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This review is from: MSI GeForce GTX 980TI GAMING 6G LE
Pros: -84% ASIC
-runs cool and quiet
-easily outperforms my 980 by a wide margin
-Same card as the Gaming 6G. LE simply means they didn't pre-overclock for you.
-Overclocks easily and is stable doing so.
Cons: None. I literally cannot find one.
Other Thoughts: I know my 980 was not going to be enough for a couple more years, and I was not prepared to spend over $700 on any variant of 1080. This huge price drop came just in time! Now, a large performance increase with a lot more VRAM which would carry me a couple years was much more affordable.
The build quality and components on this are the same as the normal OC Gaming model. Don't snub your nose at it.
Pros: -Runs Extremely cool, especially with a fan profile
-The fans are quiet as long as they are under 60% fan speed. Even then, it's likely your case fans are louder.
-Overclocks easily. So far it's taken +120 without any problems.
-affordable (especially now with the Maxwell price cuts
Cons: Honestly, I have not run into any.
Other Thoughts: I got this to pair with an i7-3820 in a PC for my oldest son. The two balance each other out near-perfectly.
If you are on 1080p, and the cost of the new Pascals is too sky-high, but you want performance that will likely last you a year and a half more at that resolution, then look right here! Especially if you need something right now and can't wait for the new AMD mainstream cards (which are rumored to be even more affordable than this!).
This review is from: MSI GeForce GTX 970 GAMING 4G LE
Pros: -exact replica of the 4G Gaming OC (except lower clock)
-same great cooling
-same great gameplay
Other Thoughts: Buying one of these, after already having a 100ME (which is just a Gaming 4G OC), has shown me that all parts are exactly the same. Nothing is wrong with these. In fact, the ASIC on the chip with this one actually is 10 points higher than the 100ME we have.
Needless to say, it overclocks great, has the same 8+6 pin power delivery, and easily reaches the same clocks as the non-LE version.