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This review is from: MSI GeForce GTX 970 GAMING 4G
Pros: This card is very beautiful and whisper quiet. By default the fans are off until ~50 degrees C if memory serves me right. I don't remember the exact number as I use a custom fan profile and just let the fans spin at %30 between 30 and 50C.
No coil whine! coil whine was not that big of a concern for me until i looked at some of the videos of coil whine, and wow that would drive me batty! fortunately I got lucky with this one and have no coil whine at all.
This thing is FAST, and overclocks easily. Memory running at 4,000 MZ and the core up to 1400 with little to no effort.
EK makes a waterblock for it which is on order. :)
Cons: NO backplate = Sagging card.
Out of the cards I have owned the past 3 years none of them sagged this bad. I had 2 680 lightnings from msi and 2 gigabyte gtx 770 windforce cards. The lightnings had backplates and the windforce cards did not but none of them were visibly saggy. UGH! this thing saggs bad. Fortunately I will be installing a waterblock with an EK backplate really soon so this should hopefully not be an issue after that. For around the same price as the gigabyte G1 gaming 970 that comes with a backplate i would think it would have been a smart idea to put one on a card that has this big of a cooler on it.
1 egg deducted for the extremely saggy card.
Other Thoughts: I have a feeling the stock bios is holding this card back from more performance by limiting the TDP. The voltage can only be pushed a little more than 15mv+ until it stops going up, inevitably hitting the TDP limit. But even so this thing is a beast while sipping the power.
Running a custom loop with a 4770K @ 4.4GHz 1.28V and the 970 overclocked my PC only pulls 350W from the wall with one of my most demanding games, even at a 5760x1080 resolution.
Pros: Fully modular means only plug in what you need, and if the need arises. you can take out just the box of the psu without opening the back of your case where all the cables are stuffed.
Beefy power cut off switch so you dont have to search for it if the i/o area is poorly lit.
Unique visual design of the metal of this unit.
Powers anything you want pretty much, see other thoughts for what i've put it through.
I rarely shut my computer off and this thing has not failed me yet even when folding for weeks straight.
i've owned the power supply almost a year.
Cons: The cables are a little stiff while trying to plug into the main unit if it is already installed in the case. you have to account for the extra length the braided and heatshrinked cable ends need.
Other Thoughts: System specs:
Asus Maximus Extreme IV Z68 motherboard
i7 2600k @4.4Ghz being cooled by a thermaltake water 2.0 extreme dual 120mm CLC with 4 fans, push/pull.
16gb of gskill sniper ram @1866MHz
2 x msi gtx 680 lightning cards, Core clock @1267 mem @ 3500
5 mechanical hard drives at 4tb, 4tb, 3tb, 2tb, and 1tb.
1 ssd, PNY 240gb
xfx 1050W fully modular black edition power supply.
At one point i had both my 680s and a 780 running full load while folding along with having the cpu folding as well. For those of you who don't know, folding puts a full load on your cpu and gpu.
Pros: Works as advertised. I swapped this for a hallway bulb and a bathroom bulb. both work very well. I could not tell the difference between switching from one florescent, and one incandescent.
Cons: The base gets a little warm to the touch but not nearly as bad as your traditional light bulb.
Other Thoughts: Other led bulbs are 12-20 bucks a piece. Don't think this is just a cheap product, because it works well.
I have only tested these indoors so i can only assume their performance would not be up to par for an outdoor light fixture. I am using these in a basement and for that they work well.