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Pros: I game on a 32" HDTV, & I had been told that in order to play games on highest settings that I needed lots of VRam. I was recommended an EVGA 2GB GTX560 SC card. I could run some games on high, but not the highest, & that was only if I wanted 45 fps, or less. I decided to get a 2nd card (exact same 2GB GTX560 SC) a month later & run them in SLI, as it was my least expensive option to upgrade. Even with slight OC of 900 core, 2100 mem, I just wasn't getting max settings & 60 fps on every game. My consoles could upscale very well & run at a solid framerate (and cost less than just those 2 cards).
I decided to do my own research for an upgrade & I end up here. I finally bit, even before selling my other cards, & I was worried I'd have the same results. I am so pleased with this card, so far. I was worried about only 2GB of VRam, but I haven't ran out yet. ASIC quality is 98.5%. I have it at 1246 boost, 3353 mem clock (gets up to 62 C max at 100%, after a manual fan curve, of course).
Cons: These are really more nitpicks than bona fide "negatives".
-Should've had 2.5 - 3GB of VRam
-No backplate included
-Flimsy construction at the 8pin/6pin power connectors
-Only a 3 year warranty
Other Thoughts: I hope this card continues to impress me over the long haul. I have no idea how newer, unreleased games will hold up over time, but I am planning to SLI when I get to the point that I no longer get the same performance on newer games. I really hope the 3D capabilities of this card (or more realistically, 2 of them) can keep up with the newest titles over the next few years (without having to turn the settings down), as I really want to replace my HDTV with a 3D capable one.
My build -
Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit
EVGA 2GB GTX680 SC Signature 2
Antec 302 Case with 6 120mm fans
i7 960 Bloomfield @ 4GHz
Asus Sabertooth X58
8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 GSkill Sniper Ram@1600 MHz (9-9-9-24)
Corsair H80 liquid cpu cooler
LG DVD Burner
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200rpm 64MB Cache x2
NZXT HALE82 850 Watt psu
Razer DeathAdder 3.5g
Pros: This is the best LGA1366 CPU available that's sub-$1000 (stock. If you're overclocking, the i7-920 is much better). It's Quad Core & has HyperThreading, so CPU intensive programs run very decently. I give it 3 eggs because it does what i need at the moment.
Cons: There is really no comparison to any other CPU, as the others that are similar in cost are far better in every way, while those similar in speed are way cheaper (other chipsets, of course). Runs extremely hot if you overclock & didn't get one of the earlier D0 stepping batches.
The IMC is extremely weak, so don't plan on running more than 12gb RAM if you overclock (or plan to run any RAM at speeds of 1600mhz or more). It supports triple channel memory, but that's obsolete since it has to be 1333mhz, or less (and can't support 8gb sticks).
The stock heatsink & thermal pad are horrible.
Intel discontinued the LGA1366 socket for good reason!
Other Thoughts: Wish I'd have done more research instead of taking my friend's advice.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I bought this around early March 2012. I installed it shortly after on my first rig that I've ever built with all new parts, from the ground up. It worked as soon as I had the PC able to boot. It is pretty quiet, as I can't hear it over my case fans (which are SilenX, so pretty quiet in themselves). No squealing, or any of the other problems that other buyers mentioned. It runs games smoothly, and it's fast when transferring files & booting up (it's no SSD, obviously, but in comparison to other disk-based drives). I definitely recommend it based on my experience with it, and the price compared to other HDD's with the same specs.
Cons: The negative experiences others report about the length of this HDD's life scare me. I haven't experienced any cons personally (yet?).READ FULL REVIEW