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ZOTAC AMP! GeForce GTX 970 ZT-90103-10P 4GB 256-Bit DDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card (AMP! Extreme Edition)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great thermal management. Enormous, oversized, huge, and also quite large heat sink handles heat effortlessly. As many here note, limitations of the chipset/bios will throttle you long before heat or voltage is a problem. Fan almost never spins up on automatic, and in it's actually quite safe to just choose a fixed fan speed and not worry about it, I find.

The FireStorm software allows tweaks from simple presets, advanced presets, and quite unwise power supply twiddling. The card is entirely stable at its default (overclocked) speeds, and the three "simple" overclock presets are well thought out, and my system is quite stable with all of them.

Cons: It's big. I have a huge Antec case, and it extends into the drive bay. It's almost three slots wide. It is very big.

It is also very large in size.

You probably should measure your case before ordering.

Other Thoughts: I had a problem saving presets with FireStorm. While it took a second email (nudge!) to get their attention, once they engaged I got excellent support. They immediately sent me an updated version of the software, which I imagine will be available for download pretty soon. :)

MSI GM204-200 (Maxwell) GTX 970 GAMING 4G Golden Edition 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ATX Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Built like a tank, in that it's very heavy and there's a lot of metal. It looks cool and is very solid.

Cons: RMA. Black screen on boot on my primary system, would not POST on a second system. They're out of stock so my RMA turned into cash. I only docked it one egg because, well, sometimes defects just happen and as far as I can tell it's quality gear otherwise. But I am a little disappointed at losing two days of my life as a tester for MSI and then paying return shipping. :/

Other Thoughts: The "copper" heat sink appears to be have been plated with a more "gold" looking copper. I guess the actual copper wasn't "copper-ish" looking enough? It looks good though.

Seagate Hybrid Drive ST1000DX001 1TB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Nice and fast. I love Seagate Hybrid drives, and regardless of the score I give this one, you should still buy one.

Cons: Failed at 7 months. SMART failures for Uncorrectable Sector Count and Current Pending Sector Count. I also have corrupted files (system hangs when loading some virtual machines). Yes, it is truly failing.

Other Thoughts: Drives fail. Still, I can't justify a 5-egg rating for a drive that didn't last.


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Display Name: Tom S.

Date Joined: 02/22/05

  • Reviews: 12
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 07/14/05
  • Last Review: 12/30/14
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