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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
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Other Thoughts: At this date I've owned this device over 5 months now. At the beginning I had issues that a couple of firmware updates ironed out, sort of. So I'll try to get quickly to the point.
2.4Ghz connectivity is almost non-existent. While this device is made to be used in a 5.0Ghz environment, it should work with its predecessor, but yet every time I try to connect to my home 2.4Ghz network (dual band router), it doesn't connect at all. It did connect at the beginning when I first got it, but the connection was horrible. Drops left and right. Now, the device just connects but never manages to receive internet.
5.0Ghz connectivity is amazing! To an extent. I mean, everything is fast as far as uploading, downloading, streaming, and gaming. But there's one issue. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will NOT allow me to play on this connectivity. At all. I tried. Game just drops. It's annoying and Idk why it does that. Everytime I play that game, I have to SWITCH NETWORK CARDS (to my more inferior one). That's really the only issue, other than it not being able to connect to the 2.4Ghz band.
Your mileage may vary, and maybe you won't run into issues. But as for me, I need a network card that can run both bands whenever I would like to switch from 2.4Ghz to 5.0Ghz and I would also like for a game I play all the time to work on the connectivity of my choice.
Also this card is USB 3.0 compatible, but it can work in a USB 2.0 slot. BUT whenever it's in a USB 3.0 slot, it tells me:
USB HUB: 3.0
USB Mode: 2.0
So whether or not it's in a USB 3.0 port doesn't matter it seems. I don't believe I'm getting true USB 3.0 speeds, but at the same time, I don't believe USB 2.0 is bottlenecking the device either. Just something to keep in mind is all.
Overall, I like the performance of the 5.0Ghz band on this network card. I like the USB connectivity, and the length of the dongle is pretty good. But the card is lacking in some areas that are pretty fundamental (true USB 3.0 connectivity, 2.4Ghz connectivity). And I wish CODAW wasn't the only game that didn't allow 5.0GHz connectivity from THIS card, because I'm sure connection speed would be amazing.
Display Name: Samuel H.
Date Joined: 12/01/10
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