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Pros: - Quietest reference card I've ever owned (even at high speeds you just hear the air rushing, no vibrations or whirring of fan)
- Runs relatively cool
- Overclocks like a crazy
- Looks amazing in person
- 980ti performance for near half the price, more memory, better VR support, better driver support, async shaders, plus its EVGA so the best customer support
Cons: - more expensive than a cheaper AIB card
- availability at launch
Other Thoughts: Bought this card on June 10th as soon as they came in stock, absolutely no regrets. Able to max this thing out stable at 2126Mhz on the core (and hold it there under load with precision XOC KBoost), and 9400Mhz on the memory. For regular use I just do +225/+500 for maximum stability (runs under load 2050/9000 ish), but definitely pleased with this card. I'm really glad leaks of the 480 came out early so I knew I was making the right choice. The cooler is actually really quiet as I wear hyperX cloud headphones and I can only hear my case fans (which are quiet to begin with), even up to 70% fan speed on the 1070 FE. Couldn't be happier. what a beast!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - Runs very quiet
- Runs very cool
- Overclocks like a champ
Cons: - Heavy brute
Other Thoughts: Quite an amazing card. The overclocking headroom is very good for a Hawaii chip, while the 100mm fans are incredibly silent under load. I have pretty decent airflow in my case, so the fans never even start spinning until I'm gaming.
8GB of memory might seem nuts, but I'm breaking 5GB of vram usage in the Division at 1440p, so that large frame buffer is definitely getting used.
My experience with this card has been quite different than a number of R9 290's I've dealt with. For starters, I can overclock this card further than any 290 I have put under water, at much lower voltage, and with much higher memory clocks to boot. Not only that, but even with my own fan curve, the fans at 75% are still relatively quiet, barely audible over my AF120 case fans.
The weight of the card is jaw dropping, although I have an XB Evo case with the card seated horizontally, so I can't comment on sag.
Pros: - Looks high end
- Very light weight
- Well thought out design
- feature to price ratio very good
Cons: - some corners were cut
- extremely cramped space in back
- Almost need 90 degree Sata power connectors for hard drives
Other Thoughts: I bought this case because it matched exactly what I was looking for. 4 hard drive bays (SSD's can be tossed anywhere so no big deal), very light weight construction, lots of flat surfaces to apply sound dampening foam, and about as compact as you are going to get for a capable ATX mid-tower.
I used to love larger cases with lots of Room and air flow, but these days Liquid cooling removes that need. This case is slightly bigger than your average Micro ATX tower, Ultra light weight, and capable of housing some beefy hardware. There doesn't seem to be any documentation on CPU air cooler clearance, so that might be an issue for someone.