Date Joined: 09/29/08
Pros: Small and clean. Speeds comparable to a SATA SSD without cables.
I realize that sentence is confusing... I don't mean speeds of a SATA SSD with no cables plugged into it; rather, I mean the speeds of a SATA SSD, but without the hassle/clutter of cables.
Cons: None, really, but the Warranty Void If Removed stickers don't stay on very well.
Overall Review: I bought two (2) of the 1TB models to refresh a couple older rigs. They were easy to install and configure as win10 boot drives (EVGA Z97 Classified, i7-4790).
Overall, I'm very satisfied.
Pros: Installed easily. Spacious.
Overall Review: UPDATE:
4 years and still running strong.
Overall Review: UPDATE:
If you're building a new PC, just go ahead and buy this tool kit. I highly doubt you'll regret it.
I have purchased 2 of these. They're fantastic.
The only thing it's missing that i've needed is a 1.5mm hex key. Fortunately, I had one elsewhere in the house... Why on Earth would one need a 1.5mm hex key, you ask? For dismantling a GTX 980Ti reference/blower to install EVGA Hybrid cooler.
Pros: I own 3 of these. I bought 2 from another site (only because i had gift cards to burn) and 1 from Newegg. ASUS products have treated me very well over the years. The GTX 970 has a great price-to-performance ratio. These are also highly efficient. 3-way SLI with over clocked AMD FX-8350 and i can't break 650 watts from the wall per my Kill-A-Watt. Fantastic! I should note that i have had these set up 1-way, 2-way and 3-way with no real issues.
Full Power: GPU1 (top, primary x16 PCIe) runs a bit warm when in 3-way. It will stay under the standard throttle point of 79 C with around 80% fan. GPU2 (bottom, x8 PCIe) runs ice cold. 50 C. This is about the temp i see with only 1 of these cards installed and running. GPU3 (middle, x8 PCIe). runs somewhere in between the 2 temps. Usually doesn't go higher than about 72 C.
NOTE: This is a very well ventilated system w/no CPU heat in the case. CPU is on top mounted exhaust radiator (Corsair H110, 280mm). Case is Corsair C70 with intakes on front/bottom/side. 4x 140mm, 2x120mm. Exhaust on top/rear. 2x140mm, 1x120mm.
My fan controller is Corsair Link. Software isn't great yet but I'm staying optimistic that they will improve it over time. But it works... I can keep the system almost silent with case fan curves on GPU1 and radiator curve on CPU. These GPUs you will not notice much until you go above 60%. That said, if you are only running one GPU, you will rarely need to exceed 60%. in SLI, however, you will. Gaming headphones negate the noise, of course, if that's what your into.
ONE of my GPUs failed completely after about 1.5 months of use (the one purchased new from other site. not the Newegg new, nor the other site open box). All I had to do was start an RMA on the ASUS site, send it off, and they sent me an ostensibly brand new one within a week. Very painless. Pro-tip: Don't call them, just do it all online. Even for updates on RMA status, they have an online tool and, importantly, a live online chat.
Lots of positive things to say about the GTX 970 and ASUS.
Overall Review: UPDATE after roughly 1.5 years of ownership:
1 of 6 fans failed. It still stays below throttling temp even with only 1 fan running at bottom of SLI config. I assume temps would jump and it would throttle if I had it at mid/top of SLI config. Also, i should note that 1 of 4 fans on my ASUS Poseidon GTX 980s failed, so it might be an ASUS fan issue. 0 of 6 EVGA blower fans on 980/980Tis have failed. 4 are hybrid, though, so they run at minimum speed. The other 2 have been going strong at 100% for roughly 1.5 years. I run GPU compute simulations, in case you're wondering why I have so many.
Pros: Price-to-performance, the 980 Ti has exceeded my expectations. There are plenty of other reviews now which have the technical of this card, so let me just add the following after 3 months of ownership:
This is a great video card. Stock cooler temps are fine. In my experience---for SLI on air, this design is always one of the best. A blower and no backplate gives sufficient airflow for each card without leaving excess heat in the case. Positive air pressure in the case (intake fans) will send the heat flying directly out of the back of the card/case quickly and efficiently.
Overall Review: Heat and noise are both reasonable for this level of performance.
Mine is stable at +125 (in addition to the factory overclock) with no added voltage.
General comments regarding EVGA+Newegg: I have owned 5 EVGA video cards, all purchased from Newegg (in addition to PSUs and mobos). All have arrived in great condition. All have exceeded my expectations for performance/value/quality. I have never had to RMA anything through EVGA, but i have dealt with their customer service for a separate issue and they were fantastic. A full resolution which saved me roughly $200 happened via email VERY quickly.
Pros: I purchased 3 around 3 months ago. All work properly. Reasonable speed, reasonable price; as expected from ADATA. Thank you.
Pros: Plugged into Xbox 360 and it charges Xbox 360 controllers AND Xbox One controllers. A great way to have 1 USB cable running across the room, rather than 4.
Pros: Very quiet and efficient. You have the option to upgrade to larger fan (120mm upgradeable to 140mm), but i haven't seen a need to do so. CPU runs cool at all times with stock fan.
Multiple brackets available for easy install. No plastic [junk] pins to break during installation. Screws in snugly and easily.
Multiple possibilities for positioning, though only 1 way fits in my rig.
Excellent thermal grease included.
Overall Review: You will most likely need to remove your mobo to install the bracket on the back.
If you place over RAM as recommended, be warned that high fins on your RAM may not clear. I swapped finned RAM to far side and fin-less RAM to near side and it fit, fortunately. 47mm ground clearance.
Pros: This was on my Core 2 Quad for 5+ years. No complaints.
Pros: ASUS > *.
Works great with ASUS VG248QE max res (1920x1080). I use 60Hz, but up to 144Hz is available (through DL-DVI only, i believe. Perhaps DisplayPort goes to 120Hz or 144Hz. User Manual has a table to help if you're looking for >60Hz. HDMI is certainly capped at 60Hz in this setup.).
I'm able to enjoy many games at high settings on a machine that I would not categorize as a "gaming" machine. (some specs in "other thoughts" section)
"ASUS GPU Tweak" (Ver 184.108.40.206, currently) utility that comes with this card is pretty convenient. Save up to 4 custom profiles or use (2 available) presets below:
"Power Saving" (90%/1035MHZ/950mV/6008MHz)
(Power Target/GPU Boost Clock/Min. GPU Voltage/Memory Clock)
Easy to install. Easy to keep up to date with NVIDIA GeForce Experience. Easy to optimize game settings with NVIDIA GeForce Experience.
Overall Review: Temp is pretty steady at 34 C at low load. 1080p gaming ranges from 40-60 C. I only saw 60C once under mega-load. Most games run around 45 C. Recently, I have been playing COD Black Ops Zombies on 1080p w/most settings maxed. It runs smoothly at 60fps around 45 C. Occasional framerape to as low as 30fps w/lots of carnage in round 30+. This might, however, be caused by other components in my somewhat dated machine---you decide.
Win7 x64. ASUS P5N-D, Core 2 Quad 2.83Ghz, 6GB DDR3. Dual monitor 1080p---ASUS VG248QE (DL-DVI); HP (DisplayPort).
Cons: Multiple times, when I tried to run the Rosewill installation software, I would get BSOD and errors on my striped SSDs (connected to motherboard, not this card). sfc /scannow and chkdsk couldn't recover. Trashed the card.
Overall Review: The good news was it timed nicely with a SSD Firmware update (that needed to be done out of RAID). Firmware update, re-RAID, Restore Win7 from a backup set.
Intel 40 GB X25-V
Pros: I bought this laptop for my wife. It easily accomplishes her low-demand tasks.
Wireless DLNA streaming 1080p works flawlessly. At night, i plug the HDMI into the bedroom TV and stream DLNA with Droid/IPod/IPhone app.
Cons: None. It is exactly what you would expect out of a budget laptop.
Overall Review: Most 3 egg or less reviews are not objective. If you buy a Ford Fiesta for a commuter car, would you only give it 2 eggs because a BMW passed you on the freeway? Don't blame ASUS or NEWEGG if you expect this laptop to do things it's not built for.
-Swapped McAffee for Norton immediately.
-Uninstalled some of the ASUSware.
-USB 3.0 Flash Drive ReadyBoost.
Pros: ATSC works great. Troubles with ClearQAM, but i think it's my cable provider. Not bothered.
Pros: Going strong for over 3 years
Pros: Great sound.
Cons: Things break easily. Mic, earpieces.
Pros: 4 years with no problems. Excellent!
Pros: Used for over 4 years with no problems. Great motherboard.
Pros: 4+ years on an ASUS P5N-D MOBO with no problems whatsoever.
Overall Review: Thanks CORSAIR and NEWEGG!