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Pros: - Performance, performance, performance. I'm a little biased replacing a 5 year old video card.
- Pretty quiet with two large fans on board. Runs about 51 degrees C.
Cons: - The software on the disk is a little buggy. You don't need most of it if you need any thing at all.
- Driver install from the CD didn't work so well. Windows wouldn't recognize the card until I downloaded them from Nvidia's website, then things went well from there. These two points make the CD included in the box practically useless.
Other Thoughts: - I used to be an ATI guy, but not anymore. Had too many BSODs gaming with my last card and AMD wouldn't help me out with it. So far I have no regrets jumping to Nvidia.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Extremely fast! My desktop is a personal build and I've set out to do some upgrades. This is the first upgrade and it is jaw-dropping. You could save yourself hundreds installing this versus building a new computer. It performs better than when it was new. Don't forget less power and less heat.
Cons: SSD is far more expensive, but costs will continue to fall.
Other Thoughts: I initially tried buying a 250gb SSD and was going to supplement it with a HDD. This can be easily done on linux, but Windows makes it very unpractical. I tried this two ways in the past: hard links (Windows search doesn't like this, I fear there maybe unforeseen consequences too) and via file/folder properties moving documents and such to a new drive. The latter leaves a lot of data behind in appdata - there was hundreds of gigs in there like iPhone/iPad backups and other stuff. I decided it would be easier and I'd get more performance doing everything on one big SSD. I'd suggest the same to you.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: THRUSTMASTER Hotas Warthog Hotas Warthog Joystick
Pros: Solid construction and heavy. It doesn't come up off the desk when making sharp movements. You can also mount it on your own stand. Every other stick I've owned, you could feel the axis almost like grooves, but not with this. It is very smooth and precise which makes tracking targets a breeze. The throttle is solid as well and feels like the real thing out of a cockpit. There are tons of buttons and switches - TONS! Some are toggle, some are plain buttons in the form of switches. Keep in mind that the toggle switches are actually buttons under the hood, so if you flip one of said switches you're basically holding the button down. This can be problematic if not for one feature: TARGET software. This is a powerful tool despite it gets a lot of hate. You can program these switches to actually behave like switches instead of buttons with commands that execute when you engage and disengage the switch. There software can be used in a easy drag-and-drop interface or in the "advanced mode" source code, which, at a glance, looks like Java. I have a couple of old Star Wars sims on Steam which, at first, I thought I couldn't use the Warthog with because it is recognized by Windows as 2 devices and the game doesn't support separate devices for joystick and throttle. However, select the "Star Wars" configuration I made in TARGET and run it, it combines the two controllers into one virtual device and it works perfectly.
Cons: The learning curve. I spent a lot of time figuring things out and tinkering with it. Also, the joystick didn't work out of the box, which scared me at first. I had to go download the driver from Thrustmaster's website. Getting the joystick itself to mount to the base was a little difficult as I had trouble getting it to thread just right and I'm worried the connection between the stick and base maybe a easy point of failure. The manual did have some misinformation in it.
One feature it lacks which may be a deal breaker for some: no yaw twist on the stick. You'll need pedals.
Other Thoughts: Games I'm playing with this: Elite: Dangerous, X-Plane, Star Wars X-wing/TIE Fighter sims.READ FULL REVIEW