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Pros: I bought this because I always wanted a dual-gpu card, I have a 1kw power supply, and I wanted something that's future proof. Right now, you can still max out pretty much every game in DX 10 mode with a GTX 295 and that card has been out for 3 years. The GTX 590 will go the distance and it will be a long time before I replace this card.
This card is the perfect solution if you're playing on a 2560x1600 monitor. On this high resolution I was almost able to get 30fps on Metro 2033 at very high settings. Yeah... I don't think it will have any trouble with Battlefield 3.
No trouble with the temps. 67*c was the hottest temp I saw and that was from running 3DMark11 at extreme. I do have a Cooler Master HAF 932 and at the time I was just using the stock Big Boy fan.
I think this would be an awesome card if you wanted to stick a couple 1680x1050 monitors together. Otherwise, it goes together with a 2560x1600 monitor like PB&J.
Card died 7-1-2016. EVGA replaced it with a GTX 970 sc. Thanks so much.
Cons: Not for the faint of heart... If you're still playing games on a 1920x1080 monitor like most people then it will be a while before you will truley be able to appreciate this card... unless you're counting the FPS and you want the most you can get. What I'm saying is it will be awhile before a game comes out that will put the GTX 590 to the test on a 1920x1080 display.
If you're buying this card for a certain game then do yourself a favor and read the benchmarks before you buy. This card gains it's power from running two downclocked GF110 chips in SLI. If your game doesn't like SLI (such as WOW) then don't expect big gains.
With computer parts I think any buyer should research the part before they buy. You need to know what you're getting. If you're coming from an 8800 GTX then expect over a 200% perfromance gain.
Other Thoughts: 3 years ago I bought my first EVGA motherboard to replace a defective board from another manufacturer. When I got the board I had trouble setting it up and the system was in a loop... this was on a Sunday night. Long story short, I called EVGA's tech support up on a Sunday night and the person at EVGA guided me through the issues. The PC was set-up and running before the end of the night.
I'm not a Nvidia fanboy or anything but after that nearly every card I've bought has been from EVGA. If EVGA made Radeon cards then I'd buy those over the other brands.
This review is from: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
Pros: I'd snag up one before it's too late.
Easy to use, real easy!
W7 Pro-64 is the only OS i ever use. I have 4 rigs running this particular version of Windows mainly because it can address more than 16gb of RAM.
You can enable automatic backup with this OS. I do it the old fassion way. I back up an image on to a separate HDD and create the repair disk for recovery. I don't need any 3rd party cloning or backup software.
I've never had any trouble with installing AMD/ATI Radeon drivers on a W7 machine. The only trouble I've had is the AMD/ATI drivers conflicting with other hardware. In these cases I've just done some research and found a driver that works with my rigs chipset.
Cons: I've bought the OEM, Full, and Upgrade Versions of this software. MS will treat you like a King if you have the Full version. If you upgrade the motherboard whenever a new platform arrives then it may be worth the extra money for the Full version.
Other Thoughts: I preordered a bunch of copies of W7 Pro upgrade in'09 and upgraded my rigs with that... No regrets.
I wonder if Eight is going to be the new Vista for us desktop users. The only advantage I see with Eight is it's better at task scheduling.
I wish MS nothing but the best of luck with the Eight on tablets and other handheld devices.
This review is from: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: I bought this board 'Open Box' on this site. It came in a white box and everything that would normally come with the Retail board was included in the box. The board I bought open box was faulty and it was having a Southbridge issue. Newegg issued an RMA without any fuss. I bought a retail Sabertooth Z77 to replace the faulty one.
The retail board worked without any issues. Once that part was swapped I only had to update drivers and reverify the Windows product key.
I like the idea of the TUF shield and the two little fans that are included. When it comes to overclocking the TUF design should help keep the VRMs a bit cooler. This board has the auto overclocking feature that found on pretty much every higher end Asus 1155 board.
Obviously this is an awesome little board. You could probably overclock to moon if you wanted to. The Sabertooth line is known to be very hearty. I like the iGPU feature as a fallback in case the dedicated graphics card fails.
Cons: The thing is I bought the Sabertooth to use in a PC I built for my brother who lives out of town. I ended up buying another retail Sabertooth board from a Big Box electronics store. The Retail board worked with out any issues.
The problem I was having is the sound would not work out of the green audio jack and the USB ports would randomly cut out. I did all of the normal stuff such as update and reset the BIOS, reinstall the drivers, reformat. I tried different speakers and that didn't work either.
Other Thoughts: I've built seven computers over the last 4 years. Out of those seven, I've built three computers that have had a faulty or DOA part. This is the 4th Asus board I've bought. The first one died after the warranty expired, the other 2 are running fine, and this Open Box Sabertooth is the first to have problems out of the box.
If you're going to write a review then wait until you've tested the product. If you get a DOA product then write a review on it to grind your ax. I'm paying attention to the amount of DOA and 1 egg reviews a product gets. If there's too many DOA and 1 egg reviews then I'll look for a constant between all of those reviews. If it's bad then I'll get another product. This obviously saves me time and money.
This is the real world, not a magical fairtale place where your favorite products always get a good review.