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This review is from: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 WindForce GV-N1080WF3OC-8GD Video Card
Pros: I've had this for 6 months now in an SLI setup and this card is mighty impressive. I haven't had any issues with this card; many people spoke of coil whine - I guess I'm not quite sure what that sounds like. I don't hear noises over my case/CPU fans so if it does have it I can't tell. This card is great if you want a simple GTX 1080 - no flashing LEDs or anything like that or fancy packaging/accessories - none of that but I like that it has a very nice backplate installed on it and looks nice installed in my PC
Cons: - Not a con for me but no LEDs or robust accessories
- wind noise a bit loud when under load
- Very basic packaging
The cons are nit-picky because I didn't want to leave this section blank and nothing is "perfect" but I wouldn't hesitate to get this card again
Other Thoughts: No way around it, GTX 1080s are expensive however if you've decided to get one and not big on aesthetics, this is a great deal because other "budget priced" GTX 1080 offerings don't include the backplate and to me that makes more of a difference than LEDs etc.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Very Sturdy, quiet PC. USB 3.0 on back. Easy to open up PC and get to the internals. i5-3470 Ivy Bridge processor is plenty fast for computing.
Designed for an office environment and this is the NEAR perfect solution for that
2x PCIe slots and 2x PCI slots
Windows 10 Pro with COA Sticker on the outer case
Cons: Proprietary Parts - the mother board is Lenovo brand and the power supply cannot be replaced commercially because all the plugs are non-standard, even the plug that goes into the motherboard. Very limited upgradeability. Other than ram and replacing your hard drive, can't do much else. Can't replace the DVD drive w/blue ray because blu ray drives are not short enough. You can't add a second hard drive because there are only 2 SATA power plugs and those plugs come out of the motherboard and being used by the HDD and DVD drive. No molex or vacant power plugs coming out of the PSU whatsoever. Also, CPU runs hot - 1 fan air intake and no exhaust fans or places to put an exhaust fan. My CPU ran as hot as 77 degrees under load - unit is an open area with good ventilation so that's not causing it; changed profile in bios from quiet to thermal performance and that seemed to lowered temps a little bit. Speaking of which, BIOS is very limited, can't even change the RAM timings.
Other Thoughts: -If you plan to use this as an office PC, this don't hesitate to get this. Top of the line - quad core i5 is overkill for office environment but you don't ever have to worry about slowdown from multi-tasking and it makes for good future proof.
-I was going to convert this PC into an HTPC/Steam gaming box. This is not ideal for that because of the limitations for upgrades and thermal issues. I put in an MSI GTX 750 Ti low profile video card and it covered the second PCIe slot so I couldn't put in a cable tuner card unless it's PCI. Also, I wanted to switch out the PSU to feed the videocard upgrade ample power but it's proprietary power supply. Because of the powerful i5 it did well for gaming - with my added in video card (Battlefield 1 at Medium settings - well above 60 FPS) but it just got too toasty for my comfort; I'm not knocking stars for that because this PC is not designed for that kind of gaming but I am knocking it for not allowing simple upgrades or additional hard drive increases. Any PC should allow you to add a second hard drive. The only way to do that here is to unplug the DVD drive. Overall, for cheaper than the price of Windows 10 Pro, this PC is worth buying as long as your needs don't involve anything more than RAM upgrades (and for an office environment the 4GB included is enough).
Pros: - This was put in an HTPC setup back in 2010 and was kept on 24/7 for years. Last year I placed it in my daughter's gaming PC which is pushing a GTX 980 and is on pretty much every day (she rarely shuts down her PC) and this thing has not skipped a beat. Yes, I got this in 2010 and here we are close to 2017 but figure I'd write a review since I'm just impressed this is still ticking. Sure outshines my Antecs and Corsairs that have come and gone during that time period.
Cons: - None - it's exceeded expectations and outlasted all my other PSUs (Our household has 5 gaming PCs)
Other Thoughts: i5-2500
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