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GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 960 GV-N960WF2OC-2GD 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready ATX Video Card
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: This is a great card for Folding@Home. I am getting 157,814 PPD on P9201 while drawing 56.8% TDP, or 68 watts according to GPU-Z, for 2315 PPD/watt; very nice.
The temperature is only 54C with side off of the case in a 70F room, and 60C with side on (but no side fan running). In addition, the card is quite silent, and the fans run at only 700 rpm in this situation. The heatsink seems to be overdesigned for overclocking, which is very good for me since I never overclock but want silent operation.

For comparison, my GTX 750 Ti on P9201 uses 65.8% TDP, or 39.5 watts for 67034 PPD or 1698 PPD/watt.

Cons: None, but the two 6-pin PCIe power connectors seem quite unnecessary; one should be enough. However, they are positioned nicely at the end of the card and do not obstruct the side fan on the case, as some of the other cards do.

Other Thoughts: I only Fold on this card, and don't even have a monitor connected to it, but use my internal Intel graphics for that. So I don't know about gaming, but there are plenty of review sites for that. For me, it is the best card I could have gotten for my use. I was going to wait until Pascal before getting my next card, but just might add a second GTX 960 later in the year to fill the second PCIe slot.

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WD Green WD40EZRX 4TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: I just received this today, and it is now being formatted. It is very quiet and cool, and will probably last a long time, but that remains to be seen.

Cons: No real problems for the drive itself, but it does not come formatted or even partitioned, so you must do that yourself.

Other Thoughts: After mounting this drive, it was not recognized by the OS. That is not particularly unusual with new OEM drives, and usually a couple of reboots are necessary before it is recognized by the motherboard BIOS and the operating system. However, my PC would not boot at all, and looking into my BIOS, even my boot drive (a Samsung SSD) had disappeared from the boot order; not good. If I were not familiar with hard drives, I would have returned the WD drive to Newegg as so many people do.

But not to worry. I figured that the WD drive needed a partition before it would be recognized by the OS (Win7 64-bit) so I got out my trusty copy of Parted Magic; if you don't know what that is, learn about it now. Then I booted into that and created a GPT partition, which is necessary for drives greater than 2 GB. Now all is well; my motherboard BIOS recognized my OS drive again, though it was out of order in the boot sequence so I corrected it, and it booted up fine.

MORAL: If you are not familiar with partitions, motherboard BIOS's and OEM drives greater than 2 GB, be prepared learn. Or buy a retail drive; they will avoid some of these problems,

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Rosewill RNWD-N9003PCE - Dual Band Wireless N900 Adapter - IEEE 802.11a / 11b / 11g / 11n, Up to 450 Mbps (5.0 GHz) + 450 Mbps (2.4 GHz) Data Rates, PCI E Interface, 3 External Detachable Antenna
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I have had this card for a year, and it has worked fine on a PC that is dedicated to distributed computing projects (World Community Grid, Folding@home). Large files need to be transferred, and small ones too; it is on 24/7.

It has shown a constant 130 Mbps speed in the tray icon on the 802.11a band (5 GHz), and I was wondering if that meant anything. So I compared it to a Rosewill RNX-N600PCE PCIe card (2 antennas with 3 dB gain) also on the 5 GHz band. The N600 showed a 26 Mpbs speed during the test, but that varies from maybe 19 to 54 Mpbs over time. Both machines run Win7 64-bit, and showed 3 bars signal strength, and were about equal distance from the wireless access point.

I uploaded an Nvidia 340.52 driver file (273.56 MB) to both machines in sequence. The N900 card took 2 minutes 15 seconds, while the N600 card took 3 minutes 30 seconds. So in fact there was a speed difference, and the extra antenna may be worth it in some cases (both work fine for my purposes).

Cons: None, though I would like to see the longer 3 dB gain antennas on this card too. Whether they would do much good is another question.

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Display Name: James F.

Date Joined: 07/08/04

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  • First Review: 04/12/05
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