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Pros: Where to start?
- Fastest single GPU on the market (besides Titan, which for $1000 doesn't count :-p)
- Great cooling
- Very VERY quiet (even at 100%)
- Very fast
- Awesome overclocks! (YMMV of course)
- Even minor overclocks dramatically improve performance
Cons: Nothing negative to say about the actual hardware.
AMD's drivers are getting better by the day but I have had a few issues here and there with a couple games that I didn't with my old Nvidia GTX 580. Nothing in particular, just, if Nvidia were 100% I'd say AMD is like 90-95% when it comes to drivers.
Another negative, which is true with all the 7970 GPU's and not just this card is that overclocks are very temperamental based on the temperature. My overclocks (1200/1800) are rock solid stable below 70C. Once I hit 71-72C though the card crashes. So no problems as long as your card stays cool (which it will with the awesome Dual-X cooler) it's just something I've noticed. My GTX 580 didn't care about temps when it came to overclocking. AAs long as the 580 didn't reach like 90-100C the overclock was ALWAYS stable. Don't really know why the 7970's are like this, but they are.
Just some things to keep in mind. Nothing really a negative per se, just thought them worthy of being pointed out.
Definitely hella-happy with my 7970 though and wouldn't trade it for anything!
Other Thoughts: Have it overclocked to 1200mhz on the core at 1.225v and 1800mhz on the RAM. All while running MAX at 65-68C. 100% fan speed to support this speed but the fans are SO quiet, especially compared to the stock reference cooler on my other 7970. Night and day difference.
To touch up on one of my positive points though is the frames per second boost overclocking brings. From stock speeds (950mhz) to even a modest (should be achievable with any 7970 Dual-X) 1100mhz my frame rates jump from like ~60 frames per second to like ~75 frames per second. Even my GTX 580 overclocked something like 200mhz+ on the core never brought such dramatic differences like this. Truly is amazing in every sense.
Well that's about it. I'd say if you are looking for 7970 this is the one to get. Spectacular cooling, great price, and more importantly amazing game performance! With a 7970 you can literally run anything!
Pros: Decent stand/base...strong and easily adjustable.
Built in USB hub.
That's about it as far as pros go.
1 star earned.
Cons: Horrible picture quality. Much worse than some of the cheaper monitors I've used.
Very muted colors...none of them pop or look good.
Contrast ratio/black levels are non-existent...definitely not for movie watching or playing games. Black appears to be a more dark, light bleeding purple than anything.
Viewing angles? What viewing angles? Seriously though, anything other than viewing it head on dead center produces a bad picture.
However, it DOES work and could possibly be decent for maybe office work? It is not recommended though that you subject your employees, friends, or family to this monitor.
Monitor works as in it produces an image. 1 star.
Other Thoughts: Over all I'm only giving it two stars. One because the stand is nice and the USB hub is a nice addition. Second star is because the monitor actually works.
Three stars deducted from 5 star rating due to picture quality.
Pros: What isn't to like about this board? Great build, awesome features...just has everything you could need (and should expect) from a motherboard like this.
Has plentiful ports on the back, more USB than I know what to do with. Plenty of ports on the inside from SATA3, mini-PCI Express, mSATA, front panel pins, etc...truly has everything a normal sized motherboard has minus the size (and a few extra expansion slots, but...).
Overclocking is SUPER simple and just as easy and carefree as my high-end Z68 ATX motherboard. BIOS is easy to use and very extensive. Truly an enthusiast class motherboard!
Other than that it just works too. I've had zero issues to speak of.
Just as good as that OTHER Z77 enthusiast Mini-ITX motherboard that costs 5-6 Hamiltons more...
Asrock, thank you for such a wonderful product!
I mean this literally. From the hardware itself to the actual software supplied this motherboard is 100% solid, stable, and awesome all around.
Could not be any more satisfied...just not possible.
Well, I guess one con would be that its too perfect :-P
Other Thoughts: System Specs:
2500k @ 4.5Ghz with Corsair H70 dual 120mm fan
Gigabyte GTX 580 WindForce @ 975Mhz
GEIL 2x4GB DDR3-1866Mhz
2x60GB SSD Mushkin Chronos
1x1.5TB Seagate HDD
SilverStone SG08 Case with 600watt Power Supply
100% Load Temps (average after 6 hours - 72F Ambient):
Over all extremely happy with my build, especially the size and speed.
COULD NOT AND WOULD NOT have built this had it not been for the high-end features and overclockability of the Asrock Z77E-ITX motherboard!
Truly a great piece of hardware and has definitely made me a fan of Asrock (this and the 4CoreDual-SATA2 I owned)!