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Pros: compact size and no additional power line required.
Cons: factory shrinkwrap was a bit stretchy to tear.
Other Thoughts: i believe this is the best bang-for-my-buck video card i've owned. powered only by the motherboard this baby kicks out a windows experience index number of 7.7 on an AsRock z77 board that sports a 3570k cpu. idle shows 35C.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Noctua NH-L9i 95mm SSO2 CPU Cooler
Pros: this is a nice low-to-the-flo cooler. this unit has a very low profile that leaves a lot of clearance for uninhibited air flow. i plopped it on an ASRock Z77 board that sports a 3570k cpu. easiest installation ever. i haven't overclocked it yet, but current idle temp is 42C with no case fans at all. (ordered some) so far, i am pleased with its performance.
Cons: the fan did bring me some concern at first. the fan screamed like a banshee while installing windows 7. it calmed down to a whisper after installation, and ever since.
Other Thoughts: it looks sassy on the motherboard!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: handsome board. everything connected easily, and connections were easy to locate.
Cons: cpu-z http://valid.canardpc.com/3p6b3s
i haven't been satisfied with this build. questionable performance from the first day. after fiddling with it for over a year i've decided to move on to another board. i am not an expert by any means so i'm not sure if the whole problem is the motherboard or the things that have blown i had installed on it.
Other Thoughts: i was extremely happy with my new build once i finally got it all together. boots were so fast i barely had a chance to enter the bios. i was doing fine when i realized i had missed a driver install. i don't recall which, though. anyway, since it was so early and i hadn't installed anything special so far, i decided to just start from scratch and reinstall Win7 and the whole works. i'm not sure what happened but after the second reload i lost my SSD. since all was new for the build i guessed i had a bad SSD and installed another. after a few more months my video card popped, and went dead. again, i'm not sure if it was the video card, or something that happened through the motherboard. this system functionality has been in a state of decay from day one, and i'm moving on. i'm going to send it back. they can do with it what they will.READ FULL REVIEW