Joined on 12/20/15
Great card for ITX builds
Pros: -Powerful for its size! -Short -Cools really well for a single fan
Cons: - Runs Hot - Fan is noisy at speed -Needs reasonable airflow to stay cool - Not the right card to try overclocking
Overall Review: This is a great card for an ITX build that has limited space for a video card. I have a Lazer3d LZ7 case and am limited to cards 186mm and shorter. This is the most powerful card I can fit in my case at the time of this posting. Proc is i5-9600k, 2TB SSD, 16GB Memory. I used to run an EVGA1060 6gb itx with a 1080p screen and it was perfect. Recently I bought a new 1440p144hz monitor and have been feeling the dips in fps from the new resolution. It was just a bit out of reach of the 1060 without dropping settings to a point I disliked, and I wanted to take advantage of the 144hz my monitor is capable of. I upgraded to the Gigabyte rtx2070 and the difference in FPS is huge. At 1440p it gets anywhere from 50% to 100% more fps than the 1060 did at max or near max settings. The one downside to this card comes from its size, which is to be expected. The RTX2000 series cards run hot. So cooling on them is more important. This little 2070 is no exception. It has only a single fan, and that fan has to work hard to keep the card cool. The fan does a great job, but it comes at the cost of noise. While not in a game, while just browsing the web or checking email the fan is off and silent. Once you get into a game the fan ramps of quickly. Compared to my previous EVGA 1060 6gb itx, this card is very loud. It doesn't really bother me as I wear headphones, but if you don't it may bother you. It also dumps heat like crazy. That one little fan working hard does a great job. With AC set to 24.4°C I never see my card break above 71°C, but all the excess heat ends up around my computer. Overall its a really good card for its size, and I recommend it readily to anyone that needs a card this short. If you can afford to get a longer card I would suggest looking in that direction before getting this.
Does well for the price
Pros: Cheap Functions well looks nice
Cons: Not Modular
Overall Review: Well built budget PSU. Just one word of caution; if you are going super budget build the cheap cases usually benefit the most from a modular PSU because the cable management in them aren't great. Regardless, you can make it work.
Slightly better than expected
Pros: Reasonable construction for a $20 case. Holds things in place Doesn't collapse free fans
Cons: Mobo mounting sockets are easy to break loose if you over tighten a little bit. included fans are 3 pin instead of 4 pin.
Overall Review: You get what you pay for, but if you need a budget case this will do well. Nothing stands out to me as truly bad. Air flow isn't great, but as long as you aren't putting in parts that generate a ton of heat it will do fine. I was actually really surprised at its quality, much better than I was expecting for the price. Kudos to DIYPC