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EVGA 03G-P3-1595-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) Classified ULTRA 3072MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -very powerful
-great drivers
-stable, no glitches
-fairly quiet

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I tried the 7970, got horrible stuttering, artifacting, game freezes, black screens. RMA city.
In Witcher 2 the 7970 would drop to 10 FPS in cutscenes, would not do Ultra settings at all.
The Classified Ultra (in 2x SLI), although slightly less powerful, will do Witcher 2 in Ultra WITH UBER SAMPLING ON, and get 40 FPS, which is totally amazing. I mean, they don't even test cards at the review sites with Uber sampling on.
The drivers have had the time to be developed, that makes the whole difference. Yes the GTX 580 is a year old, but it takes a year to work out the bugs.
The 7970 is not yet ready for market, in my opinion. Get these!

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XFX FX-797A-TNBC Radeon HD 7970 Black Edition 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Hey all you guys reporting great frame rates- what was the RESOLUTION you got 100 frames at... 1280x1024?

Cons: Did you know that:
At real resolutions like 2560, in Metro: 2033 for example, a 7970 will barely break 30 FPS average? See Anandtech.
Even though it may be the most powerful single GPU card, a single 7970 may still be unable to play certain DX11 games at high resolutions.

Other Thoughts: I tried to power my new ZR30w at 2560x1600 with a pair of 6950's. A mistake.
Now I learn that I need an $1100 video setup to get the FPS even in the ball park. Fortunately, I have the money.
I love the guys who say they are building a gaming PC for $800. Mine is over 3K and still rising, and that's without pcie 3.0, socket 2011, etc.

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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXL
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: If you get a good set, it works great. My system running with 3 out of 4 sticks is blindingly fast, (of course 2 SSD's in raid 0 has something to do with it as well).

Cons: I had random BSOD's, code 45 errors on Fatality P67 Pro, freeze-ups, all driving me crazy. Thought it was the vid cards, tested, no. Motherboard, updated, nope. Turned on the XMP profile, shut off spread spectrum, still problems. Then I googled around and found that if you remove all but one stick of the ram, and get the system running right, you can slowly add them back in and isolate the bad stick(s)- turns out that only ONE of my 4 sticks causes all the problems.

Other Thoughts: I don't want to RMA the whole set when I know that 3 of the sticks run great. With my luck, I will get a new set with TWO bad sticks. Maybe G.Skill will allow me to return the single bad stick for a replacement?

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Display Name: James M.

Date Joined: 04/15/03

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 05/25/09
  • Last Review: 03/12/12
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