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Pros: This monitor was solidly reviewed and had the best price of name brand 1440p IPS monitors at this size, so I took the plunge and have been very satisfied. The desktop real estate improvement over 1080p is awesome, and the gaming experience is also fantastic - 1440p seems to be the current sweet spot of visual detail that doesn't also make your GPU beg for mercy.

Cons: The stand has plenty of ergonomic features, but it's also bulky, so take note if you're tight on desk space. The overall aesthetic is also pretty nondescript, a smaller bezel would be preferable but understandably not included at this price.
Also, despite 1440p not being as demanding as 4K for gaming, you'll either need to be willing to compromise on quality settings or consider a GPU upgrade if you're coming from 1080p or lower.

Other Thoughts: A lot of customer reviews across the internet mentioned a 'display port problem' where the monitor wouldn't receive signal over DP after powering off. I personally never turn the monitor off (just let it go into standby when not in use), but I have yet to experience anything of the sort when coming from full power down.

ASUS ROG GeForce GTX 1070 STRIX-GTX1070-O8G-GAMING 8GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card
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Pros: The 1070's performance is a near perfect match for 1440p, able to max out (or nearly max out) pretty much every game I've thrown at it at this resolution - only the Witcher 3's hairworks and Fallout 4's tessellated godrays had to be dialed back to maintain a smooth 60fps experience.
The factory overclock is pretty high at 1950 MHz boost clock in-game. I haven't tried to push this card as far as I can with a manual overclock yet, but it's nice knowing I'm not leaving a lot of performance on the table if I decide to just stick with factory settings. The cooler is fantastic as well, only reaching 68 degrees during full load - and it seems quieter than the Twin Frozr on my old MSI 970 to boot.
Also, I didn't think I would initially care very much, but the LED lighting on the card is actually pretty cool (and makes me wish I had a case window!).

Cons: Price: $90 over MSRP at time of purchase (and docked an egg as a result). The card certainly feels of quality construction and materials, but we're over a month after release and the 1070 line isn't the price/performance bargain it initially seemed it would be. I was impatient on completing my new build and paid the early adopter tax, but hopefully the pricing will settle down sooner rather than later.

Other Thoughts: Not really a 'con' since it's kind of a requisite for a triple-fan cooler design, but this card is *long* - make sure your case has room!

G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel Z170 Platform Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C16D-16GTZ
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Pros: Dead simple setup, just went into BIOS, enabled XMP, and the RAM immediately clocked at 3200 MHz as advertised.

Cons: Despite having some of the better looking heat spreaders out there, they're a little tall at 44mm, so be wary of interference with your CPU cooler.


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Display Name: Elliott H.

Date Joined: 06/28/03

  • Reviews: 16
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  • First Review: 08/18/12
  • Last Review: 07/15/16
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