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Pros: -Incredibly easy install on Socket 2011. You don't touch the underside at all!
-Instructions were clear and understandable. Shocking but true! Thank you Enermax!
-Excellent cooling. This easily does better cooling an i7-3820 with less noise than a certain other 3-number budget cooler is doing on an i3-4160.
Cons: -Slightly too high a price to entice people in with its goodness...unless on sale. at about $31 these things should sell themselves!
-I can't find the exact fan for sale. I would love to get a couple replacements, but the closest Enermax ones I can find are almost 10cfm less airflow. I got two for a push pull if this fan dies, but not quite satisfied.
Other Thoughts: While it may be too expensive for many people's budget installs, this is now my go-to cooler. I'm buying several for installs on other people's builds. This is a very well-built and designed cooler, and the fan is a perfect match for it.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: MSI GeForce GTX 980TI GAMING 6G LE
Pros: -84% ASIC
-runs cool and quiet
-easily outperforms my 980 by a wide margin
-Same card as the Gaming 6G. LE simply means they didn't pre-overclock for you.
-Overclocks easily and is stable doing so.
Cons: None. I literally cannot find one.
Other Thoughts: I know my 980 was not going to be enough for a couple more years, and I was not prepared to spend over $700 on any variant of 1080. This huge price drop came just in time! Now, a large performance increase with a lot more VRAM which would carry me a couple years was much more affordable.
The build quality and components on this are the same as the normal OC Gaming model. Don't snub your nose at it.
Pros: -Runs Extremely cool, especially with a fan profile
-The fans are quiet as long as they are under 60% fan speed. Even then, it's likely your case fans are louder.
-Overclocks easily. So far it's taken +120 without any problems.
-affordable (especially now with the Maxwell price cuts
Cons: Honestly, I have not run into any.
Other Thoughts: I got this to pair with an i7-3820 in a PC for my oldest son. The two balance each other out near-perfectly.
If you are on 1080p, and the cost of the new Pascals is too sky-high, but you want performance that will likely last you a year and a half more at that resolution, then look right here! Especially if you need something right now and can't wait for the new AMD mainstream cards (which are rumored to be even more affordable than this!).