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Pros: EVGA, Cosmetics, Performance, Design, Cooling, Quiet, lots of OC play room (not needed), Drivers, Excellent packaging and accessories. Free EVGA Gaming Poster and awesome carbon-fiber case badge with each card.
I've been buying from EVGA since they hit the market and will continue to do so. Their product is top notch quality and their customer service is, all around, superb. They take care of their customers, offer excellent warranties, RMA service (never had to use) and the Step-Up program is beyond incredible, especially when you're a builder/hobbyist.
The VGA Card: Amazing. Replacing two GTX260 Core 216 in one machine, replacing two GTX460 in another. Couldn't be happier with the performance gains. Breathtaking graphics that just "Pop" out. Nothing but eyecandy and high frame-rates in every popular game title out there. The cards stay below 60c in both configurations (on air) under load for hours on end. Drivers are flawless, so far.
Cons: Would've preferred a T-Shirt over a poster? ;)
Other Thoughts: I think this card (448 Core) is really the best bang for your buck, right now. This particular card uses the 580 PCB so you're getting a solid base, right off the bat.
I'm a big BF3, Skyrim and Crysis 2 type gamer. I always run, at least, 2-way SLI in my "boxes". Going from the 460 to these was a MUCH larger improvement than I had expected. It's hard to put into words what you get with these cards, assuming you're running a 1080p monitor via HDMI/DVI (which I hope you're doing by now?) and aren't CPU bottle-necked.
We're getting right down into the "uncanny valley" with these cards and what they're capable of. If you're on the fence about which card to get for your new build or upgrade, Please, don't hesitate, get THIS card. It'll be all you need until the second generation of Kepler cards come out (and that's only if you're a hobbyist like myself, otherwise, you're good for a few years).
Stunning card all-around.
Pros: Attractive and Functional Design. Superb construction and quality build. Excellent Air Flow in any configuration. VERY quiet, even at max RPM.
Cons: I was unable to utilize the vibration dampening features when using the fans as a replacement for my side fans. This is no fault of Cougar's design and I knew this prior to ordering the fans. It has to do with how the CM Stacker Case door is designed to hold fans. Each fan spot has a plastic, anti-dust "pocket" that the fan snaps into.
Other Thoughts: I bought these to replace a few of my tired blue LED ThermalTake fans, 2 in the side door (intake) and one on the top side of the case (exhaust). I had done a bit of research on fans prior to making my purchase. Cougar stood out because of a simple, yet very effective, design trait. The little "fins" around the internal ridge of the fan casing and the slight exaggeration on the tip of each wing, as well as the portion of the wing tip that is notched out. These particular fans (in my setup) are always on maximum speed. My case uses a total of ten 120mm fans, so you can imagine my concern with the amount "noise" each fan produces.
These fans are as near silent as a fan can get. I'm using a couple of Scythe fans (much more expensive) in other areas of my case and they're not as quiet as these Cougar fans. Not only are they quiet, what little white noise they do produce isn't an irritating noise.
I will be replacing all my fans with Cougar Vortex fans, very pleased.
Pros: The Canon EOS Line has been in use by my family and professional photographer friends for as long as I can remember. The Canon EOS Rebel T2i is, in my opinion, the best camera you can get under the $1200 mark. If you're familiar with advanced photography then you already know this is THE go to budget setup. If you're NOT a professional photographer, but are looking to get into photography, this is a camera that will grow with you and allow you to do 99% of what photography has to offer. Along with the impeccable line of Canon lenses, there's just not anything you CAN'T do with this amazing camera. I upgraded from an old Canon EOS Rebel XS and I'm just flabbergasted with it many options and overall performance. I purchased mine at Costco because they had a super deal on a "starter kit" that came with two lenses, carrying case, flash and a few other nik naks (all canon brand), it's the first time I've bought an electronic outside the EGG in over 6 years. I'm still a loyal EGGer!
Cons: Can't find a single one, if I HAD to pick ONE con about the camera, it would be that it doesn't have the swivel screen like the T3i, but that would be my only "nit pick".
Other Thoughts: If you're a serious photographer, or a novice that wants to get deep into photography / movie making there's a little thing called "Magic Lantern". In simple terms, or a simple analogy rather, Magic Lantern does for the T2i (also the 50D/550D/60D and T3i) what removing a governor on a new car does for its performance. Magic Lantern opens up possibilities and performance for this Camera that are, quite simply put, nothing short of miraculous. It allows you to make true, full use of the camera's 35mm full frame sensor (which, generally, you can only get in ultra expensive, hollywood grade HD cameras, you're talking $30k+ cameras). If you're wanting to really get creative, this is the camera you want. The upgrade-able firmware means that you won't be out of date or want a new camera in the next half a decade or so. I could go on and on about how fantastic this camera is, but you won't truly understand until you own one.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Marion O.
Date Joined: 04/21/07
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