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Pros: Please read my cons and other thoughts...
Cons: This is my response to an automated email that I just got in my inbox from a person asking my opinions on a card that I currently own.
I did not know about any issues plaguing the GTX 970 until I read his questing about the card having only 3.5GB of useful memory:
I must have been living under a rock or something...
Man, I need to research this issue, cause I have purchased this graphics card in the beginning of January and I had not seen anything about this. I've been working a lot this past few months and haven't much time to play and get myself updated on technology websites regarding this issue...
What I had noticed while playing a few games that I have installed on my PC is that after a few minutes playing a game, during high stress scenes with highest texture settings, I'm experiencing some serious stuttering.
I originally thought it was because of the game itself not being optimized or updated to work properly on such a recent GPU, or maybe because the nVidia drivers not being well optimized for that particular game.
Now I'm suspecting that Far Cry 4 (mostly plagued by stuttering, constantly throughout the entire game), Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty Advanced Warfare (only while I turn the "head" left and right very abruptly (it's like the image is out of sync, so it stutters a little bit).
I still own a PNY GTX 770 2GB OC 2 Enthusiast Edition and none of these stuttering problems occur with that card, under same resolution and in game settings! I'm really upset for hearing about it.
--- A few minutes later, after pulling my laptop to research this issue...---
Wow, I've just looked on Google about this...!
This clearly is a serious case of a false advertisement.
nVidia claimed, and still does show on their website, that the GTX 970 has exactly the same memory bandwidth, ROPs and L2 cache as the GTX 980 when in fact it doesn't!
Advertised bandwidth: 224GB/s.
Reality: Because of the split memory partition, one with 3.5GB (running at 196GB/s) and a second one with 512MB (running at just 28GB/s)!
It's just not the memory, the chip itself is gimped!
Advertised ROPs: 64
Advertised L2 Cache: 2MB (2048KB)
Reality: 1,75MB (1792KB)
This card cannot and will never just magically perform at the advertised 224GB/s bandwidth."
Other Thoughts: "Regardless of any performance loss or not...
This is - cut and dry - classified as FALSE advertising in my books!
nVidia really screed us on this.
I'll be calling Newegg about this right now.
My opinions about this card though:
-Runs cool (rarely reaches higher than 65°C after hours of intense gaming while using manual fan speed of 3,300RPMs, which is approximately 72% of total fan speed).
-Fan can get really loud after 3,100RPMs, around 70% of fan speed (at same speed / fan rotation my PNY GTX 770 was a lot quieter).
-Uses quite a bit less power when compared to my GTX 770, while being significantly faster in most cases.
-Does not come with a backplate. For what I paid, three hundred and sixty bucks - I think, it should've come with one installed.
-Not as future proof as I expected for having only 3,5GB of memory, plus a very slow 512MB partition. I would not have purchased this if I knew about it beforehand.
-Wrongly and falsely advertised product, misleading thousands of customers.
No matter what nVidia officially says, claiming that this card performs exactly as it was intended and designed for, they should have been forthcoming about its specs to begin with.
They straight out misled, thousands of its loyal customers, myself included.
Does the card perform well (most of the time) for its price range?
Would I recommend it to friends and family?
I'd wait until they released a fully spec. card with proper 4GB (GTX 970 or a GTX 960Ti) or I'd wait until they released their new generation GPUs with better updates and lower power requirements.
Hope this helps.
Pros: Works great, it's thin, light and beautiful! Paid about 130 bucks for it over 2 years ago.
Cons: No LED back-light of the keys. I really wish it had it. Would definitely buy one that had it. With the same form factor.
Built in mouse buttons are awful to press. Too small, and difficult to press. You really have to press it hard to make them work. Most of the time I use the left arrow located at the left side of the keyboard, by the Caps Lock key.
Other Thoughts: If you want a wireless keyboard with style, look no further. Buy this one, you wont regret it.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
Pros: Bought this to use with my overclocked Pentium Dual Core E 2160 running at 3240MHz (80% overclock).
Idle temps in the low 30's and Load temps are in the low 60's with fan at 2000 RPM's.
Great performer for sure.
I've been happy with the cooler for years now.
Cons: A little noisy with RPM's over 2000. I wish it used a regular 12mm fan instead.
My system runs 24x7 so my biggest grippe about this cooler is that it collects and compresses a lot of dust on the heat-sink, killing the airflow right in the center of the cooler.
It's impossible to use a vacuum duster to clean it. It is a pain in the rear having to take it apart to clean every time I have to clean it. And it's about time to do it again...
Other Thoughts: I'm currently shopping for a new system, not sure if I'll fo with x58 or P55. But I'm glad that I have to option to continue using my ZALMAN CNPS 9700 with either one of those boards without a problem. With the 1366 adapter or the P55 boards that already have the 775 retention holes on the motherboard.READ FULL REVIEW