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Pros: - PCIe x1
- Low power
- Low profile
- Passively cooled
If you have old or non-existent onboard graphics or need more outputs and have no free PCIe x16 lane for whatever reason, this is one of very few options. Great for tinkerers with weird setups and home servers, and I see a potential niche in HTPCs too. Supports OpenGL4.1 under Linux and has a HDMI port, both of which I can't say for my iGPU.
Cons: - Price
- Port selection
Even buying it for a specialty use where performance isn't a top concern, it still stings to pay this much for a bottom-end chipset. "Port selection" is a bit of a nit-pick edge case gripe, but the DVI is DVI-D, so when used as a low-profile card you have to have to install the second bracket to get an analog signal. Really minor, but if you use VGA when debugging a little annoying. Displayport would also be nice.
Other Thoughts: The "push the limit" branding is standard fare for Zotac and the section on the back of the box on affordable gaming isn't unreasonable, but the four bullet points I consider big "pros" and set it aside from other GT710s are almost a footnote, which makes it seem like they're not sure where their niche is.
They were running a promo when I bought mine where I got a HDMI to VGA adapter for free with purchase, which helped with the value issue, and helped with the port issue above which came up in the first week.
Disclaimer: I got a card in the box from Zotac inviting me to leave a review and link them to it as part of the "ZOTAC experience program", whatever that is.
Pros: One of the cheaper 760s
Enough performance for 1080p, even with a little AA in some cases.
Blower cooler doesn't dump heat into my CPU.
Cons: Some QC issues with my first card.
I couldn't afford a 770.
Other Thoughts: Bought it on release day based on good experiences with PNY's Quadro cards. Ran fine for awhile, then I started to notice it seemed to run hot and loud. I blamed the cooler. Eight months in it stopped working completely and I filed a warranty case.
One painless RMA later I had a new-in-retail-packing card that runs cooler and quieter under heavy load than my last one. Kind of disappointing that it took that to get it worked out, but it means that it's not a defective design, it's a QC issue that (presumably) was fixed between my early card and the mfr date of the new card.
This review is from: ASUS Z87-A LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: At ~$120 when I got mine, it was one of the cheaper Z87 boards
Decent selection of ports and headers
Cons: Automatic overclocking is a joke. Using it guarantees you're going to be rolling back to defaults to clean up it's mess
Died at just over 11 months old
Support has ranged from "trying to help, but encumbered with scripts and red tape" to "blame everyone and everything else"
Other Thoughts: Finally got some free time, thought I would give manual overclocking a whirl. Before I started, I decided to reset to factory defaults to clear out the various power-saving I'd turned on. Immediately after loading optimized defaults it stopped POSTing. Removed the power, cleared the CMOS, removed the GPU, removed the drives, shuffled the RAM around, tried someone else's RAM... no dice. Called support, was told that it was probably the CPU based on the case speaker not even giving an error beep. RMA'd the processor, still didn't post. Opened a warranty claim on the board.
Earlier this week the replacement board came in, and two of the RAM slots cause a failure to POST when occupied. Called support and they said that they found nothing wrong with my board and sent it back, but the CPU socket is a different color and the S/N sticker changed, so what really happened is anyone's guess. They gave me a label to send the board back, but my new RMA number doesn't return a result in their online RMA status page, so who knows when I'll be back online.
Asus is having support and QC problems. AVOID.