- 1280 Stream Processors
- 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5
- PCI Express 3.0 x16
Worthwhile Upgrade 11/04/2012
+Very Powerful for it's TDP, size and price range
+Smaller than my old card
+ton of memory for this price range (BF3 uses like 1280mb)
+Hard to get it above 60*C
+Maxes every game i have at 1080p with playable fps
+several adapters included
-Sounds like a 747 as soon as any load hits, and that's after adjusting the fan profile in afterburner
-no tacky case badge
I upgraded from a gtx 260 core 216 55nm revision to this card. This new card uses only 3 more watts of power (174 vs 171) so it was essentially identical in that concern, is almost an inch shorter, and destroys the old card in any game. Ive seen comparisons where this card performs between a gtx 570 and 580 of yesteryear, closer to a 580, and Ive even seen it beat a 580 if overclocked. The 7xxx series in general is a smash hit. Knocks the socks off of nvidia's current generation as well as AMD's previous. For instance, this car trashes the 6970, the previous top single gpu card from AMD even tho this card is an entire tier under it. (remember the 6870 was a tier below the 5870 and the 5870 was slightly more powerful). It maxes out all the games I have, including BF3, MOH Warfighter, Crysis 1 and 2, etc all with very playable framerates, the lowest being crysis 1 running at around 40 fps. That sounds low but its surprisingly smooth for crysis 1. This is on my 1920x1080p monitor. No reason to look any further other than for enthusiast builders. If i ever feel like my setup is underpowered, i'll buy another one and run crossfire.
ASRock 870 Extreme3 R2.0 (AM3+)
Phenom II X6 3.0ghz, 3.4 turbo
8 GB DDR3 1600 Dual channel
Far from an enthusiast rig, but everything seems to mesh for a great gaming experience
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