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Pretty Great Value 01/27/2013
I got it during the BF deal, which made it an amazing value for me.
Quite a step up from my hd 6850, I could play 95% of my games at maximum settings at 1680x1050 resolution at a constant 60fps after overclocking. of course, there are just a few games that refuse to co-operate at super max settings (gta iv, crysis, metro 2033), but let's blame the coding.
I OC'd it to 1125/1450, stable. You need to get ASUS GPU tweak to get it passed that 1050 mark. Google it, it will help. This card is an overclocking monster. Two of these will have you set for at least 3 years.
My card wasn't a magical overclocker. There are people managing to get their cards to 1300/1500 clocks, which puts it above the hd 7950. The cooler is low-end, but I got what I paid for.
I purchased some ultra low profile heatsinks for the VRAM and some smaller heatsinks for the voltage regulators. I replaced the TIM with Diamond IC 7. The first application was a dud [i took off the shroud to see temp decreases but saw none, i suggest leaving the shroud on], my temps remained the same. when i placed the shroud back on and reapplied the TIM again for the second time [I used a lot lot less, half a grain of rice], i saw 13C drop in idle(39C before, 26C now), but load is about the same.(70C Furmark).
Diamond IC7 left hairline scratches on the surface of the GPU. I suggest you use something else.
3570k 4.2ghz w/ hyper 212+ evo
asrock z77 extreme 4
hd 7950 1125/1450
crucial m4 primary
spinpoint f3 secondary
corsair 500r black case
I don't list my specs to gloat. I list them because someone out there is looking to see if these parts work well. They do. they fit magnificently in my case, so much room!
All i can suggest with this card is leave the black plastic shroud on, and when you apply TIM, half a grain of rice. ASUS GPU tweak to clock it higher, and enjoy your high tier performance for mid tier price!
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