Joined on 04/17/11
An absolutely amazing cooler makes this card worth it
Pros: The twin frozr II may in fact be the best GPU heatsink/fan combo that there is. After a few days of fiddling, testing, and playing I have settled on these overclock speeds: 850mhz core (1700mhz shader) and 3720mhz memory. That is an increase of 40% on the core and 16.25% on the memory - absolutely insane! And my benchmarks show it - this card at those speeds sits right between a gtx470 and gtx480 in performance. The GPU idles between 34-37 degrees celsius @ 45% fan speed, and tops out at 73-74 degrees in furmark @ 60% fan speed. Fan noise is either nonexistent or a non-issue. At 45% or less the dual fans are inaudible, and anything less than 65% fan speeds is not noticeable while gaming with any appreciable amount of volume coming from your speakers. In other words, if you can clearly hear the music and sound effects from the game you're playing, you will not hear this card.
Cons: Power draw is always going to be an issue with GF100. MSI's mail in rebate program is slow - up to 12 weeks AFTER the conclusion of this current rebate promotion.
Overall Review: I would have laughed hysterically if anyone tried to tell me two weeks ago that I would end up purchasing a gtx465. GF100 is HOT, LOUD, and POWER HUNGRY. While nothing can be currently be done about GF100's power draw, MSI's twin frozr II takes the hot and loud and completely throws it out the window. This card has exceeded all my expectations. Coming from an overclocked gtx260 216, gains have been anywhere from 30% to 65% when not CPU bound. My rig: c2d e8400 @ 4.05 ghz GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P motherboard 4 gigs ddr2 1066 ram cas 5 750 gig hard drive corsair 750w modular PSU Antec 900 case
Loudest dvd drive I've ever owned
Pros: It works.
Cons: It is louder than the combined 6 fans in my case. By far the loudest piece of hardware I've owned.
Overall Review: I had originally ordered a PATA drive without realizing it, and wanted a SATA drive so I rma'd it and got this one. I don't feel like going through another RMA, so since it works I'll just deal with it.
Loudest component in my system and it has failed once already
Pros: It works most of the time. The cables are thick and shielded well. The RMA service was smooth and fast.
Cons: First off, it died after 7 months. It started smelling like burning rubber/electronics and then would not turn on. OCZ's RMA process was relatively quick, though. The other big con is that, despite it's name, it's not quite. In fact, it's the loudest component in my system. During the RMA process, I borrowed a corsair 600w PSU, and even with both sides of my Antec 900 case off, the entire system was quieter than OCZ's stealthXStream 700w is fully covered inside the same case. I miss the silence.
Overall Review: My setup: C2D e8400 @ 4.05 ghz Noctua NH-U12P heatsink/fan Gigabyte EP45-UD3P motherboard 4 gigs ddr2 1066 ram Geforce gtx 260-216 750 gig hard drive
Great bang for buck
Pros: My first AMD since dual cores were first starting to appear. It's a fast quad core, it's cheap, and it overclocks great. What is not to like?
Cons: 125 watt TDP, but isn't an issue with a quality PSU.
Overall Review: In my opinion, best bang for the buck. Especially if you have a decent board to overclock this on.
Pros: Heavy! Lots of power. Cords are thick and well shielded. I also owned stealthxtreme 600w and it worked great as well.
Overall Review: Only has 2x6pin (+2 pin) PCIe connectors. This is standard, but being a 700w SLI ready PSU, I would think they would've added 2x6 pin + 2x6pin (+2 pin) in case someone wanted to do two 4870's or gtx 260's without having to connect several adapters.
Pros: Board has clean layout, all features worked as intended. Good-enough IGP if you don't have a discrete graphics card. Surprisingly large amount of overclocking options.
Cons: Cannot get RAM stable at SPD speeds/timing. I suspect this is the motherboards fault.
Overall Review: You will likely want to tweek many of the bios settings. Much of what should be probably enabled by default is not.