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Pros:

I just recently bought this card to take advantage of the "Never Settle Reloaded" offering that is being promoted. This seems to be a new model and I cannot seem to find any reviews on the card. It looks like that the PCB is based off the Vapor-X. To me, that seemed like both a good and bad thing. I was worried that voltage control would be locked. Now, MSI Afterburner cannot seem to unlock voltage control, but the Sapphire Trixx program allowed me to push the voltage to 1.3v. There is one thing that seems to be missing from the card and that is the temperature sensorsfor the VRMs. Now, it being a new model, the temps sensors might not be added into the profiles of MSI Afterburner, GPU-Z, HWinfo32, OpenHardware monitor, ect. I'm really hoping that it does have them. Overclocking seems to pretty decent as well at 1100/1450 at 1.25v in Crysis 3 (thank you AMD!). Even with an ASIC value of 55.4%, it seemed pretty decent. Although, I'm starting to wonder if these card were intended for the Vapor-X line but had terrible ASIC score. I actually ordered the exact same card for a customer build and it had an ASIC value of 58%. Also, the BIOS also seems to be locked in someway. I can copy the BIOS easily with GPU-Z but RBE is unable to read the BIOS.

Cons:

(HUGE CON) No temperature sensor(s) for the VRMs
Very poor ASIC quality (< 60%) for both cards that I bought.

Other Thoughts:

CompTia A+, N+, Server+, MCSE
I will change my ratings and comments when Sapphire gets back with me about the VRMs temp sensors and ASIC qualities.
At Overclock.net, I posted a strip down of the card. Just search for the model number.

Manufacturer Response:

GPUZ "ASIC Quality" is not an actual measurement of PCB quality.

It is a calculation based on the voltages and clocks of the across the card and then compared to a reference design.

You will generally find that a card with lower "ASIC Quality" will overclock a lot better than cards with higher "ASIC Quality".

This is usually due to revised PCB designs with better VRM designs offer higher voltages and clocks which lower the "ASIC Quality" score.

This is supported and discussed in detail in many forums.

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