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This review is from: Phobya G-Changer 280 V.2 - Full Copper
Pros: i didn't get an empty box
Cons: the fan mounting halls are not properly spaced! i can't mount fans on to this thing. nor can i mount the radiator itself. how does this even happen??? the radiator is not physically damaged in any way.
2 sets of 30mm screws and 2 sets of 35mm screws. no short screws to mount the radiator itself without fans in between like EK and alpha cool include.
Other Thoughts: i bought this to save some money over the EK and alphacool versions. now i'm kicking myself. whatever money i "saved" i will now have to spend triple to RMA this piece of trash.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: -physically identical to the normal MSI GTX 980Ti gaming card. PCB design, components, cooler, back plate, everything. just at a cheaper price and reference speeds
-even when overclocked to the max (numbers below) it stays barely audible.
-super smooth output. no stuttering, tearing, artifacting, etc.
-it's gorgeous! suck a pretty card.
-not as long as some of the other custom PCB GTX 980 Ti cards
-priced about the same as a reference card
Cons: i wish it would have came with at least a modest OC like some of the lower tier EVGA cards. i really had to dig deep to find something for the "cons" field.
Other Thoughts: i bought this via Newegg's fleabay store during a promo, so i may not show up as a verified owner.
after some tweaking and stress testing i found the highest clocks my card would work at is 1298 core, 1878 memory (as per GPU Z). scored 17336 overall on fire strike with a graphics score of 20779. no Fury X currently on record on futuremark's website even comes close to that. also faster than most R9 295X2 tested.
for the most stable and highest overclock results, use gigabyte OC Guru. MSI afterburner, evga precision, etc, can't OC this thing well at all for some reason. i don't know why, but that's my experience.
Pros: -unlike other memory modules with built in LEDs, these do not make any electrical noise. they are completely silent.
--some professional reviewers said they had trouble getting these things to run at 3400MHz and 1.35V. that was not the case for me. you can easily get the advertised speeds or even better on a good quality X99 board. in fact, i got mine to run at tighter latency settings. 15-15-15-36, 3400MHz and 1.34V
-they are very pretty
-aren't as tall as you'd expect. leave plenty of clearance for most coolers.
-no noticeable additional heat when compared to regular memory with no lights. i put a temperature probe between two of the DIMMS to test for this.
-dirt, dirt cheap
Cons: -even though they are running at faster clocks, my benchmark scores were 2-3% lower. gaming and professional app use was completely unaffected (as expected). but i was really hoping to get some nice bench numbers.
Other Thoughts: i have an Asus X99 Deluxe and an i7 5930k @ 5.1GHz. i had a GSkill 4x4GB 3000MHz set before this running at XMP settings. and even though that set was running at lower clocks, i was getting slightly better benchmark scores with the G.Skill memory. i can't figure out why.
so you may ask why 5 stars? well, first of all my application performance did not suffer even though the benches did SLIGHTLY. these things passed 20+ hour torture tests without any issues. something that 2 different sets of Corsair Dominator memory COULD NOT do in the same exact system. they look amazing in my case. looks like my computer has a heart beat. they LEDs do not make any electrical noise. no extra heat. and they are cheap as hell, relatively speaking anyway.
i really like this set and would recommend it without hesitation. truly an amazing value.