the top cards always come at a premium.
The packaging is pretty bare bones, but for some that might be a pro. It came with a quick install manual, driver CD and DVI to VGA adapter, which is fine by me. I don't need a bunch of case stickers and posters I'll never use anyway.
Other Thoughts: This is the first PNY card I've bought and so far I'm extremely pleased. I bought mine off site, and got a pretty great deal, but even without it, it's hard to top PNY's warranty.
Great card and great to see a manufacturer really stand by their product.
This review is from: Nexus SA-120 120mm Silicon Absorber
Pros: I use silicone mounts wherever I can to eliminate vibrations between my fans and my case, but regular rubber screws won't work for mounting fans to a rad. These are the next best thing!
I was using 'silent' fans in push/pull on a 120mm rad but was still getting some audible vibrating. With one nexus absorber between each fan and the radiator and one more between the rear fan and the case that's no longer a problem.
Plus they're super easy to install.
Cons: A little expensive all things considered, but can you really put a price on silence?
Other Thoughts: My PC is now whisper quiet, just the gentle 'woosh' of moving air. Great product!READ FULL REVIEW