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Pros: It was cheap, when I got mine around Black Friday for $275 after rebate. The card is quite fast, I play every single game I own on ultra settings on 1080p, although your experience may vary depending on differing hardware. I've also found that the 8GB of VRAM sets this card up in a "future proofing" manner, I won't have any issues when it comes to having enough memory. The card is quiet, It actually turns the fans completely off when the system is not under load. The three fans, when using an MSI Afterburner or a comparable program to set the fan speed high, keeps the card cool as well.
Cons: It's hot! Sometimes reaching up to 70C. Despite having a very good cooling setup, the fans will only reach 40-50%, even when under load. To remedy this, I use MSI Afterburner to set the fans in the 65-80% range, depending on which game I'm playing. This card's silicon can technically get up to around 90C without any worry, but I still like to keep the card cooler. I docked one egg because I shouldn't have to remedy this myself. I've also found that old drivers would sometimes prevent my monitor from waking. This was fixed for me in later drivers, I think, as it has not happened in over a month. Because it seems fixed, I did not dock a second egg.
Other Thoughts: With the Polaris and Pascal around the corner, it might be a good idea to wait to upgrade. I got this card for Black Friday, and waited this long to write a review because I didn't want to write a review prematurely. Overall this has been a great card to me. I game and do quite a bit of Adobe CC work, so the extra VRAM has come in handy thus far. Yes I would recommend this card, if you can grab it for a great price like I did.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: First and foremost, the fan has a high RPM which matters to me in my cooling setup. This fan also looks great, the combination of black and blue matches my build perfectly. I would say the LEDs have a slick, sleek nature to their shimmer.
Cons: First of all, these fans are pretty loud. I don't care about this, but it can be a annoying and deserves a docking of one egg.
Other Thoughts: These fans aren't quite as bright as the two Antec fans they replaced. I generally only use ball bearing fans, but the rebate and high RPM make for a great deal. What can I say, Cooler Master is a good brand and I have no problem running two brands of fans, even if they do look slightly different.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: My experiences varied significantly between the two revisions of the board I got.
For rev 1.2:
Love this board. We've had it running for three years now with an FX-8320 overclocked at 4.4GHz, and 16GB of RAM with a EVGA GTX 670 FTW (soon to be ASUS R9 390 Strix). The price was right, the overclocking is solid. The feature set is fairly mainstream. The board has enough ports and everything you need. For rev 1.2 my experience was fine.
Cons: Now as for rev 4.0:
It's a completely different story. While at first the system seemed stable. Eventually everything flaked out and the board completely died. After step by step testing I confirmed every piece of hardware worked independently other than the motherboard. After RMAing the board, I got a repaired unit that fixed one of the voltage blocks. After very little operation, the repaired board's NIC stopped working. I couldn't even get it to show up in the hardware manager. This means a second RMA. In this second board's case, I probably got a dud, but that didn't stop me from switching to the ASUS M5A99FX Pro R2.0. It's basically the same board except the ASUS variety.
Other Thoughts: I've been a Gigabyte guy as long as I remember, but my experience with the rev 4.0 version of the board left me with a very sour taste in my mouth. It won't stop me from recommending it, but a two star reduction is warranted for having one of the boards be such a lemon. I'd probably recommend the ASUS board I mentioned earlier over this one. The older rev 1.2 board has been flawless however. Gigabyte's warranty service also performed admirably, although I must confess, I wish they would've sent me a brand new replacement instead of a repaired unit that ended up frying as well.READ FULL REVIEW