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Pros: - Black
- CAT 6
Other Thoughts: Their isn't really much to say about a Ethernet cable in all honestly, so yeah... lets just go with personal thoughts and opinions.
Firstly, I wanted to upgrade my ~5year old wireless PCI-e card so I was thinking to my self "Why pay $50-100 for a high end or well known brand (i.e Asus) PCI-e wireless card, when you can buy a cable for just ~$5-10 (purchased mine for $5.68)" Some may argue because it's wireless obviously it will reduce cable clutter which is a valid point. However my cable is running on the floor through the back of some shelves, bed, and computer desk, honestly I can't really tell at all that it's there.
I've had the cable(30FT) for about 2 1/2 months and is working as intended and is connected with speeds up to 1Gbps( I do have cable internet but my speeds don't go that high). Haven't experienced any issues what so ever and I prefer having a solid connection to avoid connection drops or lag in games.
Overall, I'm happy with my purchase and saved myself potentially ~$70+ if I would of purchased a PCI-e wireless card.
Pros: - One of the best GPU coolers in my opinion. 60-65c during full load, I've never seen this go above 70c.
- Very nice aesthetics.
- I like the blue/black color theme.
Cons: - Card is long but I had no problem fitting inside my Corsair Carbide 500r case.
Other Thoughts: Well I hate starting this review like this but If I would of wrote this review maybe couple months back it would of been very differently.
To begin I am very bummed and mad at this time, I ordered this GPU on 04/07/14 and paid roughly $390. Almost a year has gone by and with that amount of money I could purchased a R9 290x or the new Nvidia GTX 970 which range from $330-$360 as I am writing this review. I had my eyes set on this card(at the time) however due to the gold miners I wasn't able to purchase any R9 280x since they were going for like $450+. I am very bummed knowing I could bought a VERY high end graphics card right now... oh well technology sure advances rapidly.
Now that my rant is out of the way i'll quickly give my opinion on this card. Well it's almost a year since I've had this card and honestly I haven't had any problems what so ever, not even screen issues. The cooler on this thing is amazing, I monitored the temps on this card for the first few months and to this day I've never seen it exceed over 70c, it averages between 60c-65c.
Honestly this GPU might be a little too much for my needs, I am still kinda new the PC gaming scene, around four years. I only play like 1-2 games to be honest that is SWTOR and SC2. I bought two other games just to "test" the graphics on this thing and that was Tomb Raider which had no issues maxing out. However Watch Dogs on the other hand doesn't quite max it out, I'm not saying its horrible or anything but you can still play this game at very high settings but once you start to max out some settings it starts to get rough.
To conclude I am giving this card 5/5 eggs, everything about this card has been working flawlessly. My rant is just a personal thing knowing I could of bought something better... and doesn't affect the product by any means.
Pros: - USB 3.0
Cons: - Updating drivers, disc was useless.
- Waste of money, see other thoughts.
Other Thoughts: Honestly I "NEVER" had the chance to use this product at all. I bought this item for a three year old desktop at the time because it didn't had any USB 3.0 ports and I was going to get ready to transition from USB 2.0 thumb-drive to 3.0 speeds. I did manage to install and update the drivers through some random website but never had the chance to test it out because I never had any form of USB 3.0 devices like a portable HDD or a USB thumb-drive that was 3.0 capable at the time. Overall I wasted $15 for nothing...
This may be a little of topic and or irrelevant but I ended up building my own PC about three months after I bought this product and well... I have like 8 USB 3.0 ports, which is a lot for my needs since I only have one USB thumb-drive that is 3.0 speed cable...