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Pros:

- Really fast - able to handle any game I give it at 1080p with very high settings, and get beyond 60 FPS. Getting around 80-70 in Far Cry 3 and Battlefield 4. Crysis 3 on Very High is around 50 FPS.
The performance blew me away. My last card was the GT 640 which simply sucked! Barely got 25 FPS on Bad Company 2. Tried it with this one - over 100 FPS!!!
- 4 GB of VRAM will make sure you can play at VERY high resolutions like 4K. Slight future-proofing when 1440p becomes the new standard.
- Will support AMD's new Mantle API coming out soon. Rumored to increase performance by alot!
- Supposed to have AMD's True Audio (some kind of sound processing chip). Will have to wait for developers to utilize it for better sound quality and immersion.
- Much cheaper than Nvidia's GTX 780 (by 100$) , which is equivalent in power. Perfect if your'e on budget.

Cons:

- HOT HOT HOT! Unless you live in Antarctica, this card will reach very high temperatures (~95 C as stated by AMD and reviewers). Touching the back-plate during gaming almost scorched my finger.
A way I found of dealing with it - using vsync to cap the FPS on 60 (unless you have a 120 HZ monitor) .Makes the card work less hard and generate less heat.
- Loud! Going over the default 47% fan speed, the card gets very loud (Tried 100% once, now my cat is scared of my PC). I used MSI Afterburner to create a custom fan control scheme, now I idle at 40C with 40% fan speed (which is quiet) and game at around 80-85C with 50% fan speed (A bit loud, but bearable, nothing if you use headphones).
- This thing is HUGE! Maybe I think so because I've never had a high end GPU before. Make sure your case has enough space for it !(It's about 11 inches long)

Other Thoughts:

* Note, I didn't buy the BF4 edition (got the normal 400$ one) but they are the same anyway. Bought the game later, and it's average.... Multiplayer is very harsh for newcomers.
Overall I am very satisfied with the video card and would recommend to anyone. You can deal with the issues by waiting for the models from Sapphire/Asus/MSI/HIS... which will provide much superior cooling and noise levels (when they come out on January) or by buying a custom cooler (Waterblocks work great too!).
Planning on getting my self a Gelid Icy Vision Rev.2 for some overclocking and less heat (Saw people are getting 65C on max load with that!).

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  • Yaroslav F.
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month


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