Joined on 08/01/11
Great card, get it if you can.
Pros: - Runs very quietly, even when the fans kick on - EVGA Precision XOC software to configure overclocking and control when the fans are used - By default, the fans won't even need to turn on until it reaches a certain temperature (I believe 60C). I changed this to have them run more often though, they're still very quiet. - Only one 8 pin power connector needed - Running GTAV pretty much maxed out (grass toned down a bit) with ENB and other graphical mods installed, rarely drops below 60fps, same with DOOM. - Never had to deal with them, but I've read that EVGA customer support is excellent.
Cons: - White LEDs can't change colour, so not a huge deal for most builds but it might clash with certain LED setups. Mine happens to be white so it's perfect. - Output ports on the back are a bit limiting. 1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort. Works for me but I had to go buy an HDMI cable so my two monitors would work. - Price is steep but you get what you pay for. This is a quality piece of hardware for an appropriate price.
Overall Review: If it's in stock and in your budget, buy it. Solid choice. Also stop buying GPUs for BitCoin mining, go out and get some ASIC hardware and leave these for gamers who want them.
Decent case, not without its problems
Pros: - Price is nice and low - Very roomy inside, cable management was easy - Modular drive bays for maximum airflow - Support for 10 fans on included fan splitter - Mounting brackets for ATX motherboards pre-installed - I like the position of the front panel USB/audio connectors - Surprisingly light weight - Front LEDs are just the right brightness
Cons: - Only 2 120mm fans included, and they aren't as powerful as the two Corsair fans I picked up. - Fan controller could've used even a cheap enclosure to protect it from wires and stuff, as it's right in the path of a lot of cable management. - Bags of screws are only labelled with the type of screw it is, not where it's to be used. This meant trying a lot of screws on different parts to see if they fit. This was my first solo build so I don't have all the screws memorized yet. - The appearance of the front of the case leaves something to be desired. I don't care much for extravagant cases. I like the boring, almost server tower look. But the front, especially with internal LEDs is pretty ugly. The 3 drive bays let more light through and it doesn't look great. - Not a fan of the case buttons being on the right hand side of the case.
Overall Review: It seemed like around half of the screws in the case wanted to cross thread. Specifically, half of the motherboard screws/mounting brackets were very difficult to get in properly, they always wanted to veer off to one side and cross thread. Likewise, the SSD mount was impossible to screw in right, I had to completely cross the threads to get any progress screwing it in. Then there was the PSU. I wanted it oriented with the fan facing down, but it only wanted to sit fan up. With the fan down, two of the four case holes were misaligned with the PSU holes by about 1mm. May not seem like much, but it makes a huge difference. I had to take a small file to the case and grind away some of the metal blocking the PSU hole. I could only file away one of the holes, so the PSU is only attached to 3/4 case holes. It's still secure, but that is some poor engineering. That said, fan up orientation, everything would've fit fine. Maybe it's on EVGA and their PSU but I doubt it, considering the other troubles I had. Finally, the motherboard. It seemed like no matter what I did, it didn't want to sit right on the mounting brackets. They were all positioned for the ATX mobo (ASUS Maximus Hero IX), and for the record the I/O shield had a foam backing on it that might've made it a tighter fit, but I struggled for almost an hour trying to hold the mobo in place to screw in one or two screws, only to find that the rest were slightly misaligned. Eventually I finally got a few screws in place so that I could get the rest in. However as mentioned above, half of them wanted to cross thread and sit almost diagonally to how a normal screw would. Again I doubt that's on ASUS. My last build (also and ASUS mobo and NZXT case) the two fit flawlessly, but this one almost required 4 hands to do it right. I'd give this a 2.5/5, but knocked it down to 2 because of all the screw issues I had.
EVGA makes top quality stuff
Pros: When you spend this much on a product, it always comes in excellent packaging. Everything on the board is clearly labeled. Comes with tons of extra peripherals included, most of which i didn't even use. The backplate is very solid feeling, and it fits flawlessly onto the mounting screws in the case i got. Absolutely wonderful piece of hardware.
Cons: I can't think of any to be honest.