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Pros: * Fast * Cool * Quiet * Energy efficient * Overclockable * Stable * Affordable
Cons: What "cons"? This video card is outstanding! Spectacular, even! Why, I'd dare say it's ludicrously stupid awesome!
Overall Review: I love this video card. I wish they would get more in stock so other people could love it, too. It idles at around 28° Celcius when not using the K boost, and around 49° when K boost is on. Temperatures do not exceed 79° while running either the Valley or Heaven benchmarks, even when both the auto fan and K boost are turned on. (Just make sure you leave enough room behind your computer to properly vent the air out.) Even at 100% custom fan speed, it is not loud. I went from a four and a half year old GTX 480 to this GTX 970, and this 970 is very quiet by comparison. The fan doesn't need to be loud because the card doesn't generate as much heat as my old 480 did. This video card made a big difference in my benchmarks. For the Heaven 4.0 benchmark, with my CPU overclocked at 3.7 GHz, when using my old GTX 480, I got FPS: 22.9, Score: 576, Min FPS: 11.9, Max FPS: 45.5. When running the same benchmark, using the same settings with my new GTX 970, I got FPS: 53.9, Score: 1358, Min FPS: 18.6, Max FPS: 114.8. For the Valley 1.0 benchmark, when using the GTX 480, I got FPS: 25.9, Score: 1082, Min FPS: 13.8, Max FPS: 44.6. With my new GTX 970, I got FPS: 51.4, Score: 2151, Min FPS: 19.8, Max FPS: 90.5. When running Fire Strike, I went from getting 3116 with my old GTX 480 to 8847 with my new GTX 970. And this is all done with my old AMD Phenom II X6 1100T CPU. I can't imagine how much faster this new video card would run on a more modern, robust system. This video card is only 9.5" (24.13 cm) in length. It easily fit into my mid sized tower case (I have an older Antec 300). I'm just altogether happy with my purchase. I'm glad that I had a chance to snag one before they went out of stock. Windows 7 Pro 64-bit | ASUS Crosshair III Formula | AMD Phenom II X6 1100T BE @ 3.7 GHz | EVGA GTX 970 SC | Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 | Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD | WD VelociRaptor 1TB | WD Caviar Black 1TB | Antec 300 | Corsair HX850 | Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium | Westinghouse LD-4080
Awesome Card (When It Worked)
Pros: Gave me a 7.7 rating in Windows 7. My comptuer went from 10,850 with my GTS 8800 (Windows 7 gave that a 6.7) in 3DMark06 to 17,185 with this GTX 470. Unigine Heaven 2.0 benchmark gave me a score of 561 @ 1600 x 1200, 8x AA, 16x Ani, extreme tessellation, 5.7 minimum, 50.5 maximum. Ran the Crysis benchmarking tool at 1600 x 1200, Very High settings (all), 4x AA and got an average of 34 fps. The Doom 3 timedemo, with Ultra High settings @ 1600 x 1200 & 16x AA, gave me 61 fps. The eVGA Precision tool was invaluable because it let me control the gpu's fan speed. When I set it to 100%, I was able to run the Heaven 2.0 benchmark with the aforementioned settings and it never got beyond 51 C. (I have five 120mm case fans in my Antec 300 case.) When the gpu fan was set to automatic, the Heaven benchmark would get up to 82 C. The fan is loud at 100%, but it's bearable (the sound of it makes me sleepy). My little black 12" Honeywell desk fan is louder than the gpu fan when running at 100%.
Cons: This video card kept freezing up on me. It didn't matter what the gpu's temperature was and it didn't matter whether I was playing a DirectX 9, 10 or 11 game. It would stop working and I'd be left staring at a frozen screen with strange little squares scattered all over the screen. While I was running the Heaven 2.0 benchmark, halfway through the test, the video card froze, the application stopped and it gave me this error message: Unigine Fatal Error D3D11AppWindows::do_swap(): device removed I received a similar message when I was in the middle of running 3DMark06 (which only uses DirectX 9), saying that the app could not continue because it did not detect a DirectX 9 device (huh?!). I've been using this motherboard for almost a year now and I'd never had any problems with my previous card, my GTS 8800, freezing up, so I know the problem is not with my motherboard. Called newegg up and immediately got an RMA sent to my email address. So sad.
Overall Review: I loathe and despise Internet Explorer 8. I had a complete review written and ready to submit when I got the dreaded, yet frequent "Internet Explorer has stopped working" error message. Half an hour of my life is wasted now. I love eVGA. ASUS Crosshair III Formula Windows 7 (32-bit) AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 1600 eVGA GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB 320-bit
Pros: * 120 Hz 40" LED for less than $400 * LED tvs will not harm you when you sit real close to them * GOOD sound quality for TELEVISION speakers * 3x HDMI inputs * Component, composite, coax, antenna and VGA (PC) inputs * Makes an outstanding computer monitor * Everything fits PERFECTLY to my desktop at 1920 x 1080
Cons: * No fiber optic (toslink) input * No judder reduction option (that's what makes movies look like television documentaries) * No other cons that are relevant to me for my purposes
Overall Review: I bought this television from Newegg on the 18th of December, 2011. Very happy with it. I use it as a computer monitor. Had to spend a few extra dollars buying a DVI male-to-HDMI female connector, but WOW was it worth it. I had been using the mini HDMI cable that came with my nVidia card to connect directly to the television, but there were numerous resizing problems. When playing Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, I could only see the top left of the screen. Using the DVI - to - HDMI connector fixed that. Also, after having read all 48 reviews at the time of my purchase, everyone agreed that the built-in television speakers sounded horrible. I am pleased to tell you that MY Westinghouse model sounds fantastic, so don't let that hinder you. I thought I was listening to my computer speakers the first time I'd plugged my XBox 360 into the tv via component cable. It took me a few seconds to realize what I'd been hearing was coming from the tv speakers. I hadn't even increased the bass leve
This card is AWESOME!
Pros: First of all, if you are going to spend over five hundred dollars on this video card, then you can probably spare another ten dollars on an antistatic grounding wrist strap. This card has 3.2 BILLION transistors, so you shouldn't risk damaging any of them by holding the card with ungrounded hands. I didn't take any chances with this thing, and I'm glad because the card works beautifully. Running DX11 benchmarks at the highest settings has not made the card get any hotter than 79 degrees C. (I use SpeefFan to monitor temperature settings.) I've had no need to run the eVGA Precision tool to increase fan speed. The latest eVGA Precision tool can be downloaded at eVGA's website: www.evga.com/precision The card is 10.5 inches long. It fits in my Antec 300 case beautifully. I have five 120 mm case fans in my case. I clean the case, fans and filters regularly so my computer can "breathe". Remember, this card's expensive, so take good care of it & it will last for many years.
Cons: High price, but this card is worth spending money on.
Overall Review: Heven 2.1 Specs: Hardware: Binary: Windows 32bit Visual C++ 1500 Release May 21 2010 Operating system: Windows 7 (build 7600) 32bit CPU model: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 955 Processor CPU flags: 3210MHz MMX+ 3DNow!+ SSE SSE2 SSE3 SSE4A HTT GPU model: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 18.104.22.16875 1536Mb Settings: Render: Direct3D11 Mode: 1600x1200 8xAA fullscreen Shaders: high Textures: high Filter: trilinear Anisotropy: 16x Occlusion: enabled Refraction: enabled Volumetric: enabled Replication: disabled Tessellation: extreme (1.00) Heaven 2.1 Score: FPS: 26.4 Scores: 665 Min FPS: 3.2 Max FPS: 56.9 3DMark 06 Advanced Settings: 1600 x 1200, 8 Sample AntiAliasing, 16x Anisotropic 3DMark 06 Advanced Score: 16066 SM 2.0 Score: 6845 HDR/SM 3.0 Score: 6680 CPU Score: 5015 3DMark Vantage GPU Score: 11238; CPU Score: 50558 Crysis Benchmark: Run #1- DX10 1600x1200 AA=16xQ, 32 bit test, Quality: VeryHigh ~~ Overall Average FPS: 32.59 Highest temperature: 79 C
The Way It's Meant To Be Played
Pros: In the Doom 3 timeDemo, I got 3,199 frames rendered in 53.3 secs= 60 fps in Ultra Detail & @ 1600 x 1200 res w/ 16 AA. In Quake 4, I got 9420 frames in 205 secs= 45.9 fps with 1920 x 1200 widescreen res. In 3DMark '01 SE, I got 32,282 w/ default settings @ 1024 x 768.
Cons: This card is loud. The fan generates an angry buzzing, rather than a quiet whirring. Only when I'm mowing bad guys down with a machine gun do I not hear the fan.
Overall Review: A8N32-SLI Deluxe MB. FX-57 cpu. 2 GB DDR PC3200 RAM. XP Pro. ATA133 300 GB H.D.D. w/ 16 MB cache. eVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTS.
The Way It's Meant To Be Played
Pros: I cannot, for the life of me, get the frame rate in Doom 3 to drop below 60 fps. I have it at the highest available settings. At 1600 x 1200, Ultra Quality detail and with 16x AA. Using the TimeDemo command, my scores were 3199 frames rendered in 53.3 seconds= 60 fps. In Quake 4, using the Widescreen resolution at 1920 x 1200 with Ultra settings, I got 9420 frames rendered in 205 seconds= 45.9 fps on the first test, and 2928 frames in 56.9 seconds= 51.5 fps. 3DMark 2001 gave me a score of 32,282 on default settings @ 1024 x 768 resolution.
Cons: It's actually not as loud as I thought it would be, but it's still a bit too loud for comfort. When my speakers are turned up and I'm going through bad guys like a hot knife through butter, I don't notice the volume of the fan, because the sound is masked by all the gunfire. But when I'm just doing something like typing, then it's noticeably louder. When the DVD-ROM starts to spin, I don't hear the video card, so it's not *that* loud.
Overall Review: My system is as follows: Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe motherboard. AMD Athlon 64 FX-57 cpu. 2 GB PC3200 DDR RAM. Maxtor 300 GB Diamondmax ATA 133 w/ 16 MB cache H.D.D. Windows XP Professional edition. eVGA nVidia e-GeForce 8800 GTS (640 MB).