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Pros: I bought a refurbished Netgear wndr4000 a few months ago but I have to post my review here since they don't have the refurbished model in stock. I could never get this junk to work because it came with no software and the online page they have you go to setup the router doesn't exist. A couple of months later I decided to try to get it to work again so I called Netgear to see if they could send me the software or give me the correct web page to go to for setup(for no-software installation). The call center is in India or somewhere near. I could barely understand them, having to ask them to repeat everything at least twice, became so frustrated I basically hung up on them. They won't help and now they are trying to charge me $80 for tech help to get the router online. What a scam! Now I have a $80 dollar paper weight.
Cons: I would give a negative rating if I could. This is my first and LAST Netgear product. They can stick this router where the sun doesn't shine.
I wanted to post this review to let people know about the company they are dealing with.
Pros: I think this is overall the best GTX 460. This is definitely the best card for cases with side fans/great airflow. I'll explain this in "Other thoughts".
- This card is on par or better in most games than a stock HD5850. Two of these cards in SLI destroy a single GTX 480(read the Galaxy GTX 460 reviews for these points).
- Nice warranty of 2 years. 24/7 tech support. Plus, overclocking/aftermarket heatsinks won't automatically nullify your warranty.
- It has a nice heatsink/heatpipe. The memory also has heatsinks, not all GTX 460's have them on memory- MSI, Palit(here in U.S.), etc. do not.
- Detachable fan for cleaning heatsink thoroughly.
- This card actually idles at 27-28*C. with fan @20%(roomtemp 76*C.). I am stunned. I expected it to idle high 30's-lower 40's. After 30 mins. on Furmark the card's highest temp was only 72*C.. Furmark is a very intensive GPU stresser, much more than any game will stress a GPU & this card is also highly OCed.
Cons: The only con I think would be the fan noise. After 5 minutes I got use to it and didn't really hear it anymore. It stands out when it is running at higher speeds but I don't mind it at all though. It is not as irratating as I thought it would be, just a higher pitch whine, but not bad. Reviews make it seem worse than it is, at least to me. I have a Coolermaster RC-690 case w/ 10 fans, 6 for case and 4 on my radiator(CPU watercooled), so I'm use to the hum of multiple fans. I think people with multiple case fans won't mind the fan noise at all. I'll I care about is the card runs cool and performs well, and it does.
One more thing, the plastic casing is thin and cheap but who cares because it has no structural importance, only to contain/direct the air flow and it does a great job at that.
Other Thoughts: The reason this card shines with case side fans,etc.- First, there are 2 types of cards, reference/non-reference. Reference cards have the fan in middle of card & most are fairly open & disperse the heat right into the case(MSI,etc.). Non-reference cards, like EVGA, are fully enclosed and have the fan at 1 end and heatsink at other & exhaust the heat out case back. The Galaxy GTX 460, though based on reference, is mostly fully enclosed so it disperses a lot of heat out of back of case, and the small vents(look at pics) allow cool air from case side fans,etc. to reach heatsinks. nice.
This is my first Galaxy card. There are other solid companies like Evga, MSI, Gigabyte, etc, but I like trying new companies & after a lot of research I found this to be the best. I am not a fanboy, I like both ATI/NVIDIA. I just look for the best product and hopefully at the best price.
-I took advantage of BCB before it ended so I got this card elsewhere for $210 total(15% BCB and $10 rebate).
Pros: Best bang for the buck if your upgrading with existing components. I upgraded from E8300(@3.8ghz) to this chip on a P5Q-E motherboard. Very fast and stable. I'm running 4ghz(watercooled) at only 1.29 volts(idle). I could go higher but why? Vid for this cpu is 1.3625 volts.
My temps idle around low to mid thirties and I never hit 60 degrees celsius max when stressed.
Other Thoughts: some helpful info-
If the retail box has the "SLAWQ" then it is C1 stepping.
If the box has "SLB8V" then it is E0 stepping.
CPU-Z program will tell you the stepping.
Also, for "Alex" the previous reviewer, or anyone having the same problem, where the cpu speed/multiplier/voltage vary. Two things, first what you are experiencing is not a bad thing. To make a long story short your computer(motherboard/windows) is varying the voltage/multiplier based on the need. It is adjusting(lowering) the voltage/multiplier to save energy/less heat. Go into your bios, since you have an Asus, and look under advanced tab, then cpu configuration. Disable C1E and EIST(aka speedstep) and that should do it. For others, just research your motherboard there will be a similiar solution.
corsair dominators PC1066 (4gb)
Coolermaster CM 690 case
700watt ocz p.s.
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