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Pros: Sleek design, looks good with another in SLI (like I have). Solid body, low dust attraction.
Cons: Noisy small fan especially when it spins faster. I had a 660 ti from Gigabyte, it was an open case design (ie no solid casing around the card, it had 2 larger fans the size of the width of the card, didn't make a single peep. EVGA's closed model cards have one small fan and it makes noise, so since I have 2 of them I get 2 small hums. Not a BIG deal but I don't like noticing it during gaming with silent phases. So if you don't want noise this is the only con I can see with a closed-model GPU rather than an open one like Gigabyte or Asus do.
Other Thoughts: Great performance as you'd expect, clean setup, no fuss no muss, just a bit of noise is all.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-bit (Full Version)
Pros: Fast response, lots of shortcuts, several ways of doing one thing (though not too cumbersome), excellent task manager, the good old desktop is still there.
I just got a new rig so this clean version of W8 works wonders on it and every response is instantaneous. My favorite tool is the task manager which contains much less clutter and much more information than ever before, you can monitor in real time all your processes (CPU, Memory, Hard Drive, Network Bandwidth) and see which applications are taking up the most resources instantly. The task manager became my best friend on this. There are several ways of doing one thing (searching, launching an app) and depending on where you find yourself on the computer it'll be up to you whether you wish to launch something from the Start menu or just how you have always done it in the past from the desktop.
The Start menu is minimally customizable but DON'T LET IT INTIMIDATE YOU! If you just setup a "Desktop" shortcut on the Start menu you'll be happy to find the good old Windows desktop where you can do all you normally do with it.
Also I love the Start menu for the search options where you just start typing anything anywhere and it'll automatically be processed as a search.
Cons: OS settings and configuration reduced to their lowest common denominator as well as Windows8 integrated apps such as for communication (messenger, mail, calendar etc), bare minimum settings for built-in apps and little to no room for customization, which means control take a very small time to get used to.
If you want to change your Windows settings don't expect to do it through the Metro interface as this gives you the same simplest settings as you would expect from a Tablet configuration. If you want to set up and customize Windows you have to do it from the good old Services or various options around in the OS.
I don't like the built in Metro apps, those are best meant for tablet/tactile devices, which is why I still prefer using my usual media apps instead of the built in Music. Getting used to the navigation with the mouse and keyboard takes some getting used to but in the end I found myself using W8 just like any other version of Windows: from the Desktop. I only use the Start menu for shortcuts and launching games and I keep my Desktop free of icons, only the Recycle Bin.
Other Thoughts: MS wanted to please everyone with this version, and its great to see some classic Windows features upgraded while the new meant-for-tablet interface will surely annoy people with a laptop/desktop. But you know what? You have so many options and so much choice from the Desktop that the Metro Start menu is virtually useless to me and I hardly find myself using it only to launch games or to search something in Windows.
Windows 8 Pro 64 is so stable and I have had pretty much no compatibility issue, there are even some added geeky things to make you see how your computer operates (a graph with speed during file/folder copy/paste/move, the taskmanager with more stats than ever before).
Overall this is a VERY STABLE AND RELIABLE Windows, everything from Windows 7 is here with more. Sure the new added gizmos for tablets are dispensable, but in the end I'm glad I WAS NOT DISORIENTED when I tried it and got used to it within a day.
I DON'T KNOW WHY PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN USING WINDOWS SINCE VERSION 1 CAN'T FIGURE OUT HOW THIS WORKS, AS MY GEEKY FRIENDS AND I HAVE ONLY BEEN USING SINCE 3.1 AND WE FOUND IT EASY TO BYPASS WINDOWS' NEW GADGETS AND INTERFACE!
YOU WANT THIS FOR ITS STABILITY AND RELIABILITY