Joined on 09/12/08
Amazing card, if you can find one
Pros: -outstanding performance -cool temps -3 year warranty with EVGA -quiet
Cons: -difficult to obtain -size
Overall Review: Update 7/8/2021: Been playing Red Dead Redemption 2 with everything on max settings, getting a constant 60+ FPS on 2560x1080 (21:9) ultrawide, paired with a Ryzen 3800X 8-core processor. GPU load varies between about 70-85% depending on the environment, temps haven't gone up past 66°C so far. Haven't noticed any coil whine either. Cool and quiet, must have gotten a good one. The only setting I knocked down was tree tessellation because it bumped my GPU load up to ~98% and it doesn't really affect much beyond the details of tree trunks. Obviously this had more of an impact in forest environments in the game. I was fortunate enough to win the Newegg Shuffle and got the card I was dreaming of. Upgrading from a 6-year old GTX 960, the performance is night and day. Fallout 4 and Valheim, and at 2560x1080, both run on max settings with a constant 120+ FPS. The card's fans barely need to turn on with Fallout 4, and I haven't seen the temps go above 54° C. And if you're the type of person who is triggered by RGB lights, you can disable them entirely with EVGA's PrecisionX software, the same software used for overclocking the card. I tried uploading a quick video of some of the lighting settings via Newegg, but the uploader keeps failing. You can see them here: https://youtu.be/fUNwXF08C8U This is by far the biggest card I've owned. It's 2.75 slots thick and nearly a foot long. Make sure to measure your case, if you are lucky enough to get one. I got myself a little GPU support pole and cut it down to the exact size for my case (Corsair 450D) because I didn't want this GPU ruining my PCI slot over time. Thank you, Newegg, and I hope you can find a good GPU in this sad market we're in. The imaginary meme currency crash can't come soon enough.
Pros: Very bright. I have one strip mounted to the front of my case looking in at the motherboard and it lights the case well. I was going to get two, but I'm glad I got one. Two would be ideal if you absolutely needed to have your case completely illuminated The 3M adhesive tape has been holding up for me so far. Then again, I've only been using it for a few days. I made sure to firmly apply pressure to the entire strip for about a minute before letting go.
Cons: The brightness can also be a bit of a con. It depends on your case and how you orient the lights, but make sure they are tucked away from plain view. The end of the lighting strip, which can be used for daisy-chaining more lights, has an exposed connection. Something to consider with liquid cooling.
Overall Review: Bright lights, but more convenient than cathode lighting in my opinion.
Light show for your computer
Pros: 2x 8 GB capacities Heatspreaders aren't excessively tall True red/green colors with the LEDs LEDs have two levels of brightness (one is bright for daylight, the other is dim yet perfect for the night) Four different patterns for the LEDs
Cons: The heatspreaders are somewhat sharp, but nothing I injured myself on.
Overall Review: It might be the best option for LED-lit RAM, especially at the 16 GB capacity. This is my first computer build, so I haven't delved into overclocking quite yet. Both modules recognized on my first boot. The sight of seeing those green lights turn on for the first time after building everything myself will be one I remember for a while. My first computer: Processor: i7-4970K Memory: Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer 16 GB, DDR3, 1600 MHz GPU: Intel HD 4600 until AMD 300 series or Nvidia 980 ti Mobo: Asus Z97-AR Storage: Samsung 850 Evo 250 GB, WD Caviar Blue 1 TB PSU: Seasonic X-Series 650W Heatsink: Be Quiet! Pure Rock Case: Corsair 450D
Pros: Does exactly what it's supposed to, at such a cheap price.
Cons: It's only 6 feet, if that's a con for you. My monitor flashes a black screen occasionally when trying to pick up my monitor's display. Sometimes unplugging the HDMI cable won't work, I'll have to restart the laptop. No big deal, though.
Overall Review: $50+ HDMI cables at Best Buy...what a joke.
Pros: Two different settings, high and low. I keep mine on high, really helps keeps a hot gaming laptop cooler. I personally like how it slightly props up the laptop as well.
Cons: The blue LED on back is somewhat bright. Whatev.
Overall Review: It has an adapter on the USB cable for for another USB, that way you don't lose a USB slot...handy.