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GIGABYTE GV-N970G1 GAMING-4GD GeForce GTX 970 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card Certified Refurbished
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It's a well engineered and sexy design.

Cons: My old card was a GeForce GTX 650 Ti with 1GB of memory, 768 CUDA cores, 966Mhz chipset. Playing Rust Experimental and Space Engineers yielded no physically noticeable changes to my naked eye. I ended up reformatting my SSD with a clean install of Windows 7 with a fresh download of the latest and greatest Nvidia drivers, but still, no difference to the naked eye. Maybe it's a software thing? Maybe the game has to be optimized to take advantage of this Nvidia hardware? I have an Intel Core i5 Ivy Bridge quad core processor running at 3.1 Ghz (3.3 turbo). I upgraded from 8GB to 16GB of memory. I have an HP IPS monitor. No noticeable improvements in performance or clarity.

Other Thoughts: You can visit any website with reviews and peruse the actual benchmark numbers, but what it really comes down to is your eyes. Was it worth the upgrade from my old card? Not really. There was no noticeable improvement in the games I play. Comparing the specs between my old and new card indicates that I should be seeing an improvement, but I'm just not seeing it.

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GXM
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I upgraded my memory from 8GB to this 16GB. No Issues so far.

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77N-WIFI

Processor: Intel Core i53350P Ivy Bridge QuadCore 3.1GHz (3.3GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 69W BX80637i53350P

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: This is my second purchase of G.Skill memory, and so far, it's been reliable. It's a good value in my opinion.

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Still the standard 06/14/2013

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

Pros: It has more of a familiar feeling than Windows 8.

Cons: It's unnecessarily bloated, closed source, and likes to update at the most inconvenient times.

Other Thoughts: I don't like the direction that Microsoft, Apple, and Ubuntu are going... I prefer the look, feel, and efficiency of Debian, but half of what I need it for doesn't work right out of the box like it does in bloated Windows. Because I don't have time to troubleshoot, I have to stick with Windows :(


JAMIE N.'s Profile

Display Name: JAMIE N.

Date Joined: 08/04/04

  • Reviews: 11
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  • First Review: 11/11/07
  • Last Review: 09/23/15
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