- 1024 Stream Processors
- 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5
- PCI Express 3.0 x16
Good Card, Not So Great Drivers 10/29/2013
Overclocks Fairly Well
Only One 6-Pin Power Connector
Plastic bends easily
AMD Drivers aren't as good as they could be and really hold this card back
Too much of an overclock just entirely shuts down your computer
I just can't let go of the fact that this card is really being held back by some drivers, I'll explain more in the "Other Thoughts"
This graphics card is fairly powerful and all, but because of AMD drivers, it just has a few problems. The main problem is micro stuttering. In almost all of my games (GTA IV, CS GO, Red Orchestra...), there is a period of time (about 5 seconds) where there are just intense frame rate jumps. Like Normally the games run fine after that at like 90 or 100 fps, but just the beginning, i get random clips of the framerate being at around 2 or 3 fps. It's as if the card is having trouble loading all the textures of the game so it slows down heavily for a brief period of time. I downloaded the latest beta drivers too so it's is not like I have outdated drivers. And no, the card is not broken. I have owned quite a few AMD cards in the past (6870, 6970, 7850, 7970) and they all have this issue, some more than others.
This is just one of those secrets that nobody tells you about until you buy the card for yourself and figure out that AMD has trouble with drivers and lag at the start of games. And yes, it is only AMD, as soon as I pop in a, let's say a 650ti boost, all the micro stuttering goes away at the beginning of any game.
I just wish someone told me about this problem before I bought my AMD cards. I have no bias against card manufactures, but this is just a fact as of right now. Just be aware of this before buying this card or any AMD card.
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