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Pros: The card does look very nice. It is heavy and feels solid. It delivers gaming performance that far exceeds my two prior MSI GTX 460 Night Hawk SLI paired cards. When the one 460's Twin Frozer fans died it did me a favor forcing me to go get a more modern card.
These GTX780P cards aren't as high end as the 780TI versions in performance based on my web searching. However, at the time I purchased this, there was no contest based on price. The extra performance wasn't worth another $150 ish more to get the TI performance.
The Poseidon runs cooler than either of my older 460's. In Skyrim at Ultra settings (the game defaulted to these set points after the card was installed) the max temp is about 54 °C. The 460 cards used to hit 68 to 79 °C at the best quality settings they were stable at.
Visual rendering shows detail that made me do a double take the first time gaming with it (Skyrim). I was seeing objects / features that I'd never seen before at distance.
For me especially now as I look at the current list price of $459 and change the Pro of the year on this card was catching it at $345 ish in price with a rebate that (when it gets to me) will drop the price to about $300.
Cons: Well as far as the physical card goes there was one and I guess it is minor in as much as it hasn’t manifested in a failure yet.
When I unboxed the card and lifted the clear windowed tray and foam padding off of it the right hand fan came off the card. Yeah a real "are you kidding me" moment! I examined the fan and the shaft had two rings cut in it and was tapered at the tip. I guessed it is actually meant to be removable for cleaning, so I shoved it back on slowly feeling for it to "Catch". I then flipped it fan down and gave some gentle shaking to see if it would fall out, it didn't. I then spun it with a finger tip, it stayed in. Still running flawlessly and it is about 3 weeks later so I guess it is no big deal.
Boarderlands the PreSequal. Not my cup of tea in a game. Hate the Japanese Anime style art work. Played it about 1 hour and after download install on Steam, haven't touched it since.
Other Thoughts: Great card for $345, not sure I'd of purchased it at the current price especially with the 970's out now.
Giving the card 5 eggs despite the fan thing and my irritation with customer service tech person.
Pros: Maybe the card when it gets here. I researched it extensively before purchasing. I was satisfied with the $342.99 price and loved the addtional 4% off discount through 10-22-14 which gets it down to $329 and change. Then there is the intangible of a $30 buck rebate that sometimes you get them and sometimes you don't. If I get it then $299 and change for a pretty high end card.
Cons: The cheesy Boarderlands Pre-Sequel game. I don't have any of the Boarderlands games, not interested in it. Customer service at New Egg that I had to endure.
This game is NOT free. I'm invoiced for $59.99 of if I'm invoiced and my CC was hit for that amount, the stuff isn't free. So the premis that it is free is a con-job and that I hate as well!
Other Thoughts: I'm so angry at being forced to take the game and the arrogant condescending jerk from Customer Service, that I think this may be my last purchase from New Egg ever! The deal is sweet, but not that frigg'n sweet!
I will (if I don't get banned for this review) post about the card's actual performance if and when it gets here. I went super saver free ground shipping so it may be next week this time before I see it. This will be a replacement for a pair of MSI GTX 460 Night Hawks . The fans fried out on the Twin Frozer II on one board and I'm running just one of them. I miss the second one.
This review is from: XCOM Enemy Unknown PC Game
Pros: I'm an old fan of the original XCOM from 1993. Played it off and on over nearly a decade until DOS based PC's died out and the 3.5" discs did't work in the PC's I was buying or building due to the OS. I loved the orginial.
This nex version captures the feel of the original game but the graphics are a huge jump forward. I described it to a friend familiar with the orginail as XCOM meets Mass Effect graphics.
The sounds, graphics, landscapes, aliens you will encounter are all excellently rendered. I'm running this on a home built PC with two Fermi GTX460 cards by MSI and an AMD 950 processor, 8 gigs of 1333 Ballistix RAM. (Yes an AMD CPU with NVIDIA based graphics cards). It plays smooth as silk, no glitches, no hang-ups.
Landscape; trees, rocks, walls, windows, doors, street lamps, etc. is destructable. The original game had similar fetures but much more crudely done given the 1993 time the original was new.
The cut scene movies are nicely done but after a while you get a little bored watching the Skyranger aircraft going out and landing or flying back to the base. They try and make it vary a bit but there's only so much that can be done.
This is Turn Based strategy, like a big game of chess. You position your strike team members, once your players are all moved then the Aliens do their thing. Save frequently and turn off the Auto-save. It can hose you bad if you aren't really careful. Once one of your team members gets killed they stay killed if the auto-save or you save them in that state. Then if you're really attached to that player you will have to go back in the game and load when they still existed to play forward again. Combat even on Normal level is very tough. It pays to go slowly and be cautious. Cars once hit will burn then explode. If your player is hiding behind one the blast will take them out. Run away!
I received the game Saturday Oct. 20th, so only had 2 days to of play that I can review as of this posting. Haven't finished it yet, should take a while.
Cons: Cons, let me think .... not much of anything in particular. Maybe the closest thing to a Con is that you will meet pretty much the same alien species as you did in the original XCOM. There are still; Sectoids, Mutton Troops, Crysallids, Cyber Discs. There are new ones as well. I don't think this is much of a Con as part of the attraction is that it's like visiting and old friend you haven't seen in 10 years or more.
Oh one real con, based on Steam, so I don't think it can be played off line. Haven't tried it for the Single player game version, there is a multiplayer.
Other Thoughts: You do need Win 7 to play it but seriously if you're a PC gamer time to move up the ladder a bit for an OS. If your PC can't handle Win 7, time to buy or build another one as you're 10 years behind.READ FULL REVIEW