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Pros: 1) The card is fast at handling anything you throw at it in 3d.
2) The price
Cons: 1) The following driver related issues
a) Screen reverting back to smaller size on each boot (fixed this after 3 hours of experimenting by Catalyst Control Center and to the My VGA Displays menu on the left and select Properties (VGA Display), then uncheck Monitor Attributes, and then in maximum resolution, pick the size you want the monitor to default to and apply the changes. It should fill the screen, although you may have to adjust the buttons on your actual monitor to center the picture.
Also, in the Image Scaling (VGA Displays) area in the same menu, select Scale image to full panel size and uncheck the Enable GPU Scaling box.
b) Unable to play 2d games without super slow FPS. I tried loading other drivers. I tried changing settings, etc. Spent several hours if not days trying, but with no success. It remained a pig on DAOC. Unplayable. It just lagged so much that I had to stop.
If you play older games, ATI cards are not for you. their driver issues leave a lot to be desired and some people will say it's not the drivers. I say blah. It is. I tried everything else and nothing worked. The other company's drivers are much more refined and work better on 2d and 3d games.
I always use the other type of card but I went for this card because the specs and price were impressive and because I was impressed with the performance of my AMD CPU, but ATI is trouble for older games imo.
Other Thoughts: Research compatibility issues with ATI cards in the games you want to play before buying this card.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Quiet power supply. When I say quiet, I mean almost silent. The wires are plenty long for a mid-case.
Cons: The motherboard wire bundle isn't sheathed like most of my other Antec power supplies, but I knew this going in. Has 3 sata power connectors, but would have been nicer if it had 4, but again, I knew this going in.
Other Thoughts: I own or have installed about 8 Antec PSU's on my own computers and ones I have built for relatives, and I have never had an issue with any of them. All of my computers get Antec PSUs, and I have never seen one fail even after years of usage. I wouldn't install another brand even if it were free.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Keeps temps down to about 30 degrees C. Huge, but works at keeping processor cool even with fan at half speed. Fan is very quiet at all speeds. Well made, lots of copper, lots of surface area on the heat sink. Fan is replaceable and glows a strong blue LED.
Fits securely when installed correctly.
Cons: Instructions are an abomination. The instructions mislead you into thinking the plastic support plate goes on the top of the motherboard, but it's on the bottom. This took a considerable amount of time to correct by going to the Thermaltake website where they have more detailed instructions. Many of this board claim it's not worth the aggravation, and I almost gave up, until I went to the site. Please do not waste your time with instruction booklet, just go to their site. It's worth it.
Other Thoughts: This fan is running idle at 30 Degrees C on an Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz processor. The fan is set to half speed on motherboard and is super quiet.
Installed onto 1155 socket Processor.
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