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Pros: - Notably more powerful than comparably-priced 550 Ti cards
- 288 CUDA cores, 50% more than a 550Ti and not far off from a 560 (336)
- Stays cool even at full-tilt (sub-60 C)
- Lots of overclocking room
Cons: - Requires 2 PCI-e power connectors (or four 4pin molex connectors with the included adapters)
- Did not detect properly in some applications (but determined it was the fault of the applications, not drivers)
- mini-HDMI to HDMI cable is not included (stated on newegg.com, stated on packaging on the bottom of the box!)
Other Thoughts: I really, really want to dock a star over the not-included mini-HDMI to HDMI cable, but for my needs it didn't affect me.
This card has been running at 100% full bore since I put it in the computer. It's primary use is as an extra set of cores for folding@home, Stanford University's distributed computing project. This card will pull 9500-10000 points per day on its own, which is a wonderful addition on top of the 30,000+ given by my primary GPU and CPU alone. I figure gaming performance would be excellent on this too, and the value just can't be beat. This is like ten bucks more than a 550Ti and it simply gives much better performance.
Intel Core i7-3770 @ 4.1GHz
Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H Mobo
16GB (4x4) G.Skill Sniper DDR3 @ 1866MHz
EVGA GTX 570
EVGA GTX 560 SE
620w SeaSonic modular PSU
This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
Pros: - Keeps an i7-3770 at 28C idle, 61 load at a 4.1GHz overclock with slightly-higher-than-base voltage
- Excellent heat pipe design
- Giant, quiet fan that can be positioned on either side of the fins
Cons: - Just a little too big for some builds
Other Thoughts: The amount of heat dissipation this thing provides undermines its value as a CPU cooler. It's an admirable performer that stays very quiet even when pushed to the max. It's no wonder this thing has so many good reviews; it's simple and brilliantly, durably designed.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: - PCI-e 3.0 and a 2.0 x4 lane for whatever suits your interest (Crossfire, or just a secondary GPU)
- So. Many. USB3 ports.
- USB3 front-panel support
- Onboard audio is surprisingly good
- Excellent BIOS (once the 3D stuff is disabled) that lets you adjust almost everything
- Backup BIOS if flashing goes haywire
- mSATA?! Unexpected but gave use to a small SSD!
- SATA-III for maximum SSD use
Cons: - DIMMs a bit too close to the socket; taller memory won't clear some CPU air coolers
- 3D UEFI BIOS is cheesy
- Randomly failed to POST once in 30+ startups
- The end of IDE :(
Other Thoughts: With a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus, the last row of fins wouldn't clear the memory. Had to bend them out of the way slightly to make it fit, but everything else was a breeze. The BIOS allows for more adjustments and modifications than I could've imagined, and automatic voltage control made [gently] overclocking an i7-3770 an absolute breeze. Once matched to the performance capabilities of your hardware, this mobo is the perfect setup for single-CPU, single-GPU users.
Core i3-3770 (non-K) @ 4.1 GHz
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
16GB G.Skill Sniper DDR3-14900 (4x 4GB)
EVGA GTX 570 1280MB (primary GPU)
ASUS ENGT430 1024MB (PhysX GPU)
2x 64GB Crucial M3 SSD
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