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This review is from: Fractal Design Venturi High Pressure Series PWM 120mm Fan
Pros: All black, for a nice blackout build
Great performance, comparable to a SP120
Rubber dampening for supreme silence
Cons: None so far. It's a fan, not a life-saving device.
Other Thoughts: I heard good things of the Venturi series so I thought I'd give them a shot, since the SP120 is so popular and I wanted to try something different. This fan did NOT let me down. It performs wonderfully and with silence, which is also one of the reasons I bought it. If you want a great performing silent fan, buy this one.READ FULL REVIEW
Low Power for such a decent card
Stays very cool, even under load
Other Thoughts: Ok so let me start off with why I bought this card. I bought it for a number of reasons.
1. No one has reviewed the card yet, so since I've had a previous good card from Zotac, I thought I'd take the bullet on this one.
2. Has a backplate.
With #2, you'll have to compare the other Zotac versions of this card on Newegg, but short and sweet, the ZT-90101-10P has NO BACKPLATE, the ZT-90107-10P is a slightly higher clocked version of this card and the card is all black, but it costs more, and the ZT-90103-10P costs way too much to justify buying it, unless you like LEDs.
I went with this because it was the most affordable with a backplate, considering how long the card is, a backplate is important. I think they should become the norm.
Performance-wise, this card as good as any GTX 970. Stellar frame rates, high AND ultra settings. You will play ANYTHING decently with this card. You can play above 1080p settings too, but with this card, 1080p Ultra settings is your go-to.
I did a bit of overclocking on this card, and it's pretty stable. +250 on the core clock and +100 on the memory clock, without even having to touch voltage. I'm sure I could push the clocks even higher. Maxwell cards overclock with ease.
This card, as i mentioned in the pros, stays very quiet. I was pleasantly surprised, but it's mostly because of the 3 thick heatpipes going throughout the card with the 3 fans above the heatsink fins. The card does take 2 6pin PCI-e connectors.
Using DSR (Dynamic Super Resolution) while playing will use more RAM, and with the whole #vramgate thing, you should understand that if you go over 3.5GBs of VRAM, you will either see small performance decreases or, just huge drops in performance (so far its just the FPS going down a bit). But in most cases, the card tops out at 3.5, so you never have to worry about the game giving you a hard time. Even at 3.5GBs of VRAM, you're getting just as good performance as you'd expect. If you truly want 4GB, get a 980.
This is a decently long card, but it does fit inside of my Mini-ITX Cooler Master Elite 120 case (which fits a max of 13" cards). For a while I considered going with the Gigabyte variant of GTX 970 because it also had a backplate and 3 fans, BUT it was a little bit longer (this card is a little over 10 inches and the Gigabyte is a little over 12).
I think anyone considering getting a GTX 970, should consider getting one with a backplate. And with that said, this Zotac GTX 970 is probably the best one to get. You can easily overclock to the higher binned versions of this card, and it stays silent.
I'll update more on performance down the line.
This review is from: G.SKILL 32GB microSDHC Flash Card w/ SD Adapter Model FF-TSDG32GA-C10
Other Thoughts: Code works. Good game. Worth owning it, if you can deal with Games For Windows Live.READ FULL REVIEW