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Stephen C.

Stephen C.

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Most Favorable Review

Yup, it's fantastic

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 06G-P4-4998-KR 6GB CLASSIFIED GAMING w/ACX 2.0+, Whisper Silent Cooling w/ Free Installed Backplate Graphics Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 06G-P4-4998-KR 6GB CLASSIFIED GAMING w/ACX 2.0+, Whisper Silent Cooling w/ Free Installed Backplate Graphics Card

Pros: Runs very quiet even when benching the card. I installed it and on benchmarks one card went to 1418 with absolutely no adjustments. The second card did 1405 with no adjustments. Coming from the 780 ti, that is huge. Most people were using ridiculous voltage to get anywhere near that on the 780 ti's, I know, I had 7 of them. This thing cuts through games at decent frame rates. I was coming from 2x SLI 780ti Kingpins under water, so I was expecting a "meh" upgrade. Not so. One card is comparable to about a 30-60% fps increase on synthetic benchmarks, like 3dMark. Consistently. WIthout messing with anything out of the box. The higher the resolution, the bigger the difference. Having two, they scale very well also. I was surpiised to see HOW MUCH better the pair of 980 tis did compared to the 780 ti Kingpins. Silicone lottery stuff aside, ASICs were 76.8% and 71.0%. The 71% card boosts 1 step lower than the 76.8 (13 mhz steps) by default, but it actually OC'd solo to 1523 no problems at all. Again - I haven't pushed them yet and won't until they're under water. Even if it only clocked what it's supposed to at 1291 - that's still fantastic. I was able to get to 1507 on both cards with zero hassle. And the ram overclocked a good bit too. I am just testing it now, but once I get them under water I'll push them a little bit. To people complaining about them "only clocking to 14** or 15** out of the box" - get real lol. That, for a stock overclock - is amazing. You should feel really fortunate that they do that - without any adjustments, or input, or additional issues or risk - I'm absolutely impressed. One card in the PC, no problem. 2 cards, expect to see some quickly rising heat. It won't hurt anything - especially if you're not overclocking them, and EVGA sets the BIOS to throttle back if they get hot anyway, but I haven't seen them do it. Hald of me wants to keep the stock cooler on them and leave it be - they're just that good "AS IS." I am very happy with 1, and am overjoyed by having two. And frankly, I could ditch one card to cut some cost out of this upgrade and other than benchmarking, I'd probably never know it, because I run 1440p on my gaming right now. But I'm in the market for a good 4k monitor now, which is why moved to the 980 platform and it's 6GB GDDR5 banks. So, believe what you like, but I'm telling you straight from my own experience with them, just today alone. It's worth it. Buy one of these if you want it fast and smooth and reliable and cost effective. Buy two or more for benchmark bragging rights and ridiculous frame rates your brain stem can't even interpret. Oh and power needs? 2x SLI 980 ti Classifieds, at 1506 core and 7812 ram, test benching on air, I was only pulling 730 watts at the wall socket on my AX1500i at >92% efficiency (671 watts DC). For comparison, I've pulled 1750 watts on 2 KPE's on chillers at 1515 core with the added voltage. This is GREAT

Cons: Everyone will say cost, I say you get what you pay for. The non-reference PCB leaves the door open to turning up the power even if that's not your goal today. You can't go wrong with a non-reference PCB from EVGA anymore. Size - maybe - but plan ahead. I got smart with my last overhaul when I went to KPE's and finally bought a REAL case from CaseLabs. Then you don't ever have to worry about it again! Weight? Maybe - in a typical tower case. I went horizontal last year on motherboard trays for taking the strain off VGA cards with waterblocks. It's a fantastic idea for a lot of reasons! Power consumption? I took my cards out and before installing these, I ran my i7 onboard HDMI to do some basic tasks and laughed at the 76 watt power consumption. But even with two of these installed and basic overclocking testing, I was still under 750 at the wall. If you're not willing to buy a good power supply you'll likely have a bad time with performance cards. Otherwise, buy the right one and don't sweat it. I can't think of anything else off the top of my head. Oh wait - Fans / Fan Noise. They stop spinning when the card is below 60C I believe. They're not on right now. Hard to beat a fan that isn't running for noise levels. Running tests, with open try and no case sides or front on, it was hard to hear them when they came on. Closed up I bet I wouldn't even notice, and I don't use headphones. I set them to 100% max and of course that's pretty loud - but it also pumps a TON of air and really cools them well and especially gets them back to cool after a test really quickly.

Overall Review: I think if you're looking at this you should probably just click the buy button before they sell out. I was going to buy the hydrocoppers but they were out of stock and I'm glad they were out of stock now that I've gotten a chance with these 2 . This makes 6 classified EVGA cards for more in the last 12 months, and they've all been very good in their own right. These cards are better in person that reading about on the internet. If you're not sure - you could try a SC card and might get lucky (I've had a couple really good ones), but for $20 more this is a no brainer. Plus it does look cool and the LED lighting is a nice touch. Another reason I'm thinking about leaving the stock coolers on. I hope what I found and shared here on my $1400 gamble helps someone. Just buy one. If the cost doesn't bother you, go 2, 3, or 4.

Most Critical Review

Don’t buy this - read the reviews

EVGA CLC 280mm All-In-One RGB LED CPU Liquid Cooler, 2x FX13 140mm PWM Fans, Intel, AMD, 400-HY-CL28-V1 LGA 1700 Compatible
EVGA CLC 280mm All-In-One RGB LED CPU Liquid Cooler, 2x FX13 140mm PWM Fans, Intel, AMD, 400-HY-CL28-V1 LGA 1700 Compatible

Pros: Cools well

Cons: Bearing noise, AMD reports wrong CPU temps so fans run like jet engines, FLOW Control software is absolute garbage and has no patches or fixes.

Overall Review: At low settings (like 1000 rpm) it cools well and is quiet except for bearing noise intermittently from fans. SOFTWARE IS GARBAGE - believe the other reviews. Doesn’t sync with other leds and if it does it randomly stops or turns off unexpectedly. If you have an AMD motherboard and cpu, expect the cpu temp to show double the actual sensor reading - and EVGA has never addressed this known issue in any patch or update - because they haven’t updated it in a long time. Coolant temp will sometimes show up, most of the time it won’t. Their suggestion to get all this to work is open your case while it’s running and unplug the onboard usb connector and plug it back in each time. No thanks. I like their graphics cards - and if you don’t care about noise or looks or software - then it does cool quite well. It at this price point it needs to do what it is advertised to do. I replaced it with a kraken x63 and it works flawlessly. Save your money and time.

Fantastic Cards

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5X PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support ATX Video Card GTX 1080 SEA HAWK EK X
MSI GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5X PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support ATX Video Card GTX 1080 SEA HAWK EK X

Pros: Quiet Ridiculously fast Nice waterblock from EK with a unique metal plate and dragon overlay you can't buy except included with the card Looks better than the 2x Titan X Pascals with EK blocks I replaced these MSI cards with Overclocked itself to almost 2k all by itself - it didn't need to but did anyway

Cons: Really, there aren't any It has less cores (2560) than the Titan X Pascal

Overall Review: I ran 2 of these in SLI in my huge water loop and they ran in the high 30's to low 40's under extremely demanding gaming. They were fantastic and were a solid improvement over my 2x 980 ti Classifieds (also water cooled) that I was running. I can't say enough good things about these - the EK water blocks don't get any better than this and you don't have to do a thing other than install whatever fittings you want them to have and turn them on. I've been water cooling PC's since the 90s and the water cooling ease has never been higher. Highest possible sustained clcoks with zero noise from the cards. The only reason I sold them three weeks later (to a VERY happy new owner) was I dropped the coin on 2x TITAN X PASCALS and 2 EK full cover water blocks to go "all the way ridiculous". These MSI cards honestly looked better in my PC (which is also just ridiculous) but the over the top was the way to go for me. You won't be sorry - unless you want to spend $3k for titan SLI, in which case - you're skipping these anyhow.

Very nice - works!

Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charging Stand, Black Sapphire
Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charging Stand, Black Sapphire

Pros: It charges quickly and I rarely have to plug in my phone. It's been over a month since I needed a cable! Nice angle for viewing if you have it on the charger and want to watch a video or swipe through some emails/texts It has a fan that is barely audible but keeps it cool - which means it will probably last a lot longer

Cons: Light is a little bright on the nightstand, so I turn it or block it

Overall Review: I bought 3 of these from *an online auction site everyone knows* and ended up with 3 counterfeit chargers - I figured it out right away luckily and worked that out with *an online auction site everyone knows*who refunded me (it was pretty easy when they all had the same serial number). Then I bought these three which work exactly how they should. No complaints here.

Good and bad

ASUS X99-E WS/USB 3.1 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 CEB Intel Motherboard
ASUS X99-E WS/USB 3.1 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 CEB Intel Motherboard

Pros: It definitely is of high quality construction and has redundancy for power and storage covered. It's absolutely a workstation board, and I was really looking forward to having a good run with this board.

Cons: It is such a picky motherboard, it won't take known good Corsair DDR4 - 3200. It says will run 3200 on the specs and the box, but it won't pass 2800 or it will run in a boot hang loop in bios. If you don't care about that, then it has tons of everything else you're probably shopping for. XMP profiles cause instant hangs. I called ASUS and chatted ASUS and one guy put me on hold for 14 minutes after he explained that 2011-V3 doesn't support DDR past 2133 Mhz, and never returned. The chat agent would wait 4-8 minutes between replies and never provided any really useful info. She just said "our servers are down" and to return the board. She said that there is no approved DDR4-3200 for them, even though they advertise it. Although I appreciate honesty in service, I was disappointed after many years of excellent quality in ASUS. I'm seeing what others are describing, now that I've had to pick up the phone and try. I wonder who will replace them as the leader now?

Overall Review: Looks nice, clean color scheme and the 7 PCIE slots were going to be my playground, but I'm not going to wait forever to maybe or maybe not get support for what's been printed on the box and their site. I'm just hoping being a Premier customer with Newegg they'll still do the free return label because I've got $519 burning a hole in my pocket to replace this thing as soon as they get it back. I don't write many negative reviews, and if you can get past the glaring no XMP support for anything above 2800, then this might be an okay solution. I just don't accept "doesn't work as advertised" on a $500+ board.

Super elegant

14k White Gold AA Diamond tennis bracelet
14k White Gold AA Diamond tennis bracelet

Pros: Amazing luster

Cons: Shipping cost

Overall Review: I was entering my credit card info to make this $56,000 purchase when I realized it had a $5.99 shipping cost. I changed my mind and instead installed a swimming pool and outdoor kitchen.