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Pros: -Performs as expected. Basically a GTX 980TI with 8GB ram for $200 less. The 8GB will be future proof for a year or two at least.
-Temperatures are excellent, with a custom fan profile I have not seen temperatures >65C in a Corsair 400C case.
-Out of the box I have seen boost clocks as high as 1969 MHz (not using GIGABYTE software).
Cons: -Buzzing/coil whine during high GPU load. Worse game is Rise of the Tomb Raider. Even with vsync and FPS locked in at 60FPS, can still hear the buzzing/coil whine. Can also hear it in Witcher 3, but not as bad. Older games such as Metro Last Light maxed out there is no buzzing/coil whine.
-Yes, I can just turn up my speakers, but I have owned many cards in the past with no or negligible coil whine.
Other Thoughts: -Based on other reviews, I did not even install the GIGABYTE software (using PrecisionX with no issues).
-I understand not all GIGABYTE cards will have coil whine, as evident from other reviewers, but mine did, and so did couple other reviews, so I am rating this card based on my own experience. As always, purchase at your own risk.
-Unfortunately the RX 480 did not live up to the hype, and the price of the GTX 1070 will most likely not be dropping any time soon. My next upgrade will be to buy another GTX 1070 to SLI (since it has 8GB ram) or wait for the GTX 1080 Ti and sell this GTX 1070.
Pros: For everyday use, this PC will meet all your needs. Has a fresh version of windows 7 installed. Small footprint.
For gaming, this PC has an i5-2500, which is still a decent cpu. The 8GB is generic, but does the job. All you need is a videocard. I installed a Gigabyte GTX 750 TI 2GB low profile card and it is running with no issues. For $289.98 total, not a bad budget gaming desktop.
Cons: This PC is refurbished, and it looks refurbished. There are scratches all over the place, the gray edge trimming is peeling, and inside there was dust everywhere. However, if this PC does break down (being refurbished), I feel I still got a good deal in parts, considering I get an i5-2500, 500 GB hard drive, and Windows 7.
Other Thoughts: For those who are looking at upgrading (case, power supply, videocard, etc.), the power supply is 240W, and the motherboard does not have the standard 20+4 pin connector. The power supply is also a proprietary power supply, as it is installed over the hard drive on a hinge. Replacing it in the original case might be difficult.
The PC did come with an ATI videocard that has a proprietary DVI connection. I removed the card and used the onboard VGA connection for first startup. I installed the gigabyte GTX 750 TI 2GB low profile card after initial setup.
After the videocard upgrade, this PC is still a low range budget gaming desktop. Do not expect this to be anything more than that. If you want a true gaming desktop, be ready to spend this much on a cpu or gpu alone.
Pros: Almost GTX570/660 performance for $120. Can't beat the performance at $120.
Cons: None, for the price.
Not really a con, but this card is not a high end card, so do not expect max settings on all games.
Other Thoughts: I bought this card on sale and with rebate. For $120 this card is an excellent value. For the original price of $170 (if you can't get it on sale/rebate) I would think about spending a little more and getting a GTX660 or 7870 LE (sale/rebate).
5 eggs for $120
4 eggs for $170
I own both the GTX 570 and 7870 LE and have compared the performance of all three cards.