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MSI GTX 970 GAMING 4G GeForce GTX 970 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 HDCP Ready SLI Support G-SYNC Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Great cooling
8-pin + 6-pin
High quality components
Silent when idle.

I bought this to replace my aging 770 2GB, since I run at 2560x1600p. I saw a 17% increase in Unigine Valley, and a 38% increase in 3D Mark Firestrike.

Cons: The speed throttles down when under load once you reach the TDP limit. The power limit is capped at 110% on stock BIOS. During gaming, the voltage will drop randomly, and it's hard for the card to maintain its top boost speed.

This has been well documented from other reviews and internet forums. It's quite annoying since you can't really reach this card's full potential without 3rd party BIOS utilities which I'm sure will void your warranty.

I don't know why MSI limits the card to 110% when it's built for high power delivery (8-pin and 6-pin and military grade components). Perhaps an MSI rep can commend and explain the rationale.

Another Con is that the heatpipes stick up high, so the card may not fit in all cases. I have read that this card WILL NOT fit in the Corsair Air 240. Please be aware.

The mousepad that came with the card has a strong, pungent smell making it useless, IMO.

Other Thoughts: i7-4770k @ 4.5Ghz
ASUS Z97 Pro V-Edition
16GB 1866 CAS 9
2x Seagate 600 256GB SSD
1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3
Corsair H110
Coolermaster HAF-XB
Dell U3011

Seagate 600 Series ST240HM000 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This SSD has performed perfectly from day 1. It outperforms the Crucial M500 and often can be had for less.

Read: 555 MB/sec
Write: 470 MB/sec

Cons: Didn't come with a SATA III cable.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this drive for $130.00 during Black Friday. Great deal at that price.

4770K @ 4.55Ghz
Corsair H110
ASUS Z87-Pro V Edition
2x8GB Crucial Ballistix 1866 CAS9
1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3
Coolermaster HAF-XB
Dell U3011

Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell Quad-Core 3.5GHz LGA 1150 84W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I74770K
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This chip is sill fast, and doesn't run as hot as I thought it would. I upgraded from an i7-930 @ 4.0Ghz and currently have this i7-4770K @ 4.6Ghz.

Idle: 23C
Full: 68C

Corsair H110 cooler.

Cons: None to speak of.

Other Thoughts: I purchased from a brick & mortar store


Thomas K.'s Profile

Display Name: Thomas K.

Date Joined: 08/06/01

  • Reviews: 19
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 05/01/02
  • Last Review: 09/28/14
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