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Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Smooth Upgrade from Windows 7 Pro 08/12/2015

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

Pros: I'm not sure what all the negative reviews are for. My upgrade from Windows 7 Pro was near flawless. The only thing that didn't automatically update was the Nvidia High Def. drivers, which updated a day later.

I upgraded by downloading the installer and running it from the desktop. The whole process took about 15 minutes after the download finished.

- Smooth upgrade
- Familiar feel coming from Windows 7
- DirectX 12 support

Cons: - Metro tiles still exist to some extent
- You have to install MS updates eventually. Pro version only lets you defer them.

Other Thoughts: i7 5820K @ 4.4GHz
16GB PC2800 DDR4
500GB Samsung EVO 850
Corsair HX750
Corsair H110
Jonsbo W2 Case
Dell U3011

MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti DirectX 12 GTX 980TI GAMING 6G 6GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ATX Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I purchased this to replace my MSI Gaming 970, since I run a 30" monitor at 2560x1600.

This card is very high quality. The dual 10cm fans are whisper quiet up to 70%. I can run the fans up to 75% without the noise being bothersome.

So far, I have overclocked the card to 1275 core, 1900 memory. The GPU idles at about 39C at 40% fan speed, and in-game temperatures are no more than 65C with fans at 75%. This card does put out a good amount of heat when fully loaded however. Max temps while benchmarking got up to 81C at 80% fan speed. You'll want to make sure your case has good airflow if you'll be pushing this card to the max.

I ran some benchmarks compared to my MSI GTX 970 at equal clock speeds (1200/1800). My system is a i7-5820k @ 4.3Ghz with PC2800CL15 DDR4. Here are the results:

3D Mark Firestrike
970: 10,794 (100.0%)
980Ti: 16,613 (153.9%)

Unigine Valley - 1080p Ultra, 2X AA
970: 3,791 - 90.6avg (100%)
980Ti: 5,809 - 138.8avg (153.2%)

At equal clock speeds my 980Ti is 53% faster than my 970 in synthetic tests.

1. High quality
2. Quiet when under 80%
3. Comparable to 970 SLI
4. Short length
6. Comes with backplate

Cons: 1. Puts out a lot of heat
2. Pricey

Other Thoughts: Overall, I am quite impressed with the card. It is expensive, but I think it's a better option than a 970 SLI setup. The card is very quiet, has great build quality, an attractive backplate, and just plain performs. It is also only about 10.75 inches in length, so it'll fit in virtually any mid-size or full-size tower. I highly recommend this card if you're looking for a quiet, high performance 980Ti.

System Specs:
i7-5820K @ 4.3Ghz
16GB PC2800 CL15 DDR4
500 GB Samsung 850 EVO
Corsair HX750
Corsair H110
Dell U3011

ASUS X99-PRO LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Good overclocking board 01/04/2015

This review is from: ASUS X99-PRO LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Please disregard Clark C.'s negative review. He doesn't understand how to use the included M.2 expansion card apparently.

As for the motherboard itself:

1. O.C. Socket for better overclocking.
2. Able to run DDR4 2800 even with 100Mhz BLCK.
3. Attractive design and layout.
4. Fan profile adjustments from main BIOS page.

Cons: 1. No easy Clear CMOS button. You have to move a tiny jumper to clear the CMOS, which is tricky if you have large fingers.

2. Voltage isn't accurate to what you set. I set voltage to 1.300v in the BIOS, but it ends up being 1.312v in actual use.

3. Expensive. I managed to get mine on sale for $278.00 from a different vendor.

Other Thoughts: My first board came defective. It had bent socket pins, overclocking was unstable, and it would not detect one of my DIMM slots. The replacement board is working perfectly.

System Specs:
5820K @ 4.5Ghz (1:1 cache) 1.290v
16GB G.Skill 2800 CL16 DDR4
240GB Seagate 600 SSD
MSI Gaming GTX 970
Corsair H110
Corsair HX750
Jonsbo W2 Case


Thomas K.'s Profile

Display Name: Thomas K.

Date Joined: 08/06/01

  • Reviews: 26
  • Helpfulness: 11
  • First Review: 05/01/02
  • Last Review: 08/12/15
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