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This review is from: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Pros: Gaming reviews testing Windows 10 64-bit, show that Windows 10 is slightly faster than both Windows 7 and 8, (or 8.1) for game play. Too, Windows 10 is the only Microsoft OS to support DirectX 12, which improves game performance over DirectX 11 by quite a bit. While the latest video cards will come with DirectX 12 capability it won't be utilized in earlier versions of Windows.
More initiative to use than Windows 8.1. Faster boot time.
Cons: Microsoft's Edge browser - Perhaps just me but it's the opposite of initiative. Chrome is much easier to use.
Other Thoughts: I did an upgrade to my old 2009 model Dell XPS 435T Core i7 desktop to Windows 10 Pro 64-bit from Windows 8.1 Pro and all went well except that I did have to track down a couple Windows 10 drivers (mouse and keyboard) and install them myself, but this was several months ago. I suspect new installs with older hardware might go much better now. So far this is the best OS I've owned as far as ease of use, stability and speed are concerned. I've used all version of Windows from 3.1 to current, excepting Windows 7 - went right to Windows 8 from Vista.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Power efficient! - Works with older computers with 400W+ power supplies, using only 120 watts - 10 more than a GTX 650 Ti 1GB card.
Very quiet - Variable speed fans; each is independent and only come on when the video card is being heavily used. (
Very easy to install, as it replaced the aforementioned GTX 650 Ti 1GB. Didn't even need to remove or install a video driver, since they were both NVidia cards.
Excellent low cost, high performance video card.
Cons: None for me at all.
Some will need to consider the size of their computer case to see if the MSI GTX 960 4GB will fit (those with small or medium cases), and that they have at least a 6 pin connector from the power supply for it (most power supplies have at least that). It comes with a 6 pin to 8 pin adapter. The card, itself, has an 8 pin connector. Luckily, my power supply did have a 6+2 pin connector, so I didn't need the adapter.
Other Thoughts: Great video card for those with older computers who want to be able to play their games on max or very high settings without buying a new computer. Just check that computer case and power supply are both large enough, in size and wattage, respectively.
The cost is affordable at around $190-200 for a GTX 960 2GB and about $240 for the 4GB version, and it requires a minimum 400W or better power supply. The GTX 970 4GB card is at least $100 more and requires a 500W or higher, something many older pre-built computers do not have.
To give you an idea of the computer this went into, this is my computer: 2009 model Dell 435T XPS with a first generation Core i7 940 cpu @ 2.93 GHz, 6GB DDR3 RAM, 475W power supply with the only upgrades being a Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD replacing the hard drive and the MSI GTX 960 4GB video card replacing the prior GTX 650 Ti 1GB, a previous upgrade.
This review is from: Rosewill RX-C200P 2.5" SSD / HDD Plastic Mounting Kit for 3.5" Drive Bay
Pros: Simply works perfectly; comes with more than enough mounting screws.
Other Thoughts: So easy a caveman could do it! Well, he might have trouble with the screws and finding a screw driver... lolREAD FULL REVIEW