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EVGA 04G-2974-KR GeForce GTX 970 Superclocked 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 ACX 2.0 PCI Express 3.0
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: If you check benchmarks at video card benchmarks website,
you can see where the reference version of this card sits. After a lot of research I made the choice to move to this card. I work as an IT professional and have time to do this extra research in between projects, and I enjoy my gaming. I would recommend from my research and first hand experience that if you are running 1-3 1080p screens, one card should really impress. I run a 4K Samsung panel using SST on display port, getting 60Hz refresh rate. The one card does an impressive job at 4K resolutions. I just ordered a second. I usually run SLI and in order to really push the 4K at higher settings for newer games, I need the second card. Most games 1-2 years back and earlier, seem to be just fine at max settings at 4K. Newer games, such as Crysis 3 and Black Flag, are much more intense. Although I can run those games at respectable frames, I do need to dial back the settings a bit. I turned off all AA and pulled other settings back a bit in order to boost my frames. The second card should nearly double my performance. The reason for the great scaling, I discovered through extensive research, is because I am running an AMD 990FX platform. AMD has the PCIE lanes on the board, where Intel places theirs on the CPU. I was a bit surprised at this but it also makes sense why my rig has always seen good scaling with SLI. Most Intel CPUs are using 16 PCIE lanes, that is why you lose some performance and SLI doesn't always scale well on an Intel platform. Granted, there are still many more factors, but this one does make an impact from the get-go. Anyhow, in summary, if you are NOT stepping to 4K and staying 1440p or even 1080p, you should find yourself very pleased with this card. If you want to run 4K, you will likely want a second one in order to really push the current generation games at high to max settings. The firmware update for this card from EVGA also allows for 0 RPM fan speed. That means when you are doing typical usage outside games, you are saving power and noise. I can't stress how amazing the card is, just look at the impact the 900 series has had on the rest of the market.

Cons: I found that my card seemed to have some issue when I first connected it. When booting, I got a BIOS beep code which indicated the card was bad or malfunctioning. Once installed with drivers in place, it would sometimes not boot into Windows (7). However, it performed amazingly!
I am running a 4K panel from display port. It wasn't until after much troubleshooting and trying to mix things up to make a determination, that I realized that the issues I was having were only occurring when booting with only the display port connected. Once I connected another monitor via HDMI as well as the main panel via display port, then the beep code ceased and Windows always boots successfully. Not sure if this is a widespread issue or something unique to my setup. My BIOS is current, all firmware is current. Latest drivers, etc. There was nothing that EVGA or myself could conceive of to make it go away, except to not connect with only the display port. Maybe there needs to be a firmware fix later for this? This is my only negative. The coil whine that others complained of? (What is coil whine? coil whine is a high pitch frequency noise produced by the inductors creating vibrations at resonant frequencies under a particular load) I did notice it, but it was not annoying or distracting. My guess is that other people have a quieter area and maybe fewer fans and thus are more likely for it to be noticed in the first place. I have a HAF 932 advanced case and lots of fans, plus a louder second desktop behind me and usually a fan or two running in the house. Turn on some music, make some white noise. Coil whine is always there, older tech just made more noise to cover it. Now we are in a level of tech where things are getting much quieter and so things like coil whine are going to be more easily noticed.

Other Thoughts: If you took the time to read this and do some research of your own, kudos! Don't take my word for all this. Check it out for yourself, do some research and decide for yourself.

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TOSHIBA Canvio Slim II 1TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive for PCs HDTD210XS3E1 Silver
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Pretty fast, for HDD. I see little difference in my read/write speeds from other drives that are internal in my laptop/desktops. I haven't tried the included software yet, but it's a nice addition. I use it for images and other files for work, so it gets used frequently.

Cons: The first one I received appeared to have a short life. No problems getting the Newegg RMA process going, no hassles.

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Assassin's Creed I, II, Brotherhood and Revelations (4 PC Game Pack)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Was on sale for 40 from 120.

Cons: Will have to wait until i have time again to play. absolutely worth buying even though i may not get around to it for 5 months.

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Benjamin S.'s Profile

Display Name: Benjamin S.

Date Joined: 11/17/11

  • Reviews: 19
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 08/18/12
  • Last Review: 12/05/14
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