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Pros: First off, the system I installed this card into contains:
CPU: AMD FX-6300 six core
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 (I do not recommend this board)
RAM: 8GB Corsair Vengeance
PSU: Corsair cx-750m
GPU: this card
(with case, dvd, etc - $500)
First off, this card is pretty quiet. That is, at 40% fan speed (idle) I can only hear a typical "hum" that comes from most mechanical/electronic things. At 100% fan, you can most definitely hear it. This is not a bad thing. It needs to be cooled, so the fan spins faster - makes sense. If using something like MSI Afterburner, you can create nice temp-to-fanspeed scheme so the fan doesn't need to pick up unless something is really making it work. The card itself has the power plugs on the side and there is also no fancy text or logo on the side. This is neither good nor bad, but the card is very plain looking. Tested it with a 500w PSU and ran fine.
Performance wise, this card is better on the above systems than my previous GTX650 as you'd expect. Onto some real-world results:
Note: vsync is on so 60FPS is the cap for me
Note: I relied on the GeForce Experience application to auto-optimize the settings, but it maxed them out.
Note: Tested at 1920x1080, the lower rates go up when played at 1366x768 on my TV.
Note: No overclocking to CPU, RAM, or GPU was done for these tests.
Skyrim (Maxed out) 50-60FPS *no mods*
Splinter Cell Blacklist (Maxed out) 55-60FPS
Assassins Creed IV (Maxed out), 35-45FPS *though this games seems to limit it*
Trine, Trine 2 (Maxed Out) 60FPS
Counterstrike GO (Maxed out) 60FPS
State of Decay (Maxed out) 45-60FPS
Battlefield 3 (Maxed out) 55-60FPS
Battlefield 4 (High-medium) 48-58FPS
Battlefield 4 (Maxed out) 35-45FPS
League of Legends (Maxed out) 60FPS
Diablo III (Maxed out) 50-60FPS *slow loading/network speeds may be to blame*
Minecraft (everything ON and "high") 60fps *without vsync, I hit the limiter*
Starcraft II (Maxed out) 60FPS
Metro 2033 (Maxed out) 50-60FPS
RAGE (Maxed out) 60FPS
Farcry 3 (Maxed out) 50-60FPS
FC3 Blood Dragon (Maxed out) 50-60FPS
Card runs at about 60C with most of these games, 70C for Battlefield 3 and Farcry 3 when in DX11 mode and the fans at 75%. My case has pretty basic airflow so these results are not skewed.
Some people might like to know that there are two DVI ports, DVI-D and a DVI-I, comes with a DVI-D to VGA adapter. Someone else mentioned that the ports on the back are color-coded, one is gold and one is white. This was NOT the case for me, both were black. No big deal, my monitors worked in either/both of them.
Hopefully it lasts as long as all of my PNY cards - forever. I've never had a problem with Nvidia or PNY so hopefully this continues. Good luck!
Cons: None, good card - better than last gen, not quite as good as the cards that are double the price (obviously).
Other Thoughts: If you are doing a very high quality mid-range gaming machine, this is great.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Small / Sturdy / Backlight / comfy / fast: This thing is just what I wanted. Low profile while still having a good firm feel to it. The backlight toggle works fine and seems sturdy.
Cons: Wish the cable was a little longer. .
Other Thoughts: The page up/down keys are oddly placed but they make sense. Everything else about the keys are fine. The backlight toggle is perfect. This is the only *BASIC* keyboard I found on newegg. I didnt want media buttons and all that jazz... just a solid keyboard for coding / typing intensive stuff; and this one is perfect. If you need a basic solid keyboard that is really comfortable to type on, get thisREAD FULL REVIEW