- 480 Stream Processors
- 1GB 128-Bit DDR3
- PCI Express 2.1 x16
Was it worth it? Eh. 06/29/2013
A tad better than my Intel HD 4000
Stock fan settings resulted in overheating
Multiple, infrequent crashes since installment
Not really a con, but the NEXUIZ game you get for free is awful.
Bought this as I had $60 to burn, was feeling I needed a boost from my HD 4000 iGPU, and wanted to try out an AMD product. At first, everything installed and ran well, but soon after trying to test the first game, I got a BSoD. Afterburner saved a log, and I saw that the temperature was in the 50's. Fixing this was not a problem, however, as MSI's Afterburner software easily allowed me to customize the fan speeds (I prefer 0-40 degrees at 60%, anything higher at 100%).
Benchmarks are as follows, all at 1440x900 with a Core i7-3770k and 8GB DDR3 at 1600MHz:
Skyrim at Maximum settings WITH graphics mods, including the HRTP and a mesh improvement mod was playable, at 25-30 frames per second.
Chivalry at first ran on medium-high at 28-40 FPS, but now caps at 22, for some reason. Probably not GPU related.
GTA IV runs at high settings with playable frame rates of 25-35.
Kerbal Space Program, running windowed at 1366x7something, ran on fairly high settings, lagging graphically only when the camera looked at Kerbin.
SimCity 4, running at 1600x1200, runs on max settings, but that game is old anyways, so really anything can run it.
Battlefield 3 doesn't run, because EA forces you to run it through Battlelog and Origin, both of which never work for me. This is of course not GPU related, but I couldn't resist.
Despite these notably well visual performances, I have had multiple crashes that I did not have before buying this graphics card, including a few BSoDs and a lot of complete freezes with looping audio. It should also be noted that Intel HD 400 already ran pretty close to those settings with good frame rates, so this really isn't much of a boost.
In retrospect, I do regret purchasing this, as for only $10 more, I could have bought a 64GB SSD, which I would have noticed much more, or I could have put it in my pool of savings for a GTX 680.
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