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This review is from: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1070 XTREME Gaming GV-N1070XTREME-8GD Video Card
Pros: Great FPS improvement over 2gb gtx 760...but that is it...
Cons: 1. No driver disk in box, means I had to dl everything from gigabyte website, which was more like brail with the driverless/awful/distorted resolution on my 34" monitor. Oh but it came with a super sweet wrist band - lol!
2. The Fans - where to begin...there is no control over them with the app(or any other app from MSI/EVGA/etc.) The app does control the lighting, so I know it's working however. The fans go from dead quiet to 100% jet engine loud 30 seconds into playing a game and do not ever go back too quiet unless the computer is hard rebooted, even a soft reboot won't change their speed. Mapping the fan ramp up speed via the app(or others) does nothing. I left the computer idle for 8 hours after playing a game and the fans were still spinning at 100%, meanwhile the GPU temps showed 30c. The Gigabyte app shows nothing for the fan monitoring as well, just blank, at zero.
3. Displayport will not output, tried two different cables, no dice. Both worked just fine with my GTX760.
4. Games constantly crash - Doom, CS:GO, GTA V, Dying Light, all crash to a black screen/reboot automatically. SupCom 2 won't even load...
Other Thoughts: Update: 7/28. I'm returning this card. After more than a week of tweaking my system/testing/removing/reinstalling old and new drivers/apps/etc. I'm convinced this card is defective. It just does not work right, nor do the gigabyte apps(or any others) have an effect on the fans. I cannot live with a card where I can't play my games and has fans which go from 0 to 100% and never throttle back even when my computer is idle. I had such high hopes for this card too, bummer...READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: WD 8TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBFJK0080HBK-NESN
Pros: I've bought 3 of these, one for a true backup and gutted two of them for added space on my synology NAS. Sure TLER might be disabled and any warranty voided, but getting a WD Red 8TB Helium drive for $250 is a hard deal to pass up when it comes to massive amounts of storage for cheap. All were instantly recognized by windows and received no errors when testing before freeing them from the enclosure.
Cons: I had one unit drop/pickup midway through a huge file transfer, and my mobo usb ports were set to never turn off power. This happened multiple times, but once gutted and placed in my NAS functions flawlessly - so as with many external HD's, the interface and firmware can be twitchy/buggy.
Other Thoughts: I have not tried any of the WD backup software.
WD Red 8tb helium drive for $250 - nuff said!!
Runs at about 90F degrees when in a 75 degree room in my DS1515 NAS, backup unit is much, much hotter in the enclosure with no fan - will longevity be compromised by case/lack of air movement?
This review is from: LG 34UM67-P 34” Class 21:9 UltraWide IPS FreeSync Gaming Monitor 5ms 2560 x 1080 5ms GTG 60Hz 5,000,000:1 Contrast Ratio with 4-Screen Split and Dynamic Action Link + Black Stabilizer, SRGB Over 99%
Pros: If you're like me and want a big display at a good price, without having to worry about driving a 4k panel with an older graphics card, this is the ticket. If you're one of the other folks to get it for $400 on clearance, woot!! I swapped my 27" LG panel for this, as the 27" was enough for playing games, but not for working at home on the occasions I get the opportunity. This monitor has great color, clarity, contrast, and room for any of my workplace needs and running multiple sessions of Excel creating budgets/proposals. Pixel density is as expected and I have no issue with small print/text, lines/border in Excel, etc. For gaming my OC'd GTX 960 can still keep games playable(Dying Light, Counterstrike, etc.), and was one of my main reasons for getting this.
For the majority of us, the reality of 4k is still a few years off(both in bandwidth and in budget). Factor in the fact that OLED destroys any other display technology and is still a few years away from being mainstream in the computer monitor market, and I see this monitor being the best case scenario for budget/value at this time. In 3 years will I upgrade to an OLED panel and a 1080TI (or 1180 by then?) video card pushing 4k on a perfectly black OLED panel - absolutely. But why on earth would I spend $1000+ on a monitor and another $650 on a video card knowing that the next few years will yield some amazing advancements in video card processors/tech as well as display technologies? It doesn't make sense....This monitor and your current video card that can push 1080p nicely in games is all one needs unless you have a huge wallet and need to be on the bleeding edge of technology every year. For the average person, this is it!!
Cons: Not 4k, Not OLED, no crazy refresh rates etc. This monitor really has no faults for the discounted asking price. At $600 - probably not worth buying, but at $400?? I ordered it without questioning myself any further.
Other Thoughts: $400 for a 34" panel that looks great and I don't need to upgrade my video card - Win!!
Still waiting on that displayport cable I ordered at the same time Newegg!!! 3+ days behind is pathetic.