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- 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5
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Incredible bang for the buck 11/07/2013
Purchased this GPU solely for its price to performance ratio (as review title says). There is no need to state performance statistics for this card here, since many tech websites published already. Crossfiring graphics cards will no longer require a bridge (cleaner look), has an integrated audio solution (time will tell if I will use it), the cooler seems rather attractive especially with the Sapphire decal (though might not be appealing to everyone else out there). Games play smooth, and Litecoin is faster than 7970/R9-280x at 840 KH/s (need more time to find best settings).
I like to fine tune core and memory clocks by a difference of a megahertz, Catalyst Control Center utilizes percentage now. Once the blower fan reaches over 80% it sounds and feels like a fighter jet is ready to take off. Hope this beautiful card does not start sagging on me any time soon.
Some may wait until the end of November 2013 to buy cards that ship with different coolers, I'm thinking of just watercooling it.
As for the "GPU-overclocking lottery," those early cards from a new GPU series sold upon release generally (but not always) are able to overclock significantly.
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