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Pros:

You should be able to get a 180 to 200 MHz core overclock on this card easily on liquid. Memory should overclock 100 MHz or more. No need to purchase a waterblock if you're planning to liquid cool. Cheaper than a GTX 780 Ti (Is that a pro?). Mine worked out of the box without issues, unlike many AMD cards I've had to RMA lately due to bad luck.

Cons:

Even with the overclock, you're not going to get near GTX 780 Ti speeds; you'll probably be more around the original Titan in benchmarks. GPU Tweak utility can overvolt, but it has to be manually set again at reboot; overclocks will stay after a reboot if you select the proper option. GPU Tweak will crash on Windows Vista. (Yes, the little operating system that everyone hates, but I have a few games still to complete that don't run well on Windows 7.) Still more expensive than a reference GTX 780. Liquid cooling helps reduce the temperature, but after half an hour of testing, it still comes in at a warm 56 degrees Celsius. Card is hot to touch even with liquid cooling due to minimal liquid contact with VRMs and memory, which seem to be air cooled. Although I'm unable to verify, some sites state the liquid channel is aluminum which may cause corrosion in mixed metal systems. The diameter of the liquid cooling channel also seems small when you look down into it, which could restrict coolant flow.

Other Thoughts:

I was looking for a liquid cooling solution to replace some dying GTX 570 cards I had. Would have loved to get a GTX 780 Ti, but with those being a hundred more than this card, and double that for a waterblock, it wasn't in the budget. Benchmarks show the card, when overclocked, to be slightly faster than two GTX 570 cards in SLI. Heaven 4.0 with max settings at 1920x1200 is hitting 57 fps; the 570 cards were getting around 52 fps. In comparison, a single GTX 670 is getting around 36 fps, or about 64 fps in SLI on my system. It could be better, but about what I expected for the price.

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