Well designed and easy to work with4/18/2020 9:42:41 PM

Pros: The bottom dust filter pulls out from the front!

Overall Review: It's a great case to work with and I'm happy with it. I carried over two 120mm fans from my first build, so I can't speak to stock performance, but everything runs cool with four fans in it.

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No hassle. Does what it promises.4/18/2020 9:39:45 PM

Overall Review: It does exactly what you think it will do. I'm satisfied.

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Solid Ether Mining BIOS1/18/2018 8:47:17 AM

Pros: This card has a dual BIOS switch and comes with two different BIOS versions installed. The default is the gaming BIOS and the alternative is an Ether mining BIOS. The mining BIOS runs the card at 1150/0.95V on the core and 2100/1V on the memory. It also has the 1750 memory strap copied to the 2000 strap. All in all, this means that the card runs at 29 MH/s out of the box. All you have to do is flip the switch near the power connector.

Cons: The cooling solution is okay. You won't be anywhere near thermal throttling with gaming or mining, but it's not the quietest cooler you can get.

Overall Review: An excellent card for gaming and mining, especially if you are not comfortable modding the BIOS yourself or worry about voiding the warranty.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Fantastic value for the money!12/21/2017 9:25:44 AM

Pros: - Great price for all that it offers. - Noise-dampening foam on the top and side panels. - Spacious design that is easy to work with. - Plenty of fan and radiator options. - Bottom and front dust filters.

Cons: - No noise-dampening foam on the front panel.

Overall Review: The bottom dust filter slides out from the back, so it can be tricky to remove depending on how your case is oriented. It also does not run the full length of the case, so dust can get in through the pump/reservoirs mounting holes in the bottom.

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Great Performer. Loud by Default12/15/2017 8:03:49 AM

Pros: - Performs as it should. - Small profile with respectable cooling performance. - Great customer service from EVGA.

Cons: The default fan curve is a bit too aggressive for my tastes. Fan speeds ramp up to 50+% before the card even hits 70C and it can be pretty loud. This is easily remedied if you use MSI Afterburner or other control software. Once I made those adjustments, the card was much quieter with only a couple of degrees increase in temperature. Other than that, I have no issues with this card.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
It lives up to its claims.11/13/2017 12:19:51 PM

Pros: - Extremely quiet operation. The fan doesn't become audible until about 1200 RPM (~80% fan speed) and even then it's primarily the sound of air flowing through the fan and heat sink. - Relatively easy to install. The only potential difficulty is reattaching the fan if you already have the parts inside your case. - Excellent cooling. I currently run a Ryzen 5 1600 at 3.7 GHz with 1.25V and barely break 60C when running RealBench (~21C ambient temperature). Regular load temperatures (gaming, mining) are in the low to mid 50s.

Cons: - Aesthetics. You either like the color scheme or you hate it. I fall into the function>>form camp, so the performance more than offsets the looks.. - Clearance. Make sure your case can fit this cooler because it is quite tall. RAM clearance isn't an issue for me, but you should look for your motherboard on Noctua's website. They have quite an extensive compatibility list.

Overall Review: If neither of the cons I mentioned affect you, then this is an excellent cooler to consider.

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Great hardware with some software issues8/12/2017 9:30:06 PM

Pros: - Dual BIOS. - Looks great. - Great feature set.

Cons: - The BIOS is fairly basic. There are no explanations for any of the settings. - If you want to use the BIOS to set a constant fan speed over a large temperature range, you're going to run into some headaches. In my case, I wanted to set my front fans (2 Noctua NF-A14s) to 55% RPM when the CPU is under 55C and 65% RPM when it is over 55C. I would create the fan curve, save it, then find that the software did not like that at all. Instead of my settings, it set the fans to 55% when under 53C, 64% for 55-60C, 67% for 60-66C, and 69% for 66-75C. After some finagling, I was able to get my fans to a constant 65% by selecting random temperatures over 55C. Some temperatures would give a flat line, others would be changed to something weird as described earlier. - Gigabyte's software suite can be finicky. I ran into a few instances where the software crashed or gave nonsensical errors akin to something like "The driver is now!" (this wasn't an actual error, but the syntax and word choice follow a similar pattern).

Overall Review: If you really like RGB and want a board with great power delivery, this or the Gaming K7 is the board for you. If you couldn't care less about RGB, I would personally skip this one and go for the ASRock X370 Taichi. It offers a better feature set and BIOS for about the same price.

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Excellent Product with a Couple of Quirks7/11/2017 1:32:10 PM

Pros: - Aesthetics - Mine boosts to 1987 mHz stable out of the box. - Individual fan curves. - Detailed temperature monitoring. - Replacing thermal paste, pads, or installing a custom cooler does not void the warranty. - Great customer service. The card came with a free Unigine Superposition license, but I had not received my code even a few days after applying for it. I emailed customer support and had my code within an hour. Same story when I had a question about thermal pads.

Cons: - After I installed the card and drivers, I fired up Unigine Heaven and Mass Effect: Andromeda and was not impressed at all with the noise and temperatures. My fans were ramping up to 60% and my temperatures hovered around 81-82C (22C ambient temperature). I suspected it was the thermal paste and, sure enough, when I took off the cooler the middle of the GPU die had almost no thermal paste on it (I could actually read the "Nvidia" etched onto the silicon!). I cleaned it off and replaced it with Noctua NT-H1 thermal paste and my temperatures stabilized at 72C with 45% fan speed. Much better. I then undervolted the card and got fan speeds down to 35% at the same temperature with a clock speed of 1974 mHz @ 0.931V. The card now runs fantastically and I don't have to worry about a voided warranty thanks to EVGA's great warranty terms. - You can only control both fans with EVGA Precision XOC. If you use another program like Afterburner, you can only control the GPU fan while the VRM fan will remain idle. This wouldn't normally be an issue, but Precision XOC randomly crashes on me, so I can't reliably use it to tune fan curves. Luckily, the default fan curve is pretty quiet and future updates will likely address the issue.

Overall Review: Take my experience for what it is, an anecdote. My guess is that I got unlucky with the thermal paste as I have yet to see anyone else with this card have an issue with it. The card would still have run just fine if I didn't change the thermal paste, but the noise would have been noticeable. Now that I've dealt with everything, I couldn't be happier with this card.

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Started grinding after 2.5 years of regular use. Solid product otherwise.6/6/2017 10:55:22 AM

Pros: It runs as advertised and is relatively quiet.

Cons: Disk began to grind even when not reading or writing after 2.5 years. It was a solid product up to that point, but did not last as long as I would have expected (~4 years).

Overall Review: My experience may be an outlier, so YMMV.

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It Works6/6/2017 10:49:48 AM

Pros: It's RAM and it works. Don't need too much else.

Cons: None.

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Incredible Value for the Money6/6/2017 10:48:00 AM

Pros: - 6 cores for half the price of Intel's current offerings. - Comes with a cooler that is capable of a mild overclock. I keep my computer under my desk and at max speed the fan is audible, but not distracting. - Works as intended.

Cons: - None.

Overall Review: It would have been nice if the cooler were RGB like the one shipped with the R7 1700.

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