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Pros: 1 Incredible. I came from a Gigabyte Super OC GTX 570. I was blown away. BF4 was what I used, on ultra with the old, I'd peak at maybe 32 - 34 FPS...not bad. This card didn't go below 70 and hit 142, I was blown away. 570 could not use Shadowplay either.
2. Shadowplay Compatible. Get me some of dat Youtube partner program money from video game vids! Joking aside, shadowplay was fun to fiddle with. Turning it on in BF4 was barely noticeable (no slowdown), playback was just as smooth. file sizes were presets but for someone like me who wants to "get in and go" it was great, and sizes weren't bad either...hope something good happens in those time recording limits!
3. Quiet & Cool. 3 fans, quiet & cool under load.
4. OC Guru II - better looking, more info, and seemed better overall than the version used for the 570. Downloaded from website, didn't bother with CD. Drivers I installed with GeForce Experience after remove the old stuff first.
Cons: 1. Price - Paid 699 for it, sure I got 3 free games with it, but that's the most I've ever paid for a card and I got what I paid for in spades. only reason why I took an egg off was the price, wait for a sale or if you can afford it, what are you waiting for?
2. Size, wasn't a problem for me since I can fit a small child in my case, and it wasn't any bigger than the 570, but those with small cases should make sure this will fit.
3. Power usage. New gen stuff will need more power. I bought a 1000k Watt PSU for stuff like this. Make sure you can power it, Uses 2 8 Pin PCIe connectors. I had to use one of the supplied adapters, and my old line (left the 6 pin hanging there). Of the 2 adapters it came with, one was 8 pin, the other 6...odd. People wonder why they have issues with cards restarting, power is usually why.
4. the free games were great, but at 700 something else would've been nice, stickers, mouse-pad, t-shirt, las vegas "lady of the evening" coupon.
Other Thoughts: This is a very, very, very, very early review of the card. Admittedly there is much more time and testing needed along with actually overclocking the card (waited 2 years before oc'ing the 570). Yes, I do like Gigabyte, coming from one, and my MOBO is the same brand too, also I do lean towards NVIDIA and coming from one made upgrading all that much easier. Make sure your CPU doesn't bottleneck it, I have an I5-2500K @ 3.98Mhz. All evaluations could change if it catches on fire tomorrow for example. as of now, I'm very happy and would tell everyone if you have the money, get this.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I've had this for 2 years when I built my new PC. It was intended as the OS boot drive and it served me well. After 2 years it has 1.5 GB left on it, mostly due to windows updates and driver updates. It's time for me to move on to a much larger SSD. I had no issues with the drive for as long as I've owned it. I got it due to the price point, which was still pricey at the the amount of memory. It did the job though.
Cons: Small amount of memory.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
Pros: Installed quickly and easily. after i installed mobo drivers, it ran windows update and spent sometime updating. After it did, i updated all drivers, and things are working very smooth. My purchase included the mcafee promotion so free antivirus with it was a bonus.
Cons: It's OEM, so there is NO Microsoft support for it, you're on your own, but if you're building a system, odds are you're used to intalling, wiping, and re-installing windows. I think it may also be tied to the motherboard you install on, so if you change mobos, it may not work...not sure about that though. It's meant to be given away with the PC it was built on.
Other Thoughts: I set up my SSD wrong initially, not setting the mobo to AHCI mode before installing windows. I tried to change it after but went into a boot loop error which is normal. Remember to set AHCI mode first when using an SSD as windows remembers that setting when it's installed.READ FULL REVIEW