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Pros: Mine has been silent. This card has been kept on the desk in a mATX case (cougar QBX, no window) with perforated sides and still hasn't been loud enough to bother me. Very quiet compared to my old R9 290x or GTX 970.
Stock performance more than adequate for 80-144fps as long as I'm willing to adjust settings in the newest games. 80fps on high in bf1 beta. (cpu is 6600k @ 4.1ghz).
HWmonitor temp doesn't go much above 65. I tab every once in a while in newer games to check and I'm always surprised the recordings are so low. Again, mATX case with average cooling. (cougar QBX)
Good amount of 1080p power @ low cost. Excellent overall stock performance easily meets the requirements of all the good old games I boot up from time to time, while still getting 60-100 fps in newer CPU focused classics (Arma 2/3, xcom, civ, etc.) and in single player games.
Cons: I would like to have seen a more efficient architecture. It's good, but not Nvidia good. Still great for the $$.
Other Thoughts: Now that there are more ratings out (I needed a new card ASAP around the time these had been selling out, didn't have many reviews) I think I would still consider this one for the good balance of stock cooling and performance. I'd still shop around for newer or quieter options, but overall, I'm happy with the decision I made.
No complaints for the price (I got it at $160 after coupons.)
Pros: ## From the prospective of paying $30 after rebate/discounts ##
* Decent performance. Comparable to much larger air coolers.
* Cooler Master customer support is excellent.
Cons: * Serial number is on a perforated hanging tag on the Pump cable // can be lost if you're not careful. Kind of sucks.
* Removing a fan from the motherboard area means less cooling for other chips. VRMs for example, and thus less overclocking performance. I much prefer a high end top down cooler.
* Included fan is Loud. Especially because with a radiator, the fan is no longer on the motherboard, but instead on an external fan slot, and sound is less contained by the case.
* After 6 months my pump became even louder than the fan.
* More moving parts than a basic heatsink + fan means more to fail.
* Even though it didn't fail, noises pushed me to replace it.
Other Thoughts: I like a lot of other Cooler Master products. I don't blame the company, but seeing as I had so many noises and concerns, It was really a no brainier to replace it with a hyper 212.
I also wanted to sell my PC. Even if I was OK with random sounds, a buyer would have been quite wary.
After I replaced it I noticed there was no serial number. CM worked with me to find any possible way to recover the serial for RMA, but I eventually just gave up and threw it in the trash.
This is my 2nd build with closed loop. Overall, I have come to prefer air. For $35 you get very similar cooling in a hyper 212.. for more money, you can get a nicer Nocutua, which is not only less prone to failure but also comes with very nice fans.
This is important because it seems like all the closed loop, even the h100i, come with very loud fans. Yes you can get more CPU cooling from a dual rad like that, but your chipset temps may also spike versus a top down cooler, which is blowing air across the motherboard.
Tower coolers like the 212 don't really cool the motherboard either, but at least they are cheaper and probably more reliable. Simplicity is also rewarding.
I see no reason to go for another cheap Closed loop, nor the premium models.
Pros: * Card runs fast as advertised. Is notably faster than reference cards
*EVGA support. I was able to call and get my extended warranty (to qualify for step up) on the 36th day after purchase. They'll work with you!! $10 to extend to 5 year warranty.
Cons: *Not as effecient as the new 660 cards, but to be expected.
Otherwise has been an excellent purchase.
Other Thoughts: I don't always buy EVGA cards but 2/3 of my Nvidia cards have been EVGA.
I have never seen a more reliable brand or one that offers similar perks. I'm very happy to own these cards.