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Solid Card...absurd card width 02/13/2014
Solid, no real major pluses. It runs fairly quiet and uses less power at idle than my old 5870. No muss, no fuss, just the perf needed for gaming at 1080p.
The width of the card. It is about 17% wider than it needs to be...see other thoughts...
The length is fine, almost identical to my reference 5870 at around 11.25". So if you can already put a known big video card in your case you're fine length-wise.
However, it has the absurd protrusion that says "WINDFORCE" adding 5/8" to the width. That doesn't sound like much but cases are almost always strapped for width. There is no point for this thin piece of plastic that markets not the company but the marketing name for the card. "Windforce" means nothing and it's a waste of space and plastic. So, I must remove my side case fan, a functional piece of plastic and metal, for a piece of marketing guano that no one will ever see anyway because it's sitting face down in a computer case.
I was going to give this card 4 eggs, given that is it solid for the price but isn't going to blow anyone away given the fact that it's just an overclocked two year old GTX 680. But, this piece of truly worthless piece of marketing is forcing me to dock an egg. Usually I wouldn't be so punitive about this, but it just irks me that companies do this and makes me reconsider Gigabyte for my GPU purchases. Seriously, don't make card that's 16.67% wider for NO GOOD REASON, GIGABYTE.
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