One stick DOA12/4/2017 4:49:54 PM

Pros: Looks great, much better in person than in the pictures I guess and it matches my Gigabyte X370 Gaming 5 nicely. Samsung B-Die, the best RAM you can get for your Ryzen system in terms of performance and compatibility.

Cons: One stick was DOA. Tried the same stick in two known working system, and they just wouldn't even boot up. Should have read the reviews before purchasing this item, as it seems like a common occurrence (QC issues?). Several scratches were present on the aluminum heat spreader, which is unacceptable for a premium product at a premium price such as this. Doesn't fit with big air coolers such as the NH-D15 that I have right now; I had to remove a fan or else my side panel wouldn't close because the fan was sticking out too much. Other manufacturers often remedy this issue by allowing you to remove the top part of the heat spreader, making the ram less shorter and improving compatibility with CPU heatsinks, but this is not the case with this memory. This thing is obviously expensive; it costs $100 CAD more than other "standard" 3200MHz CL16 ram...

Overall Review: Well, I waited a bit more than a week and a half to receive the RAM because it shipped from the US to Canada, and now i have to wait another two weeks at least for Newegg to receive the defective ram and replace it as it's out of stock right now. Thanks, G.SKILL!

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Manufacturer Response:
. Hi Julien Good to hear you think the memory looks great and matches well with the Gigabyte motherboard. This memory kit uses the best chips on the market, so it is not comparable in any way, including price, to inferior specs such as C16. It is extremely odd a module did not work properly, and even more so if there were scratches on the heat spreader, but unfortunately we can not control handling once the item leaves the factory. There is no QC issue, each item should be physically perfect and working as intended. You can experience this if you choose to RMA directly to G.Skill. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience, but rest assured with G.Skill you have the best support and service, so we will see through that your new build is working flawlessly with G.Skill memory. Thank you GSKILL SUPPORT Quality and customer service are our top priorities. To check or report a technical problem, please visit the Official G.Skill Technical Forum: Tech Support Email: RMA Dept Email:
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Good card overall7/12/2017 2:18:53 PM

Pros: Runs cooler than EVGA's previous version of the product (the GTX 1070 FTW) by about 5-8 °C depending on what I'm doing. After replacing the thermal paste with Noctua's NT-H1, at 70% fan speed, temps never go above 65 °C, even with Firestrike stress test and warm ambient temperature. Also, I think the card feels sturdier than most other GTX 1070s on the market today, and also EVGA's previous version of the product (the GTX 1070 FTW). RGB leds are a nice touch, but with a few quirks (see cons below). In my opinion, it's one of the best looking card on the market today, if not the best (I'm looking at you, ASUS STRIX). It's a GTX 1070, so it's power efficient, and has more or less the same performance as last year's flagship, the GTX 980 Ti. Overclocks better than my previous GTX 1070 FTW by about 50 MHz on the core (it's simply the luck of the draw I guess). EVGA's legendary customer service and warranty.

Cons: Micron memory. Yes, it has already been said a thousand times, but it simply doesn't overclock as well as Samsung's memory. I had a GTX 1070 FTW with Samsung memory, and could set +600 MHz in Afterburner - going any higher wasn't 100% stable and while it wouldn't crash, artifacts would appear from time to time. With the FTW2 version of the card with Micron memory, however, I cannot go higher than +500 MHz in Afterburner. Only a 100 MHz difference, and while it results only in a 2-3% performance difference in Firestrike graphics score, I'd still take Samsung memory over Micron any day. RGB led's have uneven lighting; the "E" in "EVGA" on the card is less bright than the other letters "VGA", and also the "FTW2" led is all messed up; if I set the color blue as LED color, it'll light up, but very slightly; if I set the LED color as red, it doesn't even light up. Very slight coil whine while the card is on load. Also, maybe I'm unlucky in this regard, but the fans make some kind of... rattling noise? It's a bit hard to describe, but anything over 50% fan speed makes this annoying noise that I'd rather not hear, and I don't know if it'll get any better or worse in time...

Overall Review: If I had to choose between a GTX 1070 FTW with Samsung memory, and a GTX 1070 FTW2 with Micron memory, I'm not sure which one I'd take. One is 2-3% higher performing, but runs hotter, and the other one runs cooler, is built better and looks better. Oh well, every single new GTX 1070 on the market has Micron memory right now anyway (except maybe founder's editions?).

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