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Pros: Just installed this monster of a card:
Installation was smooth. I previously had a low profile EVGA GTX650Ti installed, which is about half the length of this GTX970. I had to make some minor adjustments due to some circumstantial hardware conflicts, I'll talk about that in the cons. Booted and ran smoothly with no driver installation (since it ran on my old drivers) but I updated the driver anyway, for good measure.
But the biggest thing is, it's a lot faster than I expected it to be.
Witcher 3 at maximum settings with hairworks on a 1080p monitor, locked at 60fps. Nvidia DSR set to 2x (4k downscaled), and its still pushing more than 40fps consistently. This game used to run at about 20fps on medium settings on my old card.
ARK: Survival Evolved on Epic + max tessellation, etc, crushing it with 30+ fps, which is amazing for this game, especially considering they recommend a Titan X for maximum settings. This game ran at 720p at minimum settings at 10-25 fps.
Seriously, it's fast.
Cons: Doesn't come with any case badges/swag. It really doesn't matter, but hey, I like them.
Since I have a micro ATX mobo in a mid ATX case (Antec 600), I had to remove a plastic bracket from the inside of my case, above my hard drive bay - in order to fit the lengthy 970 inside my case. It just barely wouldn't fit, and I could have possibly squeezed it in there, but I wasn't about to take any risks. While doing this, I also happened to cut my finger, but that's user error, and really - this is an issue with the placement of my PCIE slot on my mobo and my case. I absolutely cannot dock this card at all for that.
Overall Review: Bottom line, you're looking at something in this price range probably because you're ready to step up into the higher end cards but you don't want to drop more than $400 and/or you don't feel that top-tier is necessary. In my experience, this card delivers 80-90% of the performance of an ultra-high end card, and while you still have to shell out the money for it, it doesn't venture into "used car" territory, so to speak.
Pros: - Card runs all my games at max graphics just fine and I haven't had any issues running the games @1080p<br>- The fans don't really turn on until the temperatures get pretty hot but with the Asus GUI that comes with the GPU, you can manually turn the fans on or up.<br>- Under a load the card peaks out at about 80 degrees C. (This is on the division on ultra at 144hz.)<br>- I'm really impressed with the design of the fan as well, most GPU's just blow air over the top of the card. This one takes it in and sucks it through the card itself, which is completely enclosed in its plastic casing.
Cons: - This isn't so much of a con with the card but an issue I have had. I'm also not for sure if its the card or something else. Well when I plugged it in (using the DVI-D slot) and when I run it at 144hz I get a really awful screen flicker, almost as if the 3D settings are on but they are not. and all the graphics are bugged out. Also when I turn on the computer, the VGA LED on the mobo pops on for a second and turns off. Yet this only happens with the DVI-D slot. The display port and the DVI-I slot work just fine at 144hz, yet the red light still comes on. I have checked all the connectors and to see if it is sitting in the PCI-E slot correctley, which it is. So I am not too sure what to do. Ill bump it up to 5 stars if I can figure the problem out.<br>- Also not much of a con but I would like to note, it would have been cooler if the bottom of this card had been facing up. instead you get to see the board to the card with all of the capacitors instead of what appears to be the top in the picture.
Pros: Card is sleek-looking, and easy to install. It's slightly longer than my GTX-570 Twin Frozr III's, but only by about half an inch. I was running two of the GTX 570's in SLI, but knew that their limited 1GB of memory would hamper my performance on Witcher 3. After doing some research, I found that I could still keep one of my GTX 570's as a dedicated PhysX card (without having to run SLI). Needless to say, my machine is a beast, and the GTX970 runs smooth. I haven't had a chance to test other games like Skyrim (with lots of mods), but have no doubt it will run smoothly, as I am running Witcher 3 at max settings, and am having very few problems. (If anything, the latest patches have caused some slight problems with framerate stuttering, which I did not have during 1.02. Not sure if I can revert the patches without messing up my gamesaves, though.) All in all I am happy the the card at present, though I need to do some more testing. Other PC specs are:
Core I7 2600k @ 3.9ghz w/ Zalman 9700 Fan
ASRock Z67 mobo
16gb GSkill Sniper DDR3 1866
OCZ 128GB SSD, w/ 1TB WD Caviar Black HDD
Cons: Has a bright-white LED on the PCB that doesn't turn off with the computer. Stupid thing always stays on. Minor annoyance, but not sure why it's built that way?
Pros: Good Looks
Great Overclocking results
Pushes heat outside of case
Cons: Bright white LED for power is always on
Louder under load compared to dual open fan designs
Overall Review: This card is a beast and overclocks to near Gtx 980 territory. The white color scheme is a great addition to a hard to find gpu color category. Overclocking and thermals are very good but coming from a dual fan Gtx 760 overclocked on voltage this new card produces more noise due to the single fan. On a plus side it pushes the heat outside of the case instead of heating up the inside as the 760 did. One single 8 pin connection supplies power and included asus software is useful and Win 10 compliant.
Pros: Has single handedly run everything I've thrown at it on high/ultra high settings. I also like that I only needed 1 PCI-E 8pin power plug as opposed to the 2 required to run the 560 it replaced.
Cons: None yet
Overall Review: The LED cannot be customized. it is fixed Red/White for no power/power on
Pros: Exceptional card. Fantastic temperatures for high stress gaming.
Pros: I'm not going to get into details. This GPU is amazing, from the physical part itself, temperatures, and software. It stays cool without the need for a million fans blasting at high rates. It's also pretty darn quiet. I prefer this over the... weird, no spinning fans when your PC is on idle.
Cons: Didn't come with any cool stuff like stickers... or DnD door sign. :(
Pros: Chugs through MSG V and Mad Max on high or anything else I own at x1200 with a consistent 60FPS. I'm sure it wont have a problem with battlefront either.
One 8 pin. I'll SLI these on the next price drop.
Low power usage
Cant hear it (see other)
Cons: I didnt like output options. At least 2 display ports would have been my preference but It's also no secret as to what you're getting so I cant *really* knock it for that.
Theres a small, really really bright white LED to indicate power. This wouldnt be a problem except all my chassis fans are red so it looked a little funky and needed to be covered. Not a huge deal but worth mentioning.
Overall Review: I keep a box fan in my office so I cant comment on noise other then its not louder then a box fan lol.
asus 990fx v1 sabertooth
8150@ 4.2 GhZ
16GB 1333 ram
1 SSD and 3 mechanical drives
750 Watt ultra PSU (6 years old, thing just wont die)