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This review is from: MSI GeForce GTX 970 GAMING 4G
Pros: -Price is reasonable
-Card runs well, no performance or stability issues with mine
-Silent operation (fans even stop when not in use or <60deg C)
-Dragon light on side lights up
-No coil whine
Cons: -Very wide (may not fit some cases such as carbide air 240)
-Significant flexing of rear of card when installed
Other Thoughts: 1st, let me say this card performs fine. So if thats all you care about, there is no reason not to buy this card. My primary disappointments were related of engineering decisions and cost cutting measures. The card flexes significantly at the rear of the card when installed. I understand the function of the card is uninhibited, however it still bothers me. I measured the card to have 2.5 degrees of flex at the rear portion of the card. Compared to a zotac card I have, with a back plate, which measures exactly 0 degrees relative to the motherboard. I understand MSI says it is not required for cooling, and I respect this, but they put a very heavy cooler on this card which I believe is not physically supported as well as it should be. My other concern with the cooler of this card is how wide it is. If you have a case which is somewhat narrow, you will want to get a different card.
Despite my complaints about the construction, I cannot take anything away from MSI in the performance category. I always look to MSI for my graphics cards before going to other vendors. The performance of this card is good. It runs silent, and is constructed of quality components leading to no coil whine. As for the backplate, MSI should've simply offered an optional back plate, for people like me, who hate how heavy and unsupported the card is.
This review is from: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 4GB
Pros: -Very quiet
-No coil whine
-Low power consumption
Cons: None so far. It likely won't overclock as high as some other models
Other Thoughts: This is overall a very solid card. Its construction is very sturdy with zero flex when installed in the slot. Card runs very silently and cool. It does only have 2x 6pin PCIe connectors. I believe this is because this isn't a overclock extreme type of card. If you're looking for a very narrow but long card this is great. I haven't tested overclocking because, to be honest, I'm much of an overclocker. If you're like me and don't overclock, this is a great card. I'm sure it will overclock fine if you wanted, but not to the level of say the ZOTAC AMP extreme or something like a MSI 980 Gaming.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This review is just of the MSI RMA dept... which is dreadful. I bought a last gen card which worked great for a while then died... this is its story.
Cons: Nov 2013, my AMD gaming card starts dropping signal via displayport, a week later, it will no longer connect via displayport. I test the monitor with my laptop, it works --> RMA. Card is gone two weeks. A new card arrives. Card overheats and begins artifacting. Check the clock speeds (I don't overclock, but wanted to make sure). Clock speeds are at manufacturer spec. Try firing up BF4 again, after reinstalling drivers, card artifacts, reboots. Computer no longer boots with this card installed. --> RMA. 3 weeks later (today), new card arrives. Reinstall drivers. Fire up battlefield, game crashes and computer locks up entirely as soon as 3d rendering begins. Uninstall newest beta, run driver sweep, reinstall current offical driver. Try world of warcraft, game crashes at start screen, as soon as 3d rendering starts. Test another AMD card in rig, works. Install nvidia card in rig, works. Install RMA replacement card in a friend's rig, fails to render 3d. Long story short, 3 RMA cards in less than 3 months. ARE YOU SERIOUS! I'm not saying don't buy AMD cards, but PLEASE get another brand. If your card goes bottom up and you bought an MSI card, just throw it in the garbage.READ FULL REVIEW