- 1024 Stream Processors
- 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5
- PCI Express 3.0 x16
Incredibly fast, good quality, easy install. 09/27/2013
- Easy install
- Extremely high quality
- Best card for the cash
- OC potential (not needed right now, but good longevity feature) - it actually comes stock overclocked, but room for more
- Got it at a great price
There are absolutely no cons with this product. I didn't buy one sooner?
I'm running an A8-3870K with 8GB DDR-1600 I put together over a year ago as a "budget gamer" for less than $200 with discounts from the egg. Also has a nice 256GB SSD, and 1TB WD HDD. I was running a GTX260 Core 216, and thought I would need nothing more for some time.
I use this to play some MMOs, streaming video, and some BL2/SC2/random new titles. It's never been a problem until I started some FFXIV. Maxxing out settings on this game suddenly started dropping my frames to 20-30fps in crowded areas - without AA or shadows, effects turned low.
After installing this card, my benchmark score in FFXIV on my system went from (at high settings, 1920x1080) 3728 up to (at maximum settings, 1920x1080) 7983. Zero lag, hesitancy or anything, even with a hundred players running around in a crowded server center.
I think I lucked out and this card was marked for less than it should have been, because the price went up by $40 within hours after I bought it.
I'm not complaining. :)
Others have told me flat out to buy an Nvidia card (650 Ti Boost) which doesn't perform as well (per benchmarks on the hardware site, no less) - which costs between $60 and $80 more.
Don't get me wrong; I love me some Nvidia. But bang for the buck, this can't be beat. Getting 2 more fps at 1080p (in one game, mind you) doesn't seem worth that much money.
I get brand loyalty. I do. But that's just dumb advice.
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