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Pros: - Great upgrade point from a 970
- Great construction
- Fast, cool, and can almost SLI these using the same power as one 970
- Only need with PCI-E power adapter
Cons: - Ports are not plug-n-play
- Being bleeding edge, drivers are not mature
Other Thoughts: I almost upgraded to a 980Ti from my 970 because I wanted that 25% jump in FPS. I was looking at the 1080 and although the card was powerful, I could justify the cost. That's when I saw a review for the barely mentioned 1070 and across the board it was smacking the 970. It was even with the Titan X and for less than half the price. Considering all things, the 1070 will provide a longer lifespan than the 980Ti in that it does very well with VR and 1440p (2K). I don't even have a 1440 monitor yet, so I know 4K is years down the road (considering my man cave TV is a 42" plasma - that will be 4K before a computer monitor).
I have played only one game so far on it - Ark: Survival. With the 970, I would average maybe upper 30s to low 40s on high and in some areas, dip into the teens. My expectations with the 1070 was to play on the same settings at a rate closer to 60 FPS. What actually happened is I'm staying with mid 40s but at epic. The difference in quality is staggering. I did have an issue that has only occurred twice (the very first time and then one other time). After uninstalling the driver and installing the new one, Ark initially started up at .85 FPS. Yes, less than 1 FPS. What the!!! So, what I did was start Ark in Steam which gives you a slew of options to start up Ark and I chose 'Reset resolution'. The game then came up in a window with basic settings which were very fast. From there I set everything to epic and played for a few hours. Then I got disconnected and when I got back in, the FPS dropped to less than 1 FPS again. I did the process over again and it hasn't done it again, so keep in mind that this card is bleeding edge new and games may play abnormally.
I tried to play Fallout 4, but upon the graphic card check, it failed to identify the card and set everything to low. I guess Fallout 4 hasn't been patched to work with the card yet. I'm assuming you can set everything to ultra high manually and the game will play fine, but I didn't get that far.
Oh one other thing if you are using dual monitors (or 3 even). There is only one DVI adapter on the card so one monitor will need to use HDMI. To make things easy for you, make sure your main monitor is plugged into the DVI. That way, you will at least see one monitor. My other monitor was setup for DVI so when I plugged in the HDMI it didn't work. You have to manually set your monitor to which video input you want it to. I had to refer to my manual for that.
As far as price, this is an excellent price considering it beats the Titan X in most games and that card is twice the cost. When you consider the 1080, the price of the 1070 is even better.
This review is from: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK S ATX Motherboard
Pros: Nice white mobo; features; sata ports.
Cons: Having had this mobo for a year, I did come across one huge issue - the Asmedia SATA ports. Pure junk. Also, no onboard power and reset buttons??? This is a BMW, not a Toyota.
Other Thoughts: I originally reviewed this motherboard a year ago and hammered it because it was missing a ton of the hardware. I did find them by looking under the main cardboard carrier. Asus has kept up with BIOS updates and overclocking has been rock solid stable.
I just ran into an issue with my system not booting up. After trying all kinds of things even resetting the BIOS, it was the EVGA 850 PSU. That sucks since it's less than a year old and it's a Gold. Going to have to RMA. Good thing I had already RMAed my Corsair 850:-) Any way, I bought 4 SSDs because they were on sale over the last 6 months. I also have a WD 1TB HDD I wanted to replace with 2 480GB SSDs. The thing is, I'm already using up 3 of the 4 Intel SATA plugs with the other 2 e-SATA plugs and the 2 beige Asmedia ports. So I plugged in both in the Asmedia plugs and I also updated the drivers for that port with the 11/2015 versions. Pure junk. I benchmarked them using AS SSD and the 1st drive couldn't get through the Seq Read test before the system froze up. The 2nd drive made it through. So I'm thinking the 1st drive is bad. Before I boxed it up and RMA it, I decided to plug both in the e-SATA ports that use the Intel controller. Geeze, night and day results. First the "bad" drive finished the benchmark. Secondly, both drives AS SSD scores annihilated the Asmedia controller. Almost 2x the speed. I was hoping this motherboard did a better job of using a non-Intel SATA controller but nope, another motherboard that couldn't. That's why I docked it an egg. If you have a need for more than 6 SATA ports, get the Mark 1 or 2. I don't know why manufacturers can't just punt these non-Intel controllers and either add 2 more Intel SATA or leave them off entirely. The other issue is for this price range, this motherboard should have both onboard power and reset buttons.
This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel / Plastic Compact ATX Mid Tower Case
Pros: Good overall case. Nice for cable management and tooless.
Cons: You can not use a Corsair H100 water cooling with this case unless you can premeasure your motherboard before hand. The issue is the radiator is 240mm length which requires it to be mounted at the top of the case. This works, but depending on your motherboard, the RAM slots will be blocked by the radiator fans. I tried using the H100 with an MSI Z97 PC Mate mobo and the memory slots are blocked. Maybe with a full ATX motherboard it might fit, but not the smaller full size ATX motherboards like the MSI Z97 PC Mate.
Other Thoughts: If you intend on water cooling with this case, make sure everything fits. Chances are it won't work unless it's the 120mm radiator versions, not the 240mm. I am building my son a pc and I'm trying to use as many spare parts that I have and this water cooler would have been perfect for him.READ FULL REVIEW