- 1152 CUDA Cores
- 4GB 256-bit GDDR5
- PCI Express 3.0
- $279.99 –
- $259.99 after $20.00 rebate card
- Free Shipping (restrictions apply)
Nifty Card 01/11/2014
-ACX cooler is efficient.
-Plays almost every game on 1080p, maxed, smoothly.
-The card itself looks sleek.
-4GB of vram.
-Can get a bit noisy, not hair-dryer loud, but a weak hair-dryer breeze. I expected the card to be quieter.
-When I received my card, I noticed a few bent fins on the cooler, I decided to leave them be since it didn't affect performance but, it is worth noting shipping or manufacturing damage.
-Very cool, temps don't go over 77C.
-The 256-bit bus.
-A bit overpriced...
-I was disappointed to know that running Skyrim whilst running many mods (including an ENB) consumed a maximum of 1.97 GB of vram [on 1080p]. Which leaves me to believe that 4GB of vram is unnecessary, at least for today's games. Since games like BF4 and SC:Blacklist only use about 1.7-1.8GB of vram on 1080p.
-If you are playing on 1080p, this isn't the card for you; the reason I got this card was for the bigger memory (for modding purposes) which isn't getting used :(
-It's debatable whether the card will actually use 4GB of vram with only 256-bit bus, this card would benefit from using a higher bus interface.
-Also note that the card can't max everything out, especially the AMD titles such as Tomb Raider; TressFX really takes a big hit. Nonetheless, it will still give solid performance at med-high settings.
-My card OC [on top of the factory OC] for a 1% increase:
Core Clock: +36Mhz
Memory Clock: +230MHz
I didn't expect much since it was a FTW ed, but it was my first time OC'ing a card and I did see some improvements running Skyrim (with many mods) at a more stable 30FPS.
-Final Thought: I wished that the card would see a price drop since the r9 series was released.
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