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Pros: 1. Very cool running - never tops 65C in an old case with only two fans. Usually averages mid 50s while gaming.
2. Very quiet - the fans are off at idle or while doing light tasks. While gaming the most they've ramped up to has been 850 RPM - slower than my case and CPU fans.
3. Backplate included for cooling and structural rigidity/protection.
4. Beautiful, well made video card
5. Good performance in most RPGs and MMOs are max or close to max settings @ 1920x1200.
6. Energy efficient compared to the competition.
Cons: 1. A bit pricey for the performance level - the whole GTX 960 line should be about $20 cheaper than what they are.
2. 2GB of VRAM "might" be an issue for some people (but doesn't affect any of my games.
Other Thoughts: I bought this from Newegg's main competitor last week. At the time it was the same price as the standard MSI GTX 960 Gaming so I figured I might as well go for the black and green scheme and get the backplate included. Pretty satisfied so far. I know a lot of people in various forums lambast the card mainly for the 128 bit bus width and 2GB of memory, but they need to put the card in proper context. Is a midrange GPU meant for 1080p. Its faster than an R9 280 or GTX 760 and is often the equal of an R9 280X. Really not too bad for the price. Its also 35-50% faster than the GTX 660 (which is really what it's replacing). I had a GTX 660 paired with a Pentium G3258 @ 4.4 Ghz and the GTX 960 Gaming 100ME is a good upgrade that was definitely worth it. Even with that very basic dual core it maxes WoW and Skyrim no problem (my two most played games).READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Solid construction with quality materials.
Stable and fast.
Easy overclocking with OC Genie button in BIOS.
Intel Wireless module included
Cons: BIOS isn't the most intuitive coming from an ASUS Z97 board.
Other Thoughts: The Mpower Max was one of the easier builds I've done. It fired right up after flashing the BIOS to support a Pentium G3258 (easy process done via USB). I updated Windows and just hit the OC Genie button out of curiosity. It game the G3258 4.5 Ghz with 1.3v. Its stable at this speed and I was surprised to get a decent overclock with the touch of a button. The motherboard and its entire package exudes quality. Very satisfied with the purchase for a mere $97.74 after the promo code. There's no need to get a cheap board to OC the Pentium G3258 - just one generation back with a Z87 MPower works great. If you don't need SATA Express or M.2 support a Z87 will work just as well as a Z97 motherboard.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: 1. Solid performance
4. Reasonably cool running
5. Good construction with an aluminum fan shroud
7. No fuss Nvidia drivers - the card just works (and works smoothly)
Cons: Length of card might make it difficult to fit in some cases.
3GB of VRAM might make it not the best choice for higher resolution gaming.
Other Thoughts: This has turned into a good value over time (since the release of the GTX 970). @ $299.99 with an additional $30 rebate it now makes sense for those not wanting to spend an additional $60-$100 for a 970 (with that rebate figured in) and still stay in the Nvidia camp. Performance is probably 90% of that card and even though it has 3GB of VRAM instead of 4GB it should remain a viable choice for 1080p (or in my case 1920x1200) for several years. Maxes all the games I own at that resolution and keeps a smooth, stutter-free FPS.
The fans are quiet - can't hear them most of the time and even @ 65-70% while playing Watch Dogs they aren't obtrusive. Cooling seems good - most I've seen it in my well ventilated case is 73C. Most of the time its in the mid 60s. All in all I'm pretty pleased. Its a good choice for what I do.
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