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Pros: Best thing about the GTX680 is that they're very quiet. I'm particularly sensitive to fan noise and so I've got all low speed fans (800-900RPM Noiseblocker 140mm fans and they're off most times). In addition to being quiet, they're pretty powerful and gave me a nice boost in most games I play -- The Witcher 2, F1 2011, GTA4, Serious Sam 3, TES5 -- over 580s SLI.
They get up to about 75-80C and the fan is pretty much silent. No ton of vacuum cleaner noise in The Witcher 2 like with the 580s and this is with the front fans off on my PC-X1000.
Cons: Well, they cost money, don't they? However, I sold my 580s for a decent amount of money and ended up spending about $300 to buy two GTX680s
Other Thoughts: I might get a 3rd card, but 2 pretty much hit 60FPS 90% of the time at 2560*1440.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ZALMAN VF3000A EBR Bearing VGA Cooler
Pros: Installation is dead simple if you have a nice workspace and place everything out and do inventory before you begin.
Keeps my 5870 at about 34C idle and under 70C with Furmark running.
Instructions are very clear. I don't think I saw a mispelled word or bad grammar or more importantly - any difficult-to-understand steps.
It is fairly priced.
Cons: One of the heatsinks was roughly milled. It was pretty sharp as well, but went on all the same without fitting issues.
The heatsink takes up more space than the stock, reference, 5870 heatsink/fan assembly. The caps that bolt down the heatsink/fan assembly stand off from the rear of the card.
The thermal paste should have come in a tube with a fine point end to facilitate ease of use. Some of the components are very small and require you drop some paste on them. I used a toothpick to drop a little without making a dangerous mess on the circuits. (not sure if the paste conducts or not)
The thermal pads are bad and one of the heatsinks didn't even stick - I had to buy some thermal pads and cut them out to fit. Not too big of a deal - if you take your time, but hey these things should not fall off when you go to place the card into your system.
Other Thoughts: It requires a bit more space, isn't silent at idle without the fan controller (I'm not going to use it) and you need to be careful dismantling your card and dropping these things on.
Get some thermal pads in case the included ones do not stick.
The price, to me, is just right. I ordered two of these VGA coolers from elsewhere for both of my 5870s and even after reading the horror stories was confident enough to try it out.
TAKE YOUR TIME AND CLEAN YOUR CARD WELL.
Pros: Runs very cool -- if you've got a good heatsink you could run without a fan even at stock settings. It also overclocks pretty well -- 3.3GHz was achieved although with high voltage.
For the price, I feel like I got a bit more than I payed for.
Other Thoughts: I'm using this processor until my (presumably refurbished) P6T6 board arrives from RMA.READ FULL REVIEW
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