- 1344 CUDA Cores
- 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5
- PCI Express 3.0
Incredible Performance! 12/06/2013
While I have not tested it fully, this durable card can handle anything I throw at it as far as games go. Many consider BF4 to be the de-facto standard right now and I am able to run it on all ultra with no exceptions to any particular setting. Everything at its most expensive setting still allows for smooth gameplay with no noticeable degradation of speed. This was a big upgrade from my 6850 and I have to say it was well worth it. I would have never bought it at full price, but that's why they have rebates going all the time for it. Black Friday also took off $50 instantly, so the time was right, cutting the cost by 1/3! If that opportunity comes up again, I would say "buy it!" It's well worth it and you won't be disappointed. Also, I'm now converted from AMD to NVIDIA. The driver updates come rapidly to fix errors and provide efficiency. AMD is a lot slower on the uptake.
Side-note: The CUDA cores would make it good for video editing (but not for bit-coin mining ;) )
There's a little bit of additional size here, but it's a small increase for a huge boost in performance.
Cost is a little high, but if we're really honest with ourselves, we know it's worth it and that it's fair.
Overall, I was blown away by the performance. DOAs seem to be lemon, not common, so if you get one, just go through the RMA process and get a new one, you really should be good. If you RMA and get a new one, make sure you rate it fairly to the card. Remember that you're rating the card and its drivers and performance, not the customer service of Asus or the RMA service of Newegg or how long it took to get to your house. To me this card is worth 5 stars and I'm not basing that off of other subjective elements in the transaction.
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