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Pros: Massive upgrade over my GTX 460 1GB. 1080p maxed on most games with great framerate. Got it with 2 games for not much over $200. Nice looking card. No problems getting it running (might be because I have a beastly PSU, the Corsair AX1200, which I might use in my next couple of builds). Awesome warranty.
Cons: Became less impressive after I bought a HIS IceQ X Turbo 6950 1GB for similar price (another deal too good to pass up), which beats the XFX card in almost every way except I guess looks. Weaker performance, hotter, and louder than the HIS. Heat sink and fan seem tiny, cheap, and noisy compared to my other 6950. In spite of the problems, it's performing quite well in Crossfire, and I have found no technical issues that others have recently complained about regarding this card. It's got Witcher 2 singing at a silky smooth frame rate in CF, which looks beyond gorgeous.
Other Thoughts: I got a great deal on the card, but in hindsight I wish I had waited until I could get a good price on either another HIS or a Sapphire 6950. The difference in quality between this XFX card and the HIS card is significant, yet they cost about the same. I was persuaded by the free games, awesome price, and reputation of XFX, but I'm not so impressed with my first XFX card. Too hot and loud for Crossfire, but it's still a very strong performer if you have decent cooling (I do with an HAF 932 Advanced, but I'm just pointing out that this card needs cooling and space). It's reasonably quiet for most games, but you'll hear it if you play a really demanding game. In fairness, you won't hear it as much if you aren't as picky about temperatures as I am and don't use something like Afterburner to adjust the fan speed curve, but it will run pretty hot.
I should also add that the 6950 in general is extremely potent in Crossfire. It's not far behind the 6990 in CF at lower resolutions.
This review is from: SILVERSTONE FM121 120mm Case Cooling Fan
Pros: Very nice fan. I just got this thing and installed it. It does a great job of expelling air from my case in a Gateway computer that shockingly had no standard case fan. I paired this fan with another Silverstone fan to bring the system temperature down significantly. I love being able to control the fan speed manually. I think it is well worth the price.
Cons: That bracket for the controller doesn't seem to fit properly in my case. I'm going to have to figure out a solution for that problem.
Other Thoughts: Great performance and very effective. No major complaints. Quiet and well-mannered at the lower setting, but it can also be a wind tunnel if you need it to be (playing Crysis in the summer, for example). Overall, I'm very pleased with this fan and will consider other Silverstone products in the future.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SILVERSTONE SCOOL81 80mm Case Fan with Thermal Sensor
Pros: I just got this and installed it. It appears to work quite well. I have this as an intake fan for a Gateway computer that shockingly had no casefans at all. Adding this fan held yield a significantly lower system temperature. Seems pretty quiet.
Cons: It wasn't the cheapest fan of this size, but on the other it's temperature controlled.
Other Thoughts: This is the first case fan of this type I have owned. The little heat sensor is interesting, but I actually haven't noticed the speed of the thing vary much yet. It's stayed at about the same speed and has generally been pretty quiet. Also, I wouldn't call it good or bad, but do many people out there have a case that matches this fan's sky blue color? I like it just fine with my black case and see it whirring away in there, but it does look a bit peculiar.READ FULL REVIEW