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Pros: Overclocks really well. Have my FX-8320 OC'd to 4.833 on a EVO 212 cooler, stable in any game, COH2, Grey Goo, StarCraft 2, and so on. Running GSkill Sniper 2133 RAM with no issues, and that is even slightly overclocked to just about 2400, maybe 2313 or something like that. Can't remember exactly.
Cons: Only 3 4-pin chassis fan connectors, but that's ok. The PCIeI x 1 slot is covered by my FGX 980 but if I need an add-in card for anything, I can just use the PCI slot I guess.
Other Thoughts: We'll see how long the board lasts, but every ASUS board I have had has never failed. Curious abut one thing though. All of the DOA boards that people say they get here on Newegg. People have to be screwing the board installations up somehow and causing the board to go Kaput on the first boot. Not wearing anti-static straps, scraping the bottom of the boards on the metal standoffs in the case, tweaking the board trying to get it in, or something else. I have a very hard time believing that 1/3rd of the boards sold here on Newegg are DOA. Quality control from these board manufacturers cannot possibly be that bad.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 970 4GB G1 GAMING OC EDITION
Pros: A very well built card. Great having the back plate for support, and it runs pretty cool, around 50C or so max overclocked. Downloaded and installed the latest 970 drivers for Windows 8.1 64-bit after uninstalling my 650 TI drivers with no issues. I read somewhere on here that a person had issues with the latest drivers for this card and Windows 8.1 64-bit, but the transition went fine for me.
I have it over clocked to GPU 1501 and Memory 7686 (or so, can't exactly remember at the moment) and it runs without a hitch. Note: Runs great currently bit I'm not gaming at 4K either.
Cons: VERY!!!!!!!!!!!! disappointed in NVidia for the VRAM fiasco. That's why its only getting 3 eggs. First I hear there IS going to be a driver update to help fix the issue, then the very next day or two I hear that there isn't. So essentially NVidia is just thumbing their noses at the consumer. "Yea we lied, but so what", sort of attitude.
It's pretty unbelievable actually. Goes to show that ultimately, any company is just out for their bottom line. As I read forums and comments about the VRAM issue across the interweb, all I can do is shake my head in disbelief at the apathetic attitude NVidia is apparently taking.
Other Thoughts: So I'm mulling over getting rid of the card in favor of a 980, but from what I read about Neweggs return policy, there is no returns, only replacement of the same a similar item. I knew about this policy before I bought the card, but I received the card in the mail just 3 DAYS before the VRAM fiasco hit. If I would have known about this before hand I would have just bought the 980. So NVidia sticks me with a card that I paid 360 for that doesn't have the advertised functionality that I THOUGHT I was paying for, and New Egg sticks me with a card that I cannot return because of their policy so I can buy the GTX 980.
Guess I'll just have to try and sell it or else just live with it for a year or so, then dump it and get as much as I can for it and get a 980 or whatever. Very dis-heartening. Take care all... and game on.
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3P (rev. 2.0) AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Nothing spectacular about the board. Construction seems good. Has spring-loaded tabs that hold the heat sinks on the North and South bridges, so it may give the appearance that the heat sinks are loose, but actually they are fine. I read some reviews where folk say that the N-S heat sinks get so hot they will burn your finger but I just checked mine (system has been on for 3 straight hours) and I could hold my finger on both of them, no problem. They were barely warm.
The BIOS seems OK. One thing to be aware of is that when you are adjusting values for overclocking, you have to select the parameter you want to adjust, then use the plus and minus keys to adjust the values. For Memory Frequency, for instance, you select Memory Frequency with your mouse, then use the plus key to increase the frequency from Auto, to say 1866, and the minus key to decrease if say you go too high by accident. I read where some folk said that you cannot overclock on this board. I believe the reason some may think that is that you can't click on "Auto" to go to another screen to select values, or activate a drop-down of values, (like most BIOS's do) but rather you have to just use the plus and minus keys. When I installed my RAM it defaulted to 1600, and using the plus key I raised it to 1866. No sweat. Same thing for my FX-8320. It defaulted to 3.5ghz and I raised it using the same method to 4.2ghz, I could have went higher but didn't want to deal with messing around with possible instability issues at the moment, so I just left it there.
Some also said that the Hyper 212 cpu coolers get in the way of the first RAM bank. That's not true. The first RAM bank is totally out of the way of the heat sink. I installed my 212 first, then installed the RAM in the first and third banks, no problem, so I'm not sure why they were having issues with that.
Other than that there's really nothing else to say about it, Pro-wise. It's a board and seems to work well. Just be sure to wear a anti-static strap so you don't fry anything during installation.
Cons: The only con I see with the board is that there is only one 4-pin connector on the board for system fans. The other two are 3-pin so any fan connected to those will run at full blast constantly. I plan on getting two more fans that have a Low-Medium-High switch on them so I can just control the speed manually. No biggie.
Other Thoughts: The price is right, (70 bucks). I just built my new system, so if the board explodes in a month or so, or other issues rear their ugly heads, I'll write another review.READ FULL REVIEW