Date Joined: 07/08/06
Pros: Size - This card is an inch shorter than a mATX mobo with the heatsink included.
Performance - Destroys 1080p & 1440p gaming. A few more RTX cores than a GTX 2060 Super.
Thermals - A-OK. Tops out around 74C in a SFF case with sub-optimal ventilation
Cons: Noise - Disappointed that it gets noticeably loud to keep the card that cool. Strong ventilation is a requirement (duh), but I feel as though it shouldn't have to work as hard as it does to satisfy the RTX 2070's reasonable TDP.
Overall Review: I would highly recommend the RTX 2070 overall, and this model as well (2070s are transitioning to EOL), if you're looking to upgrade/build NOW and do not want to wait for nVidia's next offerings in later 2020.
This card is a mainstream-enthusiast gamer's dream and will be a very solid performer for years to come, even from early 2020.
Pros: Runs amazingly cool and quiet
Non-reference, improved PCB
Will spank games @ 1080p for quite a while and holds its own at 1440p (My resolution)
Cons: Elpida memory
Lack of accessories
Overall Review: Giving my temps won't be of use due to the differences between systems and ambient environments, but know this: It will run cool and it will run quiet - regardless of your setup. I highly recommend this card. (It is also good for about 61K+ PPD in Folding@Home at factory clocks)
Pros: -Unrestricted airflow is massive (Any significant barriers will create a lot of resistance noise, though)
-It is very purple. It's not blue, it's not white, it's purple. It's perfect.
-Twin-pack is a great value
Cons: -Does not like any resistance (It's a case fan, not a rad fan)
-Louder than the AF140 at full bore.
Overall Review: If you're looking for the (illusive) purple LED fan, you've come to the right place. Corsair has deftly filled a niche with these fans.
Pros: Fresh aesthetics
Can add LEDs
Should be fine as a case fan
Cons: full plastic construction
noisy bearing, particularly when not running at full blast
poor performance as a radiator fan
feels very plastic-y
Overall Review: Bought these to fit a color scheme and noise requirement. They did so, but the performance was below expectation so I took them out of the build. (Poor rad performance, even for a "quieter" fan. The bearing noise was also disruptive) I was disappointed considering the good experiences I've had with the Spectre series (non-pro).
Pros: Great sound quality, near-perfect fit, solid range, good battery life, form/function are great.
Cons: Build quality is lacking (Like most Logitech products they'll break in no time if you aren't careful). Sometimes the mic goes "robotic" but not often. USB dongle is a bit awkward but not too bad.
Overall Review: Music, games sound great and the mic works as intended. I usually get 5-6+ hours of heavy use out of them before they require charging.
I'm very particular about the fit of my headsets, and Logitech seems to be the only company who produces models that fit my head. I just wish their build quality were a tad better (I'd pay a slight premium for it) as they often run into issues 6-12 months into ownership even with careful handling.
Encroaches on 3rd expansion slot
Overall Review: This product performs better than high-end air coolers and close to similar custom water loops. It's priced accordingly, being more expensive than high-end air and cheaper than a loop with all the bits and pieces. It is a complete package that surpasses the look and all-around performance of the popular Kuhler mod (AKA "The Mod"). It's a premium product that commands a premium price, but it would be nice to see it about 15% cheaper.
Pros: Aesthetics are solid - Some of the best-looking ram out there.
Runs @ rated specs without issue
Cons: Could be a bit cheaper
Overall Review: Running 16GB (4x4GB) in a z77 system - Rock solid.
Pros: -Strong performance at factory settings - The core clock is equivalent to a stock GTX 680 and its memory clock is 200Mhz (effective) higher.
-Includes a high-airflow bracket
-It uses a reference GTX 680 heatsink which is superior to reference GTX 670 heatsink
-A little wiggle room on an additional overclock, more so with memory than the core (Should be able to exceed +50/+300)
-EVGA has a strong support track record (You're buying a relationship with the add in board partner, not just the card itself)
Cons: -It uses a reference GTX 680 PCB but does not have the extra power phase and VRMs enabled that you will see in models such as the Gigabyte WindForce
-Minor coil whine under load (Should be inaudible unless you have your case on your desk as I do)
-At this price the Asus DirectCU II is a better buy (I'd like to see a backplate included with the card at this price)
Overall Review: It has a healthy overclock, works at its specified settings, and it's backed by a reliable company.
I have installed an Arctic Cooling Accelero Twin Turbo II aftermarket heatsink on mine which greatly improved the thermal and acoustic profiles of the card.
This graphics card is compatible with any cooler or waterblock that works with the reference GTX 680.
Pros: It looks absolutely stunning from an aesthetic standpoint. Awesome color scheme. The performance at this price point is fantastic.
Cons: MOTOR NOISE. It's a known issue that many of these cards exhibit a "grinding" noise that persists at all fan speeds, which is a product of a poorly designed impeller. It sounds like a Honda with an aftermarket muffler that thinks it's fast trying to accelerate.
Overall Review: Avoid reference (and EVGA) GTX 670 models unless you intend to go aftermarket or are not bothered by abrasive noise.
Pros: Efficient cooling system. The fan runs quietly at lower speeds and a custom fan profile keeps it that way. Performance/watt is solid. Not as strong as the 7800 series but stronger than 40nm competitors.
Cons: It's about as long as a HD7850, a much more powerful card. Lots of empty PCB space... both a pro and a con.
My particular card suffers from very noticeable coil whine. I run a near-silent system and this is quite distracting.
Overall Review: It's a good value at the price I paid ($120 A/R). It's a strong card in its price range, but for most gamers it will be worthwhile to invest in something a bit stronger such as the HD7800 series.
Pros: Lots of features packed into a small packaged
Surprisingly strong overclocker
Solid voltage control options
Cons: Have to modify all-in-one water cooling heatsinks like the H50 / Kuhler to mount without pressing down on circuitry.
Dated chipset (At this point in time)
Overall Review: It's a great little board with strong control and performance.
Pros: Outstanding performance
Mild factory overclock
MUCH cooler and quieter than reference.... MUCH.
Extra power phase and VRMs missing from reference design are installed
Cons: Slightly longer than a reference card due to the heatsink shroud.
Overall Review: This card idles 3-4C above ambient and loads between 50-60C at inaudible fan speed in even the most demanding games. You will dominate every game @ 1080p for quite a while and manage even higher resolutions well. I would still recommend SLI GTX680 for more demanding surround setups (EG @ 5760x1080), but this card is unquestionably the fastest single GPU available. An impressive showing for nVidia's GF104 successor. Heat is dissipated within the case, but at much lower exhaust temperatures. Do not hesitate to buy this model over the reference model if you have any semblance of respectable airflow in your case.
Pros: Fits two 23.6" 1080p monitors without issue.
Good amount of adjustability
Cons: A bit expensive, but not bad on sale.
Overall Review: Make sure to install the white spacers or the wings won't fit - Don't throw them away! (They look like packaging)
Pros: It's a high efficiency unit with solid connectivity that runs cool and quiet. It will suffice for the vast majority of users, even "power" users.
Cons: Only one SATA chain
Not modular (Not a true con as it is listed in the specifications and pictures)
Overall Review: This PSU easily powers my gaming/folding/development PC:
Core i5 2500k @ 4Ghz
ASRock P67 Extreme4
Sparkle GTX560 Ti (overclocked)
SSD + HDD
The vast majority of users do not need more than 400w of power. My system idles under 100w and uses no more than 250w (consumption at the wall) when folding on both the CPU/GPU or gaming. You want to keep the load between 20 and 80% of the PSU's output rating for maximum efficiency.
Pros: Fantastic performer, overclocks easily, reference heatsink is superb.
Cons: Blue PCB
Overall Review: The purple DVI ports are fairly awesome.
I bought mine back in March, it has been a reliable performer.
SLI GTX560 Ti will easily best a GTX580, for reference.
Pros: Strong, clear output
Compact form factor
Controls integrated into satellite speaker
Cons: Highs aren't superb, but mids and lows are covered and then some
Overall Review: I purchased these as an upgrade from Logitech Z-313, which are great budget speakers, and I am VERY happy with the upgrade.
These speakers are as good as it gets in their price range, the only step up would be a DIY system.
Also, I got them on sale for less than half the MSRP ($40 A/R) :D
Pros: Looks great, runs quietly, mostly modular, and has a good assortment of connections. Perfect PSU for my application, capable of future expansion. It also has strong efficiency ratings.
Cons: 3 Year Warranty
Overall Review: Great value at the price point.
Low TDP (<49w)
Great folder per watt, solid HTPC card
Lifetime Limited Warranty
Cons: Could always be cheaper
heatsink extends a bit beyond a single slot
Overall Review: The rebate requires that you send in the UPC from the box. This will NOT affect the warranty in any way, as claimed below. The warranty is only void if you alter/remove the sticker(s) from the card. Disregard advice that states otherwise.
Pros: Compact system.
Solid sound quality, bass
Cons: Cord for control could be longer.
Overall Review: I had to downgrade to accomodate apartment living. These speakers get the job done quite well.
Pro-Tip: Install the sub somewhere near your feet and the bass balance will be exquisite.
Pros: Solid, comparatively lengthy and story-driven campaign (Relative to CoD:MW and MW2)
Nice selection of multiplayer game types
Lots of easter eggs
Rank/Currency system is a winner
Cons: Does not differentiate itself from its predecessors. It's mostly "more of the same" which is not all bad, improvements were made.
Overall Review: World at War and Black Ops have made me think more highly of Treyarch as a developer.
Pros: Minuscule TDP of ~49w
Folding@Home Hero! ~7-9k @ stock setting with 900 point WUs, ~4k with 600 point WUs
Amaziner per-watt performance
Outputs (Full-sized HDMI!)
Overall Review: This is an ideal card for use with HTPC applications, F@H, or light gaming. This card is slower than the GT240 when it comes to gaming, though, so keep that in mind. For more intensive gaming one must spring for a bit more oomph (9800GT, GTS240, GTS250, GTS450, etc) or better.
Pros: Works out of the box
2/3 yr Warranty
PRICE! (cheap with E3300 Combo)
Stable in Vista 64
Cons: Lack of advanced circuitry (and two hideous, massive caps)
Poor 4-pin layout
65w CPU limit
Overall Review: It's the most basic of the basic budget board available, and this is known when purchasing, so I won't give it grief for the bare minimum feature set.
It just works. It even allows for mild overclocking if you want to go for it. I'm using it in a 24/7 dedicated folding rig and it's rock stable.
E3300, 2GB DDR2-800, Biostar G31D-M7, EVGA GTS 450, Momentus XT 500GB, Vista 64 Home Premium
Pros: Low TDP, heat output, runs quiet
F@H KILLER - 12k stock, 14k @ 925 core
Overclocks very well
Cons: Performs a bit slower than the HD5770 (Benchmarked the two directly) overall, but also comes a bit cheaper. (It's meant to fall between the 5750 and 5770)
Overall Review: This is a fantastic budget-performance card that will play ANYTHING out there at 1680x1050 and less very well. It would be a stretch at higher resolutions unless settings are toned down a bit, but it is not a high-end card, so that's expected.
I've really enjoyed my time benchmarking this card, I have since put it in a dedicated folding box and it's churning out higher PPD than my GTX 470 @ stock settings.
This card does what it sets out to do and does it awesomely!
Pros: Bright, attractive green LED that permeates a case well.
Quiet. Not silent, but not obnoxious like many 140mm and larger fans.
Moves a reasonable amount of air
Cons: Fairly short cables
It's still thirteen bucks for a fan :P
Overall Review: these fans project their attractive green glow well, three of them in a CM 690 II Adv envelop the internal components nicely
Pros: The MSI Cyclone is a fantastic product. It utilizes a reference PCB and the best revision of the Cyclone heatsink yet.
-Very effective heatsink
-Out-of-the-box software voltage control
-High overclocking potential
-Shorter PCB and lower TDP than the GTX465 while besting it at stock and overclocked settings (less heat and power consumption)
Cons: When run in SLI, you will need sufficient space between the cards or both will run warmly.
Overall Review: I have benchmarked this card extensively by itself and in SLI. It is currently one of the best values in the GPU market and it's Fermi at its finest.
@ Stock voltage expect to push clocks of 800/1600/1000(4000) or higher
For benchmarking, I ran the card @ 1.062v 900/1800/1050(4200)
This is a fantastic GPU that I highly recommend.