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Pros: Highest clocked GTX 970, Front plate, Back plate, 3 90mm Fan cooler, White LED, Low temps, Low noise, No coil whine and looks.
Cons: Only 4 + 1 power phase... But doesn't seem to matter one bit.
Other Thoughts: I tried 2 other GTX 970's... Strix and FTW+... This card is miles better then both. From cooling to stability.
This is the first Zotac I have ever bought... I am now thinking of buying them from now on. I already recommended this card to a friend. I used to recommend the G1 Gaming to people... But no more.
Zotac has done an absolutely amazing job this this card. But you would never know, as the box says nothing about the clocks. They should advertise this item a little more, so they can get the sales they deserve and pick up some future customers.
I am so please with this card I am planning to buy another for SLI.
Keep up the good work Zotac!
Pros: Mature router, MIPS, Looks, Interface, Speed, Stability and Range.
Cons: Took a few years... But this router is now pretty much solid.
Other Thoughts: I bought this router back in 2013. It had a number of issues with Wi-Fi and other things. But it's been a long road and it seems to be looking bright.
In 2014 I bought the R7000 (Night Hawk) because of the AC. But the R7000 to this day is still plagued with issues regarding stability. I had given away my Dark Knight and just recently got it back. I was amazed at how much better it has gotten.
All I know is I play a lot of online games and this router is by far the best of the two. With the R7000 I would have delay in shot registration... With the RT-N66U there is virtually none. I attribute this to the MIPS and maturity of the RT-N66U. While the R7000 uses an ARM based processor and is less mature.
The RT-N66U so far has been rock solid on the Wi-Fi front. I haven't had any issues yet. Unlike my R7000 which constantly needs a reboot every few days, fails to respond to connection requests from auto connects and last but not least... Painfully slow Wi-Fi speeds randomly.
I hope this router has a continued long product life. IMO it's the best router out there. If I ever do lose my router to the ravages of time... It would be nice to keep using something I know works and works WELL. Baring an revision of course.
Pros: Full front and back plate.
33% Extra power for OCing.
Looks great, smaller then other 970's.
Dual BIOS for on or off fan profile or to play with.
60C with light OC @ 41% fan speed (custom), so noise is pretty low. 70C at stock 28% speed.
Cons: EVGA does not bin these chips. I read a lot of people are getting ASIC scores in the 60's. Mine is 66.7% with a voltage of 1.225 stock.
With stock voltage and low quality GPU... I get +65 MHz on the core and +200 MHz on the mem. Pretty low as over clocking goes.
There is some coil whine. It can be super high pitch at times... Drives me nuts because it's almost like a dog whistle for humans.
Other Thoughts: The EU gets a free warranty upgrade... Nothing for US. Would have been nice to have a 5 year warranty rather then a 3.
I would have gladly paid $10 or $20 more for a binned card. It's disappointing that this is EVGA's top of the line 970 and it's coming with such low grade GPU's.
However I give them credit for redesigning their 970 series. Less corners cut and a more premium build.
If you don't plan to OC and need a smaller card with good cooling and low noise. Then this card will fit the bill. EVGA support is top notch with English speaking people.
If you don't want to play Russian roulette or lottery scratch off... Then I would suggest looking else where if you want to push 1,500 MHz or more.
3D Mark Fire Strike Extreme Score 5567 (OC'ed)
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