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Review of the BFG GTX260 Maxcore 55

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Pros: Fast, overclocks like a boss, future-proof, Unlocked BIOS

Cons: low amount of VRAM, hard to find (BFG), Loud(!) fan

I own this card since years, I probably bought one of the last unopened boxes, if you don't consider Ebay as a valid statistic. This card was, and still is, a little gem. I was upgrading from an integrated Geforce 6150 (ASUS M2N68-LA, Nforce chipset, Compaq Presario OEM computer) and my mind was completely blown away. The unit itself turned out to be a really good overclocker: The reference design from nVidia is 590MHz, and this card was factory overclocked by BFG to a nice 630MHz. I was able to push mine to 729MHz without crazy voltages. This card runs fairly cool too, though the classic fan design is not my favorite and rather loud past 60%. Crysis 2 ran at "Gamer" setting, I can't...
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Review of the ASUS ENGTX560 DC/2DI/1DG5

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Pros: Powerful, runs (very) cool,

Cons: Tricky to overclock past 900MHz, loud fan, bios is not editable (see review).

Since this card is not very known and quite missing from OCN, I decided I'd make a review. I own this one since 7/20/2012 and I'm mildly happy with it. At stock, this card feels under-powered, and I wasn't sure It was an upgrade from my GTX260 on the same technologies. This card supports DirectX 11, something the GTX260 did not. However, games like Saints Row: The Third at max graphics will bring this card to it's knees in intense fights if you don't overclock it. Overclocking this particular unit from 810MHz to 900MHz was not as easy as one would think, but anything higher is a real trial and (mostly) errors as soon as an artifact-free overclock is your goal. This card will happily...
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Great chilling for mid-case, but needs sacrifices

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Pros: ease of install vs custom water cooling, cooling efficiency

Cons: size, bundled fans efficiency. tubes flexibility, instructions graphics not reliable for AMD

I bought this thing when I started running my Phenom X6 at 3.5GHz on daily basis and started actually doing temperature monitoring. The box is quite odd to open, and the CPU block is pre-assembled with Intel brackets. I personally would have packaged it not pre-assembled for the following reasons: This is the first time I actually upgrade my cooling solution from stock, and I used 4 computers before. So this was the first time I had to figure out the mounting brackets affair and all the vendor and socket-specific jazz. I don't consider myself as technology-challenged in much ways except networking and security, but I really poked the CPU block, instructions and my own motherboard before...
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