Date Joined: 06/30/06
Pros: - Quality materials, appears to be completely made out of steel with steel hardware
- Good amount of adjustment for height/tilt
- Double use, flight or racing with correct mount locations
- Extremely good value compared to other mounts under $125
- Easily modifiable for mounting custom gear
- Easy to fold and store, can be broken down in less than 2 minutes
- Comes with shifter/throttle mount in the standard kit (i.e. Not sold separately)
- Ships from USA
Cons: - Heavy, being the downside to using steel
- Directions aren't exactly clear, but at least they included something
- Could have more adjustment holes, but these could be made by the owner/user
- Multiple pieces of assembly hardware go into multiple locations, making it easy to mix it up and leading to taking it back apart again. I recommend using the photos on NewEgg to assist in assembly.
Pros: - Stock cooler allowed an OC of 2.1 GHz on the core and 9.1 GHz on the GDDR5! (Max temp: 71C)
- Excellent Power Delivery Upgrade (8+1 w/ SFC chokes) from Founder's Edition (4+1) for the same cost!
- Extremely silent cooling solution at stock clock speeds and moderately silent at OC listed above.
- Cheaper than MSI's Gaming X model while offering 95% of the OCing headroom as the Gaming X.
- Finally we have a die shrink in GPUs!!! 900 series: 28nm | 1K series: 16nm -> this leads to better power efficiency + less power required for OCing + lower temps.
- Excellent performance for a sub $450 card at both 1440p and 4K (faster than Titan X)
- MSI offers excellent customer support and software for the card, MSI also releases regular BIOS updates.
- No tacky lighting or massive cooler (perfect card for those looking to use water cooling that don't want to pay a premium for the Twin Frozr cooler)
- NZXT's Kraken G10 fits the design without issue (WOOT!!)
Cons: - Armor heat sink across the card doesn't cool as many components as the Gaming X design does (power delivery in particular)
- Gaming X has slightly more OC headroom (slightly being the keyword) due to 2 additional power phases along with a slightly better cooler.
- 1x 8 pin for power delivery vs. 1x 8 pin + 1x 6 pin on the Gaming X model. This lowers OCing headroom slightly, but due to a 16nm manufacturing process, this plays much less of a role compared to 28nm GPUs like the 900 series. Really this additional 6 pin power connection is required for the 2 additional power phases vs the Armor's 8 phases.
Overall Review: Overall a great card at a great price from a very reputable manufacturer which created the most popular GTX 970 design and carried this over to the 1070 Armor and 1070 Gaming. I think the Armor is an excellent choice for anyone looking to water cool a GTX 1070 as you get an upgraded power delivery over FE (for the same price), but don't pay the premium for the Twin Frozr cooler. The fact I can hit 2.1 GHz on the stock Armor cooler shows you how little difference 2 power phases and an additional 6 pin make. (the quality of the chip plays far more of a role)
My System Specs: i7 3770K @ 4.2 Ghz | 16GB GSkill DDR3 2133 | ASRock Z77 Extreme6 | Corsair HX 750W | Creative ZXR | Corsair 650D | Acer XB271HU | W10 Pro x64
Pros: Great speeds in real world usage, avging 100 MB/s to 150 MB/s moving large movie files from a 1TB Seagate Barracuda SATA III.
CrystalDiskMark (Default Settings (5/1000MB)): Seq - R:90.65 W:90.57, 512K - R: 35.19 W: 46.84, 4K - R: 0.512 W: 1.291, 4K QD32 - R: 0.581 W:1.282
Drive is TINY and unlike some other external HDs, this one has a USB 3.0 Cable that is of decent length, although it could be longer. I also really like the black "graphite" finish on the drive with the brushed aluminum finish.
3 Year Warranty vs. 1 Year on many other drives.
Overall very happy with purchase as I got it with with an Instant Rebate and Promo Code on New Years Day.
If you are looking for an ultra portable drive with a great warranty and fast speeds, this is a great drive to go with. You can't throw it off your roof or leave it under water like some of the ultra durable drives, but for size/speed this drive can't be beat for the price.
Cons: Bloat software is on the drive, but is easily deleted or moved, nothing tries to install when plugging in the drive. This was not enough to remove an Egg because some people may actually use the software.
Overall Review: CrystalDiskMark shows transfer speeds well below what I am seeing in real world usage in sequential, so I'm not sure what to say about that, but I wanted to include the benchmark for reference using the specs below.
CPU: Intel i5-3570K @ 4.2ghz
Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme3
RAM: G.SKILL Sniper Series DDR3 2133 2x4GB