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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 4GB
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs So Far So Good! 03/01/2016

This review is from: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 4GB

Pros: This was the most powerful card that could fit in my mini ITX case. I had like 8.2 inches, and the card was just a hair over 8 inches. Even in a relativily hot case this thing is running well. I have one of the coolest little gaming pc's ever now. See this my review at this link for the entire build. First time I have bought a ZOTAC product, very pleased so far.

Cons: I am editing this. The above Pro section is my unchanged review only a couple months after I bought this card. In the past 2-3 months the card has developed a whine that appears to be coming from the fan. Once the card has been running for a while the sounds goes away. I have no problem with the card, but I felt like I should make an updated review. The card has always run HOT ~80C, I have now owned it for about 17 months, it developed the whine at about 14 months. The card is not overclocked however it is running in a slightly hotter then normal mini ITX case. Maybe 5 degrees C hotter then a normal well ventilated ATX Case. This thing might still be under warranty I might be able to return it when I have time. I originally gave this card 5 eggs, but I just reduced it to 4.

Genius GX-Gaming Gila Black 12 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired 8200 dpi MMO/RTS Professional Gaming Mouse
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I have been using this Mouse for 26 Months now without a glitch. I purchased on 11/6/2013. I game Heavily. I felt I should update this review, because I still can't believe how much I like this mouse. The rest of the review is over a year old. It is 01/20/2016 today.

Button Placement, Weight, Feel. I have tried 4 different gaming mice recently and this one works the best for me. I think how I handle a mouse is called a Claw grip. Because my Index finger and my middle finger can work 9 buttons and the scroll effectively and my thumb only needs to work 2 buttons. Its perfect for how I grip a mouse. The rest of its features seems pretty standard across all gaming mice these days. It does have the ability to change its weight, but I just put all the weight into it.

Cons: I would probably add more weight to it if I could. But I have big hands.

Other Thoughts: Favorite Mouse so far - what else can I say.

DIYPC HTPC-MiniCube-Gold Gold Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
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5 out of 5 eggs Great Looking Case with potential 10/04/2014

This review is from: DIYPC HTPC-MiniCube-Gold Gold Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case

Pros: This case looks really good, very unique and contemporary. Conversation starter when people see it.

I was able to build a pretty amazing gaming pc in one using the new GTX 970 card from ZOTAC that is only 8 inches long. Temperatures are 5-10 degrees C higher then what people are reporting in more normal cases. But well within limits and probably has a small bit of room for overclocking.

Here is the list of parts I used.
Case Fan

This is a very strong gaming build, I mostly play star citizen and I'm getting a 2440X1440 display to play very solid. I am not seeing any game I can't play well at this point.

Temperatures, Currently I am getting a stable temps at 70 Degress C on the CPU and 79 Degrees C on the GPU, when I have had the CPU and GPU utilization at ~100% for a couple hours. Its a little warm (+5-10C) but well below many other builds I know of running overclocks.

Things to improve on my design: I would get a different PSU and CPU Fan, since the PSU fan is directly above the CPU fan. You really need a CPU fan that blows air up towards the PSU fan. Also the PSU needs to have two PCIE 6 pin connections(I had to use two molex and converr them). Since cable management is a big deal anything you can do to improve cable management is a plus.

Please note that the Noctua fan works perfectly in the bottom of the case blowing air up. The 4 rubber feet feet right through the bottom grill and seat the fan almost perfectly. Highly recommend this one. Don't be afraid to use some force to pull those rubber plugs through the grill and fan holes.

Cons: Obviously temperature is the only downside to this case, but with a little skill you can manage it. I would like to see the manufacturer to put some venting near the top of the case. Even if just on the sides or back near the top. Just to help release the air. Its not a big deal because the case is so small and with the fans I described it moves the air pretty good. You will feel some heat on the case near where the cpu and cpu fan is located. But its warm not too Hot. Also to get the GPU in the case you need to take off the bottom. Which is not a problem.

Other Thoughts: End result is an amazing looking Semi High End Gaming PC. Don't skimp on that Noctua fan on the bottom of the case.


Nathaniel R.'s Profile

Display Name: Nathaniel R.

Date Joined: 10/01/09

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 12/11/12
  • Last Review: 03/01/16
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