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Pros: - Pretty good card for 1440p Gaming, Perfect for 1080p Gaming.
- Has a really solid backplate, and Looks really nice.
- Ball Bearing fans and Intelligent Fan Controls in the card make it a long lasting card
-The Nitro version has a neutral grey and black color that shouldn't clash with most build aesthetics. (unless the blue UFEI LED ruins it for you)
-Custom PCB and power phase make this card unique in terms of overclocking stability, but also limited as I am not aware of custom water blocks for this particular model, in my humble opinion the triple fan is fine for me though, which is why I still see the custom PCB as a pro.
Cons: -Can obviously detrimentally affect the airflow and ambient temperatures inside your case, my cpu cooler suffers a 5-7C increase in temps during gaming during the summer, my solution was using the side fan slot in my case as an exhaust and this has saved my H80i Radiator heat outtake roughly by 30-40%, while you may think airflow is messed up, i had zip tied a fan where the 5.25 inch bays are to give airflow to the top part of my build since this card does cut airflow paths between each segment of the motherboard.
-I wouldn't mind if this card had some sort of Logo LED's, as there is no Vapor-X variant of the 300 series
especially for the price, but it at least has the UFEI button light up like a little sapphire gem which fits the cards name.
-I have Paired this Graphics Card with an overclocked FX 8350 @ 4.7 Ghz (1.48V), and a Core i5 6600k running at 4.5 GHz (1.248v), and I have used both CPU's for months on end for gaming on this video card, and I Love AMD and Intel equally, but if you use an FX CPU regardless of overclock, this card WILL bottleneck, I have used MSI afterburner and GPU utilization was very low whle CPU utilization in fallout 4 and GTA V were maxed out, and the card barely ran at its stock speeds at all and would hang around 500-700Mhz, this card is rated for 1080 mhz, after months of painful tweaking and trying different Overclocks, the intel i5 6600k changed my entire experience, that even at stock speeds gpu utilization was at 100% and clock speeds stayed around 1080 mhz in the gpu in almost all games, and games like fallout 4 were able to do the ultra present without frame drops due to the fact that shadow distance is hugely affected by CPU, so the point is, based on my extensive experience and testing, Use a good processor to get the best out of this card.
Other Thoughts: -I recommend good airflow in your case and good options for exhaust, if you use a dual radiator liquid cooling setup, i recommend having that same radiator as a push pull intake as this card will affect CPU temps greatly, especially in very hot/humid climates like mine during summer, as for heatsink coolers, try to route the gpu airflow through a different exhaust such as the side, it will save you a few [C] but it shouldnt affect most people honestly in the first place, this card is very sollid for 1080p and I played GTA V entirely Maxed out with FXAA at 1080p paired with a 6600k and my FPS only ever drops in certain scenarios where there is lots of grass, just brings me down to 52 fps. but nonetheless this is a good card, and if its on sale I recommend picking it up, you wont be disappointed. (just make sure you use a good CPU with this is all I can say, Read my con above for my explanation regarding CPUs)READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: APEVIA CF12SL-UBL 120mm Blue LED Cooling Fan
Pros: Cools just like any other 120mm
Looks amazing in my new case, so bright and silent!
Cons: No one likes molex
Other Thoughts: probably will buy 2 more to make the entire case blue
Pros: Very solid and responsive performance and a great improvement over my old dell system mobo/cpu/case from 2010
Cons: Stock cooler could be better, but with my coolermaster haf 912
seems to idle at 10-15C and does 30C in full load, not bad for stock at all! but overclocking is a different story.
Other Thoughts: none, its a great processor upgrade over my dual core, 4 more cores and clocked twice as high....READ FULL REVIEW