Date Joined: 07/14/14
Pros: The card is great, runs cool, runs fast, runs quite. I upgraded from a GTX 970, and am very pleased with the performance increase! In Planetside 2 I went from dropping to the low 30's in massive battles to the high 40's mid 50's in the same scenarios. In GTA V Online I went from 60-90 FPS to 80-120 FPS. This card has destroyed any game I've thrown at it without any issues. The cooling is really good, stays below 75c even with my overclock and I don't hear the fans, but I do wear headphones 90% of the time, so keep that in mind. The Zotac logo lights up, which is a neat little feature, but you have to download their FireStorm software or install it off the CD the card comes with in order to change the colour.
Cons: I was at first a bit saddened to see that there is a Yellow and Silver backplate on this card, but now that I have it in my rig, I hardly notice it. My card didn't overclock all that well, but it's my understanding that a lot of the 1070's have this issue. (I got +100MHz on the core clock, and +550MHz on the memory.)
Overall Review: Highly recommended card for any high end gaming PC.
One thing that I was a bit miffed about that has nothing to do with the actual card is the fact that when I got delivered no signature was required from Purolator, so the driver just dropped the package on my doorstep and left. Not a great idea for Newegg to be shipping $600 GPUs without a signature to be required, I've gotten $60 RAM that I had to sign for, but this they were more than happy to just throw on my porch and walk off.
Pros: - Good on a budget.
- Handled overclocking without any visible problems.
- Very simple to navigate BIOS.
Got this motherboard for my first build, used it for 7 or 8 months until I upgraded, was running an AMD Athlon X4 760k in it OC'd to 4.2GHz and had no problems.
Cons: None that I encountered.
Pros: Got a stick for my first build back in August 2014, still going strong today!
Cons: The heat fins on the RAM may be a bit too tall if you have a large air cooler, I personally didn't have this problem, but it's something to keep in mind.
Pros: Cools a lot better than the stock Intel cooler.
Doesn't take up too much space.
Comes with pre-applied thermal paste.
Not very loud to my standards.
Cons: Collects dust fairly fast, after a month of ownership it had a fair amount of dust on it, and in it. But with regular cleaning, it doesn't matter.
Overall Review: Great cooler, isn't too loud, for the price you can't beat it!