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Pros: Installed easily. Spacious.
Other Thoughts: UPDATE:
4 years and still running strong.
This review is from: Rosewill RTK-090 90 Piece Professional Computer Tool Kit
Other Thoughts: UPDATE:
If you're building a new PC, just go ahead and buy this tool kit. I highly doubt you'll regret it.
I have purchased 2 of these. They're fantastic.
The only thing it's missing that i've needed is a 1.5mm hex key. Fortunately, I had one elsewhere in the house... Why on Earth would one need a 1.5mm hex key, you ask? For dismantling a GTX 980Ti reference/blower to install EVGA Hybrid cooler.
Pros: I own 3 of these. I bought 2 from another site (only because i had gift cards to burn) and 1 from Newegg. ASUS products have treated me very well over the years. The GTX 970 has a great price-to-performance ratio. These are also highly efficient. 3-way SLI with over clocked AMD FX-8350 and i can't break 650 watts from the wall per my Kill-A-Watt. Fantastic! I should note that i have had these set up 1-way, 2-way and 3-way with no real issues.
Full Power: GPU1 (top, primary x16 PCIe) runs a bit warm when in 3-way. It will stay under the standard throttle point of 79 C with around 80% fan. GPU2 (bottom, x8 PCIe) runs ice cold. 50 C. This is about the temp i see with only 1 of these cards installed and running. GPU3 (middle, x8 PCIe). runs somewhere in between the 2 temps. Usually doesn't go higher than about 72 C.
NOTE: This is a very well ventilated system w/no CPU heat in the case. CPU is on top mounted exhaust radiator (Corsair H110, 280mm). Case is Corsair C70 with intakes on front/bottom/side. 4x 140mm, 2x120mm. Exhaust on top/rear. 2x140mm, 1x120mm.
My fan controller is Corsair Link. Software isn't great yet but I'm staying optimistic that they will improve it over time. But it works... I can keep the system almost silent with case fan curves on GPU1 and radiator curve on CPU. These GPUs you will not notice much until you go above 60%. That said, if you are only running one GPU, you will rarely need to exceed 60%. in SLI, however, you will. Gaming headphones negate the noise, of course, if that's what your into.
ONE of my GPUs failed completely after about 1.5 months of use (the one purchased new from other site. not the Newegg new, nor the other site open box). All I had to do was start an RMA on the ASUS site, send it off, and they sent me an ostensibly brand new one within a week. Very painless. Pro-tip: Don't call them, just do it all online. Even for updates on RMA status, they have an online tool and, importantly, a live online chat.
Lots of positive things to say about the GTX 970 and ASUS.
Other Thoughts: UPDATE after roughly 1.5 years of ownership:
1 of 6 fans failed. It still stays below throttling temp even with only 1 fan running at bottom of SLI config. I assume temps would jump and it would throttle if I had it at mid/top of SLI config. Also, i should note that 1 of 4 fans on my ASUS Poseidon GTX 980s failed, so it might be an ASUS fan issue. 0 of 6 EVGA blower fans on 980/980Tis have failed. 4 are hybrid, though, so they run at minimum speed. The other 2 have been going strong at 100% for roughly 1.5 years. I run GPU compute simulations, in case you're wondering why I have so many.