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Pros: Nvidia had pulled a fast one on its fans this time, first, they ship very few each time for the effect that you’re lucky if you find one, I’m sure they have them stacked up like expired tuna cans waiting to be shipped to Africa, well, I got one and I’m not impressed this time around, Pascal maybe the only thing that is going on for it, the PCB feels thinner and empty, not too many transistors and voltage regulators, it really feels like a $25.00 PCB after I took the fan shroud apart for water cooling it with EK block, the back plate is split into two halves, half is plastic and the other half that covers the tiny voltage regulators is metal resulting in less surface area for heat dissipation, what a cheap move, even AMD’s CEO wouldn’t do that to a CHEAPer card, and I think that’s what contributes to mine frying while playing GTA 5 on ultra settings, I could see the smoke coming out the back plate and from the voltage regulators even though I had the metal half back plate on and the water cooling block, very bad idea to put the voltage regulators on the back where the fan shroud doesn’t even come in contact with them or a water block if you chose to install one, I had GTX 690 Hydro Copper and that was a beast of a card and nicely designed for water cooling, the chokes and all the hot transistors are in contact with the Swiftech block that comes pre installed.
Cons: Now the memory, 8 GB is not enough in 2016, GTA 5 needs around 5 GB just for high and it is an old game, the new games will demand a lot more, what I’m saying is GTX 1080 is not future proof when it comes to memory, I think 12 GB would be ideal and 16 GB for when 1080 TI comes out next year.
I think Nvidia took its customers for granted this time by charging 100 dollars more for what they call FE, nothing EDITION about that version, the blower style is one of the worst cooling methods, unless you have a very cool case with tons of fans you’re more likely to throttle this version, I’ve seen some new custom PCB’s and fans from Gigabyte, Asus and MSI and they look promising, I doubt any of those have the voltage regulators on the back or if they did they have solid full aluminum back plates on them which make them a better value in my opinion.
Even Jay’s Two Cents didn’t show any enthusiasm on his FE videos, while his eyes almost popped out while reviewing custom 1080’s and he is on Nvidia’s payroll.
Other Thoughts: To be fair to Nvidia, this single chip card beats every card on the market as we speak including dual GPU’s, However, I’m still not playing cutting edge games on ultra settings as of yet, and I don’t own a 4K monitor, maybe next year when the new and improved Pascal comes out or when I see what the new AMD Polaris has to offer!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I have an HP EliteBook 8740w with core i7 4 cores processor and Nvidia Quadro video card with 1 GB ram, it had 6 gigs of Memory, 2 GB built in and one stick of 4 GB, the back of it has 2 slots for memory so I figured I get 16 GB dual channel, to my surprise it worked fine out of the box, now my system reads 18 GB total.
Cons: make sure your system support 16 GB, some support only 8 GB, my other same exact laptop with core i5 and AMD video card has only 1 slot for memory so it won't support this kit, maybe only one stick of 8 GB.
Other Thoughts: I've always had good luck with G. Skill, I have a desktop with 16 GB for over 8 years now and still running solid and fast. Also their customer service is a top notch.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection - PlayStation 4
Pros: I usually wait for games to drop in price significantly before I buy them, but not this time, as soon as I played the demo I had to have it.
Cons: None whatsoever, rien, nada, do not hesitate to buy it, I found it for twenty nine shipped on big river.
Other Thoughts: I find myself looking forward to coming home and finishing it every night, nice story, excellent graphics even on the oldest one. All 3 games come in one disc so you don't have to swap, and when you turn your PS4 on and click on it it will go directly to where you left it by just clicking X 4 times.READ FULL REVIEW