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Pros: Nice factory overclock, custom Palit design. The eight and six pin power connectors give it a little better power supply than just two six pin power connectors. Cooler is pretty quiet. Easy overclock to 850 core 1700 shader 4400 mem. Monitoring the voltage it appears there is a little voltage "tweak" built into this unit.
Cons: Exhausts most of the hot air in the case, so if you don't have a well ventilated case the fans might spin up a little and get noisy. My card(s) run pretty quiet and get up to 70 degrees under heavy load, and that is not a problem, but the extra heat makes my overclocked CPU run significantly hotter than when I had graphics cards that exhaust the heat directly out of the case. The MSI twin fan cooler is probably a little better cooler. No voltage tweak to try to push overclock higher.
Other Thoughts: I have a PALIT GT 8800 1GB sonic edition that has been a great card and very reliable. The quality is definitely good. I went with the SONIC PLATINUM for $20 more expecting that I was paying for a better binned GPU, but I don't know if there is really any difference to the non-platinum sonic edition other than a better factory overclock.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Delta AFC1212DE-PWM 120mm Case cooler
Pros: This is a great, high speed fan that moves a lot of air. Since it is a four pin PWM (pulse-width modulation) fan, it actually works well with the smart fan motherboard fan controller. I have it on my CPU heatsink, and when i had a different high speed fan withour PWM, it ran fast and loud all the time and I could not get the motherboard to sucessfully control it, from which I understand is a fairly common problem with rediculously high speed fans. This one works great, and unless it spins up in response to heavy loading of the CPU, it runs very quietly. With a scy1h mugen2 I get very good temperatures on my overclocked processor, significantly better than with the stock fan.
Cons: The power cord is rediculously short. I had to make an extender to connect it to the motherboard cpu fan controller which is not that far away. I could have reached it if I repositioned the heatsink to blow out the back, but my case blows up and out so I like to aim the heatsink up and that makes it just a little too far to reach. Seriously, a five inch cable for a $30 fan? The scy1h PWM fan that came with my heatsink has a cord that is probably 10 inches long.
Other Thoughts: This fan moves a lot of air and blasts it through my cooler and right out the top of my case with force. It made a significant drop in temp for both cpu, ambient air, and motherboard temperatures. with PWM I still am whisper quiet except when I need the extra cooling.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Fast card at an excellent price. The ICEQ cooler works well, and opposed to other 4870 cards, the stock fan setting keeps the card cool. The copper faceplate on the cooler keeps the memory nice and cool compared to my other 4870 card. Good memory and overclocks well ~ 820/1090 very stable. The cooler blows out the hot air and my case stays nice and cool.
Cons: The BIOS on this card does not clock down in 2D mode, so it runs at 770 1000 all the time. This results in a little more power usage. I have another 4870 that I use with this one in crossfire and there is a little conflict between the cards since they are clocked differently. I use both ri$va tuner and/or catalyst and I can control the clocks as I want.
Other Thoughts: Ri$va tuner has a lot more temperature measurements, from gpu core, to VRM 1,2,and 3 and memory. I notice this card runs cooler on VRM and memory than my other card. It is illuminating to check the temps with RT and hardware monitor and notice that there is usually one part of any card that runs hotter than the catalyst monitor will show. In this case, the gpu core is the hottest part and catalyst and hw monitor show the same as RT.READ FULL REVIEW