Date Joined: 12/30/18
-Keeps my i7-7700K under 65 degrees at 100% load
-Mounting hardware keeps it in place
Overall Review: This is my 4th or 5th time using this cooler in builds in the last few years. For the price, there's not a better deal. I'm not overclocking my i7-7700K but I could tell if I did, the cooler might struggle a bit more. Before making some voltage adjustments on the motherboard, the CPU was getting up in the high 70's-low 80's. 7700Ks are notorious for running hotter. I'd imagine if you are looking to overclock, you are going to use water cooling. For those folks who just want to run their CPUs at stock and want a reliable and quiet cooler, look no further. Be careful of the size case you are using. This is a tall cooler. I'm using a Thermaltake Mid sized ATX case and it fits with just about 1/2" to spare.
Pros: The card is not too long to fit in my mid-sized tower but definitely make sure you have the 10.5" available. My video render times went down very fast as I'm using this card for mainly video editing and transcoding. I have an Intel i5-7500 that would take about 2.5 hours to convert a 1080p uncompressed file to a compressed mp4. With NVENC acceleration, it now only takes 26 mins! I will be trying to play games now that I have a real video card. The temps when rendering are not bad and I don't hear the fans spinning at all. I even used EVGA's OC program and slightly overclocked it but not too aggressively.
Cons: I don't have any cons. I installed it and it worked. I would say it was a little pricey but all of the cards these days are pricey. Just keep checking every day as prices fluctuate frequently.
Overall Review: I would highly recommend if you are looking for a middle of the road solid card. If you want bleeding edge graphics, then go to the 1080/2080 cards. Make sure you have enough power to run this card. I upgraded to a EVGA 650W 80+ Gold power supply so I had the extra headroom. I'm a big EVGA fan if you haven't guessed :)