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Charles C.

Charles C.

Joined on 08/10/04

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Most Favorable Review

Great Performance

MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card N670GTX-PM2D2GD5/OC
MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card N670GTX-PM2D2GD5/OC

Pros: This card provides awesome performance in all of today's games. I was very worried about what I have been reading lately with respect to the GTX 670 reference card fan noise. I am happy to report that this card is very quiet at idle. I do not here it above my case fans.

Cons: Unfortunately, the fan noise does start to get pretty bad at speeds above 55%. It wouldn't be so bad if it was simply an air movement type of sound. But instead it is a very mechanical sound that is annoying and out-of-place among the normal fan noise that comes from my pc. Hopefully, the fan will stay under 55% for most of my gaming. Due to the somewhat cheap-feeling cooling solution in the reference design, I am deducting one egg from the score.

Overall Review: This card provides great performance for the price. If you are at all concerned about fan noise under load, I would consider one of the custom GTX 670 cards that offer better cooling solutions. If I was not limited to cards that are less than 10.5", I would've waited on the Gigabyte brand. Overall, I am very happy with the card.

Solid

Cooler Master Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Cooler Master Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: This is a very solid case. Fans are quiet and the case stays cool under heavy load. Cable management is very good.

Cons: The case is a bit tight for large video cards (see Other thoughts).

Overall Review: I installed a XFX HD 5850 video card into this case. Believe me, it was an incredibly tight fit. The problem was the pci-e power connections to the video card, which are on the end of the card. The case design made it almost impossible to make these connections, since the edge of this long card was only about 1/2" from the drive mount cage. I had to fish the power cables through the holes in the cage. Because these holes were not wide enough to get the power connectors through, I ended up having to shave the edges off the plastic connectors to make them thin enough. I used a sharp utility knife to remove the clips on the connectors. Definitely make sure you video card will fit before buying this case.