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Pros: This is actually a very decent mid-range card, while it works, that is.
Asus is working with me to refund the money for the card or replacing it altogether. Either way I'm happy with the customer service I've received thus far, though I would like quicker responses on their part.
Cons: A faulty solder joint slowly failed within the card, causing enough damage to my system that I had to replace three, yes three, motherboards before I was able to isolate the source of the causative factor (the graphics card). In all, I replaced the motherboard four times (one arrived DOA so I don't count that as a victim of a faulty GPU). I replaced the PSU, sound card, RAM, SSD, etc.
Other Thoughts: It's an Asus product which in general is synonymous with quality in my opinion. I'm a loyal Asus customer, though this go round almost made me discontinue supporting the company. Having spent all the money on replacement parts was totally my fault however, as I never checked the GPU (I didn't have a spare GPU to test). And unfortunately you never know if the GPU, or any other component is defective until you swap it out with a different one and see if the problem occurs again. The frustrating fact was that the malfunction in the graphics card blew out the motherboard. I never expected that the GPU was the source of the problem as it seemed to perform flawlessly while the PC was up and running. However, slowly but surely the problem began to happen more and more frequently up until the last motherboard which the GPU blew the first time I rebooted a fresh Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit OS.
Oh well, live and learn. My advice, when experiencing a problem such as this, always suspect your components which draw the highest voltage (CPU, GPU, PSU, etc...)
Still a loyal Asus customer.
Pros: Fast, cool w/serious gaming stress. Nice aesthetic design. Dual fans for cooling. Overall it's another great product from Asus - when it isn't malfunctioning!
Cons: The only bad thing I can say about this card is that in the end, it has cost me far more than it's retail price of $149.99, more like ~$700.00, give or take fifty.
The card had an internal short which causes many crashes on my system, destroying not one, not two, not even three, but FOUR motherboards!! Very unhappy about that.
Other Thoughts: I'm a loyal Asus customer. If Asus makes it, I'll get it from Asus, regardless of price differential. It's just a great manufacturer. This is why I never expected the video card to be the source of all my frustration and empty wallet.
Bought it last May (2014) and installed it onto my Asus
ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0. I had not upgraded video cards in quite a long as the one I had at the time was sufficient. However, because I do a lot of technical work, the additional monitor capability caught my eye almost immediately. Three monitors rather than two? Sign me up.
The system seemed pretty stable, as stable as a Microsoft (TM) build can be anyway. However, come July 2014 I decided it was time to do a complete system overhaul. New Motherboard (Asus Sabertooth FX990 r2.0), 32 GB G-Skill ram (2,000 MHz), two new 21" Asus LCD LED monitors, Rosewill 1,000W PSU, 8-core AMD vischera CPU (4.7 GHz) and an Antec Kuhler H2O 1250 water cooling set up. Used my old Sound Blaster card and the new GPU.
Then things began to go wrong. One MB fried and it was well after the 30 day return limit, so I had to eat that and buy another one. This time it took about three weeks & the MB was fried again. I tried using Gigabyte MB with the 990 chipset. Fried in less than a week. Exchanged it for another Sabertooth which lasted all of 24 hours. I had already replaced the PSU, thinking it was defective and sending high power spikes into the system. Checked each DIMM separately, they were all functional. Removed the sound card, still no joy. The Sabertooth was dead.
So, after banging my head against the wall for a day or two trying to figure out what was causing the problem, it occurred to me that the video card was the only card that was power hungry (other then the CPU of course). And as it turned out, there was a loose solder joint which was progressively getting worse, shorting out the MB.
Live and learn.
Pros: Everything about this pair of headphones qualify as "pro's". The bass delivery is deep and rich, while the treble is equally delivered. The mid range comes through crystal clear. These headphones allow for high volume with maximum bass delivery without distortion of any kind. Extremely comfortable to wear for long periods of time.
These headphones fold in on themselves making for very convenient storage size. Both earcups have an individual wire for audio delivery. No more split sound between speakers. Very powerful sound delivery, better than any headphone set I've ever used.
Cons: Not a single one!!
Other Thoughts: Traditionally I've always been an ear bud headphone user due to the background noise reduction and convenient size. I also liked the fact that you didn't have to turn the volume too much. However, I wanted a high quality circum-aural set for watching movies on the PC/laptop. However, due to the excellent sound delivery of these headphones, I use them for virtually every case that require headphones.
While this pair of headphones aren't high end (such as you would find in a recording studio), they are definitely good enough for the audiophile!
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