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5 out of 5 eggs Awesomeness that's affordable!!! 07/25/2013

This review is from: EVGA 04G-P4-2766-KR GeForce GTX 760 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card

Pros:

Kepler architecture, 256 bit, 4GB! GPU boost 2.0 is outstanding! Ultra high framerates on almost every game i've thrown at it in 1080p with maxed out settings and antialiasing! Might actually be able to remain competitive for at least the rest of 2013, which in this day and age is about all you can ask for

Cons:

Now for the important part. I have no allegiance to any manufacturer in particular. I have purchased equipment from just about all of them and give them all equal opportunity to impress based on benchmarks, reviews, and my own personal judgments. EVGA has neither gained my undying love or given me cause to not like them. That being said there is only one real complaint I have about this card that isn't really about EVGA but more about Nvidia itself. This card gets hot, hot, hot. Well, every card gets hot so that's not really a complaint. I think it is literally melting my HDMI cable because all the heat gets blown out the back and the connector is extremely hot to the touch during gaming. I'm not sure HDMI cables were designed to experience that kind of heat over long periods so I'm almost certain it will degrade the quality over time. But the real complaint is the performance bottleneck it creates, See, the reason I chose this one above other models that had better coolers and higher clocks was for the extra VRAM. Other reviews had given me the belief that the extra 2 gig would help even out any difference in performance. I wish I had not made that decision. While I believe the extra VRAM helps with long draw distances in open world games like Skyrim, Crysis, and Just Cause 2, the performance is extremely limited because of the heat. The reference cooler design just isn't good enough. It reaches 80C without even getting to 100 percent load. It usually hovers around 93 percent load and downclocks when it reaches 80C. Now i know I can set the temperature limit higher to get better performance but I feel that should have been corrected in design so that at the very least it can handle a 100 percent load within the temperature limit at the stock clocks. If I had gone with another card like the MSI twin frozr I'm sure I could have reached much better performance at lower temps. But that is really just a nitpick since I did in fact make the decision for the extra VRAM. But if you are considering this card just remember that if you want higher performance you will have to go way above 80 c and i'm just not comfortable with that on a stock cooler. If you are only using one 1080p monitor, definitely use another model that has an aftermarket cooler. I thought about getting a water block, but if i was going to spend the hundred or 200 to set up a watercooling system I might as was well go with the 770 that has a stock titan cooler which I'm sure gives better temps. That being said, I still love this card. I love being able to play tomb raider, bioshock infinite, skyrim, crysis, battlefield 3, and others maxed out. If you have a specific way to utilize the extra VRAM I definitely recommend it. But if you just want an awesome card for 1080p gaming like I do, then probably get one with a better cooler.

Other Thoughts:

I'm sure the extra VRAM will benefit me at some point in the future, maybe I just can't really tell that it is benefitting me know. Although I wish I had gotten a different card, I still give this one 5 stars because the complaints I have are only mine and not really a problem with the card itself. Hope this helps anyone looking. I do definitely recommend a 760 because it is affordable and awesome!

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